H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (5 March 2019) – The AI Cameras That Can Spot Shoplifters Even Before They Steal

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (5 March 2019) – The AI Cameras That Can Spot Shoplifters Even Before They Steal


  • China’s YY eyes overseas live streaming with $1.45B Bigo buyout (TC)
  • China’s Music Scene Is Booming, But Labels Risk Getting Left Behind; Musicians are striking agreements with tech giants like NetEase, rather than traditional record companies (Bloomberg)
  • The Social-Media Crackdown China Needs; An explosion of fake accounts and pseudo-influencers threatens e-commerce, not to mention trust among consumers. (Bloomberg)
  • Trend Micro and Japan’s NISC sign collaboration agreement (EI)
  • ReadyTech prepares to front fund managers, revives IPO; ReadyTech’s SaaS software is used by more than 3700 customers (AFR)
  • As software bots get more complex, only a multi-talented workforce will thrive: Wipro COO (Forbes)
  • Zomato to sell UAE food delivery business for $172 million (Reuters)

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

  • Office Depot and Alibaba team up to tap small and medium businesses (Reuters)
  • Tencent eyes more esports competitions in China; Top gaming group sees strategy to extend games’ lifespan (FT)

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

  • How Amazon taught the echo auto to hear you in a noisy car (Wired)
  • How Google Moved Beyond Search to Reinvent Productivity with G Suite (UF)
  • Google, Facebook Stock May Rise Even Higher on Online Ads (Barron’s)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Hillhouse, Temasek, GGV and others may lose hundreds of millions of dollars as Chinese startup Iwjw collapses (TN)
  • China’s Biotech Investors Have Caught a Chill (Bloomberg)
  • Chinese tech scene hit by job cuts as austerity bites; Thousands of positions disappear, along with employee perks, as companies trim costs (FT)
  • China’s TikTok passes 1bn global downloads; Short video app is first Chinese social media phenomenon to go global (FT)
  • Singapore Is About to Trial Full-Size Driverless Buses (Bloomberg)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • The AI Cameras That Can Spot Shoplifters Even Before They Steal (Bloomberg)
  • 40% of Europe’s artificial intelligence start-ups have no AI; Survey highlights hype around the technology that attracts larger funding than other software (FT)
  • Deepmind teaches AI to follow navigational directions like humans (TNW)
  • Adobe Sets Its Sights on Marketing Technology (Morningstar)
  • Taboola Makes Acquisition to Bolster Its Take on Apple News; Deal will put Taboola recommendations on more Android phones’ lock screens (WSJ)
  • It’s Lyft With a Y, and a Why (Bloomberg); Lyft’s Creators Used to Hand Out Flyers in Animal Costumes. Soon They’ll Ring the Nasdaq (Bloomberg)
  • The Secret to Spotify’s Success; Its popular service, which grew virally, is free to the majority of users but still turns a profit. (Entrepreneur)
  • Check Point, SailPoint and Varonis should see solid returns in 2019 because the three companies should benefit the most from increased security spending. (Barron’s)
  • How robots and holograms are bringing online learning to life; Business schools use technology to boost engagement among students who learn remotely (FT)


  • The allure of financial trickery is fading (AFR)

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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