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]

Companies

  • 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)

Life

  • 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)

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (20 April 2019) – All shook up: Behind the rise of Atlassian, Australia’s $35b tech giant; Zoom, Zoom, Zoom! The Exclusive Inside Story Of The New Billionaire Behind Tech’s Hottest IPO + Memento Contendere: The Benefits of Intentionally Anticipating Our Struggles

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (20 April 2019) – All shook up: Behind the rise of Atlassian, Australia’s $35b tech giant; Zoom, Zoom, Zoom! The Exclusive Inside Story Of The New Billionaire Behind Tech’s Hottest IPO + Memento Contendere: The Benefits of Intentionally Anticipating Our Struggles

Companies

  • Zoom, Zoom, Zoom! The Exclusive Inside Story Of The New Billionaire Behind Tech’s Hottest IPO (Forbes)
  • iFlytek’s expenses swell in the first quarter of 2019 (Technode)
  • Following $43 Million in Losses in 2018, NetEase Cloud Music Partners with Japan’s Nippon Columbia (DMN)
  • Rakuten LIFULL STAY Offers Japanese Vacation Rental Inventories to trivago (WW)
  • Nintendo picks Tencent for third shot at China game market (Nikkei)
  • What To Expect If Taiwan’s iPhone Billionaire Wins The Presidential Election (Forbes)
  • Power supply maker and energy management solution provider Delta Electronics has disclosed it has acquired a factory located in northern Taiwan at NT$2.568 billion (US$83.3 million). (Digitimes)
  • All shook up: Behind the rise of Atlassian, Australia’s $35b tech giant (SMH); Atlassian’s Expanding Collaboration Product Portfolio Is Driving Strong Growth (Forbes)

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

  • Baidu is reportedly incubating a music app to defend itself against ByteDance (KRA); Baidu reportedly seeks to revive music business with a music app, talent shows (Technode)
  • Tencent’s document collaboration tool gained 30 million users within one year of launch (KRA)

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

  • Google is a leader in artificial intelligence and machine learning, both areas that have huge untapped commercial opportunity. (AFR)
  • Amazon and Google Are Playing Nice in Streaming Because They Have To (Barron’s)
  • Google’s advanced tech director wants everything to be a computer; At TED, Ivan Poupyrev showed off a tiny new device for linking sensors to the cloud, part of his vision of embedding computing in everything we touch. (FastCo)
  • Apple’s 5G move to spark Asian investment ‘boom’; Next iPhone launch will drive spending on network infrastructure, say Huawei and others (Nikkei)

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)
  • ByteDance’s Douyin teams up with big name film production companies (KRA); Douyin is slowing down, but China’s short-video stars are here to stay (Technode)
  • Coming soon to China: the car of the future — hyper-connected, autonomous and shared (JT)
  • With the power to change the world, here’s why the US and China are fighting over our 5G future (SCMP)
  • The Bengaluru tech centre that’s powering Walmart (Forbes)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Live streaming is overdue for an overhaul. Here’s why. (TNW)
  • com’s CEO on diversity in tech and the future of tourism (TNW)
  • A Q&A with Roland CEO Jun-ichi Miki on innovation, Waku Waku, and ‘sleeping musicians’ (TNW)
  • Jumia’s successful billion-dollar IPO is a landmark-but it won’t gloss over lingering operational issues (qz)
  • Consumer-Staples Stocks Are the Newest Dinosaurs as Shoppers Change; online shopping has gone from just 16% of core sales (excluding categories like gasoline and autos) to 23% today (Barron’s)
  • How Podcasting Became a Big Business (Barron’s)
  • Spotify’s Stock Is Risky Because the Music Industry Is Not Changing Fast Enough (Barron’s)
  • GPUs Holding Back AI Innovation (EET)
  • First Look At The Fastly IPO Filing (CB)

Life

  • Barefoot billionaire: Sridhar Vembu built a tech giant you’ve never heard of (Age)
  • When You’ll Believe Anything (MH)
  • Memento Contendere: The Benefits of Intentionally Anticipating Our Struggles (NW)
  • How to Cultivate Peace of Mind: 15 Pieces of Stoic Wisdom for Inner Peace (Medium)

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (19 April 2019) – Refused U.S. Visa Eight Times, Zoom CEO Eric Yuan Is Now a Billionaire + To Do Your Best Work You Must Fall in Love With Hard Work

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (19 April 2019) – Refused U.S. Visa Eight Times, Zoom CEO Eric Yuan Is Now a Billionaire + To Do Your Best Work You Must Fall in Love With Hard Work

Companies

  • Refused U.S. Visa Eight Times, Zoom CEO Is Now a Billionaire (Bloomberg); Zoom Video CEO: I Don’t Know Why Our Shares Soared 72% After IPO (Fortune); ‘What a Crazy Valuation,’ Zoom CEO Says After Stock Soars on IPO (Barron’s); After just one day of trading, Zoom Video is the most highly valued tech stock by this metric (MW)
  • AI firm iFlytek net profit up 24.71 pct in 2018 (Xinhua)
  • Meituan scales down fresh produce business Ella Supermarket (KRA)
  • Sony bulks up anime business in China (Nikkei)
  • Industrial robotics giant Fanuc is using AI to make automation even more automated (TC)
  • Taiwan presidential run by Terry Gou creates ‘uncertain’ future for Foxconn, analysts say (SCMP)
  • Getac eyeing sharp growth in ruggedized PC market (Digitimes)
  • HUB24 share price climbs higher on record March quarterly inflows (MF)
  • Fast growth tracking app Life360 details ASX IPO plans (AFR)
  • Kogan jumps 20pc on growth, subscription plans (AFR)

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

  • Tencent wins key approval to sell Nintendo’s Switch in China (Nikkei)
  • Tencent leads video conferencing service Little Fish’s Series C financing round (KRA)
  • TSMC signals bottom of chip cycle as quarterly profits tumble (Nikkei)
  • ‘Shooting for big game’: Softbank’s push for transport dominance (JT)

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

  • Google & Amazon reach an agreement to bring their streaming video apps to each others’ platforms (TC)
  • YouTube Music is now free with ads on Google Home devices (TC)
  • Amazon launches ad-supported music service to Echo owners (TC)
  • Amazon’s one-two punch: How traditional retailers can fight back (TC)
  • Amazon, facing entrenched rivals, says to shut China online store (Reuters, Nikkei)
  • Apple vs. Facebook Enters a New Era (Medium)
  • Microsoft delves deeper into IoT with Express Logic acquisition (TC)
  • Nvidia launches its Isaac SDK to help democratize AI-powered robot development (TC)
  • How 5G drove moves by Apple, Qualcomm and Intel (Reuters)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Chinese internet giants test virtual banking in Hong Kong (Nikkei)
  • Online platform connects the dots for aspiring landlords; Dot Residential offers casual investors to build a property portfolio (FT)
  • Ruling LDP calls for law to prevent tech giants strong-arming vendors in Japan (JT)
  • Japan puts self-driving transit buses to the test next year (Nikkei)
  • Abyo Korea hopes to redesign delivery industry (Investor)
  • Singapore Tourism Board partners Alibaba Group and Traveloka to shore up visitor numbers (KRA)
  • Bionic Yantra: The robot giving patients a leg up; Bionic Yantra’s exoskeleton provides a fall-safe method of rehabilitation for those unable to walk (Forbes)
  • ‘Simply appalling’: Live event ticket reseller Viagogo misled ticket buyers on price, availability (Age)
  • Start-ups vie to lead India’s logistics revolution; Well-funded apps such as Rivigo aim to overhaul a logistics market that has hobbled the economy (FT)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Tech IPOs show the money is in business services; Companies such as Zoom have reinvented enterprise tech for the cloud era (FT)
  • NuvoAir raises $3M to help patients monitor respiratory diseases with AI (TC)
  • CloudBees acquires Electric Cloud to build out its software delivery management platform (TC)
  • Astroscreen raises $1M to detect social media manipulation with machine learning (TC)
  • Phantom Auto raises $13.5M to expand remote driving business to delivery bots and forklifts (TC)
  • Spotinst, the startup enabling companies to purchase and manage excess cloud capacity, acquires StratCloud (TC)
  • Sift’s ‘news therapy’ app aims to promote understanding, not anxiety (TC)
  • Zagat is perfectly positioned to fix the yelp review model (qz)
  • Airbnb Leads $160 Million Investment in Startup Designing Apartments for Travelers (Fortune)
  • With Self-Driving Cars Still Years Away, Phantom Auto Finds New Niche Teleoperating Robots (Forbes)
  • This Startup Just Raised $21 Million To Bring Quantum Computing To Enterprise Applications (Forbes)
  • Automakers invest heavily in electric vehicles despite still-low demand (Reuters)
  • Qualcomm’s deal with Apple transforms 5G outlook; End to legal marathon boosts US supplier of next-generation technology (FT)
  • Micron Stock Can Keep Surging Because AI Will Require More Chips, Analyst Says (Barron’s)
  • For Wirehouses, a New World of Digital Tools (Barron’s)
  • Aidoc, the AI solution for medical imaging analysis, raises $27M Series B (TC)
  • Pinterest Stock Is Hot After Its IPO. Why You Should Keep Your Cool. (Barron’s)
  • Lyft Investors Sue Over Slump, Claiming IPO Was Overhyped (Bloomberg)

Life

  • To Do Your Best Work You Must Fall in Love With Hard Work (Medium)
  • ‘Goodwill’ Write-Offs Are an Earnings Killer. How to Spot Trouble Coming. (Barron’s)
  • The Golden Goose: How Dani Reiss Became A Billionaire Turning Canada Goose Into A Luxury Brand Powerhouse (Forbes)

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (18 April 2019) – How Setbacks Help Us Discover What We Truly Love: “The truth is, we just don’t know whether we actually are in love with the process until we experience the setbacks.”

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (18 April 2019) – How Setbacks Help Us Discover What We Truly Love: “The truth is, we just don’t know whether we actually are in love with the process until we experience the setbacks.”

Companies

  • Meituan downsizes fresh grocery business a year after launch (Technode)
  • Japanese semiconductor company Ferrotec Holdings has decided to shut down its business in Korea (KT)
  • Terry Gou will resign as Foxconn’s chairman to run for president of Taiwan (TC); Gou’s Taiwan presidential bid raises Foxconn succession question; Founder’s key lieutenants face strategic challenge as iPhone shipments fall (Nikkei)
  • CCL firm Ventec listed on TWSE, poised to grab 5G opportunities (Digitimes)
  • Atlassian shares hit on Q3 guidance (AFR)
  • ReadyTech up 18 per cent on debut; flagship product is a cloud-based student management system, which has a strong presence in TAFEs and mid-tier universities (AFR)

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

  • Can Foldables Revive Flagging Smartphone Sales? Samsung And Huawei Bet They Can (Forbes); How Samsung engineered its folding phone; South Korean company’s innovations included batteries, hinge design and even glue (FT)

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

  • How Instagram Is Turbocharging Facebook’s Earnings (Barron’s)
  • Facebook and Snapchat turn to Chinese giants for growth tips; US social media experiment games and payment, straight from Tencent’s playbook (Nikkei)
  • Amazon reportedly withdrawing from China (Technode)
  • Apple in talks with potential suppliers of sensors for self-driving cars – sources (Reuters)
  • Netflix casts India as its new star; US streaming giant launches aggressive plan as home growth slows (Nikkei)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Investors cool on Chinese education start-up; Tighter regulation and evidence of market fatigue hit stocks (FT); Investors turn cold on Chinese education start-up VIPKID; Fast-growing group connects teachers in US with vast pool of Chinese students (FT)
  • Shanghai tech board to push semiconductor independence (Technode)
  • China’s electric car makers face ‘critical’ maturity period over the next two years, KPMG says; Consolidation likely as electric car makers face tighter capital markets, end of government subsidies next year (SCMP)
  • The man who ushered in China’s battery vehicle boom wants to do the same for fuel cells (qz)
  • Douyin folds in e-commerce with mini-programs (KRA)
  • Robo-Rigs: The Scientist, The Unicorn And The $700 Billion Race To Create Self-Driving Semi-Trucks (Forbes)
  • Airbnb begins to recover in Japan, a year after crackdown (Nikkei)
  • Big Tech to face antitrust law on user data in Japan; Tokyo looks to protect consumers from unfair privacy policies (Nikkei)
  • Korea launches robo investing apps for 1st time. They not only provide financial advice, but also manage customer’s investments without human intervention. (Investor)
  • AIA Singapore partners with WhiteCoat for telemedicine service (e27)
  • Acquisitions are a way to grow: Carousell co-founder and CEO Quek Siu Rui with an outlook post-Naspers deal; The presence of Facebook Marketplace might accelerate further consolidation among classified marketplaces in Southeast Asia (KRA)
  • Malaysian logistics startup TheLorry secures strategic investment from Unilever (KRA)
  • InMobi wants to glue your attention to your lock screen; With its new ‘screen zero platform’ called Glance, the ad-tech company will push bite-sized videos, news items and games to consume without unlocking your phone, curated from its m (Forbes)
  • Duterte, the economy and the elusive Philippines unicorn (Nikkei)
  • Thai Baht’s Slide Fuels One of Emerging Asia’s Top Sector Rallies; Thai electronics parts makers jumped about 10% in April (Bloomberg)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Aidoc, the AI solution for medical imaging analysis, raises $27M Series B (TC)
  • Emotionally intelligent AI will respond to how you feel (TNW)
  • PathAI raises $60 million for its computer vision-based pathogen detection technology (TC)
  • Strong investor demand boosts Pinterest and Zoom IPOs (FT)
  • Unpacking Pinterest’s IPO expectations (TC); Meet Pinterest’s Little-Known Third Cofounder, Who Has A $675 Million Stake (Forbes); Pinterest prices shares at $19 in ‘down round’ IPO (FT); Pinterest’s IPO Could Be Make or Break for Uber and Other ‘Unicorns’ (Barron’s)
  • Zoom Video IPO: 5 things to know about the videoconferencing company (MW); Video conferencing start-up Zoom prices shares at $36; IPO sets market capitalisation at $10.5bn, ten times higher than last funding valuation (FT)
  • Salesforce is buying MapAnything, a startup that raised over $84 million (TC)
  • Aptiv takes its self-driving car ambitions (and tech) to China (TC)
  • NXP eyes China’s auto radar market with investment in Hawkeye Technology (KRA)
  • Back on trend? H&M makes AI, loyalty drive to ride fashion cycle (Reuters)
  • Hey, Siri: from virtual assistant to BFF? If we end up befriending AIs, will we still want to set them mundane tasks? (FT)
  • Roku Stock Rises After Analyst Says Disney+ Will Add $1 Billion in Value (Barron’s)
  • Square Stock’s Rally Is Running Out of Steam, Analyst Says (Barron’s)

Life

  • Chinese used car online seller Uxin’s share price plummeted 36% on Tuesday after a short-seller issued an report saying the company was notorious in China “as a cheat.” (Technode, JCR)
  • How Setbacks Help Us Discover What We Truly Love: “The truth is, we just don’t know whether we actually are in love with the process until we experience the setbacks.” (Heleo)
  • A Stoic’s Key to Living with Presence: Seneca on How to Manage Your Time (BP)
  • How To Adapt The “Serenity Prayer” For Business Decision-Making (LinkedIn)

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (17 April 2019) – Linkbal Inc., an operator of an e-commerce portal website for matchmaking events, has offered the CoupLink online dating app since July 2016 that enables users to “get to know 1.5 million event attendees online”

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (17 April 2019) – Linkbal Inc., an operator of an e-commerce portal website for matchmaking events, has offered the CoupLink online dating app since July 2016 that enables users to “get to know 1.5 million event attendees online”

Companies

  • Linkbal Inc., an operator of an e-commerce portal website for matchmaking events, has offered the CoupLink online dating app since July 2016. As the app enables users to “get to know 1.5 million event attendees online,” many of its users became members after attending actual events (Kyodo)
  • Nidec to add 600 engineers with Omron unit purchase; Japanese motor producer expands footprint in EV industry (Nikkei)
  • Sony becomes Uber’s newest rival in Japan (EG); Sony’s Next PlayStation Won’t Mean the Death of Physical Videogames (Barron’s)
  • DB HiTek mass produces FHD image sensor for China’s CCTV makers (PN)
  • Info Edge India, the Indian job board, has invested in Etechaces, an India-based financial technologies marketing company. (SI)

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

  • Alibaba will let you find restaurants and order food with voice in a car (TC)
  • Tencent’s auto intelligence arm teams up with weather data site (Technode, KRA)

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

  • Amazon’s Twitch Clones Tencent Music’s Karaoke Platform; But what works in China probably won’t work in its core market of U.S. gamers. (MF)
  • Microsoft’s new Xbox ditches discs, will offer only downloaded games (MW)
  • Google to Block TikTok in India, Hurting Chinese Startup (Bloomberg)
  • How the Disney-Netflix streaming war will create collateral damage (MW); Netflix promises more information on what people are watching (MW); Netflix is burning money and lacks a good business model, this tech investor says (MW)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • The uphill road: battery limitations to test China’s electric vehicle ambitions (Reuters)
  • A beta version of “CACICA” is released, which allows AI to visualize improvements to sites simply by installing tags. (TC)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Zoom Video IPO: 5 things to know about the videoconferencing company (MW)
  • US and China tech giants look increasingly similar; Apple is moving into payments, films and gaming to diversify from phones, much like Xiaomi branched out into entertainment and finance (FT)
  • Zalando’s Return to Fashion Could Just Be a Fad (Bloomberg)
  • Match Group restructures exec team with focus on Asia (TC)
  • Dropbox challenger pCloud just became profitable (TC)
  • Ro, a direct-to-consumer online pharmacy, reaches $500M valuation (TC)
  • Leapwork raises $10M for its easy process automation platform, plans US expansion (TC)
  • Walmart partners with subscription-based children’s clothing startup, Kidbox (TC)
  • Get ready for a new era of personalized entertainment (TC)
  • Nearly two dozen of SiriusXM’s talk shows come to Pandora as podcasts (TC)
  • Logitech’s new remote ditches the touchscreen for Alexa (TC)
  • Jack Dorsey says it’s time to rethink the fundamental dynamics of Twitter (TC)
  • Expedia Stock Rallies as Media Moguls Barry Diller and John Malone Reach a Deal (Barron’s
  • Disney and the Future of TV (Stratechery)
  • Lex in depth: can Snap survive? As pressure from Facebook intensifies, the group has three years to make a profit before it will need to raise fresh funds (FT)
  • Who Goes Public When? Tech Companies Maneuver to Stand Out in the Horde (NYT)

Life

  • Let’s say you could choose between a life that is full of meaning but also includes suffering, or a life that is devoid of suffering but lacks meaning. Most people would choose the life of meaning. (Medium)

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (16 April 2019) – TransInfo: How China’s new highway for self-driving cars will boost its AV ambitions ; You Cannot Talk About Self-Improvement Without Talking About Values

TransInfo: How China’s new highway for self-driving cars will boost its AV ambitions ; You Cannot Talk About Self-Improvement Without Talking About Values

Companies

  • TransInfo – How China’s new highway for self-driving cars will boost its AV ambitions (TNW)
  • China challenges Samsung’s lead in foldable phone screens; BOE and other aspiring national champions drive rapid capacity expansion (Nikkei)
  • Vast elderly, rural population power China’s dialect-related industries; iFLYTEK’s popular input mobile application is able to recognize 23 dialects in China, with more than 3 million users in the country. In the car system installed in many Toyota car models, for example, iFlytek provides a voice recognition system that understands Cantonese. (Xinhua)
  • Meitu launches AI platform for developers as it drops phone business (Technode)
  • Trend Micro Advances DevSecOps via Kubernetes Integration (CJ)
  • Japan’s leading provider of conference rooms TKP is paying approximately 50 billion yen ($446 million) to jump into the shared office market, (Nikkei)
  • Mercari’s cashless payment “Melpay” enables QR code settlement of taxi fares (TC)
  • Apple supplier Foxconn to shift iPhone production to India (KRA)
  • Minwise new business growth … Value of subsidiaries (ED)
  • Cochlear shares rally on MRI-compatible hearing implant (AFR)
  • Afterpay has steadily been taking over shopping centres over the past few years and the concept of splitting shopping payments into bite-sized chunks is becoming more accepted. (Age); US millennials’ debt fears help Afterpay beat expectations (Age)
  • Info Edge India Ltd updates on investment in Etechaces (EB)
  • Cyient Launches Solutions for 5G Deployment (EB)

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

  • Tencent may launch a phone for its game lovers (KRA)

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

  • Amazon Finds It’s Hard to Run a Real Sweepstakes in the Robocall Era (Bloomberg)
  • Facebook and Amazon’s AI-selected ads show how businesses can tailor products to consumers in future (SCMP)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Cutthroat competition in China’s co-working office sector will see a survival of the largest (SCMP)
  • AI can work to improve Hongkongers’ health, but only with a human touch (SCMP)
  • China requiring anti-addiction parental controls for all short video apps (Technode)
  • Chinese property-management SaaS vendor Qinlin Technology closes Series B round with funds from JD.com and Xiaomi; It’s a technology that unlocks doors for residents of large apartment complexes and serves them ads and group-buy opportune (KRA)
  • China’s SenseTime sells out of Xinjiang security joint venture; Facial recognition group’s move follows scrutiny of treatment of Uighur people (FT)
  • China’s Beidou navigation system to go global and create $300 billion market by 2020 (KRA)
  • China’s Propaganda Quiz App Is Hiring Hundreds (Bloomberg)
  • Toyota leads Japanese charge into tie-ups with Chinese startups (Nikkei)
  • Fujitsu technicians finish designing Post-K supercomputer (JT)
  • EventHub, an event-specific business SNS company, raises funds from Salesforce Ventures (TC)
  • Toyota sells electric vehicle technology to Chinese startup Singulato (Reuters)
  • This 25-Year-Old College Dropout Has SoftBank And Grab Backing His Plan For Oyo To Dominate Budget Hotels (Forbes)
  • Grab faces local challengers in fast-growing Vietnam market; Ride-hailing groups vie to become ‘super app’ for consumers amid regulatory pushback (FT)
  • ReadyTech gets a yellow light from investors for ASX listing (AFR)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • This Software Can Uncover the Questions CEOs Don’t Want to Answer; Amenity Analytics’ founders say their platform can even pick up on potential deceptions on earnings calls. (Bloomberg)
  • Smart speakers’ installed base to top 200 million by year end (TC)
  • Airbnb officially owns HotelTonight (TC)
  • Autumn is coming: Expert says hype cycle will give way to ‘rich harvest’ of useful AI (TNW)
  • Conversations with customers are an untapped data goldmine for businesses (TNW)
  • The Robots That Manage the Managers; More companies are turning to AI-driven apps that aim to help newer bosses with reminders and tips on how to maintain a well-run office (WSJ)
  • com buys Salesforce.org, and that’s the only straightforward part (MW); Salesforce to Buy Public Service Affiliate for New Markets (Bloomberg)
  • Africa’s startup ecosystems are at a major turning point (qz)
  • Stitch Fix Stock Slumps as Investors Worry About New Amazon Service (Barron’s)
  • Spotify Stock Falls On News That Amazon Might Have Bigger Plans for Music (Barron’s); Spotify shares fall on report Amazon in talks to launch ad-supported music offering (Reuters)
  • Hulu spends $1.43 billion to buy back AT&T stake, values streaming service at $15 billion (Reuters)
  • Pinning a Narrow Moat on the Pinterest Board (Morningstar)
  • Vimeo Snaps Up Video Creation Company Magisto For $200M (CB)
  • As IBM Faces Falling Revenue, Red Hat Deal May Change Narrative (Bloomberg)
  • Israeli Researchers Print 3D Heart Using Patient’s Own Cells (Bloomberg)
  • Autonomous machines: industry grapples with Boeing lessons; Although computers may be more reliable than humans, new mistakes can be introduced into systems (FT)

Life

  • Viking Saga: The Tale of Tor Hagen And His Voyage From Ousted CEO To Cancer Survivor To Cruise Ship Billionaire (Forbes)
  • You Cannot Talk About Self-Improvement Without Talking About Values (Medium)
  • The Cash Conversion Cycle Spread. Abstract: The cash conversion cycle (CCC) refers to the time span between the outlay of cash for purchases to the receipt of cash from sales. It is a widely used metric to gauge the effectiveness of a firm’s management and intrinsic need for external financing. This paper shows that a zero-investment portfolio that buys stocks in the lowest CCC decile and shorts stocks in the highest CCC decile earns 5 to 7% alphas per year. The CCC effect is prevalent across industries and remains even for large capitalization stocks. The CCC effect is distinct from the known return predictors. The returns of high-CCC stocks are more sensitive to the health of the financial intermediaries than low-CCC stocks. This suggests that the CCC-based strategy cannot be explained by the financial intermediary leverage risk. (SSRN)

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (15 April 2019) – Fully integrating AI and healthcare is closer than you think + These are Amazon’s 38 rules for success

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (15 April 2019) – Fully integrating AI and healthcare is closer than you think + These are Amazon’s 38 rules for success

Companies

  • Applied Materials halts work for red-flagged Chinese chip maker; US chip tool leader pulls staff from San’an Optoelectronics following government listing (Nikkei)
  • Koh Young America Opens new Office in Guadalajara, Mexico (iconnect)
  • Life360 is one of the fastest-growing apps in the US, tapping into the concerns of parents and family members about what dangers could befall their loved ones when they are out and about, by recording their locations on a real time online map and up (AFR)

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

  • Tencent launches new blockchain game merging concepts behind Pokémon Go and CryptoKitties (SCMP)

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

  • Facebook’s reckoning? The global battle to regulate social media (FT)
  • The End of iTunes: What It Means for You (TG); From Macintosh to Granny Smith: The rise and fall of Apple (VB)
  • Why Google+ Failed; Google Plus didn’t fail because Facebook is invulnerable. It failed because of deep flaws embedded in it from the very start. (Medium)
  • Tracking Phones, Google Is a Dragnet for the Police; The tech giant records people’s locations worldwide. Now, investigators are using it to find suspects and witnesses near crimes, running the risk of snaring the innocent. (NYT); Google’s Sensorvault Is a Boon for Law Enforcement. This Is How It Works. (NYT)
  • Netflix Now Accounts for 10% of TV Viewing (Medium)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • The $18 Billion Electric-Car Bubble at Risk of Bursting in China (Bloomberg); China’s Secret Weapon in the Electric Car Race; Local automakers are hoarding the country’s “new-energy vehicle” credits, giving them leverage when renegotiating joint ventures with western rivals. (Bloomberg)
  • Asia’s tech champions zero in on main street banking (Reuters)
  • Is 5G the ‘next big thing’ for investors? Gauge of China-listed 5G stocks shows 75 per cent jump in past 6 months. Red flags include US-China friction, policy changes in Beijing, costs for companies (SCMP)
  • Apple supplier’s rescue leaves Japan red-faced (Reuters)
  • Korea’s TOP100 winner eyes a fraud free future for the e-commerce industry; Lizuna’s ambition is to prevent account takeover fraud and provide safer online transactions (e27)
  • Internet-only banks face murky future amid regulatory hurdles (Investor)
  • Start-up to be ‘Facebook of online shopping’ (AFR)
  • Philippines chases neighbors in Southeast Asian unicorn race; Tale of two ride-hailers — Micab and Grab — shows wide gap in funding and risk taking (Nikkei)
  • Emerging Asia’s startups open own doors to success; 3D flashcards and voice-driven accounting find ways into low-income countries (Nikkei)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Fully integrating AI and healthcare is closer than you think; Five examples of AI in healthcare and how this collaboration will grow more important in the coming years (e27)
  • Pinterest’s frumpy midwestern charm could make it an international juggernaut (qz)
  • Smart cities are an AI-powered dystopia that’s already happening (TNW)
  • The problem with the tech IPO economy (qz)
  • Uber IPO has 4 big red flags that should alarm you (MW); Uber Makes IPO Case That It’s About the Platform, Not the Losses (Bloomberg); Uber Has a New Growth Story, Just Not a Profitable One (Bloomberg)
  • Here’s how Disney+ will take over the world (Wired)
  • Back to the Old School With Zoho; the infinite store shelf, pioneered by Amazon, has turned the software world upside down (CRMB)
  • Breaking the internet: New regulations imperil global network (JT)
  • Online dating app Match expands in Asia hiring spree; Match taps growing market as it tackles competition from Facebook (FT)
  • Western governments enter uncharted territory as they grapple with problem of harmful content on social media; Governments around the world, including the UK and Singapore, have moved to take a more active role in deciding what constitutes acceptable content (SCMP)

Life

  • These are Amazon’s 38 rules for success (FastCo)
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