H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (10 September 2018) – Japan’s Recruit employs AI to stop workers from quitting

Companies

  • Digital media upstarts step up assault on Japan’s news business; Uzabase’s NewsPicks’ paid subscriber base has been growing fast, though it still comes to only about 74,000 (Nikkei)
  • Japan’s Recruit employs AI to stop workers from quitting (Nikkei)
  • Taiwanese firms losing interest in China: MOEA; a string of Taiwanese electronics firms including Delta Electronics, New Kinpo Group, and Merry Electronics have began to switch some of their Chinese manufacturing to Southeast Asia (Taiwan News)
  • Xero to hero: Accounting platform finds its feet as Rod Drury steps back (Age)

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

  • As Jack Ma Prepares to Move on, Here’s a Look at Alibaba’s Journey (Bloomberg); Jack Ma’s Letter to Staff on His Retirement: Full Text (Bloomberg); Alibaba’s Jack Ma: Smart People Need a ‘Fool’ to Lead Them (Bloomberg); Jack Ma to unveil Alibaba’s succession plan, paving the way for younger talent to take over (SCMP); Meet Daniel Zhang, the ‘free and unfettered spirit’ who will succeed Jack Ma as Alibaba’s chairman (SCMP)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Online insurance start-up OneDegree raises HK$200 million to fund push to cover Hong Kong’s dogs and cats (SCMP)
  • OKEx blowout exposes soft underbelly of lightly regulated cryptocurrency transactions (SCMP)
  • A short history of the QR code in China and why Southeast Asia is next (Technode)
  • They’re the king of lock-screen advertising. Next stop: world domination (TIA)
  • Go-Jek fuels digital content strategy by backing online media firm Kumparan (KRA)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Former Coles Myer CEO Dennis Eck says the rise of e-commerce giants such as Amazon has reshaped the retail landscape and paved the way for the rise of micro-brands in consumer goods that are able to build a presence very quickly. (AFR)

Life

  • The Shadow Side of Greatness: Many of the qualities that make people great have shadow sides as well. (James Clear)

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