Macy’s Still Has a Lot of Work to Do

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Description: (Bloomberg Opinion) — Give Macy’s Inc. a polite clap, and no more, for kicking off the retail holiday reporting season in reasonable style. Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report Date: Jan 08, 2020 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/macys-still-lot-162846707.html Questions for discussion: What are the short-term strategic options for Macy’s management? What are some longer-term ideas that could revitalize… Read more »

Oil remains a pillar of Canada’s economy, but it’s the digital economy that’s driving growth

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Description: Kevin Carmichael: Concerns the Canadian economy is in trouble are based on a set of data blind to much of the wealth being generated in the digital realm Source: FinancialPost.com – video report Date: Jan 10, 2020 Link: https://business.financialpost.com/news/economy/oil-remains-a-pillar-of-canadas-economy-but-its-the-digital-economy-thats-driving-growth?video_autoplay=true Questions for discussion: Why is there difficulty measuring GDP and business activity? Which indicators should… 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?

Seattle passed a $15 minimum wage law in 2014. Here’s how it’s turned out so far

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Description: When Seattle began raising its minimum wage five years ago, local burger joint Dick’s Drive-In experienced an unintended effect. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Jan 02, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/02/seattle-passed-a-15-minimum-wage-law-in-2014-heres-how-its-turned-out-so-far.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail Questions for discussion: Summarize what the report says about how businesses and employees responded to the changes. How would you evaluate the results?

Dubbing is coming to a small screen near you

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Description: Once associated with poor quality and foreigners too lazy for subtitles, the art form is having a comeback. Source: Economist.com Date: Jan 02, 2020 Link: https://www.economist.com/christmas-specials/2019/12/21/dubbing-is-coming-to-a-small-screen-near-you?cid1=cust/dailypicks1/n/bl/n/2020012n/owned/n/n/dailypicks1/n/n/NA/371345/n Questions for discussion: What does the report suggest is happening in the industry? How is this an example of globalization?

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 »

Self-driving cars were supposed to be here already — here’s why they aren’t and when they should arrive

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Description: More companies are trying to bring self-driving cars to the masses than ever before. Yet a truly autonomous vehicle still doesn’t exist. And it’s not clear if, or when, our driverless future will arrive. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Nov 30, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/11/30/self-driving-cars-were-supposed-to-be-here-already-heres-whats-next.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail Questions for discussion: What is holding up widespread adoption… Read more »