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On November 20, 2016, Alexandros commented on The New York Times’ Digital Journey :

Laura, amazing article and really happy to see someone who is expert to talk about what is happening to this industry. To be honest, a couple of years ago I was pretty sure institutions like NYT would have difficulty to justify their presence in a couple of years. After the recent election though, I am pretty sure they have their spot in the market.
As a ton of news populates our newsfeed in Facebook everyday, we would need some to provide us with a reliable source of news. Internet is full hoaxes and fake news while the world is full of people willing to believe without filtering what they read online and re-post them. We need some institutions to guarantee broadcasting confirmed, real news. NYT need, in my eyes, to find ways to meet that need and not just become another portal.

On November 20, 2016, Alexandros commented on How to Rent Your Neighbor’s Tesla with Getaround :

Great post MayC. I think we are on the same page. Sharing model is the future for many industries, including car industry. This is an application completely different than the zipcar and the uber model. The real question is: is this model in competition with ZipCar or they complete each other? How can the consumer decide which of the two models is better for him/her.
I believe in general many changes will happen soon in the automotive industry. No matter what happens, I will still try to rent a Ferrari from a person who underutilizes it.

On November 20, 2016, Alexandros commented on Bigbelly’s Talking Trash Cans :

Amazing article. Very insightful. Unfortunately I was not surprised by how the bureaucracy hinders the evolution of our society. But this is a question that always come up with technology related issues. How we prevent resistance to change from happening. Probably this is an extra challenge companies, especially the ones working with governments have to solve. The key lesson for me reading this post is that: An idea is not enough to solve an issue, we need to make sure every stakeholder is onboard with the solution, inside and outside our company.

On November 20, 2016, Alexandros commented on Activision Blizzard: It’s a New Era of Interactive Entertainment :

Chris, I was super happy to see the title of your article as I have invested some days of my life, as fellow Vince above, playing Starcraft. I totally agree that there is a huge market in online gaming but it is a different market than the PC/Console one. Judging from personal taste, when I have time and want to play video games, I use my PC or my PS4. I do not use my phone. On the other hand, nowadays, I only play games on my phone but these are killing time games. For example, when I am in public transport facilities, I may read an article on my phone, or check Facebook or play a “silly” game on my phone. For me it is a totally different experience and requires different approach from the game developers.

Great post Dan. Thank you for putting this together. I believe this is a very god example of a company trying to adapt to the new challenges imposed by new technologies. Probably this applies to the majority of the companies globally. But is this the right answer to everyone? Probably no. After reading your amazing post I keep thinking: How should companies approach future? Should they spend money in advance to stay in touch with all new technology advancements or wait until they need something to acquire another company that is already working in that particular field and technology? Most of us I suppose would choose the first option intuitively. Nevertheless your post provides a good example for the latter one. In any case, great food for thought.

On November 7, 2016, Alexandros commented on Cargill’s Dilemma: Farmers versus Climate Science :

Tom Joad, that was a great article. I totally agree with you. I have to admit that initially i was very confused as “risky business” in my mind is 100% associated with the famous movie staring Tom Cruise. Other than that, I find it astonishing that there are still people that deny the effects of human activities to the environment. Personally I believe creating awareness and realizing there is an issue is the first step to solve this issue. If people become more aware of this story, probably they will put pressure to cargil and Chairman Greg Page to change his view on the environment. Although this story is not encouraging, I remain optimistic. We have to keep working on creating awareness and humanity will find a solution.

On November 7, 2016, Alexandros commented on For NextEra, North Dakota Wind is the New Fracking :

Great insights. This is a very good example of sustainable green growth. I believe harvesting the wind and the sun is the future for our planet. I also think you did a great job talking about what they should do next. It would be useful to understand how historically the level of wind activity has changed over the years and if this trend continues, how could it potentially impact the ROI of the investment. On top of that, it would make sense to clarify if there is any environmental impact of wind generators to the environment.
I totally agree with one of the comments above that it is a low-hanging fruit and definitely as humanity we should look more into it.

Very interesting article. It is a great example of how sustainability is a way of life and not just project. I believe it would change the comsumer habits of people if they were aware about the environmental impact of the products they buy.
Reading this article I thought that maybe it would be a nice idea to put on all consumer products a tag with their environmental footprint. For example Levi’s Jeans: 1) 40lt of water 2) 500gr CO2 emissions 3)1.2kg waste disposal 4) 5KWatt energy consumption. In this way we would create awareness and give incentives to companies to be more environmentally friendly.

On November 7, 2016, Alexandros commented on Going, Going, Gone: The Damaging Effects of Rising Sea Temperatures :

Very nice article! It is a very good summary of how we are damaging our planet. Apparently the damage to the reefs is permanent and it is too late to save them. But the discussion does not stop there. It is very important to create awareness and try to suggest possible solutions. Having a sustainable growth and allowing our planet to survive is not an one-off action. It is a constant effort. A matter of behavior and attitude. I would be really interested to see what should be our next steps regarding this issue.

Kelly, that was a great article. Personally, I am not a coffee drinker, but this does not reduce the importance of the issue. The lead time of reaction is very big so they should react now. I appreciate their efforts to be environmentally friendly, I believe it will help their brand equity but I have serious doubts it will help them sustain their business.
In my mind they have the following options:
1) invest proactively coffee crops (lead time 8 years)
2) invest in developing GMO coffee plants with shorter lead time
3) diversifying crops as you already mentioned
4) invest in identifying more potential options to sustain coffee crops
Very interesting topic. Please keep us posted.