How Marketers Are Responding to Recent TikTok Headlines

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Description: Though TikTok has become a craze among some younger Americans over the past year, recent headlines about a US government investigation into the platform’s Chinese parent company ByteDance regarding national security concerns have some marketers worrying. Source: eMarketer.com Date: Nov 12, 2019 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/how-marketers-are-responding-to-recent-tiktok-headlines?ecid=NL1001 Questions for discussion: What are the concerns for users, marketers… Read more »

How 3-D printing is transforming the $12 trillion manufacturing industry and fueling the 4th Industrial Revolution

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Description: A French cosmetics giant uses one to create artificial skin. A Wisconsin start-up designs ceramic guides that pinpoint tumors in individual cancer patients. Workers on a remote North Sea oil rig make replacement parts on the spot rather than wait days for a ship or helicopter to arrive. All these actions are made possible… Read more »

‘Another nail in the coffin’: BlackBerry president jumps ship

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Description: BlackBerry Ltd. says its president and chief operating officer, Bryan Palma, has left the company after less than a year in the job. Source: BNNBloomberg.com – video report Date: Nov 06, 2019 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/another-nail-in-the-coffin-blackberry-president-jumps-ship-1.1342843 Questions for discussion: Why is this event considered bad news for the investors and the firm? Should investors be concerned,… Read more »

How Chipotle returned to the top after disastrous food-safety scares

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Description: How Chipotle returned to the top after disastrous food-safety scares Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Nov 06, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2019/11/05/ceo-brian-niccol-turns-chipotle-mexican-grill-around-after-food-safety-scares.html Questions for discussion: How is Taco Bell managed differently from Chipotle? How would you increase business at Chipotle? Do you think Chipotle is a good investment today?

David M. Rubenstein on Profit, Purpose and Climate

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Description: F&D’s Rahim Kanani interviews David M. Rubenstein, cofounder and co–executive chairman of The Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest private investment firms, on a new corporate reality that looks beyond profit, the role of business in tackling climate change, and what animates his philanthropy. Source: IMF.org Date: Nov 04, 2019 Link: https://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/fandd/2019/11/david-rubenstein-on-profit-purpose-and-climate-change.htm Questions for discussion:… Read more »

‘This is a tragedy for Canada’: Fear and dismay as Encana chooses U.S. as its new home

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Description: CALGARY / EDMONTON – Described as a “tragedy” in a downtrodden industry, one of Canada’s oldest and largest energy companies Encana Corp. is dropping Canada from its name and moving to the United States to attract more investors. Source: FinancialPost.com – video report Date: Oct 31, 2019 Link: https://business.financialpost.com/commodities/energy/bitter-pill-to-swallow-fear-and-dismay-as-encana-chooses-u-s-as-new-home?video_autoplay=true Questions for discussion: Why is… Read more »

American business schools are reinventing the MBA

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Description: On a visit to New York in October Marc Benioff, boss of Salesforce, compared Facebook to cigarettes and backed a corporate tax hike to deal with homelessness in San Francisco. If badmouthing a fellow technology giant and cheering the taxman were not heterodox enough for a billionaire entrepreneur, Mr Benioff laid into American management… Read more »

How a VC Wants to Be Pitched

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Description: Accel partner Andrew Braccia breaks down the basics of selling your idea to venture capitalists Source: Entrepreneur.com Date: Oct 23, 2019 Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/341165?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email Questions for discussion: Summarize the key items of advice presented in this report. What else would you suggest to those presenting to venture capitalists?

Facebook News launches with hand-picked stories from major publishers

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Description: Facebook announced on Friday the launch of Facebook News, a new section of the social network that will show users a personalized selection of news stories. Source: CNBC.com Date: Oct 25, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/10/25/facebook-news-new-product-will-pay-publishers-highlight-news-stories.html Questions for discussion: How will this revenue sharing plan work? Do you think it will boost subscriptions? How should this feature… Read more »

Ken Fisher’s sexist comments have cost his company nearly $1 billion in assets

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Description: The City of Boston is ending its relationship with Fisher Investments, pulling $248 million in pension assets from the firm. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Oct 16, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/10/16/fisher-investments-takes-248m-hit-as-boston-pulls-pension-assets.html Questions for discussion: Explain the reaction by City of Boston and other clients of Ken Fisher. Do you think there is a public… Read more »