Zuckerberg: Our new honesty-first approach is ‘going to piss off a lot of people’

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Description: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Friday said the social media company is going to stand for principles it believes in whether or not people like it. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Jan 31, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/31/mark-zuckerberg-silicon-slopes-speech-honesty-will-piss-off-people.html Questions for discussion: What are the issues facing social media firms like Facebook? What do you think about… Read more »

CES 2020: Companies Step Up to Combat Tech Angst

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Description: A Q2 2019 GlobalWebIndex survey found that nearly one in four internet users worldwide (24%) don’t understand new technology and fear being left behind, up from just 15% in Q2 2013. Source: eMarketer.com Date: Jan 23, 2020 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/ces-2020-companies-step-up-to-combat-tech-angst?ecid=NL1001 Questions for discussion: What did the research reveal about consumer attitudes towards technologies? How should… Read more »

A move to premium products and Gillette recovery help boost P&G

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Description: A focus on innovation has helped boost Procter & Gamble’s performance in male grooming, an area that is increasingly competitive. Source: MarketingWeek.com Date: Jan 23, 2020 Link: https://www.marketingweek.com/procter-gamble-gillette-premium/ Questions for discussion: How has P&G fought back in an increasingly competitive male grooming market? How would you deal with the growing online retailers like Harry’s… Read more »

‘What’s our strategy?’: Suncor CEO calls for Canada-wide energy focus, First Nations investment

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Description: Suncor Energy Inc. chief executive officer Mark Little said he’s pushing for a nationwide effort to support Western Canada’s oil producers to bolster the industry’s position within the global energy industry. Source: BNNBloomberg.ca – video report Date: Jan 31, 2020 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/what-s-our-strategy-suncor-ceo-calls-for-canada-wide-energy-focus-first-nations-investment-1.1382309 Questions for discussion: Summarize Suncor’s strategic thinking, as presented in this report…. Read more »

Soul of Business

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #707 – Host: Mitch Joel. Rishad Tobaccowala is a Senior Adviser to the Publicis Groupe, one of the world’s largest marketing, communications and advertising network with 80,000 employees. Most recently, Rishad served as its Chief Growth Officer and Chief Strategist, where he helped acquire and grow the business through… Read more »

Hemp Prices Plunge as CBD Demand Falls Short: Cannabis Weekly

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Description: It may not be apparent when you’re spending $70 on CBD foot cream, but hemp prices are plunging amid a “grossly oversupplied” market, according to the head of the industry’s first price provider. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Jan 26, 2020 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-01-26/hemp-prices-plunge-as-cbd-demand-falls-short-cannabis-weekly?srnd=premium-canada Questions for discussion: Explain price movements in this commodity. How can the industry deal with the… Read more »

Afternoon of a Pawnbroker

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Description: Afternoon of a Pawnbroker Source: NYTimes.com Date: Jan 23, 2020 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/24/business/should-i-pawn-or-sell-jewelry-.html Questions for discussion: Explain how the business model works and why it can be so successful? What are the risks to owners?

JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon takes on socialism, says it will lead to an ‘eroding society’

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Description: Socialism has failed where it’s been tried and ultimately leads to an “eroding society,” J.P. Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon said Wednesday. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Jan 22, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/22/jp-morgan-ceo-jamie-dimon-takes-on-socialism-says-it-will-lead-to-an-eroding-society.html?recirc=taboolainternal Questions for discussion: What does Jamie Dimon have to say about socialism and government involvement in the economy? What do you think about… Read more »

Is Disney+’s Initial Success Sustainable?

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Description: eMarketer forecasting analyst Eric Haggstrom and vice president of content studio Paul Verna discuss Disney’s new streaming service and whether its success will last. They then talk about NBCUniversal’s Peacock video platform details, an augmented reality contact lens and why esports is coming to Imax. Source: eMarketer.com – podcast Date: Jan 23, 2020 Link:… Read more »

Netflix snags 125,000 new Canadian subscribers as streaming competition heats up

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Description: Company responded to new competition from Apple TV Plus, Disney Plus with array buzzworthy content Source: CBC.ca Date: Jan 24, 2020 Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/netflix-canadian-subscribers-streaming-1.5435972 Questions for discussion: Explain what is happening to streaming services in Canada and Netflix in particular? Where do you see the industry headed?