H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (19 March 2019) – AI algorithms are now shockingly good at doing science; Whether probing the evolution of galaxies or discovering new chemical compounds, algorithms are detecting patterns no humans could have spotted.

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (19 March 2019) – AI algorithms are now shockingly good at doing science; Whether probing the evolution of galaxies or discovering new chemical compounds, algorithms are detecting patterns no humans could have spotted.


  • China Literature readies free app as paid user numbers fall (Nikkei)
  • Meituan latest Chinese unicorn to suffer post-listing slump; Delivery platform joins Xiaomi and Ping An Healthcare in getting sidetracked (Nikkei)
  • China’s Largest Streaming Site iQiyi Is Coming After TikTok (Bloomberg)
  • Here’s what you need to know about Wuhan Guide Infrared – China’s biggest thermal imager; China’s public security authorities have also bought Guide’s equipment to help track down criminals, for traffic surveillance, and for use in big infrastructure projects (SCMP)
  • Chinese ethnic music gets global platform; Tencent Music is seeking to introduce the country’s ethnic music to a global audience at a major music festival in the United States (CD)
  • Bandai Namco looks to be continuing development on their own Game Engine (GN)
  • South Korea’s Kakao supplies voice assist for Hyundai cars; AI provides info on weather and stock prices in upcoming Sonata (Nikkei)
  • Innodisk Showcasing Integrated AIoT Solutions with Strategic Partners at Embedded World 2019 (PRNW)
  • Atlassian continues to focus on its base after Slack deal, with another acquisition (MW)
  • WiseTech buying spree boosted by $250m capital raise (AFR)
  • Australia’s Tech Stocks Trump U.S., Asia With 200% Rise (Bloomberg)

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

  • Alibaba AI Labs to introduce AI cold call terminator (KRA)
  • Alibaba launches free streaming of US basketball games (Nikkei)
  • Shenzhen’s public transit now has a blockchain e-invoicing system built by Tencent (KRA)

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

  • These are the robots that help you get your Amazon packages on time (TC)
  • Most Amazon Brands Are Duds, Not Disrupters, Study Finds (Bloomberg)
  • What is Amazon? (ZK)
  • Apple Business Chat drives in-seat drink ordering at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland (TC)
  • Apple ready to unveil big bet on television; Will media companies sign up to Apple’s TV platform? (FT)
  • Can Google Create the Netflix of Gaming? (Bloomberg)
  • Nvidia AI turns sketches into photorealistic landscapes in seconds (TC); Toyota doubles down on Nvidia tech for self-driving cars (TC); Nvidia bags Amazon Web Services in its latest data-center chip push (MW); Nvidia partners with Softbank to deploy cloud gaming servers in Japan (Reuters)
  • Streaming wars heat up as rivals prepare to challenge Netflix (JT); Netflix says it will not join Apple TV service (Reuters)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Xiaohongshu testing WeChat mini-program in e-commerce expansion (Technode)
  • Chinese social commerce app Peanut Diary fined for alleged pyramid scheme (KRA)
  • Meituan and Tencent-backed Chinese consumer goods platform Yijiupi raises $100m series D+ (KRA)
  • Chinese TechCrunch Rival 36Kr Is Said to Plan Overseas IPO (Bloomberg)
  • China’s crowded co-working industry turns to services amid funding crunch (Reuters)
  • Shenzhen Transsion applies to raise capital on Shanghai’s technology board after taking Africa’s phone market by storm (SCMP)
  • South Korea radar and thermal camera system warns ‘smartphone zombies’ of traffic (Reuters)
  • Corporate training online marketplace GO1 has become the first Australian start-up to be backed by Microsoft’s global venture capital arm M12, (AFR)
  • Singtel signs deal to expand mobile wallet alliance to Japan (Reuters)
  • Southeast Asia hastens 5G shift to close development gap; Vietnam and Thailand aim to parlay technology into advances in self-driving and AI (Nikkei)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • AI algorithms are now shockingly good at doing science; Whether probing the evolution of galaxies or discovering new chemical compounds, algorithms are detecting patterns no humans could have spotted. (Wired)
  • KashFlow founder Duane Jackson has launched Staffology, a payroll SaaS and API (TC)
  • WorkClout brings SaaS to factory floor to increase operational efficiency (TC)
  • S. firm FIS buys Worldpay for $35 billion in payments deal bonanza (Reuters)
  • “A Modified Ponzi Scheme”: 78% Of Tesla Operating Cash Flow Has Come From Customer Deposits (ZH)
  • The Unicorn’s ‘Van Wilder’ moment (FT)


  • Astrophysicist and Author Janna Levin Reads “Berryman” by W.S. Merwin: Some of the Finest and Most Soul-Salving Advice on How to Stay Sane as an Artist (BP)
  • Yes, It’s All Your Fault: Active vs. Passive Mindsets (FS)
  • Kingdee dropped 14 percent after David Webb published a critical report calling it a “bubble stock.” (Bloomberg)

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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