H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (18 December 2018) – The Art of Waiting: Reclaiming the Pleasures of Durational Being in an Instant Culture of Ceaseless Doing


  • China’s Ctrip says US trade war discouraging tourism; Chief of online travel portal hopes to stem share price fall with domestic market boost (FT)
  • Seven-Eleven tries out a store in Tokyo with unmanned payment system (Japan Times)
  • Traveloka has bought Indonesian rival Pegipegi, two others for US$66.8m; Recruit Holdings, which recently acquired the jobs and recruitment platform Glassdoor, cited Southeast Asia’s competitive OTA market as the reason behind the sale. (KRA, TIA)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • China’s Billionaire Factory Faces New Risks in Trump Era (Bloomberg)
  • Angry customers of Chinese bike-sharing pioneer Ofo queue up at Beijing office for deposit refund (SCMP)
  • No Uber or Airbnb in South Korea: Red tape, risk-aversion hobble start-ups (Reuters)
  • Byju’s targets global expansion for its digital education service after raising $540M (Techcrunch); Naspers leads $540 million investment in Indian tech startup (Reuters)
  • Cashback app ShopBack taps offline opportunities in Singapore; It’s following a large number of online retailers who have already started growing an offline presence. (KRA)
  • Aeon teams with Go-Jek in new Southeast Asian drive; Japanese retailer looks to Indonesian ride-hail startup to go beyond physical stores (Nikkei)
  • How the music played in bars and shops is listening to you; QSIC provides the technology to read patrons faces and select music; uses artificial intelligence to “listen” to environments and autonomously adjusts the volume of individual s (Age)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Hate Shopping? New Texting Services Will Simplify Your Life; A new trend-shopping via text-takes off as frequent shoppers bemoan the complexity of ‘traditional’ e-commerce (WSJ)
  • UK augmented reality start-up Blippar collapses into administration (FT)


  • The greater your own internal fire is, the more people will want it. They will ignite their own fires. They will try to light up their own dark caves. The universe will bend to you.”
  • The Art of Waiting: Reclaiming the Pleasures of Durational Being in an Instant Culture of Ceaseless Doing (BP)
  • Is corporate governance in Singapore on a downward trajectory? (BT)

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