H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (25 July 2018) – Japan’s Bandai to tap into China’s baby toy market + 20 Storytelling Lessons We Can Learn from Marvel


  • Japan’s Bandai to tap into China’s baby toy market (Japan Times)
  • Rakuten Lifull Stay shares listings with Agoda (AIM)
  • Xiaomi pulls all P2P lending ads after accusations of promoting fraudulent financial products (Technode)
  • Ci Distribution expands with new Getac partnership; Ci will help Getac reach new businesses for its ruggedized range of products in the military, law enforcement and industrial manufacturing (Channelpro)
  • Retail technology solution provider Radiant Globaltech Bhd made a strong debut on the ACE Market of Bursa Malaysia yesterday with its share more than doubling in value. Radiant Globaltech’s clientele includes departmental stores, hypermarkets, supermarkets, retail chains and convenience stores such as Giant, Cold Storage, AEON BiG, Parkson, Watsons, Guardian and 99 Speedmart. The group currently has more than 900 customers compared with 726 in 2016. (Edge)

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

  • Inside Tencent’s Gambit to Dominate a $13 Billion Esports Arena (Bloomberg)
  • Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.’s food delivery platform Ele.me plans to spend 3 billion yuan ($443 million) this quarter trying to wrest customers from Meituan Dianping. (Bloomberg)
  • Masayoshi Son’s drive to fix Japan’s ‘stupid’ rules; SoftBank chief’s call for embrace of services such as car-booking should be welcomed (FT)

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

  • Facebook and Twitter are lucrative quagmires (Reuters)
  • Google’s Cloud Is Turning Into a Rainmaker; The internet giant’s cloud platform could eventually diversify its dependence on advertising (WSJ)
  • Big Tech is Throwing Money and Talent at Home Robots; Alphabet and Huawei join Amazon in the race to build androids, the first of which could debut by 2020. (Bloomberg)
  • How Netflix beat its rivals and survived the 2000s (CNN)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Tujia buddies up with SiteMinder to improving homestay management for overseas hosts (Technode)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Spotify’s India launch hits music label resistance; Streaming service seeks subscriber growth in Asia to justify lofty valuation (FT)
  • Asian chipmakers’ production plans in focus as super-cycle winds down; industry’s shift to a newer technology of 3D NAND flash stacks – which are cheaper to assemble than outgoing two-dimensional chips – has seen output grow faster than demand this year and forced smaller players to aggressively cut prices to keep market share. (Reuters)
  • Sensor specialist AMS bets on self-driving cars (Reuters)
  • PayU buys Israeli payment technology firm Zooz (Reuters)
  • Fortnite Mania Fuels Epic Growth to $8.5 Billion; Epic Games’ profits on the game have made “legendary character” Tim Sweeney a billionaire. (Bloomberg)
  • AI Scours 1.2 Million Appointments to Cut Dreaded Wait at Doctor (Bloomberg)
  • How Snap Made Direct Response Ads a Big Business (The Info)
  • Airbnb’s NYC Bookings Could Be Cut in Half by New Rule; The city council is asking the tech giant to hand over data on its New York hosts. (Bloomberg)
  • Pinterest nears $1 billion in ad sales and valuation rises as it looks to go public in mid-2019 (CNBC)


  • 20 Storytelling Lessons We Can Learn from Marvel (Medium)

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