How the Top 25 startups in Canada draw great talent: LinkedIn study

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Description: Professionals want to feel invested in a company that has some kind of purpose. The ping pong is ‘just window dressing’ Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Oct.03, 2018 Link: https://business.financialpost.com/entrepreneur/1003-biz-dd-linkedin-fpe?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Financial%20Post%20-%20Entrepreneur%202018-10-03&utm_term=FP_Entrepreneur Questions for discussion: What does the report say about how Canadian professionals evaluate a firm and decide about applying for work there? Why is a firm’s… Read more »

The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies

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Description: The attack by Chinese spies reached almost 30 U.S. companies, including Amazon and Apple, by compromising America’s technology supply chain, according to extensive interviews with government and corporate sources. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Oct 03, 2018 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-10-04/the-big-hack-how-china-used-a-tiny-chip-to-infiltrate-america-s-top-companies?srnd=businessweek-v2 Questions for discussion: Summarize the problems and risks facing management and how they are dealing with them?… Read more »

The real reason why Amazon is raising the minimum wage

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Description: Amazon, the second largest private employer in the U.S., is raising the minimum wage for its full-time and temporary workers to $15 per hour. Source: Finance.Yahoo.com – video report Date: Sep 26, 2018 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/real-reason-amazon-raising-minimum-wage-170807455.html Questions for discussion: What are the possible reasons for Amazon’s pay raise, according to the report? What do you… Read more »

Editorial Board – Nafta Is Dead. Long Live Nafta.

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Description: Trump’s trade brinkmanship has offended allies, sown economic uncertainty, and achieved almost nothing. Hooray? Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Oct 02, 2018 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2018-10-02/usmca-united-states-mexico-canada-agreement-is-trump-s-new-nafta?srnd=premium-canada Questions for discussion: What does this editorial say about the results of the NAFTA transition into USMCA? Do you agree with the conclusions?

What Are Snapchat and Twitter Doing to Stand Out?

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Description: Snapchat and Twitter are very different properties, but they have one thing in common: Both remain in the shadow of Facebook and Instagram. Even though they have far fewer users, solid ad opportunities on each platform are available, and both are managing to produce revenue gains despite their challenges. Source: eMarketer.com Date: Oct 04,… Read more »

How Two Millennials Spun Celebrities’ Instagram Comments Into a Full-Time Job and 800,000 Followers

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Description: @CommentsByCelebs founders Emma Diamond and Julie Kramer spend their days combing Instagram comment sections for celebrity conversations. Here are their success secrets. Source: Entrepreneurs.com Date: Oct 03, 2018 Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/321113?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email Questions for discussion: Describe this business model? How can it be replicated for other Instagram environments? How can it be monetized?

Amazon Unveils New Devices to Power Smart Home With Your Voice

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Description: Amazon.com Inc. unveiled its vision for smart homes powered by the Alexa voice assistant, with a dizzying array of new gadgets and features for almost every room in the house — from a microwave oven to a security camera and wall clock. Source: Bloomberg.com – video report Date: Sep 21, 2018 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2018-09-21/amazon-s-alexa-leads-competitors-in-connected-home-tech-feinseth-says-video Questions for… Read more »

Gap Inc. unveils its first new brand in more than a decade

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Description: Gap, Inc.–the $15.9 billion parent company of Old Navy, Banana Republic, Athleta, and Gap–is betting that athleisure isn’t just a passing trend. Source: FastCompany.com Date: Sep 20, 2018 Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90238533/gap-inc-unveils-its-first-new-brand-in-more-than-a-decade?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=1&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=09202018 Questions for discussion: Summarize the key strategic points management is adopting for this product line. Are independent retail stores necessary for success? Do you… Read more »

Tim Hortons owner strips disgruntled franchisee of his licence

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Description: Great White North Franchisee Association president is no longer a franchisee, company says Source: CBC.ca Date: Sep 04, 2018 Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/tim-hortons-franchisee-1.4809590 Questions for discussion: What are the issues in this dispute? Do you think either side is handling the conflict effectively? What might be the consequences of this dispute with respect to potential and… Read more »

How Big Tech Swallowed Seattle

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Description: Two tech titans made billions and remade the city. Is it any better off? Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Aug 30, 2018 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-08-30/how-big-tech-swallowed-seattle?srnd=businessweek-v2 Questions for discussion: What does the article say about the impact tech company investment has had on Seattle? What lessons are there for managers of these and other firms?