H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (Weekend Reads 30 June-1st July 2018) – Zozotown’s Yusaku Maezawa: punk rocker-turned-billionaire; Kazuo Kashio: the Casio chief understood the importance of ‘permanent re-invention’


  • Zozotown’s Yusaku Maezawa: punk rocker-turned-billionaire; Founder of e-commerce juggernaut Start Today celebrates nonconformist image (Nikkei); Robotic tailoring is the future for online retailer Start Today; Company aims to join global ranks with new private label Zozo and size-measuring technology (Nikkei)


  • Kazuo Kashio, co-founder and CEO of Casio Computer, 1929-2018: A master of marketing, he made the family name synonymous with the pocket calculator; Kazuo Kashio: the Casio chief understood the importance of ‘permanent re-invention’ (FT)
  • Makita Hits The Road With Driving Innovation Tour: New fleet of custom vehicles to travel across America, engaging tool users and dealers with an interactive tool demonstration on wheels (PRNews)
  • Line TV adds original content: Rapid success in its video platform has led Line TV to focus more on producing original content to tap into a broader audience. (BP)
  • Fujitsu to sell chip factory to Taiwan’s UMC for $520m: Japanese group accelerates sale of non-core assets amid shift to IT services (Nikkei)
  • China’s Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd (CATL) will build a battery cell factory in the German state of Thuringia to supply European carmakers including BMW (Reuters)
  • oOh! Launches new AI Platform to Deliver Easier, Effective and Efficient Audience Campaigns (DSC, Bandt)
  • Gentrack’s ‘significant progress’ towards new contracts (Scoop)

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

  • Apple’s Video Ambition: Will It Be iPhone-Only? (Barron’s)
  • The Math Behind Netflix (Barron’s)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Fighting cancer in Singapore, eating plastic in Indonesia: is Southeast Asia the next silicon valley? (SCMP)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Wounded unicorn Domo limps on to the stock market: Software company goes public with valuation nearly 85 per cent below prior year (FT)
  • A Low-Priced Way to Ride Sirius’ High-Priced Shares (Barron’s)
  • Wide-Moat Paychex Remains Immensely Profitable–And Overpriced (Morningstar)
  • 4 Stocks to Play the Electric-Vehicle Revolution (Barron’s)


  • Sherlock Holmes of Shenton Way; Shenanigans and non-standard deviations that Singapore forensic investigators uncover (BT)

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