SPOS #691 – The Collaborative Advantage With Paul Skinner

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #691 – Host: Mitch Joel. There are some books that hit my desk and captivate me. That was my reaction to Paul Skinner‘s book, Collaborative Advantage – How collaboration beats competition as a strategy for success. This is Paul’s antidote to competitive advantage, and a new perspective in… Read more »

As Silicon Valley faces a tech reckoning, biologists point to the next big opportunity

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Description: At one of the world’s largest synthetic biology conferences this week, a food truck handed out papaya and yogurt samples to hundreds of attendees. The papaya wasn’t any ordinary papaya: It was a genetically engineered fruit that Dr. Dennis Gonsalves designed to be naturally resistant to the ringworm virus. Because of his invention, pesticide use dropped… Read more »

This dentist built a $2 billion Korean start-up — after 8 failed businesses along the way

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Description: As a dentist, Seunggun Lee was used to filling holes in people’s teeth. But when he spotted a gap in South Korea’s banking industry, it was too blatant to ignore. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Sep 20, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/09/20/toss-koreas-first-1-billion-fintech-unicorn-inspired-by-8-failures.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail Questions for discussion: What entrepreneurial characteristics does Seunggun Lee demonstrate? What sort of entrepreneur would… Read more »

How Will the US Rollout of Facebook Dating Disrupt the Dating App Landscape?

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Description: Facebook Dating launched in the US last week, giving users ages 18 and older access to typical dating app features like specialized profiles and matchmaking algorithms. Though the dating app space is crowded, Facebook has an opportunity to set itself apart by simplifying what’s arguably the most vexing aspect of online dating: setting up a… Read more »

This Solar-Powered Electric Bike Aims to Make Commuting Eco-Friendly and Fun

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Description: Sean Lupton-Smith’s Electric Bike Company wants to bring affordable and efficient transportation to the masses. Source: Entrepreneur.com – video report Date: Sep 12, 2019 Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/339057 Questions for discussion: How is this product concept different from competition? Why has this start-up succeeded? What obstacles were overcome? Are there any great barriers to enter this… Read more »

Tim Cook Used a Specific Communication Strategy in Apple’s iPhone Keynote. Here’s Why Every Public Speaker Should Too

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Description: Apple puts a lot of work into explaining the new iPhone 11 in as few words as possible. Source: INC.com Date: Sep 12, 2019 Link: https://www.inc.com/carmine-gallo/tim-cook-used-a-specific-communication-strategy-in-apples-iphone-keynote-heres-why-every-public-speaker-should-too.html?cid=hmside2 Questions for discussion: Summarize what the report says about how best to communicate. Do you think it makes sense? Explain.

The new technology that could turn small businesses into international companies

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Description: Advancements in machine translation technology are helping consumers, gamers and small businesses Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Sep 12, 2019 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/translation-technology-promises-to-break-down-the-language-barriers-of-international-commerce-2019-09-12?mod=mw_theo_homepage Questions for discussion: Why is this technology so significant for businesses all around the world? What are the concerns management should be wary of?

Roots tumbles as retailer misses Q2 estimates amid challenging foot traffic

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Description: Roots Corp. shares slipped more than 15 per cent after the chief executive said lacklustre foot traffic and a challenging move to a new distribution centre weighed on its most recent quarterly results that missed expectations. Source: BNNBloomberg.ca – video report Date: Sep 12, 2019 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/roots-tumbles-as-retailer-misses-q2-estimates-amid-challenging-foot-traffic-1.1314413 Questions for discussion: Why is the firm… Read more »

The Potentially Wide World of Esports

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Description: eMarketer sales executive Michael Bruckenthal, account manager Brandon Galindo and vice president of content studio—and author of our recent report, “Esports 2019: eMarketer’s Forecast for US Audience, US Ad Revenue Growth”—Paul Verna discuss the burgeoning world of esports. They chat about how different stakeholders are investing in this space, who’s watching, how large are the… Read more »

A Giant Factory Rises to Make a Product Filling Up the World: Plastic

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Description: Royal Dutch Shell’s plant will produce more than a million tons of plastic, in the form of tiny pellets. Many in the Pittsburgh area see it as an economic engine, but others worry about long-term harm. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Aug 12, 2019 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/12/business/energy-environment/plastics-shell-pennsylvania-plant.html Questions for discussion: Summarize what the report says about the… Read more »