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Description: In Brooklyn, a company is trying automating knitting sweaters and making them to order instead of making thousands that then have to be trashed if no one buys them.

Source: FastCompany.com

Date: Feb 06, 2019

Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90300313/this-clothing-factory-cuts-waste-by-machine-knitting-sweaters-on-demand

Questions for discussion:

  • How does this technology improve productivity and customer service?
  • Do you think this orientation towards on-demand manufacturing will spread to other industries?

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #656 – Host: Mitch Joel. It’s the most wonderful time of the year when I get to speak media theorist, Douglas Rushkoff. He is – without a doubt – one of the smartest humans beings on this earth that I get to call a friend. Douglas is back with one of his most compelling pieces of work. It’s not (really) about the media… it’s about us. It’s about our need to find “find the others” and figure out how we – as a team – are going to work in this ever-technological world. Humans feel more isolated and repressed than ever before, and it’s going to take teamwork to pull this all together if we don’t want to lose out to automation, robotics and algorithms.

Source: SixPixels.com – podcast

Date: Feb 02, 2019

Link: https://www.sixpixels.com/podcast/archives/spos-656-team-human-with-douglas-rushkoff/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SixPixelsOfSeparation+%28Six+Pixels+of+Separation+-+Mitch+Joel%29

Questions for discussion:

  • What lessons are there for management to take away from this interview?
  • Do you agree or disagree with the ideas put forward?

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Description: Warren Buffett has been working with his long-time friend and business partner, Charlie Munger, for over 40 years. The two men have experienced unparalleled success together, building an investment business with more than $736 billion in assets. And, perhaps even more impressively, they’ve never had one argument.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Jan 31, 2019

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/31/warren-buffett-on-his-successful-relationship-with-charlie-munger.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about successful management relationships and teamwork?
  • Do you think this relationship can be taught and developed at any firm?

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Description: Insulin is a life-saving drug for diabetics. Since 2002, the price has more than tripled and some diabetics can’t afford it. People have died rationing their doses, and some are turning to other countries to buy it at a cheaper price. Now, there’s a team of biohackers called the Open Insulin Project in Oakland, California who are trying to make it. The project was co-founded by Anthony Di Franco. He’s a type 1 diabetic who is trying to prove there are easier, cheaper ways to make insulin rather than rely on the big manufacturers like Eli Lilly, Novo Nordisk and Sanofi. To learn more, watch Di Franco and his colleagues explain in the video here.

This diabetic biohacker is making insulin in a lab to prove it can be cheaper from CNBC.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Jan 26, 2019

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/25/open-insulin-is-making-insulin-in-a-lab-to-prove-it-can-be-cheaper.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does this report say about pricing?
  • What are the likely consequences of this company succeeding?
  • How might investors in these pharmaceutical firms react?

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Description: Facebook pleased investors Wednesday by reporting a strong quarter of earnings led by impressive statistics on user activity for the fourth quarter of 2018.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Jan 31, 2019

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/31/people-say-they-care-about-facebooks-privacy-scandals-but-they-dont.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about social media users’ attitudes toward privacy?
  • How should management of social media firms deal with this information?

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Description: The veteran network that’s been a go-to for South Park and Tosh 2.0 is pursuing a 3.0 strategy that veers away from chasing online views and embraces the strengths of both digital and linear video

Source: FastCompany.com

Date: JAN 31, 2019

Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90295808/no-joke-comedy-central-wants-you-to-watch-its-new-shows-on-cable-not-online?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=5&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=01312019

Questions for discussion:

  • How has Comedy Central’s strategies changed?
  • Do you think they are and can succeed in the future?
  • What would you advise management?

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Description:  With fraud plaguing the digital advertising ecosystem, many advertisers hoped that blockchain’s open and distributed ledger would improve the way they filter and detect unscrupulous activity. But we don’t yet know if that’s possible. Why? Because not enough parties are using blockchain.

Source: eMarketer.com

Date: Jan 26, 2019

Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/has-blockchain-stalled-as-an-ad-fighting-tool?ecid=NL1001

Questions for discussion:

  • What is “blockchain” and how does it work?
  • Why has it not succeeded?
  • How can adoptions be increased?

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #655 – Host: Mitch Joel. I love people are not only creative, but understand how to talk about creativity. It’s something that deeply motivates me to make stuff. Srinivas Rao is the host and founder of The Unmistakable Creative podcast, where he has conducted over 600 interviews with thought leaders and people from all walks of life (sounds familiar!). He’s also the author of three books, including The Art of Being Unmistakable, Unmistakable – Why Only is Better than Best, and his latest, An Audience of One – Reclaiming Creativity for Its Own Sake.

Source: SixPixels.com – podcast

Date: Jan 27, 2019

Link: https://www.sixpixels.com/podcast/archives/spos-655-becoming-an-audience-of-one-with-srinivas-rao/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SixPixelsOfSeparation+%28Six+Pixels+of+Separation+-+Mitch+Joel%29

Questions for discussion:

  • What did you learn about creativity and other concepts by listening to this intereview?
  • Are these lessons of greater value to higher-level managers or do they apply equally to all people in business?

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Description: As political and business leaders gather for the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, this week, a roster of the most sustainable companies is also enjoying a moment in the spotlight.

Source: Forbes.com

Date: Jan 22, 2019

Link: https://www.forbes.com/sites/karstenstrauss/2019/01/22/the-most-sustainable-companies-in-2019/#8dd695e6d7da

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about the meaning of sustainability today and the way in which these firms are advancing the effort?
  • Do you believe the effort is satisfactory thus far and what would you advise firms not listed?

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Description: The supposed millennial penchant for “killing” industries gets thrown around a lot, but it could really be happening to one American icon: the Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Jan 25, 2019

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/25/actually-young-people-really-could-kill-harley-davidson.html

Questions for discussion:

  • How have changes in demographics and attitudes affected the fortunes of Harley-Davidson in recent years?
  • What is management doing stratgically to meet the changes?
  • What advice would you offer?