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 »

Why Dollar Shave Club Co-Founder Michael Dubin No Longer Believes in DTC

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Description: Dubin says the startup world has changed since he launched his men’s grooming brand 10 years ago. Here’s his advice for today’s founders. Source: INC.com Date: Mar 31, 2021 Link: https://www.inc.com/cameron-albert-deitch/michael-dubin-dollar-shave-club-lessons-ecommerce.html?utm_source=incthismorning Questions for discussion: Why does Michael Dubin no longer believe in the DTC model that made him a success? What else does he… Read more »

Coursera begins trading at $39 per share, stock pops 18%

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Description: Shares of education tech company Coursera opened at $39 apiece in its market debut Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Mar 31, 2021 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/03/31/coursera-ipo-cour-begins-trading-on-the-nyse.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail Questions for discussion: Describe the Coursera business model. Who are the target customers? What are the limits to growth? How should HR managers approach… Read more »

H&M blasted on Chinese social media for pulling Xinjiang cotton

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Description: Chinese net users have called for a boycott of Hennes & Mauritz AB because it won’t use cotton from Xinjiang, thrusting the world’s second-largest clothing retailer into the Asian nation’s human rights controversy. Source: BNNBloomberg.com – video report Date: Mar 24, 2021 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/h-m-blasted-on-chinese-social-media-for-pulling-xinjiang-cotton-1.1581583 Questions for discussion: Summarize the issues involved in this report…. Read more »

Already Diverse And Inclusive, ‘Sesame Street’ Names Exec To Make Sure

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Description: Sesame Street” is making every effort to ensure that the Muppets don’t offend anyone. It’s all about diversity, inclusion and equity these days, isn’t it? They are the new buzzwords of corporate America, and no less so in our sprawling entertainment industries. “DEI” is the shorthand for these new concerns. Source: MediaPost.com Date: Mar… Read more »

How Wrigley’s managed to dominate the chewing gum world despite nearly a decade of declining public interest

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Description: According to Euromonitor International, the gum industry’s market value hit $18.6 billion in 2020. Since 2015, Mars Wrigley has held 25% of the global brand share for chewing gum and a 40% portion in the U.S. The Covid-19 pandemic since it began in March 2020 has negatively impacted gum’s most prominent players and could… Read more »

Google will spend $7 billion and add 10,000+ jobs in 2021: Alphabet CFO Ruth Porat

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Description: Alphabet CFO Ruth Porat joins ‘Influencers with Andy Serwer’ to discuss Google’s massive $7 billion investment in U.S. offices and new jobs. Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report Date: Mar 18, 2021 Link: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/video/google-spend-7-billion-add-123804119.html Questions for discussion: How is the growth in Google in the U.S. and globally a sign of good economic development? Who… Read more »