H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (1 April 2019) – How AI Is Reshaping Healthcare Data; IKEA is getting into the FaaS (Furniture as a Service) game to become the “Netflix of Furniture”

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (1 April 2019) – How AI Is Reshaping Healthcare Data; IKEA is getting into the FaaS (Furniture as a Service) game to become the “Netflix of Furniture”


  • China’s grocery delivery battle heats up with Meituan’s entry (TC)
  • How a Dying Factory Became a Symbol of China’s Tech Might; BOE builds OLED display capacity for foldable smartphones (Bloomberg)
  • Rakuten to book $990m profit from Lyft IPO (Nikkei)

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

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

  • Google’s Revived Robotics Department Prioritizes Powerful AI; Fewer humanoid robots, more sophisticated software. (Futurism)
  • How Netflix plans on owning your kids’ screen time; Inside the streaming giant’s modest-looking but no less ambitious animation studio. (FastCo)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Chinese tech faces an innovation reality check as the economy cools and start-ups stumble; Even after a banner year for venture capital funding, some investors predict that as many as 90 per cent of Chinese tech start-ups are doomed to fail (SCMP)
  • Missing Unicorns Cast Doubt on Shanghai’s Tech Dream (Bloomberg)
  • South Korea’s burned out millennials choose YouTube over Samsung (Reuters)
  • Why Yatra doesn’t intend to go back to TV; The online travel aggregator was the first in its category to sign on Bollywood celebrities for big-bang advertisements, but says the medium turned into a double-edged sword (Forbes); Yatra’s eventful trip from buyer to buyout target (Forbes)
  • Nykaa on its way to become the next billion-dollar Indian company (BS)
  • Chasing the dream of seamless public-private transportation, Grab launches ‘trip planner’ in Jakarta; Rival Go-Jek pioneered a link up with Jakarta’s public bus network in 2015 but dropped the feature again (KRA)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • How AI Is Reshaping Healthcare Data (CBI)
  • IKEA is getting into the FaaS (Furniture as a Service) game; IKEA Is Betting Millennials Would Rather Rent Furniture Than Own It (Barron’s)
  • Artificial intelligence group DeepMind readies first commercial product; Device can diagnose a range of eye diseases in real time as accurately as the best specialists (FT)
  • WeWork’s $1.9 Billion Loss Is A Typical Tech Bubble 2.0 Story (ZH); On-demand companies rewired our lives. Now they must survive Wall Street (CNN)
  • If Only Blockbuster had Listened to Enron …How Blockbuster Blew a Chance to Dominate Video-On-Demand. (Medium)
  • Robot ‘natural selection’ recombines into something totally new (Wired)
  • When a rose is not a rose: Defining the theme of robotics, automation & AI (RG)
  • 5G: Transforming Tomorrow with the Power of Data (RG)
  • End of arm tooling: The secret sauce of collaborative applications (TRR)
  • How Big Tech Is Finally Tackling Cybersecurity (CBI)
  • 50 Future Unicorns (CBI)
  • How the post Google, Facebook era could be ‘golden age’ for media (Age)


  • 4 practical facts about the human brain that can help you cultivate emotional resilience (FastCo)

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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