H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (11 April 2019) – The first research book written by an AI could lead to on-demand papers

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (11 April 2019) – The first research book written by an AI could lead to on-demand papers


  • Pinduoduo’s reputation as fake seller endures as Apple seeks to halt sales (Technode)
  • Chinese satellite operator shoots for June IPO; Move comes as Beijing urges state-owned enterprises to go public (Nikkei)
  • China Travel Site Ctrip Plans Convertible Bond Sale, Sources Say (Bloomberg)
  • Rakuten’s Mikitani Bets $5.5 Billion To Shake Up Telecom Industry (Forbes)
  • Japan’s booking-site clampdown exposes industry’s arm-twisting; Powerful online players Rakuten, Expedia and Booking.com hold enormous clout over hotels (Nikkei)
  • Trend Micro Releases Innovations that Increase Security for Google Cloud Platform, Kubernetes and G Suite Gmail (BI); VIVOTEK Enhances Protection In Its Cybersecurity Management Solution By Collaborating With Trend Micro (SI)
  • Delta Electronics reports strong March revenues (Digitimes)
  • Infosys has strengthened its ability to provide technology services in the area of mortgage processing by acquiring 75 percent of Stater NV, a wholly owned subsidiary of ABN Amro Bank NV (Forbes); TCS, Infosys likely to post strong quarterly revenue on surging outsourcing deals (Nikkei)
  • Nearmap boasts expansion into Canada is “well underway” (MF)

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

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

  • Why Google Is Expanding In Taiwan Again And Again (Forbes)
  • Google’s Next Big Money Maker Could Be the Maps on Your Phone; Service was mostly ad-free for years. That’s changing now (Bloomberg)
  • Google Cloud announces Traffic Director, a networking management tool for service mesh (TC)
  • Google launches an end-to-end AI platform (TC)
  • Google raises price of YouTube TV to $49.99, adds Discovery, Animal Planet (Reuters)
  • Salesforce and Google want to build a smarter customer service experience (TC)
  • The Fight for Smart Speaker Market Share (VC)
  • Amazon Alexa now offers long-form news coverage in addition to Flash Briefings (TC)
  • Amazon Workers Are Listening to What You Tell Alexa; A global team reviews audio clips in an effort to help the voice-activated assistant respond to commands. (Bloomberg)
  • Amazon buys warehouse robotics startup Canvas Technology (Reuters)
  • Microsoft worked with Chinese military university on artificial intelligence; Concerns raised on research that could be used for surveillance and censorship (FT)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Chinese plastic surgery app eyes $150m Nasdaq IPO; So-Young finds its niche with looks-conscious women (Nikkei)
  • Didi will struggle to get back its groove; Safety fears dog China’s car-hailing leader as new challengers threaten its dominance (FT)
  • 700 Japan banks rush to debut smartphone payment app in October; Launch moved ahead 6 months as government readies consumer incentives (Nikkei)
  • Cloud pharmaceutical management service “9lione” beta version operation start, already over 130 stores are using (TC)
  • A look at what’s behind Smilegate RPG’s IPO push (Investor)
  • Customers benefit as Ola and Uber slug it out in India; Result of battle for dominance will show whether local knowledge or deep pockets matter more (FT)
  • New York’s Via enters ride-hailing market in Indonesia; App takes on Go-Jek and Grab with focus on minivan taxis (Nikkei)
  • Singapore’s Carousell raises USD 56 million from OLX parent company Naspers (TC, KRA)
  • CleverTap lands $26M for its mobile-focused customer marketing service (TC)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • The first research book written by an AI could lead to on-demand papers (TC)
  • PagerDuty IPO: 5 things to know about the DevOps company (MW)
  • Sending money across borders is becoming cheaper and easier; Fintech start-ups are disrupting the international money transfer market (Economist)
  • Jumia’s anticipated billion-dollar IPO has been delayed (qz); Here’s how Jumia’s IPO will go-according to investors who’ve backed global e-commerce giants (qz)
  • Startup Front Shakes Up Pricing To Take Its Email Collaboration Mainstream (Forbes)
  • Congress Is About to Ban the Government From Offering Free Online Tax Filing. Thank TurboTax. (PP)
  • Waiting for WeWork profits no longer a labour of love (AFR)
  • Zillow and its recent shift towards Opendoor’s model (KC)
  • The big tech companies are smothering small start-ups; Minor changes to a platform’s algorithms can harm a business’s traffic overnight (FT)
  • Uber and Pinterest try to lock down investors ahead of IPOs; Tech giants seek to avoid a fate like Lyft, which has traded below its offer price (FT)
  • Taser stun gun maker files facial recognition patents; Axon has filed patents for technology that can guess a person’s race and age (FT)
  • How ABB FIA Formula E championship built a fan base from scratch; The all-electric motorsport tapped into e-gaming and social media to attract young supporters (FT)
  • IBM’s AI Knows When People Will Quit Their Job With 95% Accuracy (ZH)
  • Qualcomm Targets AI Inferencing in the Cloud (EET)
  • Wayfair Heads Into 36-Hour Sale as Piper Sees ‘Mind-Share Gain’ (Bloomberg)
  • Zoom’s IPO Highlights Rapid Growth In The Videoconferencing Space (CB)
  • Mailchimp Bootstraps To $600 Million Revenue (LinkedIn)
  • Dote raises $12M and introduces live-streamed Shopping Parties (TC)
  • Expanse, which lets its customers know when their digital assets aren’t safe, has raised $70 million in new funding (TC)
  • Restaurant website builder BentoBox raises $16.4M (TC)
  • GoDaddy acquires Sellbrite to launch cross-marketplace tools (TC)
  • Online used car startup Shift adds another $40M, snags COO in road to IPO (TC)
  • Snap Is Projected to Lose Users in the U.S. for the First Time (Bloomberg)


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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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