H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (22 April 2019) – Catalyzing Success: My Interview with Pioneer Founder Daniel Gross [The Knowledge Project Ep. #56]

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (22 April 2019) – Catalyzing Success: My Interview with Pioneer Founder Daniel Gross [The Knowledge Project Ep. #56]


  • Zoom’s IPO Surges, But Company Still Has ‘a Channel Problem’ (CF)
  • Subsidized Chinese makers squeeze Asia’s LCD industry; BOE helps push 65-inch panel price below $220, down 30% over past year (Nikkei)

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

  • Why Tencent Shouldn’t Launch a Gaming Smartphone (MF)
  • Samsung Stumble Risks Killing Foldable Phones at Birth; A botched launch could see the technology go the same way as Google Glass. (Bloomberg)

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

  • Amazon and Google End Boycott of Each Others’ Video Services (Bloomberg)
  • 3 fixes for Netflix’s “What to watch?” problem; How streaming apps can solve discovery (TC)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Chinese Airbnb rival Tujia aims for profitability in 2019 as it prepares for IPO; Tujia controls nearly half of China’s home-sharing market along with Alibaba-backed rival Xiaozhu. (KRA)
  • About 80% of smart wearables are made in Shenzhen; And more than 92% of China’s smartphones are made in Dongguan. (KRA)
  • To survive trade battles, China manufacturers deploy every weapon they can (Reuters)
  • Who’s afraid of Huawei? Where Asia stands on China’s 5G tech giant (SCMP)
  • The Kids Use TikTok Now Because Data-Mined Videos Are So Much Fun (Bloomberg)
  • NTT to launch trial of farming support service with drones and AI tech in Fukushima (JT)
  • Japan plans periodic reviews of tech giants to protect vendors (Nikkei)
  • Aussie airport self-service tech firm raises $15m (AFR)
  • Grab to integrate public transport data in Southeast Asian mega cities; Ride-hailer eyes train and bus fare payments (Nikkei)
  • How Ola is ‘self-driving’ its way from just cab booking service to mobility giant (FE)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • The Future of Wearable Tech Is Called a Hearing Aid; Even if your ears are fine, you might want a device that translates 27 languages, tracks fitness, and monitors vital signs. (Bloomberg)
  • Silicon Valley’s Grow-or-Die Culture Is Costing Us (Medium)
  • The wave of unicorn IPOs reveals Silicon Valley’s groupthink (Economist)
  • Don’t Worry, Be H(AI)ppy (EET)
  • AI bots are creating mood music to get you through the day (AFR)
  • AVs Need New Compute Platforms (EET)
  • If your image is online, it might be training facial-recognition AI (CNN); Who’s using your face? The ugly truth about facial recognition (FT)
  • Pinterest more like Box than Square (AFR)
  • The Uber lord giveth but drivers pay price (AFR)
  • Online start-ups target $120bn travel activities market; Newcomers backed by SoftBank, Sequoia and others take on Airbnb, TripAdvisor and TUI (FT)
  • Booming e-commerce helped parcel delivery giant DHL Express weather the US-China trade war, says chief executive; Online orders made up for what ‘would otherwise be a subdued trading’ environment between China and the US, says CEO John Pearson (SCMP)
  • Stackla to IPO as Bailador eyes start-up exits (AFR)
  • Intel wastes no time in quitting rocky foray into 5G mobile (Nikkei)
  • ‘Bar Is Higher’ as Tech Shares Soar, Singapore Wealth Fund Says (Bloomberg)
  • With Driverless Cars Running Late, a Startup Tries Remote-Control Trucks (Bloomberg)
  • What Does Uber Love More: Restaurants or Investors? Eateries are getting squeezed by delivery apps. Uber could give up profit to keep them happy, but that’s not what IPO investors want to hear. (Bloomberg)


  • The Most Powerful Lessons People Learn Much Too Late in Life (Medium)
  • Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad Paperback – April 2, 2019 (Amazon)
  • The Meaning Paradox: Is Life About You or Other People? (DL)
  • The Snow Leopard (Penguin Classics) Paperback – September 30, 2008 (Amazon)
  • Amanda Palmer on Creativity, Pain, and Art (#368) (Tim Ferris)
  • Catalyzing Success: My Interview with Pioneer Founder Daniel Gross [The Knowledge Project Ep. #56] (FS)
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