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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?

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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 jaw-dropping bull run over the past 12 months, rising by 52%.

Source: Economist.com

Date: Feb 22, 2020

Link: https://www.economist.com/leaders/2020/02/20/how-to-make-sense-of-the-latest-tech-surge

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article say should be a concern to consumers, management and investors in technology firms?
  • Do you believe this concern is warranted?
  • How do you see this industry evolving over the next decade?

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Description: More than a month and a half into the outbreak of a new coronavirus in China, the country’s economy is still largely in lockdown mode, stalling a global manufacturing powerhouse at the heart of nearly every industrial supply chain. As the crisis continues, businesses big and small are struggling with the disruption the pneumonia-like illness has caused, with effects reaching across the globe.

Source: NPR.org

Date: Feb 19, 2020

Link: https://www.npr.org/2020/02/19/806960651/the-wide-ranging-ways-in-which-the-coronavirus-is-hurting-global-business

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about how the virus is affecting the global economy?
  • How does this crisis affect global supply chains and business profitability?

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Description: Kids and teens hold a lot of spending power that’s extending into households

Source: eMarketer.com

Date: Feb 20, 2020

Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/is-youtube-turning-kids-into-budding-shoppers

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article say about how YouTube is influencing kids’ purchasing behavior?
  • Should this be a social concern?

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Description: A new report suggests a five-part model for second-stage companies to consider if they want stable, long-term success.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Feb 20, 2020

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/20/business/second-stage-entrepreneurship.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the research say about growing a company after the start-up stage?
  • How can management better prepare for this challenge?

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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 struggling?
  • Do you think the stock presents a good opportunity for investors at this time?

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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 Disney?
  • Would you prefer to be an investor in Roku or Disney?

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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?

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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?

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Description: Co-founder Alexandra Waldman talks size inclusivity and the power of showrooms

Source: eMarketer.com

Date: Feb 13, 2020

Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/how-universal-standard-is-disrupting-the-multibillion-dollar-fashion-industry?ecid=NL1001

Questions for discussion:

  • How is the firm different from traditional fashion distributors?
  • What lessons are there here for traditional fashion dealers?