Forget Unicorns. Startups Should Be Camels.

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Description: Startup ‘camels’ prioritize sustainability by balancing growth with cash flow. Source: Entrepreneur.com Date: Apr 07, 2020 Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/347659?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email Questions for discussion: What is the fundament difference between growing a unicorn versus a camel? What are the financial recommendations for start-ups and the reasons given for those choices? Do you agree with these suggestions?

Quibi Is Jeffrey Katzenberg’s $1.7 Billion Gamble

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Description: Jeffrey Katzenberg has nearly 50 years of entertainment experience and a massive war chest. Neither of those things guarantee success for his new mobile video service. Source: INC.com Date: Apr 03, 2020 Link: https://www.inc.com/matt-haber/quibi-mobile-video-jeffrey-katzenberg-startup.html?utm_source=incthismorning Questions for discussion: Do you think the business model will work? How would you improve chances for success? Who will… Read more »

Watch Tesla Design Ventilators Using Mostly Model 3 Parts

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Description: Tesla posted a video to its YouTube channel that shows Tesla engineers working on designing ventilators out of mainly Tesla Model 3 parts. It’s pretty amazing to see how many existing Tesla parts can be repurposed into assembling a ventilator. Source: InsideEVS.com Date: Apr 05, 2020 Link: https://insideevs.com/news/408057/tesla-making-ventilators-from-model-3-parts/ Questions for discussion: How does the publicity from this… Read more »

Hyatt CEO on coronavirus: “The most challenging period of time in my professional life”

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Description: Mark Hoplamazian says it’s difficult balancing employee needs and shareholder interests. Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Mar 31, 2020 Link: https://fortune.com/videos/watch/39141639-c068-453b-8ab0-4cb9d01d019e?utm_source=email&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=ceo-daily&utm_content=2020040111am Questions for discussion: What can financial managers learn from this interview and the actions taken by Hyatt? What general guidelines should financial management follow in large and small firms?

The U.S. Tried to Build a New Fleet of Ventilators. The Mission Failed.

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Description: As the coronavirus spreads, the collapse of the project helps explain America’s acute shortage. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Mar 29, 2020 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/29/business/coronavirus-us-ventilator-shortage.html Questions for discussion: What does the article say is the primary reason for the failure to produce an inexpensive ventilator? Could this issue have been avoided if multiple governments around the world… Read more »

COVID-19 Will Turbocharge Legal Industry Transformation

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Description: The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is attacking the health, financial welfare, social order and political stability of nations across the globe. At a time when millions are fighting to survive illness, financial hardship, political upheaval, and other existential threats, it is difficult to look beyond the moment. The scourge of COVID-19 will pass. When, at what… Read more »

Why Tech Companies Can Regain Consumer Trust as Coronavirus Crisis Continues

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Description: As the government continues to wrestle with the COVID-19 epidemic, US consumers and news organizations have rediscovered one of the things that made social media so valuable: Democratizing information about a fast-moving global story brings to light important narratives that official sources may miss, ignore or suppress. Source: e-Marketer.com Date: Mar 17, 2020 Link:… Read more »

The World Catches a Dangerous Virus of the Mind

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Description: The coronavirus is more than a health menace. It’s a wealth destroyer that the global economy will have to live with for many months to come. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Feb 25, 2020 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-02-28/the-world-catches-a-dangerous-virus-of-the-mind?srnd=businessweek-v2 Questions for discussion: What does the article say about what was known about the coronavirus a month ago and how people… Read more »

Why Tech Companies Can Regain Consumer Trust as Coronavirus Crisis Continues

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Description: As the government continues to wrestle with the COVID-19 epidemic, US consumers and news organizations have rediscovered one of the things that made social media so valuable: Democratizing information about a fast-moving global story brings to light important narratives that official sources may miss, ignore or suppress. Source: eMarketer.com Date: Mar 17, 2020 Link:… Read more »

Regeneron Surges After Identifying Coronavirus Antibodies

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Description: Regeneron said it could produce ‘hundreds of thousands’ of does per month by the end of the summer if trials of its cocktail coronavirus treatment prove successful. Source: TheStreet.com Date: Mar 17, 2020 Link: https://www.thestreet.com/investing/regeneron-surges-after-identifying-coronavirus-antibodies Questions for discussion: What does the report say about the pharmaceutical effort to stop the spread of the Coronavirus?… Read more »