Inside the $3 billion race to kill plastic

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Description: These startups are capitalizing on consumer anxiety about climate change to market reusable straws, food wrap, and storage bags. Can they compete with plastic industry giants? Source: FastCompany.com Date: Jan 16, 2019 Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90290048/inside-the-3-billion-race-to-kill-plastic Questions for discussion: How are startups challenging the giant consumer products companies in this arena? Why is this a particularly… Read more »

Lockout at one of Canada’s largest smelters drags into 2nd year, with no end in sight

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Description: With pickets outside Alcoa’s aluminium plant in Bécancour, Que., output has been reduced to trickle Source: CBC.ca – video report Date: Jan 11, 2019 Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/lockout-at-one-of-canada-s-largest-smelters-drags-into-2nd-year-with-no-end-in-sight-1.4973943 Questions for discussion: What does the report have to say about the history of this labour dispute? What would you advise the parties involved in order to settle… 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 »

How Starbucks went from one coffee bean store to an $80B business

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Description:  In its 47-year history, Starbucks has transformed from a single coffee bean store in Seattle to a 30,000 cafe international coffee power house. But massive expansion hasn’t come without growing pains. How Starbucks went from one coffee bean store to an $80B business from CNBC. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Jan 07, 2019… Read more »

5 Simple Ways to Identify Business Ideas That Could (Really) Change the World

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Description: Want to come up with a world-changing business idea? First step, think locally. What exactly does your community need? Source: Entrepreneur.com Date: Jan 09, 2019 Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/325922?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email Questions for discussion: What does this article suggest to entrepreneurs looking for business development ideas? Do you think the ideas are simplistic? What others suggestions would offer?

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 »

Some Bad (and Good) News for Facebook in 2019

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Description:  Looking ahead to key digital trends in 2019, eMarketer’s analysts render a bad news/good news pair of predictions for Facebook. Source: eMarketer.com Date: Dec 04, 2018 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/predicting-some-bad-news-and-good-news-for-facebook-in-2019 Questions for discussion: What does the report say about expected online viewing behaviors? What does this mean for online businesses and FB in particular?

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?

These are Canada’s top places to work in 2019, according to Glassdoor

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Description: Recruiting website Glassdoor has released its annual ranking of Canada’s top employers, and this year software companies are taking home much of the hardware. Source: BNNBloombeg.com Date: Dec 05, 2018 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/these-are-canada-s-top-places-to-work-in-2019-according-to-glassdoor-1.1178136 Questions for discussion: What does the report say about what employees want in their work environment? Why do you suppose more companies… Read more »

This is why women leave jobs in tech

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Description: Not only are there still very few women in tech jobs, the ones who are there leave at a much higher rate than their male counterparts. Here is why and what we can do about it. Source: FastCompany.com Date: Dec 06, 2018 Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90274067/this-is-why-women-leave-jobs-in-tech?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=3&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=12062018 Questions for discussion: Why do women leave jobs in tech,… Read more »