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Description: Amazon.com Inc. unveiled its vision for smart homes powered by the Alexa voice assistant, with a dizzying array of new gadgets and features for almost every room in the house — from a microwave oven to a security camera and wall clock.

Source: Bloomberg.com – video report

Date: Sep 21, 2018

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2018-09-21/amazon-s-alexa-leads-competitors-in-connected-home-tech-feinseth-says-video

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about how Amazon is developing its relationship with consumers through devices?
  • How can the database built from these devices be monetized?
  • How do you think consumers will respond to these devices and issues related to privacy?

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Description: Gap, Inc.–the $15.9 billion parent company of Old Navy, Banana Republic, Athleta, and Gap–is betting that athleisure isn’t just a passing trend.

Source: FastCompany.com

Date: Sep 20, 2018

Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90238533/gap-inc-unveils-its-first-new-brand-in-more-than-a-decade?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=1&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=09202018

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the key strategic points management is adopting for this product line.
  • Are independent retail stores necessary for success?
  • Do you think the overall strategy will succeed?

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Description: France’s education ministry hopes that its smartphone ban, which took effect at the beginning of September and applies to students from first through ninth grades, will get schoolchildren to pay more attention in class and interact more, and several studies suggest such correlations.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Sep 20, 2018

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/20/world/europe/france-smartphones-schools.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Ftechnology&action=click&contentCollection=technology&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront

Questions for discussion:

  • Does this development suggest any attitudinal or social change taking place with respect to smartphones?
  • What does this mean for the businesses involved?

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Description: At eMarketer’s “How Amazon Is Changing … Everything” invite-only breakfast yesterday, eMarketer co-founder Geoff Ramsey and a panel of our analysts explained how brands and companies can work with the ecommerce giant. Here are some key takeaways:

Source: eMarketer.com

Date: Sep 21, 2018

Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/these-are-the-top-three-things-marketer-s-should-know-about-amazon?ecid=NL1001

Questions for discussion:

  • What is the TV industry strategy Amazon is planning?
  • What competitive advantage does Amazon have?

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Description: Case Foundation CEO Jean Case’s new book profiles leaders who have used their desire to solve a problem to drown out their fear of risk or failure.

Source: FastCompany.com

Date: Sep 20, 2018

Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90239282/want-to-change-the-world-here-are-five-steps-to-take?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=2&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=09202018

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the key messages about leadership for managers to take-away?
  • Do you agree with this assessment?

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Description: The fast food industry thrives in most of the world. Chains like McDonald’s and Burger King typically come out on top in the $651 billion fast food industry. In Vietnam, however, the brands have failed to take off. McDonald’s and Burger King have more than 36,000 and 16,000 locations across the globe, respectively. But in Vietnam, McDonald’s has 17 stores and Burger King has 13. In Vietnam, a country spoiled for choice when it comes to food, some U.S. fast food chains are struggling to compete with the local competition.

Why McDonald’s and Burger King are failing in Vietnam from CNBC.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Sep 13, 2018

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2018/08/28/mcdonalds-burger-king-vietnam-fast-food.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Why are fast food restaurants like McDonald’s and Burger King having such a hard time growing in Viet Nam?
  • What strategies would you recommend to management in order to improve growth and adoption by consumers?

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Description: From January-July 2018, Adjust analyzed 8 billion app installs worldwide and found that on average, apps get deleted in 5.8 days after they’re downloaded. Entertainment apps get uninstalled the quickest and lasted less than one day on average before they were removed.

Source: eMarketer.com

Date: Sep 13, 2018

Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/most-apps-get-deleted-within-a-week

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about how long users keep apps on their devices?
  • What are the reasons offerred?
  • Why else do you think users might delete an app?
  • What is the message for app developers?

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Description: Americans have been on a quest to get the most out of every working minute since the nation’s founding, often at the detriment of the people doing the work.

Source: FastCompany.com

Date: Sep 12, 2018

Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90230330/how-our-obsession-with-productivity-evolved?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=2&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=09122018

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article say about our perception and understanding of productivity?
  • Why do you suppose we behave this way?

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #635 – Host: Mitch Joel. I’ve been following the work of Tim Grahl for many years. If you’ve written a business book, and then had to do the hard work of marketing and selling it, Tim is the person to know.

Source: SixPixels.com

Date: Sep 09, 2018

Link: https://www.sixpixels.com/podcast/archives/spos-635-running-down-a-dream-with-tim-grahl/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SixPixelsOfSeparation+%28Six+Pixels+of+Separation+-+Mitch+Joel%29

Questions for discussion:

  • What did you learn about entrepreneurialism and Tim Grahl.
  • Which single item stood out to you in this podcast?

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Description: That paycheck will never be big enough if it’s the only reason you’re going to work.

Source: Entrepreneur.com

Date: Sep 13, 2018

Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/319970?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email

Questions for discussion:

  • Do you agree with this list and the ranking?
  • Is there anything else missing, in your opinion?
  • Which item resonates most with you?
  • How does starting a business satisfy these items?