Why Startup Founders Should Be Required to Sign a ‘No Go, Bro’ Clause

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Description: The recent resignation of Social Finance CEO Mike Cagney, in the wake of allegations that he sexually harassed female employees, fostered a frat house culture, and misrepresented the firm’s finances to investors, raises the question of what boards and investors can do to check misconduct by startup executives. Source: Fortune.com Date: Sep 21, 2017… Read more »

Elon Musk’s hyperloop could revolutionise public transport | The Economist

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Description: Elon Musk’s Hyperloop technology has the potential to revolutionise the way we travel. In a contest he held in Los Angeles, some of the world’s brightest engineers gathered to find the best way to make this billionaire’s pipe dream a reality. Source: TheEconomist.com – video report Date: Sep 20, 2017 Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWo6LscqSGg Questions for… Read more »

Successful Entrepreneurs Should Know These 6 Thinkers, Artists And Authors

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Description: When Warren Buffett was asked recently to describe a successful business, he brought up one of Ben Franklin’s bon mots: “Keep thy shop and thy shop will keep thee.” Source: Forbes.com Date: Sep 21, 2017 Link: https://www.forbes.com/sites/abrambrown/2017/09/21/entrepreneurs-thinkers-artists-authors/#67a6eaf86799 Questions for discussion: What message is the author of this article trying to convey about entrepreneurial thinking?… Read more »

Nestlé Makes Billions Bottling Water It Pays Nearly Nothing For

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Description: The company’s operation in Michigan reveals how it’s dominated the industry by going into economically depressed areas with lax water laws. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Sep 20, 2017 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-09-21/nestl-makes-billions-bottling-water-it-pays-nearly-nothing-for Questions for discussion: What are the ethical issues presented in this article? Do you believe the firm is doing anything improper?

Before Wisconsin, Foxconn Vowed Big Spending in Brazil. Few Jobs Have Come.

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Description: Before the Taiwanese manufacturing giant Foxconn pledged to spend $10 billion and create 13,000 jobs in Wisconsin, the company made a similar promise in Brazil. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Sep 20, 2017 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/20/business/foxconn-trump-wisconsin.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness&action=click&contentCollection=business&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=2&pgtype=sectionfront Questions for discussion: What does the report have to say about strategic management thinking from different parts of the world? Is there… Read more »

Small Businesses Crowd Facebook, Twitter for Marketing

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Description: Traditional media channels fare less well Source: eMarketer.com Date: Sep 20, 2017 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/Article/Small-Businesses-Crowd-Facebook-Twitter-Marketing/1016499 Questions for discussion: How are small businesses using social media? What are the reasons for this strategic use of marketing funds?  

Egan: Sell pot just like LCBO, where boss earns $500K and clerks $27 an hour

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Description: The government selling weed to anybody is a terrible idea. So is the creation of a subsidiary of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario to create and run a retail network. Source: OttawaCitizen.com Date: Sep 11, 2017 Link: http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/egan-sell-pot-just-like-lcbo-where-boss-earns-500k-and-clerks-27-an-hour Questions for discussion: What are the arguments against government run businesses, as presented in this… Read more »

Nordstrom’s New Store Won’t Stock Clothes

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Description: It will instead offer personal stylists, manicures and beer. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: Sep 11, 2017 Link: http://for.tn/2jgDkOZ Questions for discussion: What do you think of this new retailing concept? Do you think existing Nordstrom customers will respond positively? Do you think it will attract new customers?

Introducing Fortune’s 2017 Fastest-Growing Companies List

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Description: Here are the top ten. Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Sep 11, 2017 Link: http://for.tn/2eTKRSl Questions for discussion: What do the firms on this list have in common? Do they represent good investment opportunities at this time, or is it “too late” to get on board?  

Apple’s Real Advantage Is What’s Inside the New iPhones and Watch

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Description: When Apple Inc. unveiled a trio of new iPhones, an Apple Watch and TV set-top box on Tuesday, much was made of the products’ elegance, new features and luxury-level prices. But perhaps the more important story is what’s under the hood: semiconductor technology that could keep Apple ahead of rivals and force people with older phones to… Read more »