H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (21 January 2019) – Welcome to 2019: The Year AI Comes Alive! + Listening to the World


  • China’s Pinduoduo reports theft of online discount vouchers to police (Reuters)
  • Ctrip eyes Europe amid rising domestic competition (Technode)
  • Nintendo Rebounds as Optimistic Signs Emerge After a Brutal Year (Bloomberg)
  • Afterpay buy now pay later rival Zip favoured by investor Philip King of Regal (AFR)

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

  • Tencent weighing bid for holding company behind Korea’s Nexon: sources (CNA)

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

  • Don’t Blame Amazon for the Retail Apocalypse (Barron’s)
  • Netflix will regulate its content in India. It swears that’s not a bad thing (CNN); Netflix Sees Fortnite as a Bigger Rival Than HBO (Bloomberg)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Ctrip chairman James Liang backs start-up that helps parents find play dates for their young ones; Moremom aims to help ease the pressures of child-rearing in China with app that matches play dates (SCMP)
  • Why the integrator strategy can work for AI startups despite challenges (TIA)
  • E-tailers are struggling to cure Indians of cash-on-delivery addiction (qz)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Welcome to 2019: The Year AI Comes Alive! (RG)
  • Trucking Companies At War Over This New Niche Of E-Commerce Delivery (ZH)
  • Smart Glasses, Neural Computers, Self-Driving Cars: What’s “The Next Big Thing” After Smartphones (ZH)


  • What Mary Oliver can teach us about handling criticism with grace (qz)
  • Hong Kong’s recent mysterious US$4.8 billion stock plunge underscores risk in world’s 4th-largest equity market (SCMP)
  • Listening to the World (On Being)
  • The Third Self: Mary Oliver on Time, Concentration, the Artist’s Task, and the Central Commitment of the Creative Life (BP)

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