H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (16 March 2019) – China’s US$59 billion internet and technology bubble will trap many private-equity investors when it bursts, Bain says

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (16 March 2019) – China’s US$59 billion internet and technology bubble will trap many private-equity investors when it bursts, Bain says


  • To beef up the application of AI, iFlytek has leveraged its years of expertise in voice recognition and machine translation in its latest product: a smart recorder. (ECNS)

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

  • Jack Ma to sell Alibaba shares for wealth planning and philanthropic commitments (KRA)

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

  • Facebook departure is a wake-up call for investors (Reuters)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • China’s US$59 billion internet and technology bubble will trap many private-equity investors when it bursts, Bain says (SCMP)
  • Chinese startup sows seeds of farm revolution with drones and AI; XAG aims to ease grueling work of country’s aging rural population (Nikkei)
  • For Chinese startup Seengene, the future is grounded in mixed reality (Technode)
  • E-commerce complaints surged 126% in 2018: regulator (Technode)
  • How short video app TikTok became the first Chinese-made app to take the world by storm (SCMP)
  • How China’s Two Sessions offer glimpse into tech policy priorities (Technode)
  • China’s Ant Financial, thwarted in the US, is expanding rapidly in Europe (qz)
  • China’s Flexible Screen Pioneer Is Seeking $1 Billion in Funding (Bloomberg)
  • Japan’s Startups Are Innovating Inbound Tourism And Business With High Tech (Forbes)
  • Pay to join, mingle with purpose: community-based startups (Investor)
  • Acko, a digital insurance provider in India, raises another $65M at a $300M valuation (TC)
  • AI and linguistics offers clues to bank risk culture (AFR)
  • Companies prepare for an AI-powered future; Qantas, WorleyParsons and ASX are at the forefront of applying AI (AFR)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • The High Price Of Next-Gen Mobility Apps (CB)
  • Software Maker PagerDuty Files for IPO, Cites 10,800 Clients (Bloomberg)
  • What Is the Future of Ecommerce? 10 Insights on the Evolution of an Industry (Shopify)
  • How Digital Fulfillment Is Changing Manufacturing (HBR)


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: