H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (6 February 2019) – Where Big Leaps Happen; The Great Naturalist John Burroughs on Art, the Courage to Defy Convention, and the Measure of a Visionary

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (6 February 2019) – Where Big Leaps Happen; The Great Naturalist John Burroughs on Art, the Courage to Defy Convention, and the Measure of a Visionary


  • Movie ticketer Maoyan flops in IPO as market shuns China tech (Nikkei)
  • China’s CATL to supply Honda with EV batteries through 2027 (Nikkei)
  • Kyocera hedges trade war risks with 2 European acquisitions (Nikkei)
  • Vietnam’s FPT teams with Allianz on digital insurance (Nikkei)

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

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

  • Microsoft Invests in ‘Boring AI’ Startup Valued at $2.75 Billion (Bloomberg)
  • Microsoft Buys Startup BrightBytes’s DataSense Service (CB)
  • Feared or celebrated, Amazon’s Alexa is star of Super Bowl ads (JT)
  • How Facebook has changed computing (Wired)
  • Waymo Is Nearing Robocar Deal With Renault-Nissan Alliance (Bloomberg)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Jewellery supply chain platform firm Atelier Technology banking on China, to open office in Guangzhou (SCMP)
  • Toyota’s new car subscription company Kinto is gamifying driving behavior (TC)
  • Keshav Prawasi, Nitin Babel, Shishir Modi: One-stop shopping solution Niki.ai, a chatbot that is also a virtual shopping assistant for customers (Forbes)
  • Pranay Surana, Tushar Saxena: Fashion on rent (Forbes)
  • Southeast Asia’s internet needs a light touch; ASEAN must develop common standards and avoid restrictive national rules (Nikkei)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Brands from warby parker to sephora have actually found sensible uses for AR (qz)
  • Music Producer Swizz Beatz on why streaming services should pay musicians 50/50 (MW)
  • ‘Tinder, but with dogs’ helps potential owners set up a ‘date’ (MW)
  • Ocado: a treasure deferred; A catch may startle investors trying to value group using traditional measures (FT)
  • Picture this: an AI game where humans and computers collaborate; Groundbreaking game uses images to help artificial intelligence communicate with people (FT)
  • Square’s Cash App Downloads Outpace Venmo Again, Analyst Says (Barron’s)
  • Robots’ Lead Role in Super Bowl Ads Hint at Tech Anxieties (WSJ)
  • Reddit Valued At $3 Billion In New Massive Capital Raise (ZH)
  • Databricks Doubles Capital Raised With $250M Series E And A $2.75 Billion Valuation; over 2,000 organizations around the world use Databricks’s software in their data analytics, data science, and machine learning workflows (CB)
  • Meet the 9 startups that Techstars believes can disrupt the music industry (FastCo)


  • This Is The Unexpected Power of Sadness (Medium)
  • The Great Naturalist John Burroughs on Art, the Courage to Defy Convention, and the Measure of a Visionary (BP)
  • Where Big Leaps Happen (MH)
  • Synchronicity: How to Create Your Own Luck (ZR)
  • How Regret Can Be Your Friend (Insead)

About bambooinnovator
Kee Koon Boon (“KB”) is the co-founder and director of HERO Investment Management which provides specialized fund management and investment advisory services to the ARCHEA Asia HERO Innovators Fund (www.heroinnovator.com), the only Asian SMID-cap tech-focused fund in the industry. KB is an internationally featured investor rooted in the principles of value investing for over a decade as a fund manager and analyst in the Asian capital markets who started his career at a boutique hedge fund in Singapore where he was with the firm since 2002 and was also part of the core investment committee in significantly outperforming the index in the 10-year-plus-old flagship Asian fund. He was also the portfolio manager for Asia-Pacific equities at Korea’s largest mutual fund company. Prior to setting up the H.E.R.O. Innovators Fund, KB was the Chief Investment Officer & CEO of a Singapore Registered Fund Management Company (RFMC) where he is responsible for listed Asian equity investments. KB had taught accounting at the Singapore Management University (SMU) as a faculty member and also pioneered the 15-week course on Accounting Fraud in Asia as an official module at SMU. KB remains grateful and honored to be invited by Singapore’s financial regulator Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) to present to their top management team about implementing a world’s first fact-based forward-looking fraud detection framework to bring about benefits for the capital markets in Singapore and for the public and investment community. KB also served the community in sharing his insights in writing articles about value investing and corporate governance in the media that include Business Times, Straits Times, Jakarta Post, Manual of Ideas, Investopedia, TedXWallStreet. He had also presented in top investment, banking and finance conferences in America, Italy, Sydney, Cape Town, HK, China. He has trained CEOs, entrepreneurs, CFOs, management executives in business strategy & business model innovation in Singapore, HK and China.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: