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Description: The town is mad about the studio’s decision to put movies on HBO Max and in theaters at the same time. But with a telecom giant running an entertainment company, things were bound to get weird.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Dec 08, 2020

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/08/business/media/hbo-max-subscribers-att-box-office-losses.html

Questions for discussion:

  • How is the traditional distribution model changing?
  • What is the significance of using one business to boost another?
  • Where do you expect theatrical releases to rank in say, 10 years from now?

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Description: In its IPO filing, the online gaming platform said its 36 million users spent almost $700 million in the first nine months of 2020 –with a sliver of gamers-turned-gamemakers taking home big paydays as a result.

Source: INC.com

Date: Dec 07, 2020

Link: https://www.inc.com/burt-helm/roblox-ipo-startup-ecosystem-vehicle-simulator.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Describe the Roblox business model and how it includes developers.
  • How is this model similar to Amazon publishing or other music and art sharing sites?
  • What sort of entrepreneur would be attracted to this model that works within a larger infrastructure like Roblox?

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Description: Tom Brady’s sports performance and nutrition company received a Paycheck Protection Program loan of $960,855 from the federal government, according to data released by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Dec 05, 2020

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/12/05/tom-bradys-company-tb12-received-more-than-960000-ppp-loan.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail

Questions for discussion:

  • Is it unethical for this firm to tap into this fund?
  • Do you think there will be any backlash?
  • How should the firm deal with this public relations issue?

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Description: Meghan Roach, president and CEO of Roots, joins BNN Bloomberg to discuss the company’s latest quarter, which saw a 40 per cent surge year-over-year in its e-commerce sales. She says that they were able to shift to relying heavily on the e-commerce part of the business pretty seamlessly when COVID-19 hit. She also says that the company is well-positioned to get through the pandemic.

Source: BNNBloomberg.com – video report

Date: Dec 10, 2020

Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/company-news/video/we-re-well-positioned-to-get-through-the-pandemic-roots-ceo%7E2097028

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the highlights presented in the report.
  • Why has Roots managed as well as it has this past year?
  • Would you be an investor today?

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Description: Facebook Inc. will soon be hit by federal and state antitrust lawsuits accusing the social media giant of abusing its dominance and thwarting competition, according to three people familiar with the matter.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: Dec 07, 2020

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-12-07/u-s-states-poised-to-sue-facebook-for-monopoly-abuse?srnd=markets-vp

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about why FB is a target of anti-trust action?
  • Do you think the actions are justified?
  • What has FB done to block competition?
  • How would action against FB affect its growth potential?
  • How can FB mitigate the anti-trust actions being taken against it?

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Description: DETROIT – About 150 General Motors dealers have accepted buyouts and will stop selling Cadillacs as the Detroit automaker pivots the luxury brand to lead its all-electric vehicle efforts, a person familiar with the details confirmed to CNBC.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Dec 05, 2020

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/12/04/about-150-cadillac-dealers-take-gm-buyouts-rather-than-invest-in-evs.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail

Questions for discussion:

  • Explain why some dealerships might decide to accept the GM buyout offer.
  • What does this mean for future management and marketing of GM vehicles?
  • Is this development “good” for GM and investors?

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Description: Amazon said Tuesday that this year’s holiday shopping season has been the biggest in its history, as the coronavirus pandemic forced more people than ever to do their shopping online.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Dec 01, 2020

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/12/01/amazon-announces-black-friday-cyber-monday-2020-results.html?&qsearchterm=amazon

Questions for discussion:

  • How well is Amazon doing these days?
  • What explains this performance?
  • Do you think this trend is sustainable?
  • What can Amazon Management do to help maintain growth?

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Description: The government is encouraging more factories, but C.E.O.s say labor costs in the country remain high.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Nov 27, 2020

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/30/business/france-globalization-jobs.html?login=email&auth=login-email

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article say is at the center of international competition?
  • Can businesses succeed without government intervention?
  • Should governments intervene to try to help businesses?

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Description: If the pharmaceutical company is successful, we would be facing something greater than immunity to the coronavirus: the possibility of programming cells at will.

Source: Entrepreneur.com

Date: Nov 25, 2020

Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/360574

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the research say about the sophistication of pharmaceutical research and development?
  • Do you think this article suggests the likelihood of more collaboration between firms?

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Description: BlackBerry Ltd. surged the most since 2015 after the company signed a multiyear agreement with Amazon Web Services to develop and market its “Intelligent Vehicle Data Platform,” called IVY.

Source: BNNBloomberg.com – video report

Date: Dec 02, 2020

Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/blackberry-surges-most-ever-on-amazon-auto-collaboration-1.1530116

Questions for discussion:

  • Explain the explosive jump in share value?
  • How does this deal with Amazon affect the long-term growth of BlackBerry?
  • Would you advise investors to participate in this sector?