H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (8 October 2018) – Big screen continues to be big business: Vista Cinema division, which provides software-as-a-service to large cinema chains, is used in 42,512 screens worldwide, for a 38 per cent market share + Marcus Aurelius: How To Live Without Fear: Developing strength by having power over the mind

Companies

  • Big screen continues to be big business; Vista provides cinema-management software for independent cinema operators and large circuits, as well as moviegoer data analytics, film distribution and other cinema-related technology services. Vista Cinema division, which provides software-as-a-service to large cinema chains, is used in 42,512 screens worldwide, for a 38 per cent market share (TB)
  • Cashless wave to lift Revenue’s growth (Edge)

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

  • Saudi Arabia invests another US$45 billion with SoftBank’s Masayoshi Son to pick tech winners (SCMP)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Chinese offshore IPOs grow more reliant on shaky legal structure; Boom in tech listings built on companies that lack ownership of their operations (Nikkei)
  • Educating children with storytelling, YueDuQiYuan seeks Pre-A series financing (KRA)
  • AI promises jobs revolution but first it needs old-fashioned manual labour – from China; Basic Finder is among the labelling companies thriving amid the data boom, with clients including US university UC Berkeley and Chinese AI leaders SenseTime and iFlyTek (SCMP)
  • Indian online car dealer Droom raises yet another US$30m (KRA)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Bob Iger’s Bets Are Paying Off Big Time for Disney (Time)
  • The Internet Gave Us Great TV-Now Where’s Our Great TV Guide? The Golden Age of Television comes with too many apps and devices, and there aren’t enough tools to help you find and play the best shows (WSJ)
  • Comcast’s Revenge: Never Sell Hulu; Selling its Hulu stake to Disney would help offset the cost of acquiring Sky, but Comcast has good reasons to hold on (WSJ)
  • 3D printers already create human tissue, a house and smart ‘skin devices’, so what will future bring? (SCMP)
  • Elastic’s Soaring IPO Stretches Valuation to $4.9 Billion (Bloomberg)
  • Lasers Are Cool But Their Stocks Can’t Seem to Catch a Break (Bloomberg)

Life

  • Marcus Aurelius: How To Live Without Fear: Developing strength by having power over the mind (Medium)
  • One of the simplest rules in life is often times one of the hardest to implement: be nice to other people. You never know what they’re going through. (Ben Carlson)
  • China First Capital (1269) and a questionable joint venture (Webb)

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