Now that Teck Frontier is dead, is there a future for Canada’s oilsands?

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Description: A lot of companies are saying, ‘Why bother with Canada? We’re going elsewhere,’ analyst says Source: CBC.ca Date: Feb 26, 2020 Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/tasker-teck-frontier-future-oilsands-1.5475658 Questions for discussion: Explain the reasons for the collapse of the Teck Frontier project? How will this decision affect other businesses in Canada? What do you think Canada should do with… Read more »

A Texas Border Town’s Booming Trade in Great Tacos

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Description: Brownsville has its troubles, but it’s also starting to draw attention for its thriving collection of distinctive taquerias. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Feb 25, 2020 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/25/dining/tacos-brownsville-texas.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage Questions for discussion: How has Brownsville responded to the economic challenges it is facing? What else could this community capitalize on because of its location, culture and history?

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 »

‘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?

‘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 »

The Woman Rising From Goldman Trader to Its Face on Wall Street

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Description: One after the other as the morning wore on, Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s most senior leaders — all men — took turns on stage describing their plan to restore its dimmed star. Much of it rests on a woman who’s being groomed to join them. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Feb 13, 2020 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/amp/news/articles/2020-02-13/the-woman-rising-from-goldman-trader-to-its-face-on-wall-street Questions for… Read more »

How to eat less meat without driving yourself nuts — and 3 good reasons to try it

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Description: These people are eating less meat to help the planet, and so can you Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Feb 06, 2020 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/how-to-eat-less-meat-without-driving-yourself-nuts-and-3-good-reasons-to-try-it-2020-02-06?mod=home-page Questions for discussion: What does the article say about changing attitudes towards meat consumption and the reasons? What does this mean longer term for related businesses if this trend continues to build… Read more »