H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (25 March 2019) – HEROZ AI automatically proposes stock portfolio based on financial theory in new service for SMBC Nikko Securities; AI can be trusted to take our 911 calls

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (25 March 2019) – HEROZ AI automatically proposes stock portfolio based on financial theory in new service for SMBC Nikko Securities; AI can be trusted to take our 911 calls


  • HEROZ AI automatically proposes stock portfolio based on financial theory in new service for SMBC Nikko Securities (TC)
  • Vision Travel and Direct Travel enhance booking capabilities through Serko’s Zeno (TW)
  • Are Info Edge investors betting too much on Zomato valuations? (LM)

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

  • Samsung scouts AI startups in Paris (Investor)

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

  • Amazon gets an edge with its secret squad of PhD economists (CNN)
  • Amazon makes own play for the beauty sector as online brands pick up steam (MW)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • The Complex Fortune Growing Inside World’s Most Valuable Startup (Bloomberg)
  • China’s Ping An Insurance finds success with focus on tech; Aggressive R&D begins to pay off and complement main business (Nikkei)
  • Disaster survivor brings AI solutions to Asian insurance (Nikkei)
  • The growth of global accommodation marketplace Airbnb in Australia has proven a boon for local property management start-up Hometime, which credits the platform for quadrupling its revenue in 13 months. (AFR)
  • $500m ‘Black Mirror’ app chases ASX IPO (AFR)
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is the world’s most popular smartphone game. Indian cities have banned it, fearing it turns children into ‘psychopaths’ (SCMP)
  • Delhi drives push for electric vehicles in India; $1.5bn in government subsidies will support electric scooters, three-wheelers and buses Bangalore electric scooter maker (FT)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • AI can be trusted to take our 911 calls (TNW)
  • Banks use AI to catch rogue traders before the act; Technology presents an opportunity to spot errant bankers before misconduct takes place (FT)
  • Google Search Moves Hurt Pinterest’s Growth, IPO Filing Shows (Bloomberg)
  • Could Walmart be the next big company to launch a game streaming service? (TC)
  • Smart grids are essential to prevent old power infrastructure from holding back the US economy (TNW)


  • Dirty Work For Robots: How Two Young Immigrant Entrepreneurs Created Oven-Sized Roombas To Chase A $5B Opportunity (Forbes)

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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