JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon takes on socialism, says it will lead to an ‘eroding society’

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Description: Socialism has failed where it’s been tried and ultimately leads to an “eroding society,” J.P. Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon said Wednesday. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Jan 22, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/22/jp-morgan-ceo-jamie-dimon-takes-on-socialism-says-it-will-lead-to-an-eroding-society.html?recirc=taboolainternal Questions for discussion: What does Jamie Dimon have to say about socialism and government involvement in the economy? What do you think about… Read more »

Debut of GM’s Cruise Origin shows the future of ride-hailing, autonomous vehicles is a box

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Description: The future of the auto industry isn’t horsepower or style when it comes to autonomous vehicles and ride-hailing services. It’s a box. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Jan 23, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/23/debut-of-gms-cruise-origin-shows-the-future-of-ride-hailing-autonomous-vehicles-is-a-box.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the projected future for this industry, as described in the report. Create a more detailed business plan… Read more »

How companies like Google and IBM plan to profit from quantum computing

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Description: How companies like Google and IBM plan to profit from quantum computing Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Jan 23, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2020/01/17/how-quantum-computing-works-google-ibm-dwave-amazon.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the key ideas and issues facing the firms involved in the quantum computing environment. What are some of the applications and opportunities, according to the report?

Supreme Court dismisses B.C. case against Trans Mountain pipeline

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Description: Outcome resolves one of the last court challenges to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project Source: FinancialPost.com – video report Date: Jan 16, 2020 Link: https://business.financialpost.com/commodities/energy/supreme-court-dismisses-b-c-s-appeal-in-trans-mountain-pipeline-case Questions for discussion: Why is this decision so critical to this and other resource-based projects? How will this decision affect business and investment in the industry?

How American Apparel came back from the brink of death

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Description: How American Apparel came back from the brink of death Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Jan 16, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2020/01/16/american-apparel-has-a-new-online-retail-store-following-bankruptcy.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the history of the firm focusing on the key issues that affected its rise and fall? Do you think the firm can rise again? What would you advise management?

Lululemon used to be a niche player, now some think it could be the next Nike

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Description: For six years, between 2011 and 2017, Lululemon Athletica Inc.’s stock looked as if it was tapped out. The yogawear company was already an incredible success for investors, who backed it from its US$14 IPO in 2007, but further growth was a concern. Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Jan 16, 2020 Link: https://business.financialpost.com/investing/lululemon-used-to-be-a-niche-player-now-some-think-it-could-be-the-next-nike Questions for discussion:… 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?

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 »

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 »