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Description: The fast food industry thrives in most of the world. Chains like McDonald’s and Burger King typically come out on top in the $651 billion fast food industry. In Vietnam, however, the brands have failed to take off. McDonald’s and Burger King have more than 36,000 and 16,000 locations across the globe, respectively. But in Vietnam, McDonald’s has 17 stores and Burger King has 13. In Vietnam, a country spoiled for choice when it comes to food, some U.S. fast food chains are struggling to compete with the local competition.

Why McDonald’s and Burger King are failing in Vietnam from CNBC.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Sep 13, 2018

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2018/08/28/mcdonalds-burger-king-vietnam-fast-food.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Why are fast food restaurants like McDonald’s and Burger King having such a hard time growing in Viet Nam?
  • What strategies would you recommend to management in order to improve growth and adoption by consumers?

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Description: From January-July 2018, Adjust analyzed 8 billion app installs worldwide and found that on average, apps get deleted in 5.8 days after they’re downloaded. Entertainment apps get uninstalled the quickest and lasted less than one day on average before they were removed.

Source: eMarketer.com

Date: Sep 13, 2018

Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/most-apps-get-deleted-within-a-week

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about how long users keep apps on their devices?
  • What are the reasons offerred?
  • Why else do you think users might delete an app?
  • What is the message for app developers?

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Description: Americans have been on a quest to get the most out of every working minute since the nation’s founding, often at the detriment of the people doing the work.

Source: FastCompany.com

Date: Sep 12, 2018

Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90230330/how-our-obsession-with-productivity-evolved?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=2&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=09122018

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article say about our perception and understanding of productivity?
  • Why do you suppose we behave this way?

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #635 – Host: Mitch Joel. I’ve been following the work of Tim Grahl for many years. If you’ve written a business book, and then had to do the hard work of marketing and selling it, Tim is the person to know.

Source: SixPixels.com

Date: Sep 09, 2018

Link: https://www.sixpixels.com/podcast/archives/spos-635-running-down-a-dream-with-tim-grahl/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SixPixelsOfSeparation+%28Six+Pixels+of+Separation+-+Mitch+Joel%29

Questions for discussion:

  • What did you learn about entrepreneurialism and Tim Grahl.
  • Which single item stood out to you in this podcast?

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Description: That paycheck will never be big enough if it’s the only reason you’re going to work.

Source: Entrepreneur.com

Date: Sep 13, 2018

Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/319970?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email

Questions for discussion:

  • Do you agree with this list and the ranking?
  • Is there anything else missing, in your opinion?
  • Which item resonates most with you?
  • How does starting a business satisfy these items?

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Description: Despite backlash and boycotts by some consumers, Nike’s online sales actually rose in the days after the advertisement debuted.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Sep 06, 2018

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/07/nikes-online-sales-surge-in-days-after-kaepernick-ad-debut.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the written and video reports say about this issue?
  • Do you agree with the analysis?
  • How do you think this will play out for Nike?
  • How should management at other sport-brands like Adidas, deal with this publicity?

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Description: The frequency and duration of boycott mentions don’t support ‘a strong negative call against Nike,’ analysts say

Source: MarketWatch.com

Date: Sep 08, 2018

Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/heres-what-twitter-data-says-about-the-nike-boycott-2018-09-08

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say is the public reaction to the story?
  • Do you think the interpretation of the data is correct?
  • How else might managers measure public reaction?

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Description: Rising protectionism, nationalism, and security fears could see an internet sequestered by national borders.

Source: FastCompany.com

Date: Sep 07, 2018

Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90229453/get-ready-for-the-splinternet-the-web-might-not-be-worldwide-much-longer?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=2&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=09072018

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the key concerns for how the internet might evolve, as described in this article.
  • How do you think the internet will evolve and how will this affect consumers and businesses?

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Description: HONG KONG — Alibaba’s co-founder and executive chairman, Jack Ma, said he planned to step down from the Chinese e-commerce giant on Monday to pursue philanthropy in education, a changing of the guard for the $420 billion internet company.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Sep 07, 2018

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/07/technology/alibaba-jack-ma-retiring.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness&action=click&contentCollection=business&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront

Questions for discussion:

  • What is your impression of Jack Ma, as an entrepreneur and manager?
  • What do you think about his decision to retire at this time and his stated reasons?

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Description: With the NFL kicking off the 2018 season, we’re talking about fantasy sports on “Behind the Numbers.” How many Americans play fantasy sports? Why do they play? And what are the different spending habits of fantasy players?

Source: eMarketer.com – podcast report

Date: Sep 06, 2018

Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/fans-are-becoming-increasingly-engaged-in-fantasy-sports

Questions for discussion:

  • Why does this report say about the growth and popularity of fanatsy sports?
  • What opportunities exist for small and medium sized businessed to participate?