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H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (30 April 2019) – Meet Matt Calkins: Billionaire, Board Game God And Tech’s Hidden Disruptor; he runs Appian which sells software to help businesses build apps more quickly; What Buddhism Taught Me About Product Management

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (30 April 2019) – Meet Matt Calkins: Billionaire, Board Game God And Tech’s Hidden Disruptor; he runs Appian which sells software to help businesses build apps more quickly; What Buddhism Taught Me About Product Management

Companies

  • Tantan, owned by Beijing-based Momo, was suspended from multiple app stores in the country (SCMP, Technode)
  • Most Loved China Drug Stock Sells Hormones to Make Kids Taller; Changchun Technology will not be affected by the Chinese government’s ongoing move to drive down generic drug prices through a centralized bulk procurement program as its products are not on the list of the national medical insurance reimbursement list (Bloomberg)
  • Xiaomi’s Lei Jun gives Lakala founder a 1kg gold bar to celebrate successful IPO; Lakala, a Beijing-based company that offers online and offline payment channels, remittances, and credit rating services, went public at the Shenzhen Stock Exchange after a failed previous attempt in 2017 (KRA)
  • China’s Sohu Stock Sees a Win as Its Game Subsidiary Returned a Fat Dividend (Barron’s)
  • China’s latest tech export: an Arabic-speaking, AI-powered news anchor from Sogou; Deal marks first time Sogou’s AI news anchor technology is being adopted by an international media organisation (SCMP)
  • China’s electric car boom doubles BYD’s quarterly sales; Automaker faces profit squeeze with Beijing slashing green-vehicle subsidies (Nikkei)
  • Trend Micro boosts channel partners’ business through its new channel program in India (CRN)
  • Meet Senzar: The Moto Blind Spot Detection System that comes from Cub ElecParts which has branched out into aftermarket blind spot detection for RVs, trailers, and motorcycles (RA)
  • China’s Trade War Is Taiwan’s Opportunity to Bring Cash Home; Delta Electronics has applied to invest $1.8 billion in production, research and design in Taiwan (Bloomberg)
  • Webcash: Bookkeeping leaps into the 21st century; Entrepreneur connects accounts with banks for small companies (JA)
  • WiseTech Global wants its acquisitions to be leaner (AFR)
  • Pentamaster could benefit from rising Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL) adoption in smartphones, which is projected to drive global VCSEL sales volume by 5x over 2017-23F (Edge)
  • Shopee Indonesia adds flight ticket feature in partnership with Traveloka (KRA)

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

  • Google purges Baidu-affiliated app developer from Play Store after ad fraud accusations (KRA)
  • Taobao testing social e-commerce platform Taoxiaopu (Technode)
  • Alibaba to pay $250 million to settle lawsuit over concealing pre-IPO warning on counterfeiting (Reuters)
  • Alipay app ends menu translation mystery for Chinese (Age)
  • Samsung profit tumbles 57% amid Galaxy Fold woes (MW)
  • SoftBank’s cash has poured out — it’s starting to come back; Shares up 41% since December as ‘conglomerate discount’ finally begins to narrow (FT); SoftBank-backed WeWork to go public; Money-losing shared-office provider joins pool of tech startups preparing IPO (Nikkei, Bloomberg)

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

  • Google Reminds Investors Rapid Growth Isn’t Guaranteed (Bloomberg); Alphabet’s Other Bets shows the cost of starting three businesses (qz); Google parent’s shares dive as YouTube changes, competition hurt revenue (Reuters); Alphabet revenue dented by cooling Google ad business (FT)
  • Why the Apple card is the gleaming future of money (Wired)
  • Amazon’s One-Day Shipping Is Hitting Trucking Stocks. It Shouldn’t. (Barron’s)
  • Microsoft Forms Pact With VMware to Keep Up With Amazon (Bloomberg)
  • How Microsoft learned from the past to redesign its future (Verge)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Startup set to launch China’s first commercial autonomous taxi; Beijing backing means vehicles can build safety record on open roads (Nikkei)
  • China’s rocket start-ups go small in age of ‘shoebox’ satellites (Reuters)
  • Swingvy looks to automate manual and cumbersome HR practices for small and mid-sized businesses by connecting HR, payroll, and employee benefits on a mobile-first online platform (KRA)
  • Grocery delivery startup Honestbee hits cash crunch, eyes sale (TIA)
  • Tiger Global has invested in NinjaCart, as well as Facilio, Fyle and CleverTap, all of which are B2B startups (LM)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Makes Disney Invincible in 2019. Then What? The blockbuster film and other highly anticipated releases will make this year difficult to repeat, especially in the age of streaming. (Bloomberg); Disney’s stock rockets toward best month in 30 years as ‘Avengers’ adds to buying frenzy (MW); ‘Avengers’ Can’t Power Movie Theater Stocks Because We’re Living in a Streaming World (Barron’s); The ‘Endgame’ for Disney Stock Is a Netflix-Like Valuation (Barron’s)
  • Uber Pitches Expansions While Investors Question Losses (Bloomberg)
  • Autonomous vehicles make congestion pricing even more critical (TC)
  • Here’s what investors need to know about how unicorn IPOs are really priced (MW)
  • Toy-robot startup Anki, maker of Cozmo, shutting down (MW)
  • PayPal and 3 Other Stocks to Play the Growing Mobile Commerce Trend (Barron’s)
  • Adobe Stock Will Soar as Earnings Grow, Morgan Stanley Says (Barron’s)
  • Roku Stock Slips and Recovers Ahead of a ‘Mixed Bag’ of Competitive Launches (Barron’s)
  • Big Tech’s health fixation spreads into private areas; Recent years have seen problematic revelations about usage of data; Surveillance of healthcare data is big business (FT)
  • Spotify has reached 100m paying subscribers faster than Wall Street expected, while diversifying from music into podcasts as it searches for a path to long-term profitability (FT, Reuters)
  • Marriott to expand further into luxury home-sharing, hoping to vie with Airbnb (JT)
  • Walmart’s AI-powered store of the future is nothing like Amazon Go; There are cameras. There is AI. And the similarities end there. (FastCo)
  • EDA Finds a Common Framework for AI (EET)
  • Bosch signs pact with Sweden’s Powercell to mass produce fuel cells (Reuters)
  • Which Tech Company Is Uber Most Like? Its Answer May Surprise You (NYT)

Life

  • Meet Matt Calkins: Billionaire, Board Game God And Tech’s Hidden Disruptor; he runs Appian which sells software to help businesses build apps more quickly (Forbes)
  • What Buddhism Taught Me About Product Management (Medium)
  • Marcus Aurelius: 3 Rules For Life (DF)
  • The $13 Billion Lesson from Salesforce That Any Business Can Apply (Medium)
  • Why We Believe in Magic (BC)
  • Everyone’s Worried About a Bear Market. Here’s How to Spot One. (Barron’s)
  • Emotional Fitness: 3 Essential Habits for Better Mental Health (NW)
  • The Lies We Tell: We make up stories in our minds and then against all evidence, defend them tooth and nail. Understanding why we do this is the key to discovering truth and making wiser decisions. (FS)
  • Decoding Difficult Conversations: My Interview with Negotiation Expert, Sheila Heen [The Knowledge Project Ep. #57] (FS)
  • Has Warren Buffett got too big? For 30 years the billionaire investor outpaced the market but that all changed in the past decade. (AFR)
  • Interview: The Qualitative Genius of Sean Stannard-Stockton (MF)
  • Deloitte seen facing ban over IL&FS accounting fraud (DB)
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H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (29 April 2019) – On the need for hardship and the longing to grow; How to reduce digital distractions: advice from medieval monks

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (29 April 2019) – On the need for hardship and the longing to grow; How to reduce digital distractions: advice from medieval monks

Companies

  • Xiaomi chief’s fund hunts for next big Indian-language app; With $1.2bn, venture investor eyes country’s unconnected rural population (Nikkei)
  • Bandai Namco brings interactive gaming event as it taps Chinese market (Shine)
  • Technopro Holdings sees revenue and profits surge (SI)
  • Docomo profit warning marks end of an era for Japan telecoms (Nikkei)
  • Seek takes equity stakes in FutureLearn and Coursera (AFR)

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

  • Why Wechat mini-programs are the cutting edge of e-commerce (Technode)

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

  • The rise and fall of Facebook’s memory economy (Wired)
  • About 14.5% of Netflix subscribers say they are considering dropping the service in favor of Disney’s $6.99-a-month offering (MW)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Toyota abandons plan to install U.S connected vehicle tech by 2021 (Reuters)
  • The ASEAN e-commerce paradox; there are doubts that e-commerce marketplaces, which rely heavily on perks such as providing subsidies on deliveries and free listing for sellers to draw in customers, can be a long term sustainable business model. (Star)
  • Singapore’s Bet on Tech Startups Gains Ground With 150 VC Funds (Bloomberg)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Burned by bitcoin — Son’s misadventure tells wider story; Japanese billionaire’s loss shows urgent need for regulation in nascent market (Nikkei)
  • Luxury Ride-Sharing Platform Says 20% Of Teslas Faulty; Takes Out Ad In Times Square To Complain (ZH, GT)
  • Lyft and Uber lure people with low fares, but how long will cheap ride-sharing last? (MW)
  • SAP’s finances show it is growing into the cloud era (AFR)
  • Intel puts modem business up for sale, held talks with Apple: WSJ (Reuters)
  • Walmart Bets on TV Shows for Families, Date Night in Media Push (Bloomberg)

Life

  • On the need for hardship and the longing to grow (Ascent)
  • How to reduce digital distractions: advice from medieval monks (Aeon)
  • Warren Buffett: ‘I’m having more fun than any 88-year-old in the world’; The legendary investor on luck, expectations and finding value in an overheated market (FT)

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (27 April 2019) – Amazon is reportedly building a high-fidelity music streaming service to rival Tidal

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (27 April 2019) – Amazon is reportedly building a high-fidelity music streaming service to rival Tidal

Companies

  • China’s Ctrip now owns half of India’s MakeMyTrip following share swap with Naspers (TC)
  • US slams Alibaba and its challenger Pinduoduo for selling fakes (TC)
  • NetEase Kaola to open first factory store as it pushes further offline (Technode)
  • Mario Kart Tour could be Nintendo’s biggest smartphone win (TNW); Nintendo’s Guidance Seen as a `Mockery,’ Sending Shares Lower (Bloomberg)
  • Custom fit fashion retailer Zozo pulls out of overseas markets; CEO’s global ambitions shredded as German and US losses pile up (Nikkei)
  • Nidec to add plant in China’s Dalian for electric-car motors; Japanese manufacturer plans $500m investment to build up new growth engine (Nikkei)
  • Sony secures record profit as digital platforms thrive (Nikkei)
  • Singapore Wealth Firm iFast’s Pre-Tax Profit Declines by 38% (Bloomberg)
  • Wellington Airport goes live on Gentrack’s Veovo software (Reseller)

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

  • Wirecard Still Raises Plenty of Questions; SoftBank offered financial backing this week to the German fintech darling. But does it really merit such a racy market valuation? (Bloomberg)

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

  • Amazon is reportedly building a high-fidelity music streaming service to rival Tidal (TNW)
  • Both Amazon, and the business models that assess the veracity of its reviews (which tend to sell advertising on their websites), rely heavily on algorithms. (FT)
  • Save the Netflix Bears. The Market Needs Them. (Bloomberg)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Short video app Douyin campaign signals the arrival of vlogs in China (Technode)
  • Kuaishou brings 3D cartoon characters to livestreaming with new AR feature (Technode)
  • Chinese brands rule Indian smartphone market with 2/3rds of share: report (Reuters)
  • Bill Gates is backing this Hong Kong biotech start-up that can screen for cancer through a sample of urine or blood. Here’s why (SCMP)
  • Southeast Asia’s Grab cuts a familiar path with partnerships in logistics and travel; The new features will be rolled out across Grab’s Southeast Asian markets by the end of June (SCMP)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Why Isn’t Hulu Better? (HBR)
  • Slack’s complicated relationship with email, according to its IPO filing (qz); Slack Reveals Losses Amid Rapid Growth in Plan to Go Public (Bloomberg); Slack Pitches Would-Be Investors on a Few Big-Spending Customers (Bloomberg)
  • How Uber changed Silicon Valley; Ride-hailing app inspired generation of tech companies to tackle real world challenges (FT); Uber Is a Growth Business That Has Trouble Growing (Bloomberg); Uber sets terms for IPO, posts $1 billion first-quarter loss (Reuters)
  • Major Tech Firms Come Out Against Police Use of AI Algorithms (Bloomberg)
  • Intel Tumbles, Setting Up Worst Day Since 2008 (Bloomberg)
  • Tradeweb’s 50% Rally Sets Stage for Questions About Debt Market (Bloomberg)
  • Yara, IBM to offer digital services to farmers (Reuters)

Life

  • On Professional Failure (TSOL)

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (26 April 2019) – Microsoft Surpasses $1 Trillion Valuation

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (26 April 2019) – Microsoft Surpasses $1 Trillion Valuation

Companies

  • US adds Pinduoduo to list of counterfeit facilitators (Nikkei); Pinduoduo founder calls for openness in e-commerce as battle with Alibaba and JD.com escalates (SCMP); Pinduoduo’s struggles are like ‘Yao Ming in elementary school’: CEO (Technode)
  • Meituan unites with small ride-hailing players to take on Didi (KRA)
  • Live streaming app Inke turns on parental controls (KRA)
  • Terumo has grown rapidly in the Chinese market in recent years, selling guidewires, catheters and other interventional products, but not coronary stents (MTI)
  • Nintendo Tie-Up Hints At Tencent’s New Strategy For Gaming In China (Forbes); Nintendo: flipping out; Obstacles ahead even with a rumoured cheaper version of Switch to come (FT); Nintendo Moves Toward Highly Anticipated Mario Kart Tour Release (Bloomberg); Nintendo Disappoints With Tepid Outlook, No Date for New Switch (Bloomberg)
  • Innodisk with Uncompromising AIoT Solution for the Medical Field (PRNW)
  • Vitrox 1Q profit up 16%, declares 4 sen dividend (Edge)

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

  • Alibaba’s B2C platform Tmall aims to double sales volume by 2021 (KRA)
  • Samsung looks to diversify with $116bn bet on logic chips (Nikkei)
  • SoftBank and Google parent tie up on flying 5G stations for phone services using balloons and drones (JT)

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

  • Amazon’s best weapons are sprawl and usefulness (Reuters)
  • Amazon raises stakes for rivals with one-day delivery goal after profit surge (Reuters)
  • Amazon’s Supercharged Growth Is Gone (Bloomberg)
  • Microsoft Surpasses $1 Trillion Valuation (Bloomberg)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • China’s dating apps are experimenting with livestreamed matchmaking (TNW)
  • China’s New Nasdaq-Style Exchange Is Almost Ready, But Where Are The Unicorns? (Forbes)
  • China’s e-commerce start-ups lose favour with private equity funds as Beijing-backed chip makers steal their thunder, study finds (SCMP)
  • Founder Ren Zhengfei says Huawei should learn from Apple – and set higher prices (SCMP)
  • Indonesian live auction platform WowBid raises USD 5 million (KRA)
  • Grocery delivery startup Honestbee is running out of money and trying to sell (TC)
  • AI-powered NeuroTags helps businesses eliminate counterfeits of their products from the market (e27)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • SalesLoft nabs $70M at around $600M valuation for its sales engagement platform (TC)
  • Online learning startup Coursera picks up $103M, now valued at $1B+ (TC)
  • Walmart unveils an AI-powered store of the future, now open to the public (TC)
  • Disney Stock Is Rising Because It Might Buy Comcast’s Hulu Stake (MW)
  • Government innovation in cloud drives another strong quarter for ServiceNow (Diginomica)
  • Visualization Startup Hover Just Raised Another $25 Million To Digitize Home Renovation Planning (Forbes)
  • Can Uber ever make money? A ride back through history offers sobering lessons (Economist)
  • Grubhub profit better than expected, shares soar (Reuters)
  • Slack Finds New Ways to Fit In at the Office, Ahead of Stock Debut (Bloomberg)
  • Uber Aims for an IPO Valuation of as Much as $90 Billion (Bloomberg)

Life

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (25 April 2019) – Scientists develop an AI that can turn brainwaves into speech + Why Bill and Melinda Gates wash dishes together every night

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (25 April 2019) – Scientists develop an AI that can turn brainwaves into speech + Why Bill and Melinda Gates wash dishes together every night

Companies

  • Salesforce nearly doubled its money in Zoom IPO, but company says it’s in for the long term (CNBC)
  • Tencent-backed real estate platform Beike announces ambitious growth plans amid legal row with rival; Can newcomer Beike dethrone Fang.com as China’s top online property portal? (KRA)
  • China’s digital music market expands with rising subscriptions; TME has a strong grip on the market, claiming 800 million users, three times more than Spotify, but less than four percent of those users pay for subscription compares with 45 percent (CGTN)
  • In Japan, busy singles are turning to apps to find love; Linkbal Inc., an operator of an e-commerce portal website for matchmaking events, has offered the CoupLink online dating app since July 2016. (JT)
  • Japanese team aims to test 3D-printed blood vessel transplants on kidney patients; 3D bioprinter developed by Shibuya Corp. (Mainichi)
  • Robot king Fanuc risks missing out on 5G boom; After forecasting 60% profit drop, company faces new challenges as clients ditch metal casing (Nikkei)
  • Pro Medicus share price hits an all-time high on seven-year contract with Duke Health worth $14 million (Yahoo)
  • VGI and iClick Interactive Announce Marketing Technology Joint Venture to Address Thailand’s Booming Digital Marketing Space and Connect Brands in Southeast Asia with China Opportunities (Yahoo); VGI links with iClick to smooth the way for SE Asia brands in China (Nation)

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

  • Tencent Trusted Doctors raises USD 250 million, bringing valuation past USD 1 billion (KRA)
  • Tencent eyes silver generation with investment in video app for dancing grannies (SCMP)
  • Alibaba Cloud takes 19.6% in Asia Pacific market, beats Amazon and Microsoft combined (KRA); Alibaba Pushes Its Cloud Unit Globally As It Trounces Amazon in Asia (Bloomberg)
  • Samsung Plans $116 Billion Splurge on Chips to Take On Intel (Bloomberg)

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

  • Facebook Says Settling FTC Probe Could Cost Up to $5 Billion (Bloomberg)
  • Instagram is becoming Facebook’s sugar daddy (Reuters)
  • Audible now offers live customer service through Alexa devices (TC); Amazon Launches Free Music Streaming to Juice Alexa-Device Sales (Bloomberg); Amazon’s Alexa Team Can Access Users’ Home Addresses (Bloomberg)
  • Apple Stock Will Gain Because iPhone Users Spend More on Apps, Analyst Says; iPhone owners spend 10 times more than Android users on mobile apps (Barron’s)
  • Amazon goes into luxury beauty (AFR)
  • Microsoft tops $1 trillion as it predicts more cloud growth (Reuters); Microsoft is closing in on becoming a $10 billion-a-quarter cloud company (qz)’ Tech Trio Races Toward $1 Trillion Valuation on Cusp of Earnings (Bloomberg); Microsoft Sales Top Estimates Amid Flurry of Cloud Wins; Software maker’s 73% Azure revenue gain ‘blew away’ Street (Bloomberg)
  • Will Netflix eventually monetize its user data? (Conversation); Here’s how new streaming services could really hurt Netflix; WarnerMedia, NBCUniversal, Disney shows make up 40% of Netflix’s viewing minutes (MW); Nobody Watches Netflix’s Original Shows, And That’s A Huge Problem (ZH)

 

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Why China’s unicorns may not trot happily to market (FT); China tech groups delay IPOs as US tensions bite; Companies are also accepting lower valuations amid dwindling investor appetite (FT)
  • Chinese companies face surging write-offs; After a global investment spree, impairments weigh on tech and energy companies (Nikkei)
  • Didi reveals it is still making losses on many fares charged in China as it discloses costs breakdown (SCMP)
  • The Chinese state-owned tech company supplying signal-boosting laser amplifiers to the world’s largest financial centres; Report reveals that Wuhan-based Accelink’s gear has been used in West for a decade (SCMP)
  • Chinese regulator hints at better access for foreign cloud computing companies (SCMP)
  • Made in China, Exported to the World: The Surveillance State (NYT)
  • The Future of Shopping Is Already Happening in China; Traditional retail and e-commerce hold little interest for consumers who are wedded to smartphones and take their cues from influencers. (Bloomberg)
  • China’s unchecked expansion of data-powered AI raises civic concerns; Local industry is growing fast but there are signs of a pushback (FT)
  • Taiwan’s Top Stock Investor Sees Tech Frenzy Getting Extreme (Bloomberg)
  • Cashless payments in Fukuoka accelerate, and large-scale commercial facilities introduce Melpay and Origami Pay (TC)
  • Japan Has a New Emperor. Now It Needs a Software Update. (NYT)
  • Japan lays bare the limitations of robots in unpredictable work; Forerunner in automation worried about progress being too slow rather than too fast (FT)
  • AI becoming a viable way to bridge the gap in the doctor-patient ratio: mfine CEO Prasad Kompalli; mfine, which uses AI to enable users to link with doctors through live chat or video under a minute, has just bagged (e27)
  • Indonesian social commerce platform TokoTalk raises US$3.2M; TokoTalk is a chat-based e-commerce platform built specifically for online sellers on social media such as Instagram (e27)
  • AI-based visual training platform Chooch AI secures US$2.8M (e27)
  • ai raises $17M to equip online retailers with AI smarts (TC)
  • Go-Jek and Grab’s competing visions play out; Funding gap between the competitors reflects big philosophical differences between their investors; Go-Jek’s directors think too much capital is a drug; it enables founders to become profliga (FT)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Scientists develop an AI that can turn brainwaves into speech (Age)
  • Behind Airbnb’s bet on show business to hook travellers (Reuters)
  • MongoDB to acquire open-source mobile database Realm for $39 million (TC)
  • Securing the 5G future – what’s the issue? (Reuters)
  • SAP shares hit high on Elliott’s $1.3b investment; SAP reported an adjusted operating margin of 24 per cent for the first quarter as it grapples with a catch-up transition to cloud computing (AFR); SAP/cloud services: mist opportunity; German group needs to integrate its acquisitions flawlessly to remain in the race (FT)
  • iRobot Stock Takes a Hit Because There Are Too Many Robots (Barron’s)
  • Sirius XM profit dented by Pandora acquisition (MW)
  • This In-Ear Translator Can Interpret A Bilingual Conversation On The Fly (Forbes)
  • Start-up makes robots small manufacturers can afford; Collaborative robots market expected to snowball to $12.3bn by 2025 (FT)
  • PayPal’s Venmo Isn’t Enough to Drive Payment Volume Growth (Bloomberg)
  • Apollo, Cerberus Consider Shutterfly Bids, Lifting Stock (Bloomberg)
  • Explosions Threatening Lithium-Ion’s Edge in a Battery Race (Bloomberg)
  • Slack Finds New Ways to Fit In at the Office, Ahead of Stock Debut (Bloomberg, Reuters)
  • A $603 Million Deal Sheds Light on Cybersecurity Space (Bloomberg)

Life

  • Why Bill and Melinda Gates wash dishes together every night (AFR)
  • This Question Will Change Your (Reading) Life; What should you read next? Whatever books shaped the people you most admire and respect. (RH)
  • How to train your brain to be resilient to failure (FastCo)

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (24 April 2019) – Nearmap Partners with HNTB to Use 3-D Aerial Imagery to Win More Business Against Larger Competitors

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (24 April 2019) – Nearmap Partners with HNTB to Use 3-D Aerial Imagery to Win More Business Against Larger Competitors

Companies

  • Douyu files for US IPO: How China’s answer to Twitch is really not like the US game-streaming service at all (SCMP)
  • Nintendo’s surge on China entry prospects has not deterred short bets by hedge funds (SCMP)
  • Terry Gou’s replacement at Foxconn faces difficult path ahead; Big question is where the Taiwanese group’s growth will come from in future (FT)
  • Atlassian Acquires From its PaaS Marketplace (SM)
  • Nearmap Partners with HNTB to Use 3-D Aerial Imagery to Win More Business Against Larger Competitors (BW)

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

  • Defective Galaxy Fold is another dent for brand Samsung; Delayed launch of foldable smartphone a bigger hit for company’s reputation than finances (FT); Samsung’s Reputation Founders on Rush for Lead in Folding Phones (Bloomberg)
  • Didi-SoftBank taxi-hailing JV expands to 13 cities across Japan (Reuters); SoftBank to Consider Acquiring 5% Stake in Wirecard (Bloomberg)

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

  • Facebook’s flood of languages leaves it struggling to monitor content (Reuters)
  • JCPenney explains why it dropped Apple Pay (TC)
  • Will Netflix Junk Bonds Wilt Amid the Content Wars? (Bloomberg)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • China’s game makers face a shapeshifting boss (Reuters)
  • Bytedance’s tutoring platform Gogokid laying off employees (Technode)
  • China’s Bytedance says India TikTok ban causing $500,000 daily loss, risks jobs (Reuters)
  • Mobile ad fraud spooking marketers: MMA; 22% of the mobile ad spends in India are subject to fraud, says survey (Forbes)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • AI is helping regulators keep tabs on new industrial farms and their waste discharging habits (TNW)
  • Voiceflow, which allows anyone to make voice apps without coding, raises $3.5 million (TC)
  • Salesforce.com acquisition of related company mixes complex transactions with a big writeoff (MW)
  • Umicore: “Demand patterns for cathode materials have deteriorated in the past couple of months, in China and Korea in particular. In China, the demand for EVs has considerably decreased from the levels of the second half of 2018” (Barron’s)
  • Roku Stock Will Keep Soaring Because People Will Keep Cutting the Cord, Analyst Says (Barron’s)
  • How patients can turn their medical data into money; Wave of start-ups offer to aggregate information for research opportunities (FT)
  • Why Spotify Stock Is Worth the Risk, According to a Top Shareholder (Barron’s)
  • Audioburst raises $10M to build AI-powered infotainment systems for cars, ad solutions (TC)
  • Porsche CEO Eyes Cooperation With Chinese Technology Giants (Bloomberg)
  • Dassault Eyes U.S. Acquisitions Including Medidata (Bloomberg)
  • Snap Enters Its Rorschach Phase: You See What You Want (Bloomberg)
  • Elon Musk’s Chipmaking Claims Don’t Match the Reality (Bloomberg)

Life

  • Short Seller Bonitas Targets Singapore’s Best World, Sending Shares Lower (Bloomberg)

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (23 April 2019) – Nearmap doubles valuation to $1.5b in three months; Every company Disney owns: a map of Disney’s worldwide assets

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (23 April 2019) – Nearmap doubles valuation to $1.5b in three months; Every company Disney owns: a map of Disney’s worldwide assets

Companies

  • Chinese e-sports platform DouYu files for U.S. IPO (MW)
  • Chinese Surveillance Camera Maker Hikvision Sees Growth Slow in 2018 and 1Q2019 (Caixin)
  • TETCO, Trend Micro sign MOU to boost digital security solutions in Saudi schools (SG)
  • istyle China Opens @cosme Official Online Store on China’s Largest General Trade E-commerce Website Tmall (NK)
  • Netmarble stock price jumps as BTS hits another Billboard No. 1 (Investor)
  • Nearmap doubles valuation to $1.5b in three months (AFR)
  • Australians embracing robo-advisers; In October 2018, IRESS launched its first automated advice platform for WA Super. (AFR)

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

  • Ant Financial’s money market fund Yu’e Bao shrinks to new low (Technode)
  • Tencent pilots new anti-game addiction program that will lock out young gamers (KRA)
  • Samsung delays foldable phone launch after display troubles (Nikkei)

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

  • Your iCloud is actually AmazonCloud (qz)
  • Bezos Disputes Amazon’s Market Power. But His Merchants Feel the Pinch; In recent years, third-party sellers have found it harder to compete and are paying Amazon a bigger chunk of their take. (Bloomberg)
  • Amazon Launches Free Music Streaming to Juice Alexa-Device Sales (Bloomberg)
  • Microsoft delves deeper into IoT with Express Logic acquisition (TC)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • China’s AV edge? It’s the infrastructure (Technode)
  • Chinese start-ups join rush to launch IPOs on Shanghai exchange’s new tech board (SCMP)
  • Toyota to tie up with major Chinese automaker on fuel cell vehicles (JT)
  • Panasonic cuts Tesla risk to stem further bleeding (Nikkei); Tesla and Panasonic freeze spending on $4.5bn Gigafactory (Nikkei); Panasonic shares surge in stark contrast to Tesla’s (Nikkei)
  • How AI can make the world a safer place (TIA)
  • Resurgent HappyFresh raises $20M for its online grocery service in Southeast Asia (TC)
  • Go-Jek introduces e-commerce feature Go-Mall in partnership with JD; Go-Jek users can browse for goods ranging from electronics to fresh groceries. (KRA)
  • Tokopedia introduces innovative social e-commerce feature (KRA)
  • Singapore talking with more electric car companies after Dyson, but Tesla apparently not among them (JT)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Dassault Eyes U.S. Acquisitions Including Medidata (Bloomberg)
  • Porsche CEO Eyes Cooperation With Chinese Technology Giants (Bloomberg)
  • Big Data Won’t Build a Better Robot (Bloomberg)
  • Audioburst raises $10M to build AI-powered infotainment systems for cars, ad solutions (TC)
  • Spotify, Universal Music Group, and the Question of Tech vs. Content (Barron’s)
  • America’s Biggest Supermarket Company Struggles With Online Grocery Upheaval (WSJ)
  • Nvidia says Tesla ‘inaccurate’ in self-driving comparison (MW)
  • ‘People will die’: Sceptics doubt Elon Musk’s promise that self-driving Tesla robo-taxis will be on the road by 2020 (Age)
  • This new US airport screening camera would see too much (qz)
  • Uber Questions (Stratechery)
  • Every company Disney owns: a map of Disney’s worldwide assets (TM)
  • What Are Lyft, Uber, and Other Tech Startups’ IPOs Worth? It’s Anyone’s Guess. (Barron’s)
  • Qorvo Stock Will Rally Because It Will Thrive in a 5G World, JPMorgan Says (Barron’s)
  • Take-Two Is the Videogame Stock to Beat and Has Huge Upside, Analyst Says (Barron’s)
  • ‘Persuasive technologies’ prompt child health fears; Companies need to get ahead of the issue before regulators do (FT)
  • Move over TikTok: Bits is the new app that wants to launch comedy stars (FastCo)
  • In the cloud: Why project planning unicorn Asana is watching Australia closely (Age)
  • Tech Platforms Love Moving Fast — Except When Their Users Are in Trouble (Medium)
  • Career-focused startup Zippia raises $8.5 million in Series A to use artificial Intelligence to help job seekers (PRNW, TS)

Life

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