SoftBank’s $375 Million Bet on Pizza Went Really Bad Really Fast

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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?

How Universal Standard Is Disrupting the Multibillion-Dollar Fashion Industry

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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?

10 Behaviors People Find Condescending

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Description: From calling people ‘chief’ to saying you ‘actually’ like someone’s idea, here are some patronizing behaviors to avoid. Source: Entrepreneur.com Date: Feb 12, 2020 Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/346238?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email Questions for discussion: Do you agree with these assessments? Why do you suppose some people may behave these ways in some business situations? Should HR management attempt to… Read more »

‘Food halls are the way to go’: Malls experimenting with fancy marketplaces to lure back shoppers

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Description: Shopping centres experimenting with new strategy in era when growing number of people shop online Source: CBC.ca Date: Feb 11, 2020 Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/food-hall-phenomenon-canada-1.5451268 Questions for discussion: What is the concept driving this trend in food services at malls? Do you think the concept is sustainable? Who would likely respond to the offer?

‘Dean of valuation’ says Tesla would need VW-like sales and Apple-like margins to justify stock

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Description: Tesla has a long way to go before it justifies its current stock price, New York University finance professor Aswath Damodaran told CNBC on Thursday. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Feb 13, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/13/damodaran-tesla-needs-vw-like-sales-apple-like-margins-to-justify-stock.html Questions for discussion: Explain what Aswath Damodaran means when he says Tesla would need VW-like sales and Apple-like margins to… Read more »

The Woman Rising From Goldman Trader to Its Face on Wall Street

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Description: One after the other as the morning wore on, Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s most senior leaders — all men — took turns on stage describing their plan to restore its dimmed star. Much of it rests on a woman who’s being groomed to join them. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Feb 13, 2020 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/amp/news/articles/2020-02-13/the-woman-rising-from-goldman-trader-to-its-face-on-wall-street Questions for… Read more »

Watch all the Super Bowl commercials right here

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Description: Sunday was advertising’s biggest night. The Super Bowl included ads from a mix of longtime and new entrants, and notably featured political ads from President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg. Fox sold 30-second slots for as much as $5.6 million. Here are the Super Bowl commercials that aired. This list will be… Read more »

How to eat less meat without driving yourself nuts — and 3 good reasons to try it

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Description: These people are eating less meat to help the planet, and so can you Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Feb 06, 2020 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/how-to-eat-less-meat-without-driving-yourself-nuts-and-3-good-reasons-to-try-it-2020-02-06?mod=home-page Questions for discussion: What does the article say about changing attitudes towards meat consumption and the reasons? What does this mean longer term for related businesses if this trend continues to build… Read more »

JC Penney revamps women’s clothing brand, focusing on denim in bid to boost sales

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Description: J.C. Penney is revamping one of its biggest in-house women’s apparel brands to focus more on denim and casual looks. Source: CNBC.com Date: Feb 06, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/06/jc-penney-revamps-womens-clothing-brand-ana-with-a-focus-on-denim.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the change in strategy at JC Penney. Do you think this approach can work? What would you suggest instead?

Making the fundamental case for Tesla at $900 and one day… $7,000

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Description: Despite Tesla’s meteoric rise, which has seen the shares more than double this year, some investors argue that the company’s fundamentals and future growth justify its current valuation and stock price. Source: CNBC.com Date: Feb 04, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/04/making-the-fundamental-case-for-tesla-at-900-and-one-day-7000.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail Questions for discussion: According to the article, how should investors establish the “value” of a stock and… Read more »