SPOS #792 – Juliet Funt On Beating Busyness

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #792 – Host: Mitch Joel. She’s known as a “tough-love” advisor to Fortune 500 companies. Juliet Funt is a keynote speaker and Founder of the efficiency training firm, Juliet Funt Group. Juliet is also the author of the newly-published book, A Minute to Think – Reclaim Creativity, Conquer Busyness, And Do… Read more »

Here’s how inflation is hitting the online prices of everything from apparel to furniture

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Description: Prices of goods online have now risen for an unprecedented 15 consecutive months, following what was a historical period of declines, according to a new report from Adobe Digital Insights. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Sep 15, 2021 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/09/15/how-inflation-is-hitting-online-prices-of-apparel-to-furniture.html Questions for discussion: How would you explain the distribution of price changes by… Read more »

Broadway is back — are high ticket prices, too?

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Description: Even after an 18-month pause, the show must go on. Several Broadway productions are reopening this month, a crucial step in New York City’s road to recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. On Tuesday, the Great White Way welcomed back such fixtures as “Hamilton,” “The Lion King,” “Wicked” and “Chicago.” Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Sep 15,… Read more »

Tech giants are rushing to develop their own chips – here’s why

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Description: Not content with relying on standard chips that are in high demand, some of the world’s biggest tech firms are developing their own semiconductors. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Sep 06, 2021 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/09/06/why-tesla-apple-google-and-facebook-are-designing-their-own-chips.html Questions for discussion: Why are tech companies interested in developing this area of the business? What are the advantages… Read more »

How Amazon’s cloud business generates billions in profit

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Description: Every year since at least 2014, more than half of Amazon’s operating profit has come from the online retailer’s cloud division, Amazon Web Services, which provides online services and tools that software developers can stitch together to run websites and applications. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Sep 05, 2021 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/09/05/how-amazon-web-services-makes-money-estimated-margins-by-service.html Questions for discussion: Are… Read more »

Why Elizabeth Holmes, Theranos saga has cast a ‘long shadow’ on female-led startups

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Description: The trial of Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes officially begins next week — and there’s more at stake than the fate of a disgraced biotech entrepreneur, and a company that’s now become synonymous with fraud. Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report Date: Sep 02, 2021 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/why-theranos-elizabeth-holmes-has-cast-a-long-shadow-on-female-led-startups-145754793.html Questions for discussion: According to the article, what were the consequences… Read more »

Populists are threatening Europe’s independent public broadcasters

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Description: If you can’t take them over, defund them Source: Economist.com Date: Apr 6, 2021 Link: https://www.economist.com/europe/2021/04/06/populists-are-threatening-europes-independent-public-broadcasters?utm_campaign=the-economist-today&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_source=salesforce-marketing-cloud&utm_term=2021-04-06&utm_content=article-image-2&etear=nl_today_2 Questions for discussion: What are the challenges facing these broadcasters and their management? What advice would you suggest to governments and the public? What would public defunding by governments do to the situation?

Job Training That’s Free Until You’re Hired Is a Blueprint for Biden

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Description: Social Finance, a nonprofit, is spreading a model in which training programs get paid if students get hired, not just if they enroll. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Apr 07, 2021 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/07/business/job-training-thats-free-until-youre-hired-is-a-blueprint-for-biden.html Questions for discussion: What do you think of this nonprofit business model and Social Finance, in particular? Is this a replacement for traditional… Read more »

Meet the 7-year-old who asked Old Navy to put pockets in girls’ jeans

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Description: Learning to write persuasive letters in first grade, 7-year-old Kamryn Gardner wrote to Old Navy, asking them to put real pockets in girls’ jeans – and the retailer responded by sending her jeans with pockets! Joining TODAY live with her parents, Kamryn says “I was very excited … I thought it was a birthday… Read more »

New funding platform tries to bring down barriers for women entrepreneurs and investors

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Description: Pilot project gives more people a chance to invest in new startups, increasing access to early-stage capital for women-led businesses ​Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Mar 10, 2021 Link: https://financialpost.com/entrepreneur/small-business/new-funding-platform-tries-to-bring-down-barriers-for-women-entrepreneurs-and-investors Questions for discussion: What are the managerial issues related to this form of financing services? Do you think that all parties are well served by this… Read more »