H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (25 February 2019) – Appen continues stellar run, revenue jumps 119 per cent

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (25 February 2019) – Appen continues stellar run, revenue jumps 119 per cent


  • Xiaomi-backed online broker that serves Chinese stock traders aims to raise US$150 million in Nasdaq IPO (SCMP)
  • The Fair Trade Commission (FTC) fined seven media platforms for unfair business practices. Kakao and Kosdaq-listed AfreecaTV, were on the list (KJA)
  • Appen continues stellar run, revenue jumps 119 per cent (AFR)
  • IRESS CEO Andrew Walsh tips widespread automation of financial advice (AFR)

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

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

  • Microsoft proves pioneer in ‘augmented reality’ with HoloLens 2; Tech giant doubles down on corporate customers with latest version of headset (FT); Microsoft promises an open HoloLens ecosystem (TC); Microsoft doubles, then triples down on HoloLens (AFR); Microsoft hails revamped goggles as more immersive and easy to wear (Reuters); Microsoft and Trimble made a hardhat with HoloLens built-in (TC)
  • How Netflix is eating the Academy (TC)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • LG unveils dual-screen 5G smartphone and touts biometric breakthrough (Reuters)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Stitch Fix’s radical data-driven way to sell clothes-$1.2 billion last year-is reinventing retail; CEO Katrina Lake’s e-commerce retailer uses data science to find you the best-fitting clothes you’ve ever worn (FastCo)
  • Why online service providers shouldn’t partner with big tech (TNW)
  • Cofounder Of 3-D Printing Unicorn Formlabs Raises $18M For Manufacturing Software Company Tulip (Forbes)
  • Europe’s Giant Tech Show Packs Hits, And Plenty of Flops (Bloomberg)
  • Lyft Filing Could Kick Off Cavalcade of High-Profile Tech IPOs (Bloomberg)
  • A $210 Billion Rally in Chip Stocks Leaving Hedge Funds in Dust (Bloomberg)
  • In conversation with Efinix: Start-up sees big opportunities in China for its programmable AI chips; Programmable chips can be altered and applied to different use cases – such as toys, security equipment or smartphones (SCMP)



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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