H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (24 April 2018) – Vista Cinema Adds Exhibitor National Amusements’ USA Sites to its Global Customer Base + Go Fast and Break Things: The Difference Between Reversible and Irreversible Decisions


  • China’s Hikvision downplays US risks amid ZTE woes; Top surveillance camera maker cites alternatives if banned from American parts (Nikkei)
  • Sony works on housekeeping robot that can cook; Partnership with Carnegie Mellon taps AI expertise for learning chores (Nikkei)
  • Japanese property site Lifull Home’s (at Homes.co.jp) has upgraded its search engine to help buyers assess hazards and find information about vacant properties posted on its recently-launched online databank. (AIM)
  • Hearts United’s Digital Hearts, strengthening and expanding security business – Starts offering “DH Secure” new security service in collaboration with NTT East (BigGlobe)
  • Vista Cinema Adds Exhibitor National Amusements’ USA Sites to its Global Customer Base (DCT)
  • WiseTech Global Ltd shares rise on acquisition news (MF)
  • India’s Infosys to renew focus on digital services (Reuters)
  • Razer sharpens e-payment focus with full ownership of MOL Global; Plan to buy rest of gaming and payments company it does not own for US$61m could help CEO make good on plan for nationwide cashless system (BT)
  • China’s Didi in talks for IPO as early as this year: WSJ (Reuters)
  • 超图集团副总裁徐大力:地理信息发展有四大特征 (People)

BAT – Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent

  • Tencent’s Pony Ma lists ‘1-3-5-7’ odd ways his company will be China’s digital assistant (Technode)
  • Alibaba-backed startup unveils ‘intelligent’ SUV in China; Xpeng’s G3 can self-park and capture images of the landscape (Nikkei)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • SoftBank and Google Funds to Invest in Chinese Truck-Hailing Firm Manbang; Deal marks Alphabet fund’s first investment in China since 2014 (WSJ); China’s Uber for Trucks Is Said to Raise $1.9 Billion in Funding (Bloomberg)
  • Ron Sim’s R3 fund makes S$2m pre-IPO investment in mm2’s Vividthree studio (BT)
  • Walmart Sees Flipkart as Key to Atone for Missteps in China (Bloomberg)

  • GIC investing in Chinese healthcare platform Ping An Good Doctor (ST)
  • China Startup Packs AI in Camera (EETimes)
  • Listings war heats up as Hong Kong and Shanghai woo tech companies (Nikkei)

Rogue Tech

  • Forensic auditors at Trek 2000 uncover evidence of round-tripping, sales of phantom products, lax stock-keeping and altered invoices (Edge)

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

  • Are You Underweight FANMAG? Chillax! (RAFI)
  • Is Google cheap? (FT); Google Can’t Keep Its Success Secret: Strong advertising growth shines fresh light on controversial business, as spending also jumps (WSJ); Google’s New Spending Surge Shows a Company Playing Catch-Up (Bloomberg); Alphabet Is Sitting on About $11 Billion in Startup Investments (Bloomberg); Google’s owner starts to look like Alphabet soup (Reuters); Ad sales surge at Google parent Alphabet, but so do costs (Reuters); Google’s Writing Checks and Trusts Investors Won’t Bounce: Alphabet’s earned some faith but could do more to reassure shareholders. (Bloomberg)
  • Google’s Parent Company Spends Like It’s Thinking of a Future Beyond Ads (NYT)
  • Amazon Has a Top-Secret Plan to Build Home Robots (Bloomberg); IRobot to Amazon: Bring It On! (Barron’s); Amazon’s next big thing is said to be home robots; Prototypes of the robots have advanced cameras and computer vision software and can navigate through homes like a self-driving car. (SCMP)
  • Amazon to Start Offering In-Car Deliveries; Company is offering the service with GM and Volvo, but will customers allow strangers to access their personal spaces? (WSJ)
  • Inside Lab126 with Amazon’s Alexa (EETimes)
  • Glenview’s Robbins says talk of Amazon’s entering pharma is overblown (Reuters)
  • iPhone Manufacturers’ Slowing Sales Are a Bad Omen for Apple (Bloomberg)
  • Why Apple’s HomePod May Be Flopping; The company may have overplayed the importance of audio quality at the expense of digital assistant smarts. (FastCo)
  • Apple Teaches India’s Kid Coders to Win at the App Store; It needs the country’s young developers to help take market share from Google. (Bloomberg)
  • Netflix Breaks Up Audience Romance With Telenovela; New competitors force Televisa and other Latin American broadcasters to develop real-life, edgier dramas and crime stories to replace the torrid romances that once enthralled millions (WSJ)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Grubhub: A Good Company at the Wrong Price (Barron’s)

  • Deliveroo serves up online-only eateries and menus; It says this allows chefs to be more creative, while increasing revenue for restaurants; experts warn of brand dilution (BT)
  • Tom Siebel Is Both Delighted and Worried about AI (Barron’s)
  • Canva takes on PowerPoint with its first acquisition of Sydney start-up Zeetings (AFR)
  • Upstart Exchange Blasts Nasdaq Plan to Boost Small-Stock Trading; Proposal would allow small-cap firms to restrict trading in their shares to the exchange where they are listed (WSJ)
  • Car of the future: Electrified and autonomous, but what will it look like? (Reuters)
  • Behind Our Series C: How An Obsession With Building The Most Customer-Centric Company In The World Led To Creating One Of The Fastest Growing SaaS Companies Of All-Time (Drift)
  • Who’s the Lidar IP Leader? (EETimes)
  • Flipboard Wants To Be The Go-To News Source For Tech Mavens (FastCo)


  • Go Fast and Break Things: The Difference Between Reversible and Irreversible Decisions (FS)
  • How Humble Leadership Really Works (HBR)
  • The Power Of Doing Only One Thing. (Medium)
  • Think you understand network effects? You don’t. Lessons from Blue Apron, Uber, Amazon (TG)
  • Three Ways to Make Your Organisation Agile (Insead)
  • Beware of Averages, Zeros & Non-Linearity (MasterInvest)

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