H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (23 April 2019) – Nearmap doubles valuation to $1.5b in three months; Every company Disney owns: a map of Disney’s worldwide assets

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (23 April 2019) – Nearmap doubles valuation to $1.5b in three months; Every company Disney owns: a map of Disney’s worldwide assets


  • Chinese e-sports platform DouYu files for U.S. IPO (MW)
  • Chinese Surveillance Camera Maker Hikvision Sees Growth Slow in 2018 and 1Q2019 (Caixin)
  • TETCO, Trend Micro sign MOU to boost digital security solutions in Saudi schools (SG)
  • istyle China Opens @cosme Official Online Store on China’s Largest General Trade E-commerce Website Tmall (NK)
  • Netmarble stock price jumps as BTS hits another Billboard No. 1 (Investor)
  • Nearmap doubles valuation to $1.5b in three months (AFR)
  • Australians embracing robo-advisers; In October 2018, IRESS launched its first automated advice platform for WA Super. (AFR)

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

  • Ant Financial’s money market fund Yu’e Bao shrinks to new low (Technode)
  • Tencent pilots new anti-game addiction program that will lock out young gamers (KRA)
  • Samsung delays foldable phone launch after display troubles (Nikkei)

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

  • Your iCloud is actually AmazonCloud (qz)
  • Bezos Disputes Amazon’s Market Power. But His Merchants Feel the Pinch; In recent years, third-party sellers have found it harder to compete and are paying Amazon a bigger chunk of their take. (Bloomberg)
  • Amazon Launches Free Music Streaming to Juice Alexa-Device Sales (Bloomberg)
  • Microsoft delves deeper into IoT with Express Logic acquisition (TC)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • China’s AV edge? It’s the infrastructure (Technode)
  • Chinese start-ups join rush to launch IPOs on Shanghai exchange’s new tech board (SCMP)
  • Toyota to tie up with major Chinese automaker on fuel cell vehicles (JT)
  • Panasonic cuts Tesla risk to stem further bleeding (Nikkei); Tesla and Panasonic freeze spending on $4.5bn Gigafactory (Nikkei); Panasonic shares surge in stark contrast to Tesla’s (Nikkei)
  • How AI can make the world a safer place (TIA)
  • Resurgent HappyFresh raises $20M for its online grocery service in Southeast Asia (TC)
  • Go-Jek introduces e-commerce feature Go-Mall in partnership with JD; Go-Jek users can browse for goods ranging from electronics to fresh groceries. (KRA)
  • Tokopedia introduces innovative social e-commerce feature (KRA)
  • Singapore talking with more electric car companies after Dyson, but Tesla apparently not among them (JT)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Dassault Eyes U.S. Acquisitions Including Medidata (Bloomberg)
  • Porsche CEO Eyes Cooperation With Chinese Technology Giants (Bloomberg)
  • Big Data Won’t Build a Better Robot (Bloomberg)
  • Audioburst raises $10M to build AI-powered infotainment systems for cars, ad solutions (TC)
  • Spotify, Universal Music Group, and the Question of Tech vs. Content (Barron’s)
  • America’s Biggest Supermarket Company Struggles With Online Grocery Upheaval (WSJ)
  • Nvidia says Tesla ‘inaccurate’ in self-driving comparison (MW)
  • ‘People will die’: Sceptics doubt Elon Musk’s promise that self-driving Tesla robo-taxis will be on the road by 2020 (Age)
  • This new US airport screening camera would see too much (qz)
  • Uber Questions (Stratechery)
  • Every company Disney owns: a map of Disney’s worldwide assets (TM)
  • What Are Lyft, Uber, and Other Tech Startups’ IPOs Worth? It’s Anyone’s Guess. (Barron’s)
  • Qorvo Stock Will Rally Because It Will Thrive in a 5G World, JPMorgan Says (Barron’s)
  • Take-Two Is the Videogame Stock to Beat and Has Huge Upside, Analyst Says (Barron’s)
  • ‘Persuasive technologies’ prompt child health fears; Companies need to get ahead of the issue before regulators do (FT)
  • Move over TikTok: Bits is the new app that wants to launch comedy stars (FastCo)
  • In the cloud: Why project planning unicorn Asana is watching Australia closely (Age)
  • Tech Platforms Love Moving Fast — Except When Their Users Are in Trouble (Medium)
  • Career-focused startup Zippia raises $8.5 million in Series A to use artificial Intelligence to help job seekers (PRNW, TS)


  • The Intangibles of Assessing Management Quality (SN)

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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