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H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (5 April 2019) – How billionaire debutant Sanjeev Bikhchandani built himself a fortune; The new-age tycoon and founder of Info Edge has earned himself a a reputation to match

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (5 April 2019) – How billionaire debutant Sanjeev Bikhchandani built himself a fortune; The new-age tycoon and founder of Info Edge has earned himself a a reputation to match

Companies

  • Alibaba-backed influencer platform Ruhnn takes a dive after Nasdaq debut (KRA)
  • Cash-hungry news app Qutoutiao raises another USD 33m via public offering; The firm just had raised USD 171m from Alibaba (KRA)
  • After booking huge loss, Tencent-backed Huya plans a share sale to raise USD 550m (KRA)
  • Toei Animation: Dragon Ball Celebrates 30th Anniversary with Massive Wave of Merchandise (MW)
  • Trend Micro’s Industrial IoT Joint Venture, TxOne Networks, Offers Sneak Peek of Solution to Securing Industrial Machinery (AO)
  • How billionaire debutant Sanjeev Bikhchandani built himself a fortune; The new-age tycoon and founder of Info Edge has earned himself a a reputation to match (Forbes)
  • MakeMyTrip unveils in-app live travel gameshow ‘Knock Knock’ (Forbes)
  • VGI in Bt4.6 bn deal with Plan B to boost clout in outdoor advertising (Nation)

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

  • Tencent partners with two banks in cloud business push (Technode)
  • Tencent raises $6 billion in bond sale; proceeds for general purposes (Reuters)
  • Samsung’s profit drops 60% on slump in panels and chips (Nikkei)
  • Masayoshi Son Finds an Easy Way to Make $1 Billion a Year; The SoftBank tycoon’s move into alternative investing is smart, but the sheer size of his Vision Fund might make it harder to deliver U.S. exits. (Bloomberg)

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

  • How start-ups have used Instagram to build $1bn businesses; Mattress company Casper and beauty brand Glossier leverage social media marketing (FT)
  • Amazon says Alexa can now handle private patient information (MW)
  • Amazon reportedly readying its Alexa-powered answer to AirPods (TC)
  • Amazon puts a dent in Google’s ad dominance (MW)
  • How Apple Arcade and other subscriptions could save-or sink-indie games; For better or worse, Netflix-like gaming services are a new wrinkle for independent creators. (FastCo)
  • Microsoft Joins Tech Race to Clean Up Shipping With Big Data (Bloomberg)
  • Netflix, Amazon and Disney fight for India’s online audience; The streaming giants are having trouble getting Indians to pay for content (Economist)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Freshcode hits home run in Korean food delivery scene (Investor)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • A Thriving Software Company You’ve Probably Never Heard of Has Beaten the Dow for a Decade (Barron’s)
  • Tradeweb Jumps in Debut After 2019’s Second-Biggest U.S. IPO (Bloomberg)
  • Snapchat launches Mario Party-style multiplayer games platform (TC); Snapchat eyes mobile gaming in an effort to woo users; New features aim to stem churn as group fails to turn a profit (FT)
  • Wattpad, an online reading room, wants to print books; The Canadian startup thinks it can foretell which ones will sell (Economist)
  • AI’s Nemesis is Cloud Storage Economics (EET)
  • Walmart Unveils Voice-Activated, Google-Powered Grocery Shopping (Bloomberg)
  • SeatGeek Fills New Enterprise Role as Overseas Opportunity Grows (Bloomberg)

Life

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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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