Google sister company wants a cut of Toronto’s property taxes for developing smart city

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Description: Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs wants a cut of Toronto’s revenue to build out its vision of a futuristic data-driven smart city. Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Feb 15, 2019 Link: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/google-sister-company-wants-cut-torontos-property-taxes-developing-smart-city-164129521.html Questions for discussion: What are the managerial issues related to this thinking for the firms and for governments? Do you think firms should be pushing for… Read more »

Best-laid plans: Lessons from a brewer who put down $800,000 for new equipment — and then his supplier went bankrupt

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Description: What can a business do if the setback doesn’t qualify for insurance coverage? Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Feb 05, 2019 Link: https://business.financialpost.com/entrepreneur/blindsided-when-even-the-best-laid-business-plans-come-up-against-catastrophe?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Financial%20Post%20-%20Entrepreneur%202019-02-06&utm_term=FP_Entrepreneur#comments-area Questions for discussion: Why do you suppose Jason Fisher made such a large down payment? Why should this have been a warning that the supplier was cash shy? What lessons should entrepreneurs take… Read more »

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 »

BlackBerry beefs up management team with new president

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Description: BlackBerry Ltd. (BB.TO 1.12%) said Bryan Palma would take over as the company’s president and chief operating officer, reporting to chief executive officer and chairman John Chen. Source: BNNBloomberg.com – video report Date: Jan 28, 2019 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/blackberry-beefs-up-management-team-with-new-president-1.1204874 Questions for discussion: What does the report say about the management changes taking place and the reasons… Read more »

Insulin has become so expensive that this diabetic is trying to make his own

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Description: Insulin is a life-saving drug for diabetics. Since 2002, the price has more than tripled and some diabetics can’t afford it. People have died rationing their doses, and some are turning to other countries to buy it at a cheaper price. Now, there’s a team of biohackers called the Open Insulin Project in Oakland, California who are… Read more »

No joke: Comedy Central wants you to watch its new shows on cable, not online

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Description: The veteran network that’s been a go-to for South Park and Tosh 2.0 is pursuing a 3.0 strategy that veers away from chasing online views and embraces the strengths of both digital and linear video Source: FastCompany.com Date: JAN 31, 2019 Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90295808/no-joke-comedy-central-wants-you-to-watch-its-new-shows-on-cable-not-online?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=5&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=01312019 Questions for discussion: How has Comedy Central’s strategies changed? Do you… Read more »

Unifor calls for Canadian boycott on GM vehicles built in Mexico

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Description: The union representing workers at General Motors’ Oshawa assembly plant on Friday called on Canadians to boycott any of the automaker’s vehicles manufactured in Mexico. Source: CBC.ca Date: Jan 25, 2019 Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/oshawa-unifor-gm-plant-boycott-mexico-1.4992989 Questions for discussion: Do you think this union strategy will have any positive results or cause GM to respond in some way?… Read more »

Are You Ready for the Nanoinfluencers?

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Description: By now you have probably heard of influencers, that group of internet-famous people who have more than a million social media followers and can make big money by plugging various brands. And you may have even heard of microinfluencers, who do the same thing for a still sizable but somewhat smaller social media audience… Read more »

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 »