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Description: What can a business do if the setback doesn’t qualify for insurance coverage?

Source: FinancialPost.com

Date: Feb 05, 2019

Link: https://business.financialpost.com/entrepreneur/blindsided-when-even-the-best-laid-business-plans-come-up-against-catastrophe?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Financial%20Post%20-%20Entrepreneur%202019-02-06&utm_term=FP_Entrepreneur#comments-area

Questions for discussion:

  • Why do you suppose Jason Fisher made such a large down payment?
  • Why should this have been a warning that the supplier was cash shy?
  • What lessons should entrepreneurs take away from this story?

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Description:  Walgreens is using cameras, eye tracking, and motion sensors to show you real-time ads meant to influence which ice cream you buy.

Source: FastCompany.com

Date: Feb 06, 2019

Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90302382/its-not-just-google-or-facebook-the-freezer-aisle-is-ad-targeting-you-too?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=2&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=02062019

Questions for discussion:

  • How is technology gathering consumer information and thereby boosting marketing effort?
  • Do you think consumers will reject efforts to collect information in this way?
  • What are the ethical and social ramifications for society?

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Description: Shares of video game makers slid on Wednesday after Electronic Arts and Take-Two Interactive Software delivered disappointing results. Those two stocks, as well as shares of rival Activision Blizzard, were down more than 10 percent.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Feb 07, 2019

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/06/business/dealbook/electronic-arts-take-two-fortnite-earnings.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does this report say about the sources of revenues for this industry?
  • How would you expect video game producers to respond?

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Description: In 2018, esports captured the attention of nearly 400 million viewers worldwide—and cable and OTT platforms took note, with media rights revenues topping $180 million.

Source: eMarketer.com

Date: JAN 31, 2019

Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/esports-disrupts-digital-sports-streaming?ecid=NL1001

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize what is happening in this industry.
  • What advice is being presented to marketers?
  • Do you agree with this advice?

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Description: Inuit invented the first parkas. With its new collection, Canada Goose highlights the work of Inuit seamstresses keeping their heritage alive.

Source: FastCompany.com

Date: Feb 07, 2019

Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90302431/these-incredible-canada-goose-parkas-were-created-by-inuit-designers?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=1&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=02072019

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the social and economic benefits derived from this program for all parties involved?
  • Do you think design is a critical component for sales of these garments?
  • How else can the firm build on the success of this program?

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Description: In Brooklyn, a company is trying automating knitting sweaters and making them to order instead of making thousands that then have to be trashed if no one buys them.

Source: FastCompany.com

Date: Feb 06, 2019

Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90300313/this-clothing-factory-cuts-waste-by-machine-knitting-sweaters-on-demand

Questions for discussion:

  • How does this technology improve productivity and customer service?
  • Do you think this orientation towards on-demand manufacturing will spread to other industries?

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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 back with one of his most compelling pieces of work. It’s not (really) about the media… it’s about us. It’s about our need to find “find the others” and figure out how we – as a team – are going to work in this ever-technological world. Humans feel more isolated and repressed than ever before, and it’s going to take teamwork to pull this all together if we don’t want to lose out to automation, robotics and algorithms.

Source: SixPixels.com – podcast

Date: Feb 02, 2019

Link: https://www.sixpixels.com/podcast/archives/spos-656-team-human-with-douglas-rushkoff/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SixPixelsOfSeparation+%28Six+Pixels+of+Separation+-+Mitch+Joel%29

Questions for discussion:

  • What lessons are there for management to take away from this interview?
  • Do you agree or disagree with the ideas put forward?

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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 given?
  • How do you think investors will react?

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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: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/31/warren-buffett-on-his-successful-relationship-with-charlie-munger.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about successful management relationships and teamwork?
  • Do you think this relationship can be taught and developed at any firm?

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Description: Insulin is a life-saving drug for diabetics. Since 2002, the price has more than tripled and some diabetics can’t afford it. People have died rationing their doses, and some are turning to other countries to buy it at a cheaper price. Now, there’s a team of biohackers called the Open Insulin Project in Oakland, California who are trying to make it. The project was co-founded by Anthony Di Franco. He’s a type 1 diabetic who is trying to prove there are easier, cheaper ways to make insulin rather than rely on the big manufacturers like Eli Lilly, Novo Nordisk and Sanofi. To learn more, watch Di Franco and his colleagues explain in the video here.

This diabetic biohacker is making insulin in a lab to prove it can be cheaper from CNBC.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Jan 26, 2019

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/25/open-insulin-is-making-insulin-in-a-lab-to-prove-it-can-be-cheaper.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does this report say about pricing?
  • What are the likely consequences of this company succeeding?
  • How might investors in these pharmaceutical firms react?