The euro dream that became a nightmare

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Description:   When countries post a 40% youth unemployment rate, you know something is terribly wrong. The last time developed countries experienced such an employment disaster was during the Great Depression, and it is a moot question as to whether the current period will prove to be worse for the southern European countries than the Great… Read more »

The Business Of Lin

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Description:  From Knicks jersey sales to tickets on the road, many firms are profiting from Linsanity. But can it last? Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: 02/17/2012 Link:  http://money.cnn.com/video/news/2012/02/16/n_jeremy_lin_business.cnnmoney/ Questions for discussion: Explain the sudden financial changes to the various businesses mentioned in the report. Do you think this phenomenon can last? What strategic plans… Read more »

Google’s Bid to Be Everything to Everyone

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Description:  A rumored audio device and new testing facilities hint at the search giant’s hardware ambitions Source: Businessweek.com Date: 02/16/2012 Link:  http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/googles-bid-to-be-everything-to-everyone-02162012.html Questions for discussion: Highlight Google’s strategic planning described in this report. Do you think they will be successful with this approach? Who would be Google’s competitors in the future if this approach is… Read more »

Launch Fast, Nurture What Works, Kill What Doesn’t

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Description:  Gregory Galant is the accidental head of a fast-growing social web empire. Galant is the founder of Sawhorse Media, the company behind Muck Rack, Listorious and the Shorty Awards, but he didn’t start out with the intent to build a media company with several brands. Source:  Sprouter.com Date: 02/15/2012 Link:  http://sprouter.com/blog/launch-fast-nurture-what-works-kill-what-doesnt/?utm_source=MadMimi&utm_medium=email&utm_content=15+February+2012+%2F%2F+Hottest+StartUps%2C+Events+%26+Resources&utm_campaign=Sprouter+Weekly%3A+February+15%2C+2012&utm_term=btn-readon_png Questions for discussion:… Read more »

Japan’s geezers turned gamers

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Description:  Japan a nation known for its aging population, arcades have become popular with Japan’s elderly, prompting some to even host ‘senior nights.’ Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: 02/08/2012 Link:  http://money.cnn.com/video/news/2012/02/08/n_japanese_geezer_games.cnnmoney/   Questions for discussion: How have demographic changes in Japan affected business? What are some ideas you would suggest to the management of… Read more »

250,000 ask Apple to change its labor ways

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Description:  Petitions with over 250,000 signatures were delivered to Apple stores calling for reforms to working conditions in its suppliers’ factories. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: 02/09/2012 Link:   http://money.cnn.com/video/technology/2012/02/09/t-ts-change-org-signatures.cnnmoney/ Questions for discussion: Do you think Apple is being singled-out when the concerns likely apply to any company manufacturing in China? How should Apple’s management… Read more »

Auto Makers Target Indonesia for Expansion

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Description: Indonesia is being embraced as a major expansion market for car manufacturers, but will the country’s infrastructure bottlenecks hinder their progress? WSJ’s Deborah Kan discusses with Eric Bellman. Source:  Marketwatch.com – video report Date: 02/10/2012 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/video/asset/auto-makers-target-indonesia-for-expansion/9A237207-68FA-4E09-B687 Questions for discussion: Describe the connection between corporate investing and government investing in infrastructure? What are the… Read more »

How Invite Media’s Founder is Making Sure Success “Wasn’t a Fluke”

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Description:  Nat Turner went through an acquisition most entrepreneurs only dream about. His advertising technology company Invite Media was acquired by Google in 2010 for $81 million, a mere three years after he launched it. Source:  Sprouter.com Date: 02/08/2012 Link:  http://sprouter.com/blog/how-invite-medias-founder-is-making-sure-success-wasnt-a-fluke/?utm_source=MadMimi&utm_medium=email&utm_content=8+February+2012+%2F%2F+Hottest+StartUps%2C+Events+%26+Resources+&utm_campaign=Sprouter+Weekly%3A+February+8%2C+2012&utm_term=btn-readon_png Questions for discussion: What does this article suggest are key characteristics of successful entrepreneurs?

GM’s Online “Experiment”

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In an attempt to boost sagging sales, General Motors partnered with online seller eBay to offer a limited set of new vehicles for sale in California. The program (called an “experiment” by GM) ended September 30, with the auto maker reporting limited interest and unrealistically low offers. Dealers, however, indicated that the program ended too… Read more »

Disney & Marvel

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ARTICLE SUMMARY: Disney created quite a stir in the entertainment industry by acquiring Marvel Entertainment. While some analysts contend that Disney overpaid, many believe the fit is good and Disney is poised to create plenty of value provided it can work out existing licensing agreements. Proponents of the deal see this as an opportunity for… Read more »