After Rocky Start, Opportunity Zones Could Boom In 2021

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Description: President-elect Joe Biden and his administration are keen to undo much of what their predecessors did. Yet when it comes to one flagging Trump initiative— the opportunity zone program— Biden and the Democrat-controlled Congress could actually provide a big boost. Source: Forbes.com Date: Jan 15, 2021 Link: https://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonbisnoff/2021/01/15/after-rocky-start-opportunity-zones-could-boom-in-2021/?sh=52d4567d6cd4 Questions for discussion: What are opportunity… Read more »

Canadian tech startup poised to bring standardized health info to the masses

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Description: Standardizing the world’s health knowledge so that everyone can get the best care possible seems like a lofty mission for one company, but if any Canadian health-tech startup can make it happen, Think Research Corp. may be the safest bet. Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Jan 15, 2021 Link: https://financialpost.com/technology/canadian-tech-startup-poised-to-bring-standardized-health-info-to-the-masses Questions for discussion: Summarize the implications… Read more »

How Miami Mayor Francis Suarez is luring tech players from Silicon Valley and New York

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Description: Suarez’s schedule and phone have blown up since he accidentally launched a Twitter campaign to make Miami the latest innovation hub in early December, when someone on the app suggested bringing Silicon Valley to the Sunshine State. His “How can I help?” response generated 2.3 million organic impressions alone, he says. Source: CNBC.com – video report… Read more »

Teachers on TV? Schools Try Creative Strategy to Narrow Digital Divide

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Description: It’s another way to reach students without internet or computers during the pandemic. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Jan 03, 2021 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/03/technology/teachers-on-tv.html Questions for discussion: What does the article say about using television as a low-tech educational delivery system for larger audiences? Do you think developing greater educational access via television makes longer-term sense after… Read more »

Small businesses feeling the pinch of credit-card fees as e-commerce ramps up

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Description: Fees remain higher than in many Western countries, particularly for online transactions, trade organizations say Source: FinancialPost.com – video report Date: Jan 06, 2021 Link: https://financialpost.com/entrepreneur/small-businesses-feeling-the-pinch-of-credit-card-fees-as-e-commerce-ramps-up Questions for discussion: What are the issues related to fees? Should government play a role as arbitrator on behalf of small businesses? What benefit is there for government?

SPOS #755 – Julie Zhou On Becoming A Manager

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #755 – Host: Mitch Joel. Some managers work their way into the position after years of working for other leaders. Many managers, these days, are thrust into the position. That was Julie Zhou. Julie loves learning about people. As one of Silicon Valley’s top product design executives,… Read more »

David Rosenberg: Two big problems with the ‘pent-up demand’ everybody is counting on

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Description: Here’s why the boost could be disappointing Source: FinancialPost.com – video report Date: Dec 31, 2020 Link: https://financialpost.com/investing/investing-pro/david-rosenberg-two-big-problems-with-the-pent-up-demand-everybody-is-counting-on Questions for discussion: Summarize the analysis presented by David Rosenberg. Do you agree with his assessments and predictions?

Tesla’s Musk claims ‘during dark days of Model 3’ he sought an Apple buyout

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Description: Elon Musk on Tuesday wasn’t about to let Apple Inc, suck up all the oxygen on Wall Street, on the back of reports that the iPhone maker was again considering rolling out an electric vehicle of its own by 2024. Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Dec 22, 2020 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/teslas-musk-claims-during-dark-days-of-model-3-he-sought-an-apple-buyout-11608675875 Questions for discussion: Would a merger… Read more »

Who’s Behind the Fight Between Warner Bros. and Hollywood? It’s AT&T

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Description: The town is mad about the studio’s decision to put movies on HBO Max and in theaters at the same time. But with a telecom giant running an entertainment company, things were bound to get weird. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Dec 08, 2020 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/08/business/media/hbo-max-subscribers-att-box-office-losses.html Questions for discussion: How is the traditional distribution model changing?… Read more »

We’re well-positioned to get through the pandemic: Roots CEO

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Description: Meghan Roach, president and CEO of Roots, joins BNN Bloomberg to discuss the company’s latest quarter, which saw a 40 per cent surge year-over-year in its e-commerce sales. She says that they were able to shift to relying heavily on the e-commerce part of the business pretty seamlessly when COVID-19 hit. She also says… Read more »