Shopify’s initial public offering smashes expectations

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  Description: Shopify, an Ottawa based company, sold 7.7 million shares at $17 apiece to raise $131 million in its initial public offering, smashing expectations. Shopify provides software for small businesses that helps them sell their products online. Today, more than 160,000 stores across 150 countries use Shopify. Source: CBC Date: May 26, 2015 Video… Read more »

Google’s self-driving cars to hit roads this summer

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Description: In a significant step towards their goal of introducing self-driving cars to consumers in the next five years, Google will test their two-seater self-driving cars in Mountainview, California. This will be the first time that people will actually see these cars on the road. Source: Huffington Post Date: May 15, 2015 Video Link:  http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/05/15/google-s-pod-like-two-seater-is-next-step-to-driverless-car-to-hit-public-roads-this-summer_n_7290218.html?utm_hp_ref=canada-business… Read more »

Impact of Apple Watch on Swiss Watch Brands

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Description: Apple Watch will hit the stores next month. It is expected that it will reach sales of 20 million to 30 million units annually in the first few years; in comparison, the four-century old Swiss watch industry exported 28.6 million watches in 2014. Apple Watch is likely to challenge the mighty Swiss watch brands… Read more »

BlackBerry gets a boost from AT&T

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Description: BlackBerry received some good news when AT&T became the first carrier to agree to sell and promote its oversized Passport smartphone in the U.S. However, as part of the deal, AT&T has asked BlackBerry to round the right-angled corners of the Passport. Source: CBC Date: January 08, 2015 Video Link: http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Business/ID/2646722338/ Questions for Discussion:… Read more »

Coca-Cola in to milk business

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Description: Coca-Cola, a company synonymous with pop and junk food brands, is getting in to the dairy business: it is rolling out a new brank of milk, which the company says has much more protein and much less fat and sugar than the other milk brands in the market. Source: CBC Date: November 26, 2014… Read more »

BlackBerry’s Passport Demand Exceeding Expectations

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Description: BlackBerry’s CEO John Chen says that the shortage of Passport suggests that the demand for Passport is exceeding expectations. Source: BNN Date: October 17, 2014 Video Link: http://www.bnn.ca/News/2014/10/17/BlackBerry-CEO-says-Passport-demand-exceeding-expectations-.aspx Questions for Discussion: Compare and contrast BlackBerry’s marketing strategy for Passport with that of Apple’s iPhone 6? What are the sort of consumers that BlackBerry focuses… Read more »

Tesla’s New Electric Car

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Description: Tesla’s Elon Musk unveils the latest model of his electric car. This model has some outstanding features such as radar sensors and dual motors. Source: CBC Date: October 10, 2014 Video Link: http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Business/ID/2549956732/ Questions for Discussion: Compare and contrast Tesla’s marketing strategy with that of other major automobile companies such as General Motors and Toyota?… Read more »

Blackberry sells 200,000 passport smartphones within hours

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Description: John Chen, Blackberry CEO, announced that Blackberry’s latest smartphone Passport was sold out in 6 hours on its website and within 10 hours on Amazon.com. Blackberry says that this sale alone is enough to make this new device profitable. Source: BNN Date: September 26, 2014 Video Link: http://www.bnn.ca/News/2014/9/26/BlackBerry-sells-200000-Passports-making-smartphone-profitable.aspx Questions for Discussion: How would you… Read more »

Alibaba’s Tremendous Start on the New York Stock Exchange

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Description: Alibaba, a Chinese e-commerce company, had an amazing opening to its initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange, making it one of the biggest U.S.-listed initial public offering in history. At its present market value, Alibaba is larger than some of the most successful technology companies in the U.S., such as eBay, Amazon… Read more »