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Description: With just over $18 billion to his name, capitalism has been good to Ray Dalio: He started his hedge fund, Bridgewater Associates, out of a two-bedroom New York City apartment in 1975 and it now manages $160 billion in assets and is the largest hedge fund in the world, according to Forbes.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Jan 16, 2019

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/16/bridgewaters-ray-dalio-capitalism-is-not-working-for-most-people.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article say is failing in capitalism?
  • How does this compare to textbook discussion about different economic systems?
  • How can the limitations of capitalism be corrected, in your opinion?

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Description: Critics say patients are often misled by ads that advocate high-priced drugs, unapproved stem cell treatments or genetic tests.

Source: NBC.com

Date: Jan 08, 2019

Link: https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/health-care-industry-spends-30-billion-year-marketing-n956251

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the criticisms leveled at the health care industry in this report?
  • Do you agree with the assessments?
  • How should the industry, governments, and the consumer deal with the issues raised?

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Description:  The scrutiny of Facebook’s collection and use of consumer data in recent years has prompted the tech giant to repeatedly defend its efforts around transparency and privacy.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Jan 16, 2019

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/16/business/media/facebook-advertising-transparency-users.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the highlights in this report.
  • What do you think is motivating FB to publicize this way?
  • Do you think this knowledge would change how FB is used?

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Description:  A new category of wearable emerges

Source: eMarketer.com

Date: Jan 09, 2019

Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/hey-siri-what-are-hearables?ecid=NL1009

Questions for discussion:

  • Why is the development of hearable technology a game changer for the industry?
  • What sorts of devices and applications can you image in the future?

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Description: These startups are capitalizing on consumer anxiety about climate change to market reusable straws, food wrap, and storage bags. Can they compete with plastic industry giants?

Source: FastCompany.com

Date: Jan 16, 2019

Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90290048/inside-the-3-billion-race-to-kill-plastic

Questions for discussion:

  • How are startups challenging the giant consumer products companies in this arena?
  • Why is this a particularly good environment for startups to enter?
  • What would you advise management of all companies as the transition to more ecological products continues to expand?

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Description:  In its 47-year history, Starbucks has transformed from a single coffee bean store in Seattle to a 30,000 cafe international coffee power house. But massive expansion hasn’t come without growing pains.

How Starbucks went from one coffee bean store to an $80B business from CNBC.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Jan 07, 2019

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2019/01/07/starbucks-coffee-business-empire.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the highlights in this report.
  • How has good management contributed to the company’s success?

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Description: The U.S. and China are unlikely to reach a full deal at the end of their 90-day ceasefire on tit-for-tat tariffs, but a sustained decline in markets will push President Donald Trump to close a deal, an expert told CNBC on Monday.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Jan 07, 2019

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/07/us-china-trade-talks-trump-will-be-push-to-make-a-trade-deal-with-china-should-markets-continue-to-tank.html

Questions for discussion:

  • How do tariffs affect American businesses?
  • Why is there strong pressure to solve the dispute with China?

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Description: Want to come up with a world-changing business idea? First step, think locally. What exactly does your community need?

Source: Entrepreneur.com

Date: Jan 09, 2019

Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/325922?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email

Questions for discussion:

  • What does this article suggest to entrepreneurs looking for business development ideas?
  • Do you think the ideas are simplistic?
  • What others suggestions would offer?

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Description:  Most people think of gamers as Xbox-obsessed teenagers, but it turns out that mobile is by far the more popular place to play

Source: eMarketer.com

Date: Jan 10, 2019

Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/mobile-gaming-poised-for-significant-growth-in-2019?ecid=NL1001

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about the future of mobile gaming?
  • What are the opportunities available to developers for monetizing this growth?

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Description: Innovation is a big word. It’s a tough word and many businesses claim to be doing it… but few can demonstrate it (well).

Source: SixPixels.com – podcast

Date: Jan 01, 2019

Link: https://www.sixpixels.com/articles/archives/big-innovation-with-tendayi-viki-this-weeks-six-pixels-of-separation-podcast/

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the interview teach you about innovation and development?
  • What is your general impression of the ideas put forward?