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Description:  In its 47-year history, Starbucks has transformed from a single coffee bean store in Seattle to a 30,000 cafe international coffee power house. But massive expansion hasn’t come without growing pains.

How Starbucks went from one coffee bean store to an $80B business from CNBC.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Jan 07, 2019

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2019/01/07/starbucks-coffee-business-empire.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the highlights in this report.
  • How has good management contributed to the company’s success?

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Description: The U.S. and China are unlikely to reach a full deal at the end of their 90-day ceasefire on tit-for-tat tariffs, but a sustained decline in markets will push President Donald Trump to close a deal, an expert told CNBC on Monday.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Jan 07, 2019

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/07/us-china-trade-talks-trump-will-be-push-to-make-a-trade-deal-with-china-should-markets-continue-to-tank.html

Questions for discussion:

  • How do tariffs affect American businesses?
  • Why is there strong pressure to solve the dispute with China?

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Description: Want to come up with a world-changing business idea? First step, think locally. What exactly does your community need?

Source: Entrepreneur.com

Date: Jan 09, 2019

Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/325922?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email

Questions for discussion:

  • What does this article suggest to entrepreneurs looking for business development ideas?
  • Do you think the ideas are simplistic?
  • What others suggestions would offer?

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Description:  Most people think of gamers as Xbox-obsessed teenagers, but it turns out that mobile is by far the more popular place to play

Source: eMarketer.com

Date: Jan 10, 2019

Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/mobile-gaming-poised-for-significant-growth-in-2019?ecid=NL1001

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about the future of mobile gaming?
  • What are the opportunities available to developers for monetizing this growth?

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Description: Innovation is a big word. It’s a tough word and many businesses claim to be doing it… but few can demonstrate it (well).

Source: SixPixels.com – podcast

Date: Jan 01, 2019

Link: https://www.sixpixels.com/articles/archives/big-innovation-with-tendayi-viki-this-weeks-six-pixels-of-separation-podcast/

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the interview teach you about innovation and development?
  • What is your general impression of the ideas put forward?

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Description:  Amazon.com Inc. is a dominant player in industries as diverse as cloud computing, streaming media, and of course e-commerce, but the next business it should set its sights on is decidedly more old fashioned: gas stations.

Source: Bloomberg.com – video report

Date: Jan 02, 2019

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-01-02/amazon-should-disrupt-gas-stations-says-street-s-biggest-bull

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the pros and cons for this new venture?
  • Do you think Amazon will go ahead with it?

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Description: Everything was going right for the stock market until Oct. 3. Then everything went wrong.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Dec 31, 2018

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/12/31/why-this-year-suddenly-fell-apart-on-wall-street-and-whats-ahead.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What went wrong, according to the report?
  • What has happened since the start of 2019?

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Description: Some conventional wisdom isn’t so wise. Productivity experts weigh in on some commonly held beliefs that are just wrong.

Source: FastCompany.com

Date: Jan 04, 2019

Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90280925/6-common-beliefs-about-productivity-that-are-total-lies

Questions for discussion:

  • Why do you think these ideas about productivity have become popular?
  • Do you subscribe to any of these beliefs?
  • What are possible managerial problems associated with these beliefs?

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Description:  Looking ahead to key digital trends in 2019, eMarketer’s analysts render a bad news/good news pair of predictions for Facebook.

Source: eMarketer.com

Date: Dec 04, 2018

Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/predicting-some-bad-news-and-good-news-for-facebook-in-2019

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about expected online viewing behaviors?
  • What does this mean for online businesses and FB in particular?

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Description: Unhappy in your job? It’s possible you’re an entrepreneur.

Source: Entrepreneur.com

Date: Jan 01, 2019

Link:  https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/324979?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email

Questions for discussion:

  • Do you think this list is a fair guide to someone considering an entrepreneurial career?
  • What else would you suggest?