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Japanese electronics behemoth Panasonic Corporation and Tesla Motors, Inc. (probably the world’s “hottest” electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer) are teaming up to create “Gigafactory.” Gigafactory will be a large-scale battery manufacturing plant located in the United States, producing cells, modules, and packs for Tesla’s EVs as well as the stationary...

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IKEA

OK, I want to talk about sustainability for a minute… specifically, the unsustainability of many business models that have infiltrated seemingly every part of our lives these past few decades. Let’s call them “disposable business models.” Whether we’re discussing employees or products, “disposable” is the key word here. It’s...

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Fujifilm

More than a decade ago, Japan’s Fujifilm Holdings Corporation was one of the world’s largest manufacturers of photography film. After demand for camera film basically evaporated, the company had no choice but to reinvent a new wheel for itself. And so in 2008 the company bought Toyama Chemical Co.,...

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Alibaba

Brace yourself. Jack Ma’s Alibaba starts trading on Friday, and along with the float, a market place of 1.3 billion people and millions of techies wanting to grow up to be just like Ma. 2014 has been quite the busy year for tech IPO’s coming out of China, but...

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Stumbled across the article “Yes, the World Needs More MBAs. Here’s Why” while on Bloomberg the other day. My initial assumption was that the piece was sponsored content, extolling the virtues of MBA programs and then links to a select few schools at the bottom. What happenstance! Wasn’t the...

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Cat on the Menu in Vietnam

Many cities in Vietnam have an undeniable old world charm to them. Having been colonized and/or occupied by the Chinese, the French, and the Americans, the character of those eras still linger. This is noticeable even more so inside its cafes and restaurants. It’s fairly common knowledge (and acknowledged)...

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