Instagram For Kids Raises ‘Serious Concerns,’ Lawmakers Say

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Description: Lawmakers say they have “serious concerns” about the prospect that Facebook will launch a children’s version of the photo-sharing app Instagram. Source: MediaPost.com Date: Apr 06, 2021 Link: https://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/362047/instagram-for-kids-raises-serious-concerns-lawm.html?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=headline&utm_campaign=121966&hashid=l3tGlXhWQw2MIejOLismCw Questions for discussion: What are the ethical and social issues presented in this story? How would you advise management to proceed? What advice would you… Read more »

The geeky origin of your cool sunglasses

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Description: The story of shades, from industrial safety-gear to ultimate accessory. ?Source: Economist.com Date: Apr 06, 2021 Link: https://www.economist.com/1843/2021/04/06/the-geeky-origin-of-your-cool-sunglasses?utm_campaign=the-economist-today&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_source=salesforce-marketing-cloud&utm_term=2021-04-06&utm_content=article-image-7&etear=nl_today_7 Questions for discussion: How and why do you suppose sunglasses became a “cool” fashion-accessory? Do you think consumers today are less concerned with function and more about looks? For which other products is this competition between… Read more »

Inside Corporate America’s Frantic Response to the Georgia Voting Law

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Description: Companies like Delta are caught between Democrats focused on social justice and populist Republicans. They face major political consequences no matter what they do. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Apr 05, 2021 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/05/business/voting-rights-ceos.html Questions for discussion: What are the social issues facing companies, as described in this article? How should management deal with this environment,… Read more »

‘This is my crowning piece’: Frank Stronach is back with big plans for a small electric vehicle

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Description: The former auto parts magnate is betting that his three-wheel, single-seat vehicle will revolutionize the industry ?Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Apr 05, 2021 Link: https://financialpost.com/commodities/energy/electric-vehicles/this-is-my-crowning-piece-frank-stronach-is-back-with-big-plans-for-a-small-electric-vehicle Questions for discussion: What do you think of this concept? Who do think would be the target market? What price do you think would work to drive massive adoption by… Read more »

Job Training That’s Free Until You’re Hired Is a Blueprint for Biden

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Description: Social Finance, a nonprofit, is spreading a model in which training programs get paid if students get hired, not just if they enroll. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Apr 07, 2021 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/07/business/job-training-thats-free-until-youre-hired-is-a-blueprint-for-biden.html Questions for discussion: What do you think of this nonprofit business model and Social Finance, in particular? Is this a replacement for traditional… Read more »

Meet the 7-year-old who asked Old Navy to put pockets in girls’ jeans

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Description: Learning to write persuasive letters in first grade, 7-year-old Kamryn Gardner wrote to Old Navy, asking them to put real pockets in girls’ jeans – and the retailer responded by sending her jeans with pockets! Joining TODAY live with her parents, Kamryn says “I was very excited … I thought it was a birthday… Read more »

In gaming, mobile phones are the No. 1 device by a long shot

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Description: The coronavirus pandemic led to heightened gaming usage and viewership of gaming video content in 2020, with mobile phones being the most popular device for gaming in the US. ?Source: eMarketer.com Date: Mar 31, 2021 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/mobile-phones-are-most-popular-gaming-device-by-long-shot?ecid=NL1001 Questions for discussion: What does the report say about online gaming and the reasons? What does this… Read more »

Spain Plans to Pay Companies to Test Out a 4-Day Workweek

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Description: Should we try something similar here in the U.S.? Source: INC.com Date: Mar 30, 2021 Link: https://www.inc.com/jessica-stillman/spain-productivity-four-day-workweek.html Questions for discussion: What does the article say about the changing attitudes towards work and lifestyles? What do you think about the pros and cons of a shorter work week? How feasible do you think this idea… Read more »

10 Dos and Don’ts When Raising Capital for a Fast-Growing New Business

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Description: VCs know the score, so any attempt to snowball them won’t work. Tell them what they need to know, though, and you’re likely to get invited back. Source: Entrepreneur.com Date: Mar 31, 2021 Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/366402?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email Questions for discussion: Summarize the key advice presented to entrepreneurs. Does this line of thinking make sense to you?… Read more »