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Description: PG&E’s stock has lost more than half its value this week as shareholders flee the utility amid concerns that its equipment may be partly responsible for the most destructive wildfire in California’s history.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Nov 13, 2018

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/15/pge-has-lost-half-its-value-as-shareholders-fear-its-role-in-ca-fire.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Why has the company stock value fallen?
  • What does this scenario suggest to investors and rate payers?
  • How can management mitigate the damage done to the company reputation?

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Description:  Walmart reported 43% e-commerce growth and U.S. same-store sales growth of 3.4% in the third quarter

Source: MarketWatch.com

Date: Nov 15, 2018

Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/walmarts-focus-on-lower-prices-e-commerce-pays-off-as-costs-rise-and-tariffs-loom-2018-11-15

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize and interpret the reported financial results at Walmart.
  • What explains these results?
  • How should investors treat this information?

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Description: In this series, Instagram Icon, Entrepreneur speaks with the individuals behind popular Instagram accounts to find out the secrets of their success.

Source: Entrepreneur.com

Date: Nov 14, 2018

Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/323282?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the key lessons learned from this interview.
  • Create a sketch of another idea that you think could match this design.

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Description: With the launch of a way for people to connect with each other in mentoring relationships, and to look for jobs, Facebook  has over the last year or so slowly been encroaching on LinkedIn’s  territory as the go-to platform for people who want to leverage their networks of contacts to expand their career prospects.

Source: TechCrunch.com

Date: Nov13, 2018

Link: https://techcrunch.com/2018/11/13/facebook-learning-mentorships-jobs/?yptr=yahoo

Questions for discussion:

  • Do you think this concept is a good field for Facebook growth?
  • What advantages does Facebook have as a competitor?

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Description: Alphabet is working to organize its many health projects.

Source: Engadget.com

Date: Nov 13, 2018

Link: https://www.engadget.com/2018/11/13/google-takes-over-deepmind-health/?yptr=yahoo

Questions for discussion:

  • Do you think these acquisitions are appropriate areas for future growth for Google?
  • What does Google offer these firms that drives these deals?

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Description: With five NBA Championships, an Olympic gold medal and various MVP awards to his name, Earvin “Magic” Johnson will go down as one of the greatest basketball players of all time. But the former Laker may be remembered for his business skills as well as his signature hook shot.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Nov 9, 2018

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/09/how-magic-johnson-got-starbucks-ceo-howard-schultz-to-partner-with-him.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article say about the vision and broader business goals expressed by Johnson?
  • How is he affecting business development and attitudes amongst wealthy investors?

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Description:  “If companies really want to help employees gain new skills, there has to be a basic understanding of what learning is really all about.”

Source: FastCompany.com

Date: Nov 09, 2018

Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90261437/these-4-myths-about-the-skills-gap-will-hold-your-company-back?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=2&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=11092018

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about approaches to learning and training?
  • Why do you think businesses approach training employees as they do?
  • What should learners do, given the opportunities available through technologies?

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Description: Mobile devices are the next wave of marketing. By keeping a few critical issues in mind, you can enhance your brand and open up an important revenue channel.

Source: Entrepreneur.com

Date: Nov 06, 2018

Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/322350?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email

Questions for discussion:

  • Describe the key recommendation in this article.
  • Create an example for a consumer products firm of your choosing.

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Description: This is how everyone ended up using resumes to get a job, and whether they’ll ever die out.

Source: FastCompany.com

Date: Nov 9, 2018

Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90261298/the-600-year-old-history-of-the-resume-and-its-uncertain-future

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the limitations to the traditional resume, according to the article?
  • How can technology and AI, in particular, help HR managers deal with these limitations?

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Description: Concept cars have been a staple of the automotive landscape for decades. Manufacturers use them to pique consumers’ interest, but also to showcase new technology and features they hope to unveil in later production cars.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Nov 08, 2018

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/08/8-concept-cars-shaping-the-technology-dominated-drive-of-the-future.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What do these concept cars say about the future for these consumer products and transportation in general?
  • Why would providing a bed in which to sleep be in keeping with the future?