Microsoft’s Tech Chief Talks Artificial Intelligence, Mixed Reality, and Sod Farming

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Description: As Microsoft’s chief technology officer, Kevin Scott has the challenging job of keeping his company atop all of the tech trends. Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Jan 25, 2019 Link: http://fortune.com/2019/01/25/microsoft-cto-artificial-intelligence-mixed-reality/ Questions for discussion: What does the article suggest to investors about the future of Microsoft product development? Do you see the firm… Read more »

Snap nosedives nearly 14% after its CFO unexpectedly resigns less than one year into his job

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Description: Snap shares plummeted 13.8 percent Wednesday afternoon following the company’s announcement Tuesday that its chief financial officer is resigning after less than a year on the job. Source: CNBC.com Date: Jan 16, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/16/snap-nosedives-after-cfo-resigns-less-than-one-year-on-the-job.html Questions for discussion: Explain the drop in stock price in terms of managerial conditions. Do you think the stock is… Read more »

More Start-Ups Have an Unfamiliar Message for Venture Capitalists: Get Lost

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Description: On a sunny Saturday morning in New York a few months ago, a group of 50 start-up founders gathered in the dank basement of a Lower East Side bar. They scribbled notes at long tables, sipping coffee and LaCroix while a stack of pizza boxes emanated the odor of hot garlic. One by one,… Read more »

Eddie Lampert submits revised bid of roughly $5 billion in last-ditch effort to save Sears from liquidation

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Description: Sears Chairman Eddie Lampert has submitted a revised bid of roughly $5 billion in a last-ditch attempt to save the retailer from liquidation, according to a person familiar with the matter. Source: CNBC.com Date: Jan 10, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/09/eddie-lampert-reportedly-submits-revised-bid-of-roughly-5-billion-to-save-sears-from-liquidation.html Questions for discussion: Do you think liquidation or the $5 billion bid is better for… Read more »

Disney’s Bob Iger Talks Streaming, Park Plans, and Learning From Kodak

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Description: Burbank, Calif.—At Walt Disney (DIS) headquarters in this studio-filled city, Suite 3H in the original animation building holds stacks of scripts and an aerial photograph of Disneyland to the south, marked with ongoing construction projects. This is the workplace of Walter Elias Disney, re-created much as he left it in 1966. Source: Barrons.com Date: Jan 04,… Read more »

Restaurants Are Scrambling for Cheap Labor in 2019

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Description: The holiday hiring crunch may be over, but finding workers won’t be much easier this year. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Jan 04, 2019 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-01-04/restaurants-are-scrambling-for-cheap-labor-in-2019 Questions for discussion: Summarize the operational problems facing the restaurant industry. How should management deal with these challenges? How should investors deal with the issues?

Here’s how the Apple Watch’s heart monitor works

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Description: CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains how to use Apple Watch’s built-in ECG monitor. Source: CNN.com – video report Date: Dec 04, 2018 Link:  https://www.cnn.com/videos/business/2018/12/05/apple-watch-ecg-app-health-review.cnn-business/video/playlists/top-news-videos/ Questions for discussion: Do you think this device will significantly increase consumer choice for Apple in place of other brands? Do you think this product development changes investor’s perception of… Read more »

Opinion: Elliott Wave theory suggests an unsettling event will occur in the stock market

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Description:  I often read articles, along with the comments, to gauge the stock market’s sentiment from an anecdotal perspective. I recently noticed a quote by investor Sir John Templeton: “For 100 years optimists have carried the day in U.S. stocks. Even in the dark ’70s, many professional money managers, and many individual investors too, made… Read more »

Wall Street Rule for the #MeToo Era: Avoid Women at All Cost

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Description: No more dinners with female colleagues. Don’t sit next to them on flights. Book hotel rooms on different floors. Avoid one-on-one meetings. In fact, as a wealth adviser put it, just hiring a woman these days is “an unknown risk.” What if she took something he said the wrong way? Across Wall Street, men… Read more »