H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (20 July 2018) – Koh Young Technology Receives KOSDAQ Industry 4.0 Pioneer Award + The Tim Ferriss Show Transcripts: Brandon Stanton


  • Rakuten Lifull Stay ties up with WaQoo (AIM)
  • Liulishuo, an app that teaches English to Chinese students, is planning an initial public offering in the U.S. as it seeks to expand in the competitive business of online education (Bloomberg)
  • China Electric Scooter Startup Niu Said to Plan $300 Million IPO (Bloomberg)
  • Koh Young Technology Receives KOSDAQ Industry 4.0 Pioneer Award (iconnect)
  • Kakao Ventures invests W1b in shift scheduling app for nurses (Investor)
  • KWAP has recently been increasing its stake in technology-related counters such as Globetronics Technology Bhd and Inari Amertron Bhd (Edge)

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

  • TSMC Should Prepare to Become Vestager’s Next Target: It’s big, dominant and plays in one of Europe’s few remaining tech sectors. (Bloomberg)

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

  • Amazon Now Accounts For 49% Of Online Retail (ZH)
  • The Google Assistant app will walk you through your day; While Amazon’s Alexa play has been centered around commerce, it’s pretty clear that Google’s in it for the same reason as always: information. (Techcrunch)
  • Microsoft’s focus on cloud, partnerships paying off (Reuters); Microsoft could use some self-inflicted activism (Reuters)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Farfetch acquires CuriosityChina to expand its social media efforts on the mainland (Techcrunch)
  • Didi to seek global opportunities with AI and big data; Chinese car-sharing giant launches taxi-hailing app in Japan (Nikkei)
  • China P2P Platform Failures Accelerate as Investors Pull Out; China’s P2P Platform Failures Surge as Panic Spreads in Market; China’s P2P platforms have about 50 million registered users and 1.3 trillion yuan ($192 billion) of outstanding loans. (Bloomberg)
  • Japan e-tailer links with Thai CP to expand in China; Inagora eyes further expansion into Southeast Asia with conglomerate’s support (Nikkei)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Tech’s Innovators Are Starting to Ask Permission, Rather Than Forgiveness; Fresh off their battle with ride-sharing and apartment-renting businesses, regulators are writing the playbook for reining in free-wheeling startups (WSJ)
  • Turning Around an Old-School Tech Company: Inside Hewlett Packard Enterprise, new CEO Antonio Neri is a bona fide celebrity. Outside, he’s got a lot to prove. (Bloomberg)
  • ASML to Ship 20 EUV Systems in 2018 (EETimes)


  • The Tim Ferriss Show Transcripts: Brandon Stanton (Tim Ferris)
  • How bosses should respond to the sound of the clock ticking: Companies have to balance living in the moment against long-term planning (Economist)
  • Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less Hardcover – Abridged, April 15, 2014 (Amazon)

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