H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (6 February 2019) – Where Big Leaps Happen; The Great Naturalist John Burroughs on Art, the Courage to Defy Convention, and the Measure of a Visionary


  • Movie ticketer Maoyan flops in IPO as market shuns China tech (Nikkei)
  • China’s CATL to supply Honda with EV batteries through 2027 (Nikkei)
  • Kyocera hedges trade war risks with 2 European acquisitions (Nikkei)
  • Vietnam’s FPT teams with Allianz on digital insurance (Nikkei)

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

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

  • Microsoft Invests in ‘Boring AI’ Startup Valued at $2.75 Billion (Bloomberg)
  • Microsoft Buys Startup BrightBytes’s DataSense Service (CB)
  • Feared or celebrated, Amazon’s Alexa is star of Super Bowl ads (JT)
  • How Facebook has changed computing (Wired)
  • Waymo Is Nearing Robocar Deal With Renault-Nissan Alliance (Bloomberg)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Jewellery supply chain platform firm Atelier Technology banking on China, to open office in Guangzhou (SCMP)
  • Toyota’s new car subscription company Kinto is gamifying driving behavior (TC)
  • Keshav Prawasi, Nitin Babel, Shishir Modi: One-stop shopping solution Niki.ai, a chatbot that is also a virtual shopping assistant for customers (Forbes)
  • Pranay Surana, Tushar Saxena: Fashion on rent (Forbes)
  • Southeast Asia’s internet needs a light touch; ASEAN must develop common standards and avoid restrictive national rules (Nikkei)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Brands from warby parker to sephora have actually found sensible uses for AR (qz)
  • Music Producer Swizz Beatz on why streaming services should pay musicians 50/50 (MW)
  • ‘Tinder, but with dogs’ helps potential owners set up a ‘date’ (MW)
  • Ocado: a treasure deferred; A catch may startle investors trying to value group using traditional measures (FT)
  • Picture this: an AI game where humans and computers collaborate; Groundbreaking game uses images to help artificial intelligence communicate with people (FT)
  • Square’s Cash App Downloads Outpace Venmo Again, Analyst Says (Barron’s)
  • Robots’ Lead Role in Super Bowl Ads Hint at Tech Anxieties (WSJ)
  • Reddit Valued At $3 Billion In New Massive Capital Raise (ZH)
  • Databricks Doubles Capital Raised With $250M Series E And A $2.75 Billion Valuation; over 2,000 organizations around the world use Databricks’s software in their data analytics, data science, and machine learning workflows (CB)
  • Meet the 9 startups that Techstars believes can disrupt the music industry (FastCo)


  • This Is The Unexpected Power of Sadness (Medium)
  • The Great Naturalist John Burroughs on Art, the Courage to Defy Convention, and the Measure of a Visionary (BP)
  • Where Big Leaps Happen (MH)
  • Synchronicity: How to Create Your Own Luck (ZR)
  • How Regret Can Be Your Friend (Insead)

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