H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (6 April 2019) – Adobe’s growth to be fuelled by AI + 20 Ideas That Changed My Life

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (6 April 2019) – Adobe’s growth to be fuelled by AI + 20 Ideas That Changed My Life


  • Online travel booking agency Webjet believes there will be plenty of growth in the B2B WebBeds business in 10 years time (Australian)

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

  • Samsung warns its profits will drop 60% as smartphone demand slumps (CNN); Samsung profit plunge exposes smartphone king’s deeper problems; Excessive ambition, high costs and leadership void make it harder to fend off rivals (Nikkei)

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

  • Amazon’s Whole Foods price cuts aim to build a ‘Costco-like’ relationship with Prime members (MW)
  • Amazon Go Faces Unlikely Challenge From Checkout-Free Startup (Bloomberg)
  • Apple Plus – brand versus subscription (BE)
  • Apple Music’s U.S. subscriber count overtakes Spotify: source (Reuters)
  • Microsoft ‘s partnership with Adobe to better integrate its sales and marketing software will enable the technology giant to compete with Salesforce (Barron’s)
  • 3 Reasons Apple and Disney Won’t Dethrone Netflix in Streaming, According to an Analyst (Barron’s)
  • Google Could Learn a Lot About You From Its New Gaming Platform (Medium)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • KDDI set to launch smartphone payment service, joining rivals SoftBank and Docomo (JT)
  • Panasonic makes first foray toward Indian EV charger network (Nikkei)
  • Korean companies ready to exploit early adoption of 5G network; Retailer Shinsegae, amusement park Seoul Land go ahead for AR, VR services (Nikkei)
  • Fast but patchy: Trying South Korea’s new 5G service; Reliability problems cloud benefit of quicker download speeds (Nikkei)
  • Taiwanese travel startup KKday gives local tours a global reach; Millennials drawn to last-minute bookings and on the ground tips (Nikkei)
  • Oyo to launch hotel business in Japan; Indian unicorn announces joint venture with SoftBank (Nikkei)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Adobe’s growth to be fuelled by AI (Star)
  • Boomplay, a Spotify-style music and video streaming service for African music and Africa, raises $20M (TC)
  • Austria’s AI Brain Has a Plan to Take Down Waymo and Tesla (Bloomberg)
  • Lego’s hopes new programmable robotics kit will see use in classrooms (JT)
  • Fashion Resale Marketplace Poshmark Reportedly Eyeing IPO (CB)
  • Firewall Leader Set to Expand; Palo Alto became a leading cybersecurity provider with its next-generation firewall appliance, forever altering the requirements of this essential piece of networking security (Morningstar)
  • Payment `Disruptors’ Are Beating FAANG, Morgan Stanley Says (Bloomberg)


  • Trauma and How to Overcome It (TSOL)
  • 20 Ideas That Changed My Life (SN)
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