The Warcraft Method: Why Google’s DeepMind Is Training AI In Virtual Worlds

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Description: DeepMind has struck a critical new partnership with Unity Technologies, the game-development platform used by half the world’s mobile games, including Temple Run and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, and it’s one that could also help its nascent business. Source: Forbes.com Date: Oct 10, 2018 Link: https://www.forbes.com/sites/parmyolson/2018/10/10/the-world-of-warcraft-method-why-googles-deepmind-is-training-ai-in-virtual-worlds/#5d2f39bcd170 Questions for discussion: What does the report say about the direction AI is… Read more »

The real reason why Amazon is raising the minimum wage

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Description: Amazon, the second largest private employer in the U.S., is raising the minimum wage for its full-time and temporary workers to $15 per hour. Source: Finance.Yahoo.com – video report Date: Sep 26, 2018 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/real-reason-amazon-raising-minimum-wage-170807455.html Questions for discussion: What are the possible reasons for Amazon’s pay raise, according to the report? What do you… Read more »

Weight Watchers CEO on name rebrand to WW

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Description: Weight Watchers CEO Mindy Grossman joins ‘Squawk Box’ to discuss the rebranding to WW, wellness that works, and the company’s changing consumer base. Weight Watchers CEO on name rebrand to WW from CNBC. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Sep 26, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2018/09/24/weight-watchers-ceo-on-changing-names-and-marketing-healthy-living.html Questions for discussion: Do you think the change in the… Read more »

Three Key Takeaways on Amazon’s Plans for Advertising, Video and Voice

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Description: At eMarketer’s “How Amazon Is Changing … Everything” invite-only breakfast yesterday, eMarketer co-founder Geoff Ramsey and a panel of our analysts explained how brands and companies can work with the ecommerce giant. Here are some key takeaways: Source: eMarketer.com Date: Sep 21, 2018 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/these-are-the-top-three-things-marketer-s-should-know-about-amazon?ecid=NL1001 Questions for discussion: What is the TV industry strategy… Read more »

Why McDonald’s and Burger King flopped in Vietnam 

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Description: The fast food industry thrives in most of the world. Chains like McDonald’s and Burger King typically come out on top in the $651 billion fast food industry. In Vietnam, however, the brands have failed to take off. McDonald’s and Burger King have more than 36,000 and 16,000 locations across the globe, respectively. But in Vietnam,… Read more »

The dark history of our obsession with productivity

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Description: Americans have been on a quest to get the most out of every working minute since the nation’s founding, often at the detriment of the people doing the work. Source: FastCompany.com Date: Sep 12, 2018 Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90230330/how-our-obsession-with-productivity-evolved?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=2&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=09122018 Questions for discussion: What does the article say about our perception and understanding of productivity? Why do… Read more »

Tim Hortons owner strips disgruntled franchisee of his licence

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Description: Great White North Franchisee Association president is no longer a franchisee, company says Source: CBC.ca Date: Sep 04, 2018 Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/tim-hortons-franchisee-1.4809590 Questions for discussion: What are the issues in this dispute? Do you think either side is handling the conflict effectively? What might be the consequences of this dispute with respect to potential and… Read more »

How Big Tech Swallowed Seattle

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Description: Two tech titans made billions and remade the city. Is it any better off? Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Aug 30, 2018 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-08-30/how-big-tech-swallowed-seattle?srnd=businessweek-v2 Questions for discussion: What does the article say about the impact tech company investment has had on Seattle? What lessons are there for managers of these and other firms?

Fans Are Becoming Increasingly Engaged In Fantasy Sports

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Description: With the NFL kicking off the 2018 season, we’re talking about fantasy sports on “Behind the Numbers.” How many Americans play fantasy sports? Why do they play? And what are the different spending habits of fantasy players? Source: eMarketer.com – podcast report Date: Sep 06, 2018 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/fans-are-becoming-increasingly-engaged-in-fantasy-sports Questions for discussion: Why does this… Read more »

A Fast-Food Problem: Where Have All the Teenagers Gone?

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Description: A quarter-century ago, there were 56 teenagers in the labor force for every “limited service” restaurant — that is, the kind where you order at the counter. Today, there are fewer than half as many, which is a reflection both of teenagers’ decreasing work force participation and of the explosive growth in restaurants. Source:… Read more »