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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 this growth?

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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 put forward?

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Description: Selling up is a huge emotional challenge, compounded by tax regulations and finding someone qualified to step into the business: Opinion

Source: FinancialPost.com

Date: Dec 13, 2018

Link: https://business.financialpost.com/entrepreneur/nearly-75-of-smb-owners-will-exit-their-businesses-in-10-years-who-will-fill-their-shoes

Questions for discussion:

  • Given that many existing small businesses will be available for acquisition in the near term, how should their current owners find their replacements and capitalize on the transition as much as possible?
  • What does the report say about current entrepreneurs’ attitudes towards business ownership? Why do you think this is so?

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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: Jan 05, 2019

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/12/30/salesforce-marc-benioff-talks-tech-ethics-time-magazine-and-vacation.html

Questions for discussion:

  • How does the article describe Marc Benioff?
  • Do you believe his leadership style and managerial thinking is the way of the future?

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Description:  Amazon.com Inc. is a dominant player in industries as diverse as cloud computing, streaming media, and of course e-commerce, but the next business it should set its sights on is decidedly more old fashioned: gas stations.

Source: Bloomberg.com – video report

Date: Jan 02, 2019

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-01-02/amazon-should-disrupt-gas-stations-says-street-s-biggest-bull

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the pros and cons for this new venture?
  • Do you think Amazon will go ahead with it?

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Description: Some conventional wisdom isn’t so wise. Productivity experts weigh in on some commonly held beliefs that are just wrong.

Source: FastCompany.com

Date: Jan 04, 2019

Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90280925/6-common-beliefs-about-productivity-that-are-total-lies

Questions for discussion:

  • Why do you think these ideas about productivity have become popular?
  • Do you subscribe to any of these beliefs?
  • What are possible managerial problems associated with these beliefs?

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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?

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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?

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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 do not provide the same benefits?
  • What lessons are there here for Canadian managers?

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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, according to the report?
  • What are the solutions suggested in the report?
  • Do you have other advice to offer?