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Description: Creativity counts. And it may help you more than many skills succeed in today’s job market — at least according to career site LinkedIn, which examined data from its users, as well as more than 20 million job postings, to create its list of the most in-demand jobs skills for 2020.

Source: MarketWatch.com

Date: Jan 11, 2020

Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-no-1-soft-skill-you-need-to-compete-in-todays-job-market-2020-01-10?mod=home-page

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say are the top soft skills you should have?
  • Do a self-appraisal of these skills and rate yourself on each one?
  • What can you do to develop these skills?

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Description: (Bloomberg Opinion) — Give Macy’s Inc. a polite clap, and no more, for kicking off the retail holiday reporting season in reasonable style.

Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report

Date: Jan 08, 2020

Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/macys-still-lot-162846707.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the short-term strategic options for Macy’s management?
  • What are some longer-term ideas that could revitalize the retailer?

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Description: Kevin Carmichael: Concerns the Canadian economy is in trouble are based on a set of data blind to much of the wealth being generated in the digital realm

Source: FinancialPost.com – video report

Date: Jan 10, 2020

Link: https://business.financialpost.com/news/economy/oil-remains-a-pillar-of-canadas-economy-but-its-the-digital-economy-thats-driving-growth?video_autoplay=true

Questions for discussion:

  • Why is there difficulty measuring GDP and business activity?
  • Which indicators should be more useful?
  • How is Canada’s economy doing at the moment?

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Description: The high-tech industry is as cyclical as any commodity

Source: Economist.com

Date: Jan 11, 2020

Link: https://www.economist.com/business/2020/01/11/a-revival-is-under-way-in-the-chip-business?cid1=cust/ednew/n/bl/n/2020/01/9n/owned/n/n/nwl/n/n/NA/375381/n

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the key points made about the industry in the report.
  • What does the report suggest about the near future for the industry?

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Description: When Seattle began raising its minimum wage five years ago, local burger joint Dick’s Drive-In experienced an unintended effect.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Jan 02, 2020

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/02/seattle-passed-a-15-minimum-wage-law-in-2014-heres-how-its-turned-out-so-far.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize what the report says about how businesses and employees responded to the changes.
  • How would you evaluate the results?

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Description: Once associated with poor quality and foreigners too lazy for subtitles, the art form is having a comeback.

Source: Economist.com

Date: Jan 02, 2020

Link: https://www.economist.com/christmas-specials/2019/12/21/dubbing-is-coming-to-a-small-screen-near-you?cid1=cust/dailypicks1/n/bl/n/2020012n/owned/n/n/dailypicks1/n/n/NA/371345/n

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report suggest is happening in the industry?
  • How is this an example of globalization?

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Description: With a new gig as one of NBC’s late-night talk show hosts, the comedian and content creator is ready to tackle traditional media.

Source: Entrepreneur.com

Date: Dec 28, 2019

Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/328067?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email

Questions for discussion:

  • Describe how Lilly Singh built her business?
  • What do you think of her new ventures?
  • What else do you think she should or could consider that would fit her brand?

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Description: More than a year ago, Canada made recreational cannabis legal. So why are people still buying it on the black market?

Source: BBC.com

Date: Dec 29, 2019

Link: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-50664578

Questions for discussion:

  • What happened to the cannabis industry in Canada, according to the report?
  • How do you think it will develop over the next few years?

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Description: What a difference a decade can make. In 2010, batteries powered our phones and computers. By the end of the decade, they are starting to power our cars and houses too.

Source:CNBC.com – video report

Date: Dec 30, 2019

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/12/30/battery-developments-in-the-last-decade-created-a-seismic-shift-that-will-play-out-in-the-next-10-years.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail

Questions for discussion:

  • How is battery technology disrupting industries and changing many of the products we buy?
  • How should businesses and consumers be expected to react as more technological improvements are introduced?

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #703 – Host: Mitch Joel. He’s an old friend and someone who has experienced a tremendous amount of success in the technology and startup world. While many know his name… most do not. Let’s change that. Brett Hurt is the CEO and co-founder of data.world (of which I am an advisor), a Public Benefit Corporation focused on building the modern catalog for data and analysis as well as the world’s largest collaborative public data catalog. data.world helps you tap into more of your company’s collective brainpower—everyone from data scientists to nontechnical experts—so you can achieve anything with data, faster. Brett is also the co-owner of Hurt Family Investments (HFI), alongside his wife, Debra. HFI are involved in 72 startups and counting, mostly based in Austin. HFI are also invested in 21 VC funds and multiple philanthropic endeavors. Brett founded and led Bazaarvoice as CEO from 2005-2012, through its IPO (it hit over one billion dollars), follow-on offering, and two acquisitions (PowerReviews and Longboard Media). Prior to Bazaarvoice, Brett founded and led Coremetrics, which was rated the #1 Web analytics solution by Forrester Research and, like Bazaarvoice, expanded into a global company and category leader. Coremetrics was acquired by IBM in 2010 for around $300m. A three time winner in the startup and entrepreneurship world, Brett is also the author of the freely available, The Entrepreneur’s Essentials. Enjoy the conversation…

Source: SixPixels.com – podcast

Date: Dec 28, 2019

Link: https://www.sixpixels.com/podcast/archives/spos-703-brett-hurt-on-entrepreneurship-and-starting-up/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SixPixelsOfSeparation+%28Six+Pixels+of+Separation+-+Mitch+Joel%29

Questions for discussion:

  • What does Brett Hurt have to say to managers, investors and entrepreneurs?
  • What do you think about his attitude toward business?