What the blockbuster Microsoft and Sony deals mean for the future of gaming

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Description: Big moves are happening in the video game industry. Microsoft, the tech giant behind the Xbox console, announced plans in early 2022 to buy Activision Blizzard, the force behind “Call of Duty” and “World of Warcraft,” among other major titles. This $68.7 billion all-cash acquisition is expected to close in 2023. If approved by regulators… Read more »

Etsy CEO talks earnings, raising seller fees, and advertising to men

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Description: Etsy CEO Josh Silverman joins Yahoo Finance Live to discuss the company’s earnings, its reinvestment in the platform, raising fees, and attracting male users with NFL ads. Source: Yahoo.finance.com – video report Date: Feb 25, 2022 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/video/etsy-ceo-talks-earnings-raising-155135053.html?contentType=VIDEO Questions for discussion: Why did Etsy’s stock value shoot up? Why did it fall so dramatically… Read more »

SPOS #814 – Barry Nalebuff On Better Ways To Negotiate

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #814 – Host: Mitch Joel. He is the Milton Steinbach Professor at the Yale School of Management, where he has taught for over thirty years. Barry Nalebuff is an expert on game theory, he has written extensively on its application to business strategy. His bestselling books include, Thinking Strategically, The Art of… Read more »

Canada’s Outstanding CEO of the Year: Intact Financial’s Charles Brindamour

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Description: Intact has ‘quietly’ become Canada’s largest provider of property and casualty insurance and Brindamour, 51, is a company lifer Source: FinancialPost.com – video report Date: Feb 17, 2022 Link: https://financialpost.com/financial-post-magazine/ceo-of-the-year/canadas-outstanding-ceo-of-the-year Questions for discussion: What does the report say about Charles Brindamour’s management style and approach to growth? How would you describe his philosophy towards… Read more »

5 years ago, these women launched a side hustle for Black figure skaters — now Olympians are wearing their tights

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Description: Today, their start-up Aurora Tights says it’s the country’s most inclusive hosiery brand, designing tights for hundreds of figure skaters, dancers, cheerleaders and gymnasts. That includes Team USA pairs skater Ashley Cain-Gribble, who is competing in the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing. Source: CNBC.com Date: Feb 17, 2022 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/02/17/aurora-tights-how-side-hustle-for-black-ice-skaters-got-to-olympics.html Questions for discussion: What… Read more »

Americans are paying more for worse stuff, study finds

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Description: Measured by consumer prices, U.S. inflation is the highest in 40 years. Look at what Americans are actually getting for their money and the rate may be even higher, according to researchers at the University of Michigan. Source: BNNBloomberg.ca – video report Date: Feb 17, 2022 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/americans-are-paying-more-for-worse-stuff-study-finds-1.1724841 Questions for discussion: What does the… Read more »

Here’s how key the Ambassador Bridge is to U.S.-Canada trade

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Description: Canada-bound traffic on the Ambassador Bridge has been ground to a halt as people protesting vaccine mandates and COVID-19 restrictions have closed access to the bridge. Source: BNNBloomberg.ca – video report Date: Feb 09, 2022 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/here-s-how-key-the-ambassador-bridge-is-to-u-s-canada-trade-1.1720190 Questions for discussion: What are the implications of supply disruptions, as discussed in the report? How have… Read more »

Peloton’s new CEO, Barry McCarthy, says he’s ‘here for the comeback story,’ an internal email shows

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Description: Peloton’s new CEO, Barry McCarthy, is telling remaining staff that he’s “here for the comeback story.” ​Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Feb 09, 2022 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/02/09/read-the-email-that-pelotons-new-ceo-barry-mccarthy-sent-to-staff.html Questions for discussion: What are the positive and negative factors facing the new CEO? What is his plan? What would you advise? Do you think the firm… Read more »

Is This What Winning Looks Like?

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Description: Modern Monetary Theory, the buzziest economic idea in decades, got a pandemic tryout of sorts. Now inflation is testing its limits. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Feb 07, 2022 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/06/business/economy/modern-monetary-theory-stephanie-kelton.html Questions for discussion: What is MMT as you understand it? How would you answer the questions posed in the article, “Did Congress ‘experiment’ with MMT,… Read more »

Joe Rogan apologizes to Spotify and musicians amid boycott over his podcast

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Description: Podcaster Joe Rogan has apologized to Spotify, while also addressing the controversy around his podcast. Musicians Neil Young and Joni Mitchell recently boycotted the service for continuing to host “The Joe Rogan Experience,” which has been accused by medical professionals of spreading Covid misinformation. Both musicians have since pulled their music libraries from Spotify. Source:… Read more »