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H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (22 January 2019) – Bezos vs Ambani: The Billionaire Bout That Had to Happen; The Amazon founder will be fighting the battle for Indian consumers with one hand tied behind his back; Life is dhukka; Return on Courage : A Business Playbook for Courageous Change

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (22 January 2019) – Bezos vs Ambani: The Billionaire Bout That Had to Happen; The Amazon founder will be fighting the battle for Indian consumers with one hand tied behind his back; Life is dhukka; Return on Courage : A Business Playbook for Courageous Change

Companies

  • Tencent Music stock upgraded by JPMorgan and HSBC (MBW)
  • SMS Co’s medical information company MIMS expands to US, Europe through tie-up (BT)
  • Recruit Holdings’ Job board Glassdoor, announced that it has entered the Asia Pacific with the launch of localised website and mobile apps in Singapore, Hong Kong and New Zealand. (SI)
  • Machinery maker Hiwin Technologies Co (上銀) could achieve double-digit growth in annual revenue this year, with the second half of the year likely to be better than the first half (TT)
  • Kakao Pay, KT to take part in govt’s Zero Pay (Investor)

BATTSS – Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent, TSMC, Samsung, Softbank

  • China approves third batch of video games; still no Tencent (Reuters)

FAANNMG – Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Nvidia, Netflix, Microsoft, Google

  • Bezos vs Ambani: The Billionaire Bout That Had to Happen; The Amazon founder will be fighting the battle for Indian consumers with one hand tied behind his back. (Bloomberg)
  • Facebook’s WhatsApp limits text forwards to five recipients to curb rumors (Reuters)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Ad for fraud-linked medical group causes uproar on Q&A site Zhihu (Technode)
  • China’s co-working operators squeezed by a lack of funding are shutting down (SCMP)
  • US government shutdown delays 20 Chinese companies’ IPO plans (KRA)
  • China Wants to Dominate the Internet; Its new geopolitical strategy is a threat to open networks. America and its allies must respond. (Bloomberg)
  • Data sharing among ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ goals (Japan Times)
  • Thai virtual reality startup Infofed dips its toes in game-casting; Infofed’s plan is to build e-sports into a tourism subset and encourage a new professional workforce. (KRA)
  • Indian budget accommodation unicorn OYO enters Philippine market (KRA)
  • OVO participates in Warung Pintar’s $27.5m series B round; Founded in 2017, Warung Pintar now has 1150 kiosk partners and aims at more than 5000 by end of this year. (KRA)
  • Travelstop launches in 7 markets to expand further in Asia’s business travel sector (KRA)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Invoice finance platform MarketInvoice raises $33.5M from Barclays, Santander (TC)
  • Flexciton is using AI to help factories optimise production lines (TC)
  • Kaia Health gets $10M support for AI-powered management of chronic pain (TC)
  • The challenges of moderating online content with deep learning (TNW)
  • Intel’s Tough Act to Follow; Chip-making giant faces several challenges following record-breaking year (WSJ)
  • Meal-delivery startup Munchery shuts down after raising $125.4m (MW); Just Eat CEO Quits Without Delivering the Takeaway; Plumb is leaving before his plan to build an army of delivery drivers shows signs of paying off. (Bloomberg)
  • Tesla’s real problem is that a lot of the traditional methods for cutting those costs have been tapped (FT)
  • Cofounders Of E-Payment Service Used By Netflix and Spotify Are The Netherlands’ Newest Billionaires (Forbes)
  • Qualcomm’s Stealth Program More ADAS than AV (EE Times)

Life

  • Life is dhukka (Ascent)
  • Shares of Thailand’s top hospital operator by market value and its No. 2 airline sank after the resignation of their billionaire founder, who was banned by the country’s securities regulator for share-price manipulation (Bloomberg)
  • “Attention without feeling . is only a report.” (BP)
  • Remembering Jack Bogle and Herb Kelleher, Two Great Strategists (HBR)
  • Grit + Imagination = Success (Mission)
  • Three Traits of Mission-Driven Founders (Medium)
  • The Best Entrepreneurs Are Missionaries, Not Mercenaries (HBR)
  • The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growth 1st Edition (Amazon)
  • Unlocking Creativity: How to Solve Any Problem and Make the Best Decisions by Shifting Creative Mindsets 1st Edition (Amazon)
  • Game Changers: What Leaders, Innovators, and Mavericks Do to Win at Life Hardcover – December 4, 2018 (Amazon)
  • What’s Your Competitive Advantage?: 7 strategies to discover your next source of value Paperback – December 6, 2018 (Amazon)
  • Disrupt-It-Yourself: Eight Ways to Hack a Better Business—Before the Competition Does Hardcover – January 29, 2019 (Amazon)
  • Return on Courage : A Business Playbook for Courageous Change Hardcover – January 15, 2019 (Amazon)
  • Bruce Berkowitz on Analyzing Free Cash Flow; Accounting for hidden costs in a cash flow analysis (GF)
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