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 »

Facebook Advertising Profiles Are a Mystery to Most Users, Survey Says

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Description:  The scrutiny of Facebook’s collection and use of consumer data in recent years has prompted the tech giant to repeatedly defend its efforts around transparency and privacy. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Jan 16, 2019 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/16/business/media/facebook-advertising-transparency-users.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the highlights in this report. What do you think is motivating FB to publicize this… Read more »

Hey Siri, What Are Hearables?

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Description:  A new category of wearable emerges Source: eMarketer.com Date: Jan 09, 2019 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/hey-siri-what-are-hearables?ecid=NL1009 Questions for discussion: Why is the development of hearable technology a game changer for the industry? What sorts of devices and applications can you image in the future?

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 »

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 »

More stock market carnage could force Trump to make a China trade deal, expert says

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Description: The U.S. and China are unlikely to reach a full deal at the end of their 90-day ceasefire on tit-for-tat tariffs, but a sustained decline in markets will push President Donald Trump to close a deal, an expert told CNBC on Monday. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Jan 07, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/07/us-china-trade-talks-trump-will-be-push-to-make-a-trade-deal-with-china-should-markets-continue-to-tank.html Questions for discussion: How do tariffs affect American businesses?… 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?

Want to Reach Gamers? Try Mobile

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Description:  Most people think of gamers as Xbox-obsessed teenagers, but it turns out that mobile is by far the more popular place to play Source: eMarketer.com Date: Jan 10, 2019 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/mobile-gaming-poised-for-significant-growth-in-2019?ecid=NL1001 Questions for discussion: What does the report say about the future of mobile gaming? What are the opportunities available to developers for monetizing… 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 »