Description: Brownsville has its troubles, but it’s also starting to draw attention for its thriving collection of distinctive taquerias. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Feb 25, 2020 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/25/dining/tacos-brownsville-texas.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage Questions for discussion: How has Brownsville responded to the economic challenges it is facing? What else could this community capitalize on because of its location, culture and history?
Posts Categorized: Part 1 Business in a Global Environment
Description: In 2018 a new word entered Silicon Valley’s lexicon: the “techlash”, or the risk of a consumer and regulatory revolt against big tech. Today that threat seems empty. Even as regulators discuss new rules and activists fret about the right to privacy, the shares of the five biggest American tech firms have been on a… Read more »
Description: More than a month and a half into the outbreak of a new coronavirus in China, the country’s economy is still largely in lockdown mode, stalling a global manufacturing powerhouse at the heart of nearly every industrial supply chain. As the crisis continues, businesses big and small are struggling with the disruption the pneumonia-like… Read more »
Description: Kids and teens hold a lot of spending power that’s extending into households Source: eMarketer.com Date: Feb 20, 2020 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/is-youtube-turning-kids-into-budding-shoppers Questions for discussion: What does the article say about how YouTube is influencing kids’ purchasing behavior? Should this be a social concern?
Description: A new report suggests a five-part model for second-stage companies to consider if they want stable, long-term success. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Feb 20, 2020 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/20/business/second-stage-entrepreneurship.html Questions for discussion: What does the research say about growing a company after the start-up stage? How can management better prepare for this challenge?
Description: At a time when Canada’s retail sector is mired in a rash of store closures and disappointing sales, Aritzia Inc. appears to be doing something right. Source: BNNBloomberg.com – video report Date: Feb 14, 2020 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/they-know-what-they-re-good-at-how-aritzia-is-bucking-the-retail-trend-1.1390530 Questions for discussion: Explain the reasons for the success of this retailer when others seem to be… Read more »
Description: Roku CEO Anthony Wood talks about Roku’s business model, streaming technology and it’s relationship with content providers like Disney. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Feb 15, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2020/02/14/watch-cnbcs-full-interview-with-roku-ceo-anthony-wood.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the key points made by Anthony Wood favouring the growth of streaming and Roku in particular. How is Roku complementing… Read more »
Description: Updated favorites are sweet nostalgia for parents—and they just might separate today’s teens from their smartphones. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Feb 21, 2020 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-02-21/board-games-from-the-80s-are-rebooted-for-generation-x?srnd=premium Questions for discussion: Do you think this strategy of rejuvenating older board games and hobbies will succeed? What favors trying? How is Kickstarter helping this industry?
Description: Inside the mass firings at Zume, one of Masayoshi Son’s latest investment debacles. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Feb 13, 2020 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-02-13/inside-the-firings-at-softbank-s-robot-pizza-startup?srnd=premium-canada Questions for discussion: What went wrong? What are the lessons for entrepreneurs considering starting up a business?
Description: Co-founder Alexandra Waldman talks size inclusivity and the power of showrooms Source: eMarketer.com Date: Feb 13, 2020 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/how-universal-standard-is-disrupting-the-multibillion-dollar-fashion-industry?ecid=NL1001 Questions for discussion: How is the firm different from traditional fashion distributors? What lessons are there here for traditional fashion dealers?