Uberification—the sharing business model of On-Demand Mobile Services

May 1, 2015
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Uberification—the sharing business model of On-Demand Mobile Services

Technically, this is Steve Schlafman’s blog.  He is a NYC-based Venture Capitalist with several interesting posts on trends.  This post from April 2014 illustrates many ODMS (On-demand mobile services) apps that continue to surface regularly in the iStore and the Google Play store.  The apps are based upon a model in which search for service…

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Worker engagement, culture and managerial excellence–leadership matters

May 1, 2015
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Worker engagement, culture and managerial excellence–leadership matters

Managers who possess good strategic leadership skills do make a difference in the level of employee engagement and performance.  According to this recent update of the Gallup study of worker engagement throughout the world, 30% of US-based employees and 13% of worldwide employees were found to be engaged in their work. Finding managers with the…

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European Central Bank floods local economies with cash

May 1, 2015
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European Central Bank floods local economies with cash

European markets continue to tumble behind the US, giving rise to the European Central Bank’s easing of monetary policy to try to stimulate business activity and reduce the high level of unemployment. Greece’s debt-plagued economy concerns the larger EU countries as they no longer have the cash to sustain Greece.  Meanwhile, the Japanese are trying…

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Chipotle gives up on GMO–social responsibility in action

May 1, 2015
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Chipotle gives up on GMO–social responsibility in action

The restaurant chain, Chipotle Mexican Grill, just made eating safer for its customers this month by eliminating all genetically engineered ingredients from its menu.  Their “food with integrity” program includes buying from local farmers, ranchers, suppliers who share the same commitment to quality and ethical responsibility. By removing genetically modified organisms entirely from their menu,…

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Internet Services & Retailing sector—global message realities

April 8, 2015
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Internet Services & Retailing sector—global message realities

From its beginning in 1986 as the Silver King Broadcasting Company, IAC grows through acquisitions, mergers, divestitures, and spin-offs.  The early business revolved around the Home Shopping Network and then moved into other entertainment areas through acquisition of Savoy Pictures Entertainment, Ticketmaster, Universal Studios television assets, Match.com, and the Hotel Reservation Network.  At the turn…

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Technology licensing, joint ventures and foreign trade income

April 8, 2015
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Technology licensing, joint ventures and foreign trade income

Michigan State University and the US Commercial service present a learning module based on the US Commercial Department’s book, A Basic Guide to Exporting.  The material covers methods for obtaining foreign trade income, advantages/disadvantages of technology licensing and joint ventures, and concludes with a case study on the Spancrete Machinery Corporation. The advantages/disadvantages section covers…

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