Whole Foods calls meeting with key vendors as tensions flare

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Description: Tensions between Whole Foods Market and some of the most important brands it sells in its stores will come to a head on March 19, when they will congregate for a recently announced summit, sources familiar with the situation tell CNBC. Source: CNBC.com Date: Mar 12, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/03/11/whole-foods-calls-meeting-with-key-vendors-as-tensions-flare.html Questions for discussion: What is… Read more »

How Ashton Kutcher Turned $50 Million Into $250 Million by Investing in Entrepreneurs

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Description: Though he first gained fame as an actor, Ashton Kutcher is also known for making smart investments in startups. However, as he explains to Alan Taylor in this video, it took a few years for those investments to pay off. One thing that helped was finding the right partners. Kutcher says he looks for entrepreneurs… Read more »

Gun maker stocks fall after Dick’s Sporting Goods takes a stand

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Description: Smith & Wesson parent American Outdoor Brands stock falls to near 5-year low, Sturm, Ruger shares hit 3-year low Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Feb 28, 2018 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/gun-maker-stocks-fall-after-dicks-sporting-goods-takes-a-stand-2018-02-28 Questions for discussion: What impact has Dick’s Sporting Goods decision had on investor’s thinking? Do you think other retailers will simply pick up more sales? How should… Read more »

Just how shallow is the artificial intelligence talent pool?

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Description: It might be 10,000 or it might be 300,000. Whichever, ‘the talent shortage is real’ and the only solution is for universities and governments to fund more training Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Feb 07, 2018 Link: http://business.financialpost.com/entrepreneur/fp-innovators/just-how-shallow-is-the-artificial-intelligence-talent-pool Questions for discussion: Why is it important for HR managers to know the numbers of skilled AI engineers?… Read more »

SPOS #606 – Become A Superconnector With Scott Gerber

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels Of Separation – The Mirum Podcast – Episode #606 – Host: Mitch Joel. Everywhere I look, I see the book Superconnector. Online, in bookstores at the airport. Source: Sixpixels.mirumagency.com Date: Feb 24, 2018 Link: http://sixpixels.mirumagency.com/podcast/archives/spos-606—become-a-superconnector-with-scott-gerber/ Questions for discussion: What is the key lesson you took away from this discussion? Why are relationships… Read more »

As the Streaming Wars Heat Up, Ryan Murphy Cashes In

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Description:  The battle between the Hollywood establishment and the streaming-media giants has caused big changes in the entertainment industry in recent months, driving up the prices of major stars and series producers while leaving traditional companies in danger of losing relevance. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Feb 14, 2018 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/14/business/media/streaming-wars-ryan-murphy.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness&action=click&contentCollection=business&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront Questions for discussion: How has negotiations… Read more »

How One Designer Built A $22M Company–Selling Paper

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Description: The cult greeting card purveyor Rifle Paper Co. has turned into a booming lifestyle brand, with 160 employees and more than $22 million in annual revenue. Here’s how cofounder Anna Bond proved that print isn’t dead. Source: FastCompany.com Date: Feb 07, 2018 Link: https://www.fastcodesign.com/90159246/how-anna-bond-built-a-22m-company-selling-paper Questions for discussion: What does the article say about successfully… Read more »

Women, it’s time to reach for those leadership roles

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Description: Oprah Winfrey, in her electrifying speech at the Golden Globes, said that things are changing. Source: Chicagotribune.com Date: Jan 22, 2018 Link: http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/success/inc/tca-women-it-s-time-to-reach-for-those-leadership-roles-20180122-story.html Questions for discussion: What does the writer say to women about leadership? Do you agree with her assessments and advice?

Building The Best Creative Teams With Todd Henry

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels Of Separation – The Mirum Podcast – Episode #603 – Host: Mitch Joel. There is no doubt that when it comes to writing business books on the creative process and how it flows in business today, Todd Henry is the gold standard. Source: Sixpixels.mirumagency.com – podcast Date: Jan 28, 2018 Link: http://sixpixels.mirumagency.com/podcast/archives/spos-603—building-the-best-creative-teams-with-todd-henry/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SixPixelsOfSeparation+%28Six+Pixels+of+Separation+-+Marketing+and+Communications+Insights+Podcast+-+Mitch+Joel+at+Twist+Image%29… Read more »

Small business optimism at three-year high, with $140B in spending to come in 2018: BDC study

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Description: Business acquisitions to skyrocket unprecedented 79% as Boomers start selling off to retire Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Jan 16, 2018 Link: http://business.financialpost.com/entrepreneur/0116-biz-dd-bdcsurvey Questions for discussion: What does the article say about the state of small businesses and the transition taking place? What does this suggest to you about the future health of small business in… Read more »