The geeky origin of your cool sunglasses

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Description: The story of shades, from industrial safety-gear to ultimate accessory. ?Source: Economist.com Date: Apr 06, 2021 Link: https://www.economist.com/1843/2021/04/06/the-geeky-origin-of-your-cool-sunglasses?utm_campaign=the-economist-today&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_source=salesforce-marketing-cloud&utm_term=2021-04-06&utm_content=article-image-7&etear=nl_today_7 Questions for discussion: How and why do you suppose sunglasses became a “cool” fashion-accessory? Do you think consumers today are less concerned with function and more about looks? For which other products is this competition between… Read more »

‘This is my crowning piece’: Frank Stronach is back with big plans for a small electric vehicle

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Description: The former auto parts magnate is betting that his three-wheel, single-seat vehicle will revolutionize the industry ?Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Apr 05, 2021 Link: https://financialpost.com/commodities/energy/electric-vehicles/this-is-my-crowning-piece-frank-stronach-is-back-with-big-plans-for-a-small-electric-vehicle Questions for discussion: What do you think of this concept? Who do think would be the target market? What price do you think would work to drive massive adoption by… Read more »

Job Training That’s Free Until You’re Hired Is a Blueprint for Biden

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Description: Social Finance, a nonprofit, is spreading a model in which training programs get paid if students get hired, not just if they enroll. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Apr 07, 2021 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/07/business/job-training-thats-free-until-youre-hired-is-a-blueprint-for-biden.html Questions for discussion: What do you think of this nonprofit business model and Social Finance, in particular? Is this a replacement for traditional… Read more »

Meet the 7-year-old who asked Old Navy to put pockets in girls’ jeans

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Description: Learning to write persuasive letters in first grade, 7-year-old Kamryn Gardner wrote to Old Navy, asking them to put real pockets in girls’ jeans – and the retailer responded by sending her jeans with pockets! Joining TODAY live with her parents, Kamryn says “I was very excited … I thought it was a birthday… Read more »

10 Dos and Don’ts When Raising Capital for a Fast-Growing New Business

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Description: VCs know the score, so any attempt to snowball them won’t work. Tell them what they need to know, though, and you’re likely to get invited back. Source: Entrepreneur.com Date: Mar 31, 2021 Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/366402?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email Questions for discussion: Summarize the key advice presented to entrepreneurs. Does this line of thinking make sense to you?… Read more »

Canada’s recovery gains steam, with growth tracking above 5%

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Description: ?Canada’s economy continued showing surprising strength at the start of the year despite a second wave of closures that forced many businesses to shut their doors again. ?Source: BNNBloomberg.com – video report Date: Apr 01, 2021 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/canada-s-recovery-gains-steam-with-growth-tracking-above-5-1.1584701 Questions for discussion: Summarize the condition of Canada’s economy and major business sectors? Why are economists… Read more »

Why Dollar Shave Club Co-Founder Michael Dubin No Longer Believes in DTC

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Description: Dubin says the startup world has changed since he launched his men’s grooming brand 10 years ago. Here’s his advice for today’s founders. Source: INC.com Date: Mar 31, 2021 Link: https://www.inc.com/cameron-albert-deitch/michael-dubin-dollar-shave-club-lessons-ecommerce.html?utm_source=incthismorning Questions for discussion: Why does Michael Dubin no longer believe in the DTC model that made him a success? What else does he… Read more »

Coursera begins trading at $39 per share, stock pops 18%

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Description: Shares of education tech company Coursera opened at $39 apiece in its market debut Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Mar 31, 2021 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/03/31/coursera-ipo-cour-begins-trading-on-the-nyse.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail Questions for discussion: Describe the Coursera business model. Who are the target customers? What are the limits to growth? How should HR managers approach… Read more »

‘Intel is back:’ New CEO’s plan to make chips for other companies excites investors

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Description: In his first extended public remarks since becoming Intel CEO, Pat Gelsinger offered an underlying message: Intel, the American chipmaking giant, is getting its swagger back. ?Source: CNBC.com Date: Mar 23, 2021 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/03/23/intel-makes-foundry-strategy-shift-under-new-ceo-pat-gelsinger-.html Questions for discussion: Explain why the stock price jumped? What does this announcement say about the new management at the firm and… Read more »

America’s richest have found some clever ways to hide their wealth from the IRS

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Description: More than 20% of the wealthiest Americans’ income isn’t being reported to the Internal Revenue Service, according to a new study that calculates U.S. tax evasion is far higher than previously estimated. ?Source: Yahoo.Finance.com Date: Mar 23, 2021 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/america-richest-found-clever-ways-093851786.html Questions for discussion: What does report suggest about taxation and collection fairness? How do… Read more »