H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (25 January 2019) – Michael Cannon-Brookes snr: How I raised a son who became Atlassian billionaire + Susan Cain – How to Overcome Fear and Embrace Creativity (#357)


  • Meituan to invest $1.7 billion in push to digitize merchant partners (Technode)
  • Michael Cannon-Brookes snr: How I raised a son who became Atlassian billionaire (AFR)

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

  • Latest WeChat update hints at its ‘operating system’ ambitions (Technode)
  • Entrepreneurs should focus on the problem, not the technology, says Alibaba’s Joe Tsai (SCMP)

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

  • Facebook Slides After Report Claims 50% Of Its Users Are Fake (ZH)
  • AWS launches Neo-AI, an open-source tool for tuning ML models (TC)
  • The prime challenges for Amazon’s new delivery robot (Wred)
  • Amazon Can’t Fix Facial Recognition; Companies lack incentives to stop the creepiness. (Bloomberg)
  • Amazon offers cautionary tale of AI-assisted hiring (FT)
  • Apple Self-Driving Car Layoffs Are a Nod to Reality; It was never clear that Apple managed to develop the partnerships it needed. Now it should focus on the bets it can win. (Bloomberg)
  • Google’s StarCraft-playing AI is crushing pro gamers (CNN)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Quasi-unicorn IceKredit aims to leverage AI in becoming China’s FICO (Technode)
  • Bing, Baidu and a Big Mess for Chinese Search Engines; Internet users are wondering why Microsoft-owned Bing is suddenly inaccessible in China. The sector faces some even bigger questions. (WSJ)
  • Japanese firms hopping on ride-hailing bandwagon in Southeast Asia (JT)
  • Korea is home to 6 unicorn startups: Coupang, Bluehole, Yello Mobile, Woowa Brothers, L&P Cosmetics and Viva Republica (Investor)
  • “We’re seeing $2.5b for food delivery in Indonesia alone”: Go-Jek on transaction value, international expansion, and IPO plans (KRA)
  • Go-Jek makes first close of $2 billion round at $9.5 billion valuation (TC)
  • In the business of improving other businesses: Malaysia’s game-changers in the B2B spectrum (e27)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Heathrow Turns to AI to Cut Gap Between Flights by 20 Seconds (Bloomberg)
  • Blue Prism looks to partners to expand robotic process automation with AI (TC)
  • Top 10 US subscription video apps pulled in $1.3B last year, a 62% increase from 2017 (TC)
  • How Uber Eats’ Starbucks delivery deal changes the American delivery wars (TN)
  • Are Consumers Ready To Buy And Sell Homes Online? (PYMNTS)
  • Instacart CEO reaffirms IPO is ‘definitely’ on the horizon (CNN)
  • Palo Alto Networks Stock to Rally on Rising Security Spending, Analyst Says (Barron’s)
  • Fog, Edge Networks Merge in IoT (EE Times)
  • Dutch AI Startup Wants to Reveal the Real Value of Your Property (Bloomberg)
  • Weak Intel outlook stokes fears of a chip slowdown (Reuters)


  • Susan Cain – How to Overcome Fear and Embrace Creativity (#357) (Tim Ferris)
  • Billions to Bust: Lessons from the failure of some of India’s biggest business names. (BT)

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