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Description: Vaping-related lung illnesses have been on the rise, and investigations are underway by federal and state health departments.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Sep 20, 2019

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/20/business/walmart-vaping-e-cigarette-sales.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Do you think Walmart’s decision is driven by ethics and social responsibility?
  • What else might explain the decision at this time?
  • Do you think it will trigger similar decisions by other retailers?

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Description: Several investors have been wary of incorporating environmental, social and governance standards into their strategies. However, two investors think increased attention to ESG will be the best way to improve returns.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Sep 19, 2019

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/09/19/theres-a-great-correlation-between-a-good-company-culture-and-profits-esg-investors-say.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail

Questions for discussion:

  • “Shareholders are important and will always be incredibly important, but their highest returns will come if a company is good in its management, if a company is sustainable and has good governance.” Do you agree with this sentiment?
  • Discuss the related arguments for and against.

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Description: As a dentist, Seunggun Lee was used to filling holes in people’s teeth. But when he spotted a gap in South Korea’s banking industry, it was too blatant to ignore.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Sep 20, 2019

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/09/20/toss-koreas-first-1-billion-fintech-unicorn-inspired-by-8-failures.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail

Questions for discussion:

  • What entrepreneurial characteristics does Seunggun Lee demonstrate?
  • What sort of entrepreneur would you say he is?

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Description: Over the weekend, exposed oil fields and processing facilities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia were bombed by drones. Suddenly, almost 6 million barrels-a-day of the world’s oil supply was taken offline. We haven’t seen this scale of disruption in 40 years, not since the Arab Oil Embargo and the Iran-Iraq war. What can we learn from four decades ago?

Source: FinancialPost.com – video report

Date: Sep 20, 2019

Link: https://business.financialpost.com/commodities/energy/peter-tertzakian-want-a-real-world-energy-transition-start-a-war?video_autoplay=true#comments-area

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the price history and consumer responses to price changes?
  • Given this history, what do you expect to happen in the energy industry over the next ten years?

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Description: Facebook Dating launched in the US last week, giving users ages 18 and older access to typical dating app features like specialized profiles and matchmaking algorithms. Though the dating app space is crowded, Facebook has an opportunity to set itself apart by simplifying what’s arguably the most vexing aspect of online dating: setting up a profile.

Source: eMarketer.com

Date: Sep 12, 2019

Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/how-will-the-us-rollout-of-facebook-dating-disrupt-the-dating-app-landscape?ecid=NL1001

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the key items known about consumer behavior in this environment.
  • What advantage does Facebook have over competitors?

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Description: Why would Ren give his company’s most valuable IP—source code, hardware design, production technology, testing methods, the whole ball of wax—to an American company, in effect creating a new competitor? Well, first of all, because he’s correctly come to the conclusion that U.S. concerns over the security of the Huawei ecosystem are not going away. Those concerns did not begin with Trump, and they will not end with him.

Source: Forbes.com

Date: Sep 20, 2019

Link: https://fortune.com/2019/09/20/huawei-5g-intellectual-property-offer-ceo-daily/

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the situation facing the firm and the global industry.
  • What do you think of the offer?
  • Do you think it could happen and if so, which American firm would fit best?

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Description: Sean Lupton-Smith’s Electric Bike Company wants to bring affordable and efficient transportation to the masses.

Source: Entrepreneur.com – video report

Date: Sep 12, 2019

Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/339057

Questions for discussion:

  • How is this product concept different from competition?
  • Why has this start-up succeeded?
  • What obstacles were overcome?
  • Are there any great barriers to enter this business?

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Description: Apple puts a lot of work into explaining the new iPhone 11 in as few words as possible.

Source: INC.com

Date: Sep 12, 2019

Link: https://www.inc.com/carmine-gallo/tim-cook-used-a-specific-communication-strategy-in-apples-iphone-keynote-heres-why-every-public-speaker-should-too.html?cid=hmside2

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize what the report says about how best to communicate.
  • Do you think it makes sense? Explain.

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Description: Advancements in machine translation technology are helping consumers, gamers and small businesses

Source: MarketWatch.com

Date: Sep 12, 2019

Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/translation-technology-promises-to-break-down-the-language-barriers-of-international-commerce-2019-09-12?mod=mw_theo_homepage

Questions for discussion:

  • Why is this technology so significant for businesses all around the world?
  • What are the concerns management should be wary of?

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Description: Roots Corp. shares slipped more than 15 per cent after the chief executive said lacklustre foot traffic and a challenging move to a new distribution centre weighed on its most recent quarterly results that missed expectations.

Source: BNNBloomberg.ca – video report

Date: Sep 12, 2019

Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/roots-tumbles-as-retailer-misses-q2-estimates-amid-challenging-foot-traffic-1.1314413

Questions for discussion:

  • Why is the firm having trouble establishing its brand?
  • What would you recommend?