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Description:  That’s how much you would make if you invested the money you spent on your smartphone from the age of 18 to 78

Source: MarketWatch.com

Date: Nov 02, 2018

Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-true-cost-of-an-iphone-over-your-lifetime-300000-2018-11-01

Questions for discussion:

  • Do you think consumers understand the “cost” of owning an iPhone in these terms?
  • What is the value received from ownership?
  • How does iPhone ownership compare to other big ticket consumer items, like a car or vacations?
  • What about small purchases like a daily coffee from Starbucks?

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Description: Competition breeds excellence, innovation, success — right? Well, not always, especially in the modern landscape of business.

Source: Entrepreneur.com

Date: Nov 02, 2018

Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/322213

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the key points made in this article.
  • How can synergy work for managers, according to the writer?

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Description: The parent company of Tim Hortons saw sales growth at Canadian locations of the coffee-and-doughnut chain as executives say their work to mend fraught franchisee relations is paying off, though more work remains.

Source: BNNBloomberg.com – video report

Date: Oct 25, 2018

Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/tim-hortons-parent-sees-canadian-growth-as-it-works-to-fix-franchisee-relationship-1.1157210

Questions for discussion:

  • Explain the expansion plans at Tim Hortons?
  • Do you think the Tim Horton’s business model will be well received in China?
  • What are the risks associated with this strategy?

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Description: As CEO Dara Khosrowshahi remakes Uber with an eye toward an IPO, his Iranian childhood and heritage are essential to understanding how he leads.

Source: FastCompany.com

Date: Oct 23, 2018

Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90245381/how-dara-khosrowshahi-iranian-heritage-shapes-how-he-leads-uber?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=1&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=10232018

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the entrepreneurial character and insight about Dara Khosrowshahi presented in the article.
  • What is “bazaari entrepreneurialism” and how does it influence business thinking?

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Description: Bugatti makes the world’s most expensive cars, and, arguably, the most beautiful. But to truly understand the brand you must know its history.

Source: CNNMoney.com – video report

Date: Oct 17, 2018

Link: https://www.cnn.com/videos/business/2018/10/17/bugatti-chiron-divo-volkswagen-fastest-production-car.cnn-business/video/playlists/business-drive-cars/

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the Bugatti brand represent?
  • Describe the target customers using segmentation criteria?
  • How would you grow the Bugatti business in terms of products and markets?

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Description: E-bikes and scooters are a key part of the company’s pivot from ride-hailing giant to mobility platform–and integral to its future vision for cities.

Source: FastCompany.com

Date: Oct 23, 2018

Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90254182/ubers-shot-at-replacing-personal-car-ownership-starts-with-jump-bikes

Questions for discussion:

  • How are the two business models good fits for each other?
  • Which other businesses could share this space?

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Description: Stay focused and set boundaries.

Source: Entrepreneur.com

Date: Oct 22, 2018

Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/322119?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email

Questions for discussion:

  • Which item to you think is most useful?
  • What else would you add to this list of suggestions?
  • Do you think these suggestions should be any different for people working at a normal office?

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Description:  This year, mobile will surpass TV ad spending by more than $6 billion, according to our latest ad spending forecast. By 2020, the channel will represent 43% of total media ad spending in the US—a greater percentage than all traditional media combined.

Source: eMarketer.com

Date: Oct 16, 2018

Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/mobile-ad-spending-to-surpass-all-traditional-media-combined-by-2020?ecid=NL1009

Questions for discussion:

  • What is the significance of this research for managers dealing with advertising?
  • Why do you suppose this trend is growing?
  • What is the challenge for marketing managers?

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #641 – Host: Mitch Joel. I’m a moron. I did not put two and two together. My buddy, Scott Stratten, let me know that a new book called, Planet Funny, had recently been published. I’m all-in on any non-fiction book that can bridge comedy, culture and things like that. Too many business professionals discount the value and merits of comedy in business, and how massive of a communications skill that comedy is (in short: study comedy if you want to get better at positioning, storytelling, communications skills, etc…). Plus, let’s face it, funny equals happy…

Source: SixPixels.com – podcast

Date: Oct 21, 2018

Link: https://www.sixpixels.com/podcast/archives/spos-641-planet-funny-with-ken-jennings/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SixPixelsOfSeparation+%28Six+Pixels+of+Separation+-+Mitch+Joel%29

Questions for discussion:

  • What are some of the highlights that you think would be useful for managers to take away from this podcast?
  • Do you disagree with any statements?

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Description: Business owners need to think differently when it comes to recruiting as the number of new people entering the workforce keeps shrinking

Source: FinancialPost.com

Date: Oct.16, 2018

Link: https://business.financialpost.com/news/economy/small-businesses-are-struggling-to-find-workers-and-the-problem-isnt-going-away-any-time-soon

Questions for discussion:

  • According to the report, why is it more difficult for smaller businesses to attract and hire employees?
  • What hiring advice is directed to businesses?
  • What else would you suggest to improve chances of attracting and keeping important employees?