Jay-Z Gives Nike a Deadline for Kevin Durant

Description: An interesting two-on-one is shaping up in the basketball sneaker game: Jay-Z and Kevin Durant vs. Nike (NKE). Durant, who is represented by Mr. Z’s Roc Nation, has given Nike until Wednesday to match a 10-year sponsorship offer from Under Armour (UA), according to ESPN. The deal is worth between $265 million and $285 million.

Source: Businessweek.com

Date: August 22, 2014

Link: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-08-22/jay-z-gives-nike-a-deadline-for-kevin-durant#r=hp-ls

Questions for Discussions:

  • What does this article say about negotiation strategy?
  • How would you represent the firm in these situations?
  • How would you represent the athletes?

Arrogance Is Good: In Defense of Silicon Valley

Description: Sam Altman sits behind his desk with his knees pulled up to his chest, eating dried apricots. He’s 29, but even the most laissez-faire bartender would card him. His hand is forever grabbing his hair while he thinks, making it stick up in Einsteinian tufts.

Source: Businessweek.com

Date: August 07, 2014

Link: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-08-07/silicon-valley-tech-entrepreneurs-behind-the-stereotype#p1

Questions for Discussions:

  • What does this article say about management styles and success?
  • Do you agree with the arguments presented?

Solar Roadways funding nears $2 million

Description: In the United States alone, there are roughly 4 million miles of roads. What if, instead of becoming lined with potholes, those roadways were generating solar energy under our wheels? What if the 4,360 square miles of surface parking lots in the United States could also be put to good use collecting solar energy? It’s a compelling idea and one that’s quickly catching on.

Source: SmartPlanet.com – video report

Date: June 06, 2014

Link: http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/solar-roadways-funding-nears-2-million/?tag=nl.e660&s_cid=e660&ttag=e660&ftag=TRE4eb29b5

Questions for Discussions:

  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of installing this product as road surface?
  • Do you think this product will succeed?
  • What are the obstacles the firm will have to surpass?

The Derelict Car is a $1m Modern Ride in Desguise

Description: Classic-car restorer Jonathan Ward kept hearing the same thing from customers: Can’t we get the vintage look without the vintage technology? So he founded Icon, a Chatsworth, CA–based company whose cars appear vintage but they are decked out with the latest engines, brakes, interiors and sound and navigation systems. Bloomberg heads to Icon’s shop to see how it’s done. (Source: Bloomberg)

Source: Bloomberg.com – video report

Date: May 29, 2014

Link: http://www.bloomberg.com/video/this-derelict-car-is-a-1m-modern-ride-in-disguise-6eUgHNSXQaKSi~CzWv6qJg.html

Questions for Discussions:

  • Who do you think the target market is for this sort of car?
  • How would you go about marketing these cars?

French don’t pan baguette vending machine

Description: A new vending machine serves hot baguettes, and even the fussy French approve.

Source: CNNMoney.com – video report

Date: May 23, 2014

Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/news/2014/05/23/n-french-baguette-vending-machine.cnnmoney/index.html

Questions for Discussions:

  • What are the advantages and disadvantages to a baker who chooses to install this machine?
  • Do you think the installation of the machine would affect customers who prefer direct contact with employees?
  • Besides bakeries, where else would this machine likely improve sales of baguettes?

Building a better egg (with no chicken)

Description: Hampton Creek Foods is trying to build a more environmentally friendly egg that looks, tastes and has the nutrition of a regular egg. But unless it’s cheaper, can they beat the egg?

Source: CNNMoney.com – video report

Date: May 19, 2014

Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/technology/2014/05/19/t-better-egg-hampton-creek-foods-josh-tetrick.cnnmoney/index.html

Questions for Discussions:

  • Do you think price is the most important factor that determines consumers’ purchases of egg and egg substitute?
  • If the taste of prepared foods such as mayo is the same for both products, do you think consumers will quickly adopt the product?

McDonald’s and America’s new low-wage economy explained

Description: Who owns your local McDonald’s or builds your cell phone tower does not matter much to consumers. But it has huge implications for workers.

Source: Fortune.com

Date: May 23, 2014

Link: http://finance.fortune.cnn.com/2014/05/23/mcdonalds-and-americas-new-low-wage-economy-explained/?iid=SF_F_River

Questions for discussion:

  • How are wages determined?
  • In your opinion, what are the social responsibilities of the large corporations in this matter?

Protesters: Double minimum wage!

Description: Fast food workers are on the streets again, demanding employers double their federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Source: CNNMoney.com – video report

Date: May 15, 2014

Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/news/2014/05/15/fast-food-protests.cnnmoney/index.html

Questions for Discussions:

  • What are the arguments surrounding the minimum wage issues?
  • What do you think the government should do?

Live broadcast from your smartphone

Description: Mobil is an Israeli company that’s developed an app that allows users to broadcast live from their smartphones.

Source: CNNMoney.com – video report

Date: May 15, 2014

Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/technology/2014/05/15/tech-mobil-app-israel-wbt.cnnmoney/index.html

Questions for Discussions:

  • How can this app enhance the marketing power provided by social media?
  • Do you think this app will open up new programming by entrepreneurs?
  • What sort of programming do you think is likely to be launched with the growth of this app?

Owning a team isn’t a ‘trophy’ anymore

Description: Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban says he believes the Clippers with sell for over a billion dollars and that team ownership — across all sports — is being changed by Big Money.

Source: CNN.com – video report

Date: May 15, 2014

Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/news/2014/05/13/clippers-mark-cuban-donald-sterling-nba-ownership.cnnmoney/index.html

Questions for Discussions:

  • What does Mark Cuban have to say about owning a sports franchise today?
  • What are the managerial issues facing owners in a consortium?

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