After Rocky Start, Opportunity Zones Could Boom In 2021

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Description: President-elect Joe Biden and his administration are keen to undo much of what their predecessors did. Yet when it comes to one flagging Trump initiative— the opportunity zone program— Biden and the Democrat-controlled Congress could actually provide a big boost. Source: Forbes.com Date: Jan 15, 2021 Link: https://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonbisnoff/2021/01/15/after-rocky-start-opportunity-zones-could-boom-in-2021/?sh=52d4567d6cd4 Questions for discussion: What are opportunity… Read more »

Bucs lineman Ndamukong Suh uses Warren Buffett’s advice to navigate market turmoil

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Description: National Football League lineman Ndamukong Suh tries to speak with Warren Buffett quarterly to catch up and solicit investment advice. Source: CNBC.com Date: Jan 17, 2021 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/01/17/nfl-buccaneers-ndamukong-suh-using-warren-buffetts-advice.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the business and investing thinking of Ndamukong Suh, as presented in this report? Do you think these lessons should be generally accepted… Read more »

Canadian tech startup poised to bring standardized health info to the masses

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Description: Standardizing the world’s health knowledge so that everyone can get the best care possible seems like a lofty mission for one company, but if any Canadian health-tech startup can make it happen, Think Research Corp. may be the safest bet. Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Jan 15, 2021 Link: https://financialpost.com/technology/canadian-tech-startup-poised-to-bring-standardized-health-info-to-the-masses Questions for discussion: Summarize the implications… Read more »

How Miami Mayor Francis Suarez is luring tech players from Silicon Valley and New York

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Description: Suarez’s schedule and phone have blown up since he accidentally launched a Twitter campaign to make Miami the latest innovation hub in early December, when someone on the app suggested bringing Silicon Valley to the Sunshine State. His “How can I help?” response generated 2.3 million organic impressions alone, he says. Source: CNBC.com – video report… Read more »

Pepsi seeks to help Black-owned restaurants with ‘Dig In’ campaign

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Description: Pepsi launched a multichannel campaign to urge support for Black-owned restaurants and help them generate more than $100 million in sales over the next five years. Source: marketingdive.com Date: Jan 03, 2021 Link: https://www.marketingdive.com/news/pepsi-seeks-to-help-black-owned-restaurants-with-dig-in-campaign/592804/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Issue:%202021-01-05%20Marketing%20Dive%20Newsletter%20%5Bissue:31705%5D&utm_term=Marketing%20Dive Questions for discussion: How would you suggest Pepsi management help these small businesses adapt to new digital operations? What are… Read more »

Small businesses feeling the pinch of credit-card fees as e-commerce ramps up

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Description: Fees remain higher than in many Western countries, particularly for online transactions, trade organizations say Source: FinancialPost.com – video report Date: Jan 06, 2021 Link: https://financialpost.com/entrepreneur/small-businesses-feeling-the-pinch-of-credit-card-fees-as-e-commerce-ramps-up Questions for discussion: What are the issues related to fees? Should government play a role as arbitrator on behalf of small businesses? What benefit is there for government?

Chinese electric car company Nio doubles deliveries in 2020 as local competition ramps up for Tesla

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Description: BEIJING — China’s homegrown Tesla rivals are racking up sales in the world’s largest auto market. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Jan 04, 2021 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/01/04/chinese-electric-car-start-up-nio-doubles-deliveries-as-tesla-competition-rises.html Questions for discussion: How important do you think branding is for all of these competitors in the global market? Do you think Tesla remains a good investment at this… Read more »

Inside Roblox’s World of Entrepreneurial Opportunity

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Description: In its IPO filing, the online gaming platform said its 36 million users spent almost $700 million in the first nine months of 2020 –with a sliver of gamers-turned-gamemakers taking home big paydays as a result. Source: INC.com Date: Dec 07, 2020 Link: https://www.inc.com/burt-helm/roblox-ipo-startup-ecosystem-vehicle-simulator.html Questions for discussion: Describe the Roblox business model and how… Read more »

About 150 Cadillac dealers take GM buyouts rather than invest in EVs

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Description: DETROIT – About 150 General Motors dealers have accepted buyouts and will stop selling Cadillacs as the Detroit automaker pivots the luxury brand to lead its all-electric vehicle efforts, a person familiar with the details confirmed to CNBC. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Dec 05, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/12/04/about-150-cadillac-dealers-take-gm-buyouts-rather-than-invest-in-evs.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail Questions for discussion: Explain why some dealerships… Read more »

BlackBerry surges most ever on Amazon auto collaboration

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Description: BlackBerry Ltd. surged the most since 2015 after the company signed a multiyear agreement with Amazon Web Services to develop and market its “Intelligent Vehicle Data Platform,” called IVY. Source: BNNBloomberg.com – video report Date: Dec 02, 2020 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/blackberry-surges-most-ever-on-amazon-auto-collaboration-1.1530116 Questions for discussion: Explain the explosive jump in share value? How does this deal with Amazon… Read more »