Lululemon used to be a niche player, now some think it could be the next Nike

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Description: For six years, between 2011 and 2017, Lululemon Athletica Inc.’s stock looked as if it was tapped out. The yogawear company was already an incredible success for investors, who backed it from its US$14 IPO in 2007, but further growth was a concern. Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Jan 16, 2020 Link: https://business.financialpost.com/investing/lululemon-used-to-be-a-niche-player-now-some-think-it-could-be-the-next-nike Questions for discussion:… Read more »

A revival is under way in the chip business

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Description: The high-tech industry is as cyclical as any commodity Source: Economist.com Date: Jan 11, 2020 Link: https://www.economist.com/business/2020/01/11/a-revival-is-under-way-in-the-chip-business?cid1=cust/ednew/n/bl/n/2020/01/9n/owned/n/n/nwl/n/n/NA/375381/n Questions for discussion: Summarize the key points made about the industry in the report. What does the report suggest about the near future for the industry?

Lilly Singh Conquered YouTube — Now She’s Taking On Hollywood

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Description: With a new gig as one of NBC’s late-night talk show hosts, the comedian and content creator is ready to tackle traditional media. Source: Entrepreneur.com Date: Dec 28, 2019 Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/328067?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email Questions for discussion: Describe how Lilly Singh built her business? What do you think of her new ventures? What else do you think… Read more »

Why Canada’s cannabis bubble burst

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Description: More than a year ago, Canada made recreational cannabis legal. So why are people still buying it on the black market? Source: BBC.com Date: Dec 29, 2019 Link: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-50664578 Questions for discussion: What happened to the cannabis industry in Canada, according to the report? How do you think it will develop over the next… Read more »

The battery decade: How energy storage could revolutionize industries in the next 10 years

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Description: What a difference a decade can make. In 2010, batteries powered our phones and computers. By the end of the decade, they are starting to power our cars and houses too. Source:CNBC.com – video report Date: Dec 30, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/12/30/battery-developments-in-the-last-decade-created-a-seismic-shift-that-will-play-out-in-the-next-10-years.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail Questions for discussion: How is battery technology disrupting industries and changing many of… Read more »

SPOS #703 – Brett Hurt On Entrepreneurship And Starting Up

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #703 – Host: Mitch Joel. He’s an old friend and someone who has experienced a tremendous amount of success in the technology and startup world. While many know his name… most do not. Let’s change that. Brett Hurt is the CEO and co-founder of data.world (of which I am an advisor),… Read more »

Alimentation Couche-Tard’s mega $7.7-billion fuel station bid has investors filling up on stock

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Description: Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., North America’s largest convenience store owner, chalked up its highest stock price this week as solid quarterly results combined with a takeover bid for Asian expansion. Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Nov 30, 2019 Link: https://business.financialpost.com/news/retail-marketing/alimentation-couche-tards-mega-7-7-billion-fuel-station-bid-has-investors-filling-up-on-stock Questions for discussion: Explain the reasons driving this acquisition. Did Couche-Tard get a good deal, according to… Read more »

Hippie Inc: how the counterculture went corporate

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Description: Half a century on from the summer of love, marijuana is big business and mindfulness a workplace routine. 1843 asks how the movement found itself at the heart of capitalism Source: TheEconomist.com Date: Nov 29, 2019 Link: https://www.economist.com/news/2019/11/29/hippie-inc-how-the-counterculture-went-corporate?cid1=cust/dailypicks1/n/bl/n/20191129n/owned/n/n/dailypicks1/n/n/NA/351809/n Questions for discussion: Summarize what the report says about how business has changed? What do think… Read more »

What the Streaming Wars Mean for the Future of TV

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Description: If all goes as planned, by mid-2020 four of the most valuable companies on the S&P 500 will have introduced streaming services in less than a year. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Nov 30, 2019 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-11-30/what-the-streaming-wars-mean-for-the-future-of-tv-quicktake?srnd=businessweek-v2 Questions for discussion: What does the article say is happening to the current business model for TV? What does… Read more »

Opinion: Why stock markets are better than banks at fixing climate change

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Description: To fight climate change, governments the world over would be well inspired to develop the breadth and depth of their stock markets. Stock markets seem more efficient than banks at financing the massive investments that will be needed to meet international climate goals. This surprising finding from two European Central Bank economists could have profound policy… Read more »