A tale of two toymakers: Mattel soars, Hasbro sinks, but there’s more to the story

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Description: On Friday shares of Mattel continued to soar after a strong earnings beat on Thursday, while shares of rival Hasbro sank, the result of a poor earnings showing before the bell. But there is more going on than these stock moves show. Source: CNBC.com Date: Feb 08, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/08/a-tale-of-two-toy-makers-mattel-soars-hasbro-sinks.html Questions for discussion: Why did Mattel stock price… Read more »

Apple needs a new retail strategy

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Description: New York (CNN Business)The Apple Store is at a crossroads. Its CEO is stepping down, and the iPhone, its most important product, is in a major slump. That’s bad news for Apple in the near-term — but a major opportunity for the Apple Store to take on an even bigger role for the company. Source:… Read more »

SPOS #656 – Team Human With Douglas Rushkoff

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #656 – Host: Mitch Joel. It’s the most wonderful time of the year when I get to speak media theorist, Douglas Rushkoff. He is – without a doubt – one of the smartest humans beings on this earth that I get to call a friend. Douglas is… Read more »

BlackBerry beefs up management team with new president

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Description: BlackBerry Ltd. (BB.TO 1.12%) said Bryan Palma would take over as the company’s president and chief operating officer, reporting to chief executive officer and chairman John Chen. Source: BNNBloomberg.com – video report Date: Jan 28, 2019 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/blackberry-beefs-up-management-team-with-new-president-1.1204874 Questions for discussion: What does the report say about the management changes taking place and the reasons… Read more »

Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger haven’t had a fight in 60 years — here’s why

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Description: Warren Buffett has been working with his long-time friend and business partner, Charlie Munger, for over 40 years. The two men have experienced unparalleled success together, building an investment business with more than $736 billion in assets. And, perhaps even more impressively, they’ve never had one argument. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Jan 31, 2019 Link:… Read more »

Amazon is on a hiring spree in India, even as new restrictions on foreign sellers loom

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Description: Amazon could soon face a tighter market in India, as new government restrictions are set to kick in next month. But the company remains undeterred in its India expansion based on at least one measure: job openings. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Jan 16, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/16/amazon-india-hiring-spree-new-restrictions-foreign-sellers-coming.html Questions for discussion: What is significant about… Read more »

Health care industry spends $30 billion a year on marketing

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Description: Critics say patients are often misled by ads that advocate high-priced drugs, unapproved stem cell treatments or genetic tests. Source: NBC.com Date: Jan 08, 2019 Link: https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/health-care-industry-spends-30-billion-year-marketing-n956251 Questions for discussion: Summarize the criticisms leveled at the health care industry in this report? Do you agree with the assessments? How should the industry, governments, and… 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 »

Big Innovation With Tendayi Viki – This Week’s Six Pixels of Separation Podcast

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Description: Innovation is a big word. It’s a tough word and many businesses claim to be doing it… but few can demonstrate it (well). Source: SixPixels.com – podcast Date: Jan 01, 2019 Link: https://www.sixpixels.com/articles/archives/big-innovation-with-tendayi-viki-this-weeks-six-pixels-of-separation-podcast/ Questions for discussion: What does the interview teach you about innovation and development? What is your general impression of the ideas… Read more »