And for Ty Haney’s Next Act… The Outdoor Voices Founder Is Helping Brands Pump NFTs and Web 3.0

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Description: Try Your Best is a new tool that helps consumer goods brands to engage with their customers. In a cookieless world, it might be the key to successful digital community-building. Source: INC.com Date: Mar 23, 2022 Link: https://www.inc.com/rebecca-deczynski/outdoor-voices-founder-ty-haney-try-your-best-nft-web-3-platform.html Questions for discussion: Describe the business model Ty Haney has set up? What evidence suggests this… Read more »

Toronto, the Quietly Booming Tech Town

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Description: For all the excitement around places like Austin and Miami, the biggest tech expansion has been in Canada’s largest city. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Mar 21, 2022 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/03/21/technology/toronto-tech-boom.html Questions for discussion: Explain what is happening in Toronto and how the city is managing to draw IT developers. What does this report suggest to other… Read more »

Chili’s opens e-commerce shop to celebrate 47th birthday

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Description: Chili’s Grill & Bar will launch an e-commerce shop featuring branded merchandise on March 13, per a press release emailed to Marketing Dive. The launch comes as the full-service restaurant celebrates its 47th birthday. Source: MarketingDive.com Date: Mar 11, 2022 Link: https://www.marketingdive.com/news/chilis-opens-e-commerce-shop-to-celebrate-47th-birthday/620162/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Issue:%202022-03-11%20Marketing%20Dive%20Newsletter%20%5Bissue:40314%5D&utm_term=Marketing%20Dive Questions for discussion: Why is the firm launching this ecommerce drive? Do… Read more »

What the blockbuster Microsoft and Sony deals mean for the future of gaming

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Description: Big moves are happening in the video game industry. Microsoft, the tech giant behind the Xbox console, announced plans in early 2022 to buy Activision Blizzard, the force behind “Call of Duty” and “World of Warcraft,” among other major titles. This $68.7 billion all-cash acquisition is expected to close in 2023. If approved by regulators… Read more »

Next for the metaverse: convincing you it’s not just for kids

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Description: When a video game company only your kids have heard of goes public at a $38 billion valuation, you pay attention. Source: CNBC.com Date: Dec 22, 2021 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/12/22/here-are-the-companies-building-the-metaverse-meta-roblox-epic.html Questions for discussion: What is happening in this industry that should interest buiness people? What issues are related to the management applications such as the use… Read more »

A New Tesla Safety Concern: Drivers Can Play Video Games in Moving Cars

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Description: The feature raises fresh questions about whether Tesla is compromising safety as it rushes to add new technologies. ?Source: NYTimes Date: Dec 07, 2021 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/07/business/tesla-video-game-driving.html Questions for discussion: What do you think about this story? Should government regulators get involved? What, if anything, should consumer safety advocates do, in your opinion?

Twitter’s New CEO Makes His Mark With Executive Reshuffle

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Description: (Bloomberg) — Twitter Inc. Chief Executive Officer Parag Agrawal, who just took the reins from Jack Dorsey this week, is already shaking up the management ranks. Source: Yahoo.Finance.com/Bloomberg.com Date: Dec 03, 2021 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/twitter-shuffles-executive-team-following-202309898.html Questions for discussion: Explain the shake up at Twitter. What direction would you expect management to take at this time?… Read more »

Quitting Is Contagious. How You Can Prevent It from Spreading at Your Company

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Description: Even the best-run companies can succumb to a mass exodus of employees. It’s not an inevitability, though. Source: INC.com Date: Nov 22, 2021 Link: https://www.inc.com/rebecca-deczynski/quitting-contagion-retaining-employees-advice-great-resignation.html Questions for discussion: What is meant by the term “quitting contagion”? What are the key recommendations presented? Do you think these actions would be effective? What else would you… Read more »

The metaverse is investable — and it’s going to be big, says tech billionaire

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Description: The so-called metaverse has a “big time” investment case, according to Puerto Rican billionaire businessman Orlando Bravo. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Nov 15, 2021 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/11/15/orlando-bravo-metaverse-is-investable-and-its-going-to-be-very-big.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail Questions for discussion: What is the metaverse concept? What are some design applications? How should investors regard this emerging field?

NVIDIA Vice President explains the Omniverse

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Description: Richard Kerris, NVIDIA Vice President of Omniverse Platform discusses NVIDIA’s plans for the Omniverse and how it will be used. Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report Date: Nov 10, 2021 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/video/nvidia-vice-president-explains-omniverse-223559990.html?contentType=VIDEO Questions for discussion: What are the business interests in these virtual technologies and platforms? How can you envision future business activities making use… Read more »