H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (8 April 2019) – The technical landscape for processors and sensors for embedded computer vision applications has changed tremendously over the past five years and will continue to change dramatically over the next five years.

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (8 April 2019) – The technical landscape for processors and sensors for embedded computer vision applications has changed tremendously over the past five years and will continue to change dramatically over the next five years.

Companies

  • Why Tencent Music Is Poised for Growth; The Chinese company is more than a music-streaming service. It’s a massive social network with strong tailwinds. (MF)
  • Alibaba-backed parenting platform Babytree to branch out globally, grow international revenue over three years; Hong Kong-listed company wants revenue from international business to exceed a third of its China sales (SCMP)
  • Trend Micro, Luxoft team up to protect networked cars from hackers (Star)
  • Baring Private Equity Asia to acquire 30% in NIIT Tech for Rs 2,627 cr (BS)

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

  • The team behind Baidu’s first smart speaker is now using AI to make films (TC)
  • Tencent teams up with Hyundai for infotainment, not autonomous driving software (KRA)

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

  • Why Facebook will have a hard time becoming the next WeChat (TNW)
  • How Apple convinced us that AirPods aren’t ridiculous (anymore) (MW)
  • 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)
  • Infographic: Microsoft’s Biggest Acquisitions (CBI)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • TikTok’s next ambitious goal is to discover future music stars (TC)
  • China’s virtual reality arcades aim for real-world success amid massive growth in market (JT)
  • China’s US$10 budget phone maker seeks fortune in Belt and Road countries; Transsion plans to invest 3 billion yuan after its IPO on more factories, research and development, and new product lines (SCMP)
  • The Asian brake behind Lyft’s juddering start (Nikkei)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Big Tech must pay for access to America’s ‘digital oil’; In an era of data harvesting big web platforms are the new Saudi Aramco or ExxonMobil (FT)
  • How rating everything from your Uber driver to your Airbnb host has become a nightmare (MW)
  • Companies Take a Piecemeal Approach to Automation Tech (WSJ)
  • Software, marketplaces and institutionalizing the wine market (AR)
  • Could AI restore trust in banks? (AFR)
  • The frightening future of robocalls: Numbers and voices you know (CNN)
  • Businesses show no appetite for anti-terror AI tool (FT)
  • Roblox games platform plans European expansion; US start-up has spawns community of developers, some of whom have become millionaires (FT)
  • Roku Tumbles as Analysts See Competition From Apple and Amazon (Bloomberg)
  • The technical landscape for processors and sensors for embedded computer vision applications has changed tremendously over the past five years and will continue to change dramatically over the next five years. (EET)

Life

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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