This clothing factory cuts waste by machine-knitting sweaters on demand

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Description: In Brooklyn, a company is trying automating knitting sweaters and making them to order instead of making thousands that then have to be trashed if no one buys them. Source: FastCompany.com Date: Feb 06, 2019 Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90300313/this-clothing-factory-cuts-waste-by-machine-knitting-sweaters-on-demand Questions for discussion: How does this technology improve productivity and customer service? Do you think this orientation… Read more »

SPOS #656 – Team Human With Douglas Rushkoff

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #656 – Host: Mitch Joel. It’s the most wonderful time of the year when I get to speak media theorist, Douglas Rushkoff. He is – without a doubt – one of the smartest humans beings on this earth that I get to call a friend. Douglas is… Read more »

Alibaba and the Future of Business

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Description: Alibaba hit the headlines with the world’s biggest IPO in September 2014. Today, the company has a market cap among the global top 10, has surpassed Walmart in global sales, and has expanded into all the major markets in the world. Founder Jack Ma has become a household name. Source: HarvardBusinessReview.com Date: FROM THE… Read more »

Terence Corcoran: Jerry Dias’s Oshawa GM battle can’t stop an auto-industry revolution

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Description: It’s hard to see what Unifor’s national president is hoping to achieve Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Jan 16, 2019 Link: https://business.financialpost.com/opinion/terence-corcoran-jerry-diass-oshawa-gm-battle-cant-stop-an-auto-industry-revolution Questions for discussion: What is the situation facing GM management, the union, and the governments? What would you advise each of them, given the constraints?

Amazon is on a hiring spree in India, even as new restrictions on foreign sellers loom

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Description: Amazon could soon face a tighter market in India, as new government restrictions are set to kick in next month. But the company remains undeterred in its India expansion based on at least one measure: job openings. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Jan 16, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/16/amazon-india-hiring-spree-new-restrictions-foreign-sellers-coming.html Questions for discussion: What is significant about… Read more »

Hedge fund billionaire Ray Dalio: ‘Capitalism basically is not working for the majority of people’

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Description: With just over $18 billion to his name, capitalism has been good to Ray Dalio: He started his hedge fund, Bridgewater Associates, out of a two-bedroom New York City apartment in 1975 and it now manages $160 billion in assets and is the largest hedge fund in the world, according to Forbes. Source: CNBC.com – video… Read more »

Inside Facebook’s ‘cult-like’ workplace, where dissent is discouraged and employees pretend to be happy all the time

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Description: At a company-wide town hall in early October, numerous Facebookemployees got in line to speak about their experiences with sexual harassment. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Jan 08, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/08/facebook-culture-cult-performance-review-process-blamed.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the managerial culture at FB. How are conditions affecting the company and its empoyees? How should management respond to… Read more »

Salesforce’s Marc Benioff unplugged for two weeks, and had a revelation that could change the tech industry

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Description: In early July 2018, Marc Benioff packed his iPhone and iPad into a FedEx envelope and mailed it to his summer home in Hawaii. The billionaire CEO of Salesforce then hopped on a plane out of San Francisco for a quiet two-week vacation across the Galapagos Islands, Bora Bora and Easter Island. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date:… Read more »

6 common beliefs about productivity that are total lies

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Description: Some conventional wisdom isn’t so wise. Productivity experts weigh in on some commonly held beliefs that are just wrong. Source: FastCompany.com Date: Jan 04, 2019 Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90280925/6-common-beliefs-about-productivity-that-are-total-lies Questions for discussion: Why do you think these ideas about productivity have become popular? Do you subscribe to any of these beliefs? What are possible managerial problems… Read more »

12 Entrepreneurial Traits That Will Tempt You to Quit Your Job Immediately

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Description: Unhappy in your job? It’s possible you’re an entrepreneur. Source: Entrepreneur.com Date: Jan 01, 2019 Link:  https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/324979?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email Questions for discussion: Do you think this list is a fair guide to someone considering an entrepreneurial career? What else would you suggest?