H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (25 February 2019) – Appen continues stellar run, revenue jumps 119 per cent


  • Xiaomi-backed online broker that serves Chinese stock traders aims to raise US$150 million in Nasdaq IPO (SCMP)
  • The Fair Trade Commission (FTC) fined seven media platforms for unfair business practices. Kakao and Kosdaq-listed AfreecaTV, were on the list (KJA)
  • Appen continues stellar run, revenue jumps 119 per cent (AFR)
  • IRESS CEO Andrew Walsh tips widespread automation of financial advice (AFR)

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

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

  • Microsoft proves pioneer in ‘augmented reality’ with HoloLens 2; Tech giant doubles down on corporate customers with latest version of headset (FT); Microsoft promises an open HoloLens ecosystem (TC); Microsoft doubles, then triples down on HoloLens (AFR); Microsoft hails revamped goggles as more immersive and easy to wear (Reuters); Microsoft and Trimble made a hardhat with HoloLens built-in (TC)
  • How Netflix is eating the Academy (TC)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • LG unveils dual-screen 5G smartphone and touts biometric breakthrough (Reuters)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Stitch Fix’s radical data-driven way to sell clothes-$1.2 billion last year-is reinventing retail; CEO Katrina Lake’s e-commerce retailer uses data science to find you the best-fitting clothes you’ve ever worn (FastCo)
  • Why online service providers shouldn’t partner with big tech (TNW)
  • Cofounder Of 3-D Printing Unicorn Formlabs Raises $18M For Manufacturing Software Company Tulip (Forbes)
  • Europe’s Giant Tech Show Packs Hits, And Plenty of Flops (Bloomberg)
  • Lyft Filing Could Kick Off Cavalcade of High-Profile Tech IPOs (Bloomberg)
  • A $210 Billion Rally in Chip Stocks Leaving Hedge Funds in Dust (Bloomberg)
  • In conversation with Efinix: Start-up sees big opportunities in China for its programmable AI chips; Programmable chips can be altered and applied to different use cases – such as toys, security equipment or smartphones (SCMP)


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