Debut of GM’s Cruise Origin shows the future of ride-hailing, autonomous vehicles is a box

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Description: The future of the auto industry isn’t horsepower or style when it comes to autonomous vehicles and ride-hailing services. It’s a box. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Jan 23, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/23/debut-of-gms-cruise-origin-shows-the-future-of-ride-hailing-autonomous-vehicles-is-a-box.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the projected future for this industry, as described in the report. Create a more detailed business plan… Read more »

How companies like Google and IBM plan to profit from quantum computing

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Description: How companies like Google and IBM plan to profit from quantum computing Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Jan 23, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2020/01/17/how-quantum-computing-works-google-ibm-dwave-amazon.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the key ideas and issues facing the firms involved in the quantum computing environment. What are some of the applications and opportunities, according to the report?

Lululemon used to be a niche player, now some think it could be the next Nike

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Description: For six years, between 2011 and 2017, Lululemon Athletica Inc.’s stock looked as if it was tapped out. The yogawear company was already an incredible success for investors, who backed it from its US$14 IPO in 2007, but further growth was a concern. Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Jan 16, 2020 Link: https://business.financialpost.com/investing/lululemon-used-to-be-a-niche-player-now-some-think-it-could-be-the-next-nike Questions for discussion:… Read more »

‘Damning’ Boeing messages reveal efforts to manipulate regulators of 737 Max

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Description: Boeing employees boasted about bullying regulators to approve the now-grounded 737 Max without requiring pilots to undergo simulator training while others raised safety concerns and complained about lax standards, according to a trove of internal documents the company released on Thursday. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Jan 10, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/09/boeing-releases-communications-on-737-max-simulators-it-calls-completely-unacceptable.html Questions for discussion:… Read more »

Meet Bell’s new CEO — a likeable, blue-collar, hockey-loving sports nut at heart

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Description: It is a pinch-me, look-at-me-now situation for Mirko Bibic, who woke up his first day on the job with an admitted case of the butterflies Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Jan 10, 2020 Link: https://business.financialpost.com/telecom/meet-bells-new-ceo-a-likeable-blue-collar-hockey-loving-sports-nut-at-heart Questions for discussion: What are the things mentioned in the article about Mirko Bibic that suggest he was a good choice?… Read more »

Walmart CEO Doug McMillon took bold stances in 2019. Next year he’ll have an even bigger platform

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Description: After two deadly shootings at Walmart stores over the summer, Walmart CEO Doug McMillon made a surprising move.The retailer on Sept. 3 said it would halt sales of ammunition for assault-style rifles and handguns and that it would begin asking shoppers to no longer openly carry firearms in stores in states where “open carry” is allowed…. Read more »

The battery decade: How energy storage could revolutionize industries in the next 10 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… Read more »

What the Streaming Wars Mean for the Future of TV

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Description: If all goes as planned, by mid-2020 four of the most valuable companies on the S&P 500 will have introduced streaming services in less than a year. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Nov 30, 2019 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-11-30/what-the-streaming-wars-mean-for-the-future-of-tv-quicktake?srnd=businessweek-v2 Questions for discussion: What does the article say is happening to the current business model for TV? What does… Read more »

TV Ad Spending Will Never Be the Same

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Description: eMarketer forecasting analyst Eric Haggstrom, vice president of content studio Paul Verna and vice president of forecasting Monica Peart talk about the peaking of US TV ad spending. Why has it stopped growing, how does cord-cutting contribute, and what makes video streaming services attractive? They then discuss the performance of Disney+ in its first… Read more »

Charlene Li On The Disruption Mindset – This Week’s Six Pixels of Separation Podcast

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Description: If you asked me who is one of the smartest people in the world on the topic of disruption, innovation and technology, it would be Charlene Li. For the past two decades, Charlene has been helping people see the future. She’s the bestselling author of six books, including her newest, The Disruption Mindset – Why Some… Read more »