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Description: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Friday said the social media company is going to stand for principles it believes in whether or not people like it.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Jan 31, 2020

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/31/mark-zuckerberg-silicon-slopes-speech-honesty-will-piss-off-people.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the issues facing social media firms like Facebook?
  • What do you think about Facebook’s approach to dealing with these issues?
  • How do you think it will affect future development in the industry?

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Description: A Q2 2019 GlobalWebIndex survey found that nearly one in four internet users worldwide (24%) don’t understand new technology and fear being left behind, up from just 15% in Q2 2013.

Source: eMarketer.com

Date: Jan 23, 2020

Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/ces-2020-companies-step-up-to-combat-tech-angst?ecid=NL1001

Questions for discussion:

  • What did the research reveal about consumer attitudes towards technologies?
  • How should businesses deal with these issues?

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Description: A focus on innovation has helped boost Procter & Gamble’s performance in male grooming, an area that is increasingly competitive.

Source: MarketingWeek.com

Date: Jan 23, 2020

Link: https://www.marketingweek.com/procter-gamble-gillette-premium/

Questions for discussion:

  • How has P&G fought back in an increasingly competitive male grooming market?
  • How would you deal with the growing online retailers like Harry’s Razors?

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Description: Suncor Energy Inc. chief executive officer Mark Little said he’s pushing for a nationwide effort to support Western Canada’s oil producers to bolster the industry’s position within the global energy industry.

Source: BNNBloomberg.ca – video report

Date: Jan 31, 2020

Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/what-s-our-strategy-suncor-ceo-calls-for-canada-wide-energy-focus-first-nations-investment-1.1382309

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize Suncor’s strategic thinking, as presented in this report.
  • Do you think it is the right approach?
  • What does this mean for economic development?

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #707 – Host: Mitch Joel. Rishad Tobaccowala is a Senior Adviser to the Publicis Groupe, one of the world’s largest marketing, communications and advertising network with 80,000 employees. Most recently, Rishad served as its Chief Growth Officer and Chief Strategist, where he helped acquire and grow the business through brands like Sapient, Epsilon, Leo Burnett and so many others. Rishad’s key skill is getting people to see, think and feel differently about how to grow themselves, their teams and their company. He does this through distilling forty years of global learning and wisdom and communicating in a way that is provocative, pragmatic and inspirational. Most recently, Rishad (finally) published his first book, Restoring the Soul of Business – Staying Human in the Age of Data. If you have not followed his writing on his blog, Re-Inventing, you do not know what you’re missing. If you are trying to better understand brands, advertising, technology, and what trends will affect your business today (and tomorrow)? I consider Rishad one of the oracles. Enjoy the conversation…

Source: SixPixels.com – podcast

Date: Jan 26, 2020

Link: https://www.sixpixels.com/podcast/archives/spos-707-rishad-tobaccowala-on-restoring-the-soul-of-business/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SixPixelsOfSeparation+%28Six+Pixels+of+Separation+-+Mitch+Joel%29

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize what Rishad Tobaccowala has to say to managers.
  • What do you think about these ideas and advice?

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Description: It may not be apparent when you’re spending $70 on CBD foot cream, but hemp prices are plunging amid a “grossly oversupplied” market, according to the head of the industry’s first price provider.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: Jan 26, 2020

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-01-26/hemp-prices-plunge-as-cbd-demand-falls-short-cannabis-weekly?srnd=premium-canada

Questions for discussion:

  • Explain price movements in this commodity.
  • How can the industry deal with the growth in supply?
  • Is there a marketing solution?
  • How should investors deal with the current environment?

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Description: Afternoon of a Pawnbroker

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Jan 23, 2020

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/24/business/should-i-pawn-or-sell-jewelry-.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Explain how the business model works and why it can be so successful?
  • What are the risks to owners?

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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 his statements?
  • Do you think his position and income are factors influencing your thoughts about what he says?

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Description: eMarketer forecasting analyst Eric Haggstrom and vice president of content studio Paul Verna discuss Disney’s new streaming service and whether its success will last. They then talk about NBCUniversal’s Peacock video platform details, an augmented reality contact lens and why esports is coming to Imax.

Source: eMarketer.com – podcast

Date: Jan 23, 2020

Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/podcast-is-disneys-initial-success-sustainable?ecid=NL1001

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the highlights presented in the report?
  • Do you agree with the assessments and projections?
  • How should management of these firms plan to go forward?

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Description: Company responded to new competition from Apple TV Plus, Disney Plus with array buzzworthy content

Source: CBC.ca

Date: Jan 24, 2020

Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/netflix-canadian-subscribers-streaming-1.5435972

Questions for discussion:

  • Explain what is happening to streaming services in Canada and Netflix in particular?
  • Where do you see the industry headed?