You don’t need to have dug a mine to run one, female leaders say

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Description: Eira Thomas has discovered diamonds in the far north, co-founded mining companies and sat on a dozen boards — including Canada’s most valuable energy company. So the 49-year-old was a little taken aback when an investor recently suggested she needed to hire an engineer as chief operating officer to back her up in the… Read more »

The self-driving car startup that the auto industry actually trusts

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Description: Aurora, a startup developing software for self-driving cars, had barely launched when it found its place among the biggest names in the car industry. Source: CNNMoney.com Date: May 03, 2018 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2018/05/03/technology/aurora-self-driving-cars/index.html Questions for discussion: Why is the company so well connected to the industry? Describe the management culture, as presented in report? Do… Read more »

Zuckerberg Just Proved Once Again That Congress Doesn’t Understand The Internet

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Description:  Today’s jumbled Facebook hearing left little faith that Congress could ever draft a useful data-protection bill, much less agree on one. Source: FastCompany.com Date: Apr 11, 2018 Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/40557799/zuckerberg-just-proved-once-again-that-congress-doesnt-understand-the-internet?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=1&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=04122018 Questions for discussion: Do you agree with the opinions expressed in this article? What should government do, if anything?

Facebook Is Making Big Changes to Its Relationship With Data Brokers

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Description: Facebook is placing new limits on the data it shares with data brokers—companies like Acxiom and Oracle Data Cloud, which compile dossiers on consumers so as to make it easier for advertisers to target them with appropriate pitches. Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Mar 29, 2018 Link: http://fortune.com/2018/03/29/facebook-data-brokers-changes/ Questions for discussion: What are the changes taking… Read more »

Toys ‘R’ Us Is Closing Its Stores — But Who Will Take the Space?

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Description: The collapse of Toys “R” Us Inc. is yet another blow for landlords, who now will have gaping holes of suburban retail space up for grabs. And few tenants would want them. Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Mar 16, 2018 Link: http://fortune.com/2018/03/16/toys-r-us-vacant-storefronts/ Questions for discussion: Why did the company fail? What could management… Read more »

How Flipboard Sorts Through Hundreds of Thousands of Articles Each Day

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Description: AI drives recommendations, but humans still play a role Source: eMarketer.com Date: Mar 22, 2018 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/publishers-use-ai-for-content-recommendations-and-ad-targeting Questions for discussion: Summarize the description of how AI is used in publishing. Why are humans still needed, in your opinion?

WestJet chief Gregg Saretsky retires, effective immediately, replaced by Ed Sims

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Description: WestJet Airlines Ltd.’s announcement of a new chief executive, effective Thursday, marks an abrupt end to an eight-year run for outgoing CEO Gregg Saretsky. Source: Globe.ca Date: Mar 08, 2018 Link: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/westjet-ceo-gregg-saretsky-retires-effective-immediately/article38247007/ Questions for discussion: Why do you suppose leadership changes so abruptly so often at WestJet? Do you think this change at the… Read more »

Best Buy says goodbye to mobile phone stores

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Description: NEW YORK— Best Buy (BBY) is shuttering all 250 of its small-format mobile phone stores in the U.S., saying the locations have become less profitable. Source: CBS.com – video report Date: Mar 01, 2018 Link: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/best-buy-says-goodbye-to-mobile-phone-stores/ Questions for discussion: Why is management taking this action? How have consumer buying behaviors changed since these stores… Read more »

Amazon now delivers Whole Foods groceries in a few select cities

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Description: Two-hour delivery will be free and a one hour option costs $7.99 on orders of $35 or more. Amazon now delivers Whole Foods groceries in a few select cities from CNBC. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Feb 08, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2018/02/08/amazon-now-delivers-whole-foods-groceries-in-a-few-select-cities.html Questions for discussion: How is management capitalizing on the synergies of these… Read more »

Legacy Media Companies Are Leading the Charge in Advanced TV

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Description:  Many marketing tech aficionados believe television ad buying is overdue for a digital overhaul. Dave Morgan, CEO of TV ad targeting firm Simulmedia, spoke with eMarketer’s Ross Benes about which digital applications are likely to find success within TV advertising and which products are overhyped. Source: eMarketer.com Date: Feb 2, 2018 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/advanced-tv-is-being-led-by-legacy-media-companies-5 Questions… Read more »