G.M., Expecting Rapid Change, Invests $500 Million in Lyft

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Description: The founders of Lyft, the ride-hailing service, have long imagined that the future of transportation would involve fewer cars on the road. Now General Motors is helping the start-up reach that goal. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Jan 04, 2016 Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/05/technology/gm-invests-in-lyft.html?ref=business Questions for Discussions: Summarize the strategic thinking of GM management. How might investors react… Read more »

Spotify Could Face a $150 Million Lawsuit

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Description: Spotify could face a $150 million lawsuit over claims of unpaid royalties Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Dec 30, 2015 Link: http://for.tn/1mpBmbc Questions for Discussions: What are the issues in this case? Do you think that management has adequately prepared for this problem? Do you think this case will impact the company or… Read more »

Star Wars Video Games Generate Over $1 Billion in Sales

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Description: Disney and Electronic Arts benefit from the success of J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens film through console and mobile game sales. Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Dec 28, 2015 Link: http://fortune.com/2015/12/30/star-wars-video-game-sales/ Questions for discussion: What does this report suggest about revenue generation in this industry? Do you think any of the… Read more »

Online Surge Means Many Not-So-Happy Returns for Retailers

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Description: A surge in online sales this holiday season is boosting expenses for some retailers as more shoppers return merchandise purchased with the click of a mouse. Source:  Bloomberg.com Date:  Dec 28, 2015 Link: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-12-29/online-surge-leads-to-many-not-so-happy-returns-for-retailers Questions for discussion: Summarize the financial issues related to online sales. How can merchants mitigate the financial costs?

Opinion: 5 black swans that could rock markets in 2016

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Description: What if Apple failed the next iPhone launch, or peace broke out in Syria? Source:  MarketWatch.com Date: Dec 28, 2015 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/5-black-swans-that-could-rock-markets-in-2016-2015-12-29 Questions for discussion:  What do you think of the risks associated with the scenarios presented? Do you agree with the analysis?