Steve Jobs – CEO of the Decade

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 Description:  Apple’s CEO is Fortune’s top business leader of the last 10 years for his impact on computing, movies, music and cell phones. Source: CNNMoney – video report   Date: 11/04/2009 Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/technology/2009/11/04/tt_steve_jobs_apple_ceo.fortune/ Questions for discussion:  Summarize the contribution made by Steve Jobs to Apple? What motivational role has Jobs played as CEO at Apple?… Read more »

Skype Founders Join Buyout Group, Drop Litigation

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Description: The founders of Skype agreed to join the investor group buying the Internet-calling service from EBay Inc. and to drop litigation that had threatened to shut down the company. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: 11/06/2009 Link:  http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601204&sid=armXJAA3nReg Questions for discussion:  Do you think Skype should be managed independently of EBay or as a part of it? … Read more »

Microsoft seen as Diller’s best bet for Ask.com

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Description: Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) is viewed as the most likely buyer or partner for IAC/InterActiveCorp’s (IACI.O) Ask.com if CEO Barry Diller decides to throw in the towel on the struggling search engine. Source: Reuters.com Date: 10/28/2009 Link: http://www.reuters.com/article/americasPrivateEquityNews/idUSTRE59R44720091028 Questions for discussion: Why do you think Ask.com failed to meet expectations for IAC/InterActive? Why do you… Read more »

Ford to build new plant in China

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Description:  In a global push, the carmaker will open its third plant in China and introduce four new vehicles before 2012. Source: CNNMoney – video report   Date: 9/25/2009 Keys: International business, management, marketing, strategic planning Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/markets/2009/09/25/mkts_asia_ford_china_u3x.cnnmoney/ Questions for discussion:  Why do you think Ford is building new plants in China? Explain your thinking…. Read more »

Big week ahead on Wall Street

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Description: One year after Lehman Brothers, the stock market is right back where it was. Beyond the anniversary, reports on the consumer loom. Source: CNN News Date: 9/12/2009 Keys: Marketing, pricing, new product development, technologies Link: http://money.cnn.com/2009/09/12/markets/sunday_lookahead/index.htm?postversion=2009091206 Questions for discussion:  Explain why the stock market fell and returned to the current valuation during the past… Read more »

Skype founders’ Joost ousts chairman Mike Volpi

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Description: Web TV firm Joost, owned by the founders of Skype, removed its high-profile chairman Mike Volpi by shareholder vote, it said in a statement late on Friday. Source: Reuters News Date: 9/12/2009 Keys: Management, investing, marketing Link: http://www.reuters.com/article/ousivMolt/idUSTRE58B0UZ20090912 Questions for discussion: Why do you think the same people keep emerging as top managers? Explain… Read more »