How to make sense of the latest tech surge

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Description: In 2018 a new word entered Silicon Valley’s lexicon: the “techlash”, or the risk of a consumer and regulatory revolt against big tech. Today that threat seems empty. Even as regulators discuss new rules and activists fret about the right to privacy, the shares of the five biggest American tech firms have been on a… Read more »

Is YouTube Turning Kids Into Budding Shoppers?

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Description: Kids and teens hold a lot of spending power that’s extending into households Source: eMarketer.com Date: Feb 20, 2020 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/is-youtube-turning-kids-into-budding-shoppers Questions for discussion: What does the article say about how YouTube is influencing kids’ purchasing behavior? Should this be a social concern?

A Formula for Growth After the Start-Up Stage

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Description: A new report suggests a five-part model for second-stage companies to consider if they want stable, long-term success. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Feb 20, 2020 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/20/business/second-stage-entrepreneurship.html Questions for discussion: What does the research say about growing a company after the start-up stage? How can management better prepare for this challenge?

‘They know what they’re good at’: How Aritzia is bucking the retail trend

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Description: At a time when Canada’s retail sector is mired in a rash of store closures and disappointing sales, Aritzia Inc. appears to be doing something right. Source: BNNBloomberg.com – video report Date: Feb 14, 2020 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/they-know-what-they-re-good-at-how-aritzia-is-bucking-the-retail-trend-1.1390530 Questions for discussion: Explain the reasons for the success of this retailer when others seem to be… Read more »

Roku CEO Anthony Wood

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Description: Roku CEO Anthony Wood talks about Roku’s business model, streaming technology and it’s relationship with content providers like Disney. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Feb 15, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2020/02/14/watch-cnbcs-full-interview-with-roku-ceo-anthony-wood.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the key points made by Anthony Wood favouring the growth of streaming and Roku in particular. How is Roku complementing… Read more »

Board Games From the ’80s Are Rebooted for Generation X

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Description: Updated favorites are sweet nostalgia for parents—and they just might separate today’s teens from their smartphones. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Feb 21, 2020 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-02-21/board-games-from-the-80s-are-rebooted-for-generation-x?srnd=premium Questions for discussion: Do you think this strategy of rejuvenating older board games and hobbies will succeed? What favors trying? How is Kickstarter helping this industry?

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?

‘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 »