H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (11 February 2019) – Push notifications are the future of multi-factor authentication. With hacking and data breaches on the rise, it’s no surprise that the market for MFA is predicted to grow fourfold by 2025.

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (11 February 2019) – Push notifications are the future of multi-factor authentication. With hacking and data breaches on the rise, it’s no surprise that the market for MFA is predicted to grow fourfold by 2025.


  • US-led backlash against China’s Huawei, Hikvision seen giving higher-cost rivals an opening to win contracts (SCMP)
  • “It’s really hard to put an Afterpay up against a PayPal.” (AFR)

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

  • SoftBank Buyback Magic May Soon Wear Thin; There are risks for the Japanese technology investor in deciding to spend $5.5 billion on its own stock. (Bloomberg)

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

  • All the times Facebook moved fast and sometimes broke things (Wired)
  • Facebook Acquires Visual Shopping Startup to Bolster AI Work (Bloomberg)
  • Facebook was late to mobile. now, mobile is its future (Wired)
  • How Silicon Valley’s ‘surveillance capitalism’ is enriching its leaders and making us their pawns; The business model spawned by the likes of Facebook and Google is invisibly concentrating corporate power and destroying our privacy (SCMP)
  • In the age of Alexa and Siri, how come most customer-service voice assistants still suck? (FastCo)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Tencent-backed AI firm aims to free up parents and teachers from checking children’s maths homework (SCMP)
  • The operator of South Korea’s No. 1 accommodations booking app Yanolja is looking to raise US$300 million or more from foreign investors by selling equity (Investor)
  • Japan to Hack 200 Million IoT Devices (EE Times)
  • Ambitious Singapore startup Delegate wants to bring its event booking platform to the US (TC)
  • How Melanie Perkins could make Canva the next Microsoft Office (AFR)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • How accurate are Zestimates? Zillow awards $1M to trio for improving them (ST)
  • The new Picasso? Meet Ai-Da the robot artist (Reuters)
  • Push notifications are the future of multi-factor authentication (TNW)
  • AR > VR (TNW)
  • Where automotive cybersecurity is headed in 2019 (TNW)
  • Seeking an edge, U.S. landlords turn to tenant experience apps (Reuters)


  • The fundamental problem with Silicon Valley’s favorite growth strategy; Blitzscaling isn’t really a recipe for success but rather survivorship bias masquerading as a strategy. (qz)
  • Lessons for investors from Zee stock crash; Stocks of companies where promoters have pledged a high percentage of shares, like the Zee group, can be volatile. Such stocks are also prone to rumours (Rediff)

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.

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