Why Facebook bought Oculus

Description: Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe tells CNNMoney’s Laurie Segall why Facebook became interested in buying his company.

Source: CNNMoney.com – video report

Date: Apr 11, 2014

Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/technology/2014/04/11/t-oculus-facebook-brendan-iribe.cnnmoney/index.html

Questions for Discussions:

  • Why did Facebook buy Oculus, according to this report?
  • How necessary was the financial input of Facebook money for Oculus to move forward?
  • How important will Facebook management and marketing be for Oculus?

Toyota’s Three-wheeled Car Gets Tested on the Hill

Description: Toyota invited members of Congress and Bloomberg’s Phil Mattingly out for a test drive of the I-Road — its answer to zero-emissions urban driving.

Source: Bloombergcom – video report

Date: Mar 30, 2014

Link: http://www.bloomberg.com/video/toyota-s-three-wheeled-car-gets-tested-on-the-hill-5UEm~Uo0SJu2tfYmzqTWjA.html

Questions for Discussions:

  • Do you think this car will succeed with urban drivers?
  • Could a car sharing program work better with this vehicle?

Is the U.S. stock market rigged?

Description: Steve Kroft reports on a new book from Michael Lewis that reveals how some high-speed traders work the stock market to their advantage

Source: CBSNews.com – video report

Date: Mar 30, 2014

Link: http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/is-the-us-stock-market-rigged

Questions for Discussions:

  • Explain how high-speed traders were able to exploit the trading environments.
  • How was the problem solved?
  • How should government regulators have handled the problem?

Tesla and SpaceX: Elon Musk’s industrial empire

Description: So many children dream of fast cars and rocket ships, but few actually grow up to build them — and change the world in the process

Source: CBSNews.com – video report

Date: Mar 30, 2014

Link: http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/tesla-and-spacex-elon-musks-industrial-empire

Questions for Discussions:

  • Do you think the Tesla will succeed?
  • How does Elon Musk compare to the textbook description of an entrepreneur?

How ‘no makeup selfies’ could impact you

Description: Tired of charity appeals? Here’s why Britain’s best-ever social media fundraising campaign could render them obsolete.

Source: SmartPlanet.com

Date: Mar 21, 2014

Link: http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/global-observer/how-no-makeup-selfies-could-impact-you/?tag=nl.e660&s_cid=e660&ttag=e660&ftag=TRE4eb29b5

Questions for Discussions:

  • Why was this campaign a success?
  • Why would the success of this campaign disturb the thinking of fundraising organizations and their managerial class?
  • Do you think they have anything to fear?

IPO watch: Everyday Health

Description: The wellness media company successfully listed shares after one failed attempt in 2010. A welcoming IPO market helps.

Source: Fortune.com

Date: Mar 28, 2014

Link: http://finance.fortune.cnn.com/2014/03/28/ipo-watch-everyday-health/?iid=SF_F_River

Questions for Discussions:

  • Describe the structure of this company and its media assets.
  • Do you think it is a good investment?

The Cuban way: One-on-one with billionaire Mark Cuban

Description: In an era saturated with Silicon Valley startups and social entrepreneurs, a familiar maverick is using technology to erase his digital footprint.

Source: BNN.ca – video report

Date: Mar 21, 2014

Link: http://www.bnn.ca/News/2014/3/21/The-Cuban-way-One-on-one-with-billionaire-Mark-Cuban-.aspx

Questions for Discussions:

  • What is the competitive advantage provided by this new software?
  • What did you learn about Mark Cuban and his entrepreneurial skillset?

Start-Ups Try for a Piece of the Lucrative Industry of Catering to Pets

Description: Alex Stone and his wife, Marissa McDaniel, both work full time. They have two dogs that they miss during the day, and often have trouble getting home to feed them. “Pets are like children and need to be on a schedule,” Mr. Stone said.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Mar 19, 2014

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/20/business/smallbusiness/start-ups-try-to-grab-a-piece-of-the-55-billion-a-year-pet-industry.html?ref=smallbusiness

Questions for Discussions:

  • What are the common themes associated with these businesses?
  • What other problems faced by pet-owners can be solved by businesses?

What to Expect From Starbucks’s New Booze Menu

Description: First, Starbucks (SBUX) wanted you in its cafes for lunch and the afternoon, so it spruced up its food offerings and started serving cold “Refreshers” and testing sodas. Now it wants you there in the evening, too, and it’s bringing out the booze.

Source: Businessweek.com

Date: Mar 20, 2014

Link: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-03-20/what-to-expect-from-starbucks-new-booze-menu#r=nav-f-story

Questions for discussion:

  • Do you think this new program will be successful?
  • Will this program attract new customers or serve the current customer better?

Bob Marley inspires son’s coffee startup

Description: Reggae legend Bob Marley’s son Rohan co-founded Marley Coffee, a brand dedicated to sustainable farming and social entrepreneurship.

Source: CNNMoney.com – video report

Date: Mar 14, 2014

Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/smallbusiness/2014/03/14/marley-coffee-rohan-jamaica-bob-marley-son.cnnmoney/index.html

Questions for Discussions:

  • What is the basic argument for introducing this latest brand of coffee into the marketplace.
  • Do you think there is a saturation point for socially responsible brand coffees?
  • How would you go about developing this brand, given the obvious name association with Bob Marley and Reggae?

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