Make Room for Deals After Turkey This Year

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Description:  There was an outcry last year when some retailers opened at midnight on Thanksgiving, with workers and shoppers saying the holiday should be reserved for family, not spent lining up for the start of the Christmas shopping season. Source:  NYTimes.com Date: Nov 09, 2012 Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/10/business/make-room-for-deals-after-turkey-this-year.html?ref=business Questions for Discussions: What does this article have… Read more »

Google Ventures ups fund to $300m a year

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Description:  Google Ventures announced in a tweet yesterday it has increased its fund by 50 percent to $300 million a year and plans to invest $1.5 billion in startups through 2017. Source: Smartplanet.com Date: Nov 09, 2012 Link:  http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/google-ventures-ups-fund-to-300m-a-year/5174?tag=header;header-sec Questions for Discussions: Explain the rationale for Google’s Venture fund? What primary benefit can Google receive… Read more »

Salary negotiation: Everything you’ve been told is wrong

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Description:  Asking for a million-dollar salary in jest can actually increase your pay package, according to a recent study. Here’s how. Source:  Fortune.com Date: Nov 09, 2012 Link: http://management.fortune.cnn.com/2012/11/09/salary-negotiation/?iid=SF_F_River Questions for Discussions: What does this study suggest about the psychological influences on salary negotiations? Are you surprised by the results? Do you think they would… Read more »

Comcast: VOD ad impressions set to increase “tenfold”

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Description: The pay TV business thinks it’s about to cash in on a new revenue stream. Source: Businessweek.com Date: June 21, 2012 Link: http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/gigaom/articles/2012_06_20_comcast_vod_ad_impressions_set_to_increase_tenfold.html?iid=SF_F_River Questions for Discussions: What are the managerial implications for the shifts taking place? How would you advise managers in each segment of the industry to negotiate division of the revenue pie?… Read more »

Verizon’s Answer to iPhone: Windows

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Description: Verizon, fed up with the high costs of offering the iPhone, plans to push smartphones powered by Microsoft’s Windows software, as a counterweight to the popular Apple device. George Stahl reports on digits.Photo: HTC. Questions for discussion: How is the cost of a smart phone spread out through distributors? What risk does Verizon face… Read more »

How Zuckerberg changed the game

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Description: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg grew the college dorm room startup to a global tech giant with more users than most countries’ populations. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: 02/03/2012 Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/technology/2012/02/02/f_game_changers_facebook.fortune/ Questions for discussion: Who is Mark Zukerberg? Do you think his engineering background affected the way he managed the development of company?    

Help wanted: CEOs for energy companies

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Description: Kevin Kelly, CEO of Heidrick and Struggles, says the energy sector is the hottest area for executive recruitment. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: 01/19/2012 Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/news/2012/01/26/n_davos_kelly_executives.cnnmoney/ Questions for discussion: What message does this report have for managers seeking employment today? Why would former executives have trouble finding new positions?

Rising from Kodak’s rubble

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Description: Despite Kodak’s bankruptcy, the photography company has influenced many small to midsized companies in Rochester, N.Y. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: 01/26/2012 Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/smallbusiness/2012/01/26/sbiz_kodak_startups.cnnmoney/ Questions for discussion: What does this report have to say about the relationship of large corporations and small business start-ups? Why do you think Kodak management never ventured in the… Read more »

The $1.6 Billion Woman, Staying on Message

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Description: SEVENTY-TWO hours before Facebook’s big moment, Sheryl K. Sandberg was half a world away, hobnobbing with the likes of Bill Gates and the Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Source: NYTimes.com Date: 02/03/2012 Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/05/business/sheryl-sandberg-of-facebook-staying-on-message.html Questions for discussion: How would you describe Sheryl Sandberg? Do you think her gender has helped, hurt, or made no difference in… Read more »

An ad exec’s wise warning about social media

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Description: Our Weekly Read column features Fortune staffers’ and contributors’ takes on recently published books about the business world and beyond. We’ve invited the entire Fortune family — from our writers and editors to our photo editors and designers — to weigh in on books of their choosing based on their individual tastes or curiosities. In this installment,… Read more »