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On November 21, 2016, E commented on The selfie: Canon’s biggest woe :

Interesting post! I like your idea of starting a separate B2B business to partner with phone manufacturers. In hindsight, this would’ve been an excellent move for these companies to remain relevant to the casual photographer. Nonetheless, now is the time for these camera companies to innovate and I think the company is on the right path with the social camera. The Canon brand still holds a strong reputation which the company can leverage to experiment while also pursuing more conservative moves like collaborating with phone manufacturers on lenses and add-on accessories.

On November 21, 2016, E commented on An MBA for $22,000 from your bedroom? :

Interesting topic! I don’t think the online MBA will ever be valued equally compared to a traditional MBA—I also don’t think that’s a bad thing. I have found that students choose their business school path, whether it be full-time, part-time, or online, according to what they’re trying to get out of the experience. I’ve found that full-time MBAs tend to demand the most out of their experience inside the classroom and out. Part-time students on the other hand are looking for a balance between their classroom experience and work life. Online MBAs tend to focus on the credential itself. Each motive is valuable, but they’re different. I don’t think that students considering full-time MBA would consider a online to be an equivalent substitute and vise versa—a student considering an online business program would probably not look to consider a full-time MBA. I believe there will always be demand for every path and that demand for online MBAs will grow—especially as they start to benefit from the success of their alumni. In the end, it will be up to the employer to scrutinize schools according to what they’re looking for in their future employees.

On November 21, 2016, E commented on Uber: Will it go too far? :

Interesting points! Uber has made fantastic progress in a short period of time—literally busting through such a highly regulated and entrenched system. It has forced major change among drivers and riders. Ultimately, I believe that Uber has had a net positive impact on society. Beyond just transportation, it has helped revitalize communities, even helped energize real estate in some areas, which has a positive impact on many. Society has no choice, but to move forward with the times—and this includes the growing impact of the internet on business as more and more transactions, etc. are facilitated by the internet. As alluded to in your post, cyber-security is an up and coming industry that will play an increasing role in the future. It is also an industry that does not have enough professionals to fulfill the demands of the industry even now. In the end, the US (and society in general) needs to work to bridge the gap between our present and the progress forward. By helping the upcoming generation improve on skills that will help move them forward with progress, the US can help facilitate an overall positive state of affairs for everyone.

On November 21, 2016, E commented on Duolingo: Working for your Education :

Interesting! I want to learn more about their translation business. It’s not completely intuitive to me how learners would be able to translate a text in such a way that their translations can be used to fully translate any document. And it seems Duolingo is having trouble convincing their potential clients of the same. In any case, the language certification tests seem like a more intuitive route, one that aligns to their primary language learning business better.

On November 21, 2016, E commented on No More Dashing Out To The Store :

Interesting post! Before reading your post, from the little I knew, I didn’t think dash buttons would catch on with consumers. I’m still not totally swayed—though, I do believe that there is more upside than downside for Amazon pursuing a product like this. I’m curious about Amazon’s plans about how this product will permeate the market. My first thought is that only very loyal customers would be moved to purchase a dash button—if so, what does that mean for the number of dash buttons Amazon would like to see in every house. In any case, after reading this post I’m starting to become more aware about the different ways my personal data is gathered. More and more, especially with comparatively little resources devoted to the protection of personal data—I feel like consumers will need to decide for themselves whether they want to trade convenience for privacy.

On November 21, 2016, E commented on Is EZ Pass Poised to Take a Toll on Your Privacy Rights? :

Interesting post! I’m surprised that there hasn’t been much attention given to this invasion of privacy. EZPass is increasingly becoming a requirement to drive around the US, in fact, Massachusetts is moving towards all electronic toll roads. Moreover, it’s system that’s increasingly permeating the globe. Even countries like Jamaica utilize EZPass on the few highways that they have. EZPass and/or state and city governments need to inform citizens of how their personal data is being used. This shouldn’t be an option. Further, more resources need to be allocated to protecting and managing this personal information.

On November 7, 2016, E commented on Starbucks: Jack and the sustainable bean-stock :

You’ve come up with some creative ideas related to other ways Starbucks can contribute to sustainable efforts. Like the poster above, many of your suggestions seem like low-hanging fruit. I wonder if Starbucks has considered some of these options and if so, why they haven’t pursued any of them.

On November 7, 2016, E commented on Insurance industry vs climate change: early adopters :

I enjoyed reading this post! I admit, I was hesitant at first, but was really glad I read it by the end. Unfortunately, its the poorer countries of the world that suffer the most from climate change. I’m glad to see that Munich Re has taken particular care to help support emerging countries.

On November 7, 2016, E commented on Can Tyson curb the impact of Climate Change? :

“Global poultry production has more than quadrupled since 1970.” Tyson’s role against climate change becomes more imperative when one considers the fact that the chicken industry is actually still growing. This means that Tyson not only needs to manage its current effect on the environment, but also position itself to rein in its impact as it continues to grow. Unfortunately, Tyson seems to have a long way to go before it reaches respectable levels of sustainability, which seems pretty typical among food (and beverage) companies whose inputs are directly impacted by climate change.


I’m equally concerned about climate change in sub-Saharan Africa, and other regions located around the equator. These regions are currently the least equipped financially compared to other regions, but will comparatively bear the brunt of climate change. Ghana is part of the UNDP Africa Adaption Program which supports direct country assistance to develop adaptation actions and resilience plans. It is also involved in collaborative efforts not only with neighboring countries, but also multilateral and international agencies that will help fund these plans. These partnerships means climate change solutions will be an integrated effort across various issues such as health, nutrition, and education, all of which engage with climate change in some capacity. The better Ghana can push this effort now the better it will fare as time passes and the country sees the effects of climate change. This article addresses these partnerships and their specific strategies: http://sdwebx.worldbank.org/climateportalb/doc/GFDRRCountryProfiles/wb_gfdrr_climate_change_country_profile_for_GHA.pdf

I also hope that the hospitality industry will rise to the occasion and do its part to control climate change. This article: file:///C:/Users/Felisha/Downloads/Diptico_Sector_Hotelero_Web.pdf highlights specific ways hotels can reduce their carbon footprint now. I would be curious how many of these strategies Hilton Worldwide is employing. As an industry leader, my expectation would be that they are employing all of these strategies at each of its hotels.

On November 7, 2016, E commented on Mayday: Mother Earth Code 7700 :

Interesting connection you’ve made here between the aviation industry and climate change. “Compared to other modes of transport, such as driving or taking the train, travelling by air has a greater climate impact per passenger kilometer and produces the most emissions” [1]. Beyond the effects mentioned, other subtle ways that climate change will affect the aviation industry includes the effect on airports and their workers. Heat or flooding can impact those airports that are vulnerable to floods or heat. Also, workers at these airports will be further subjected to the harsh working conditions associated with the already high temperatures on the tarmac.

[1] http://www.davidsuzuki.org/issues/climate-change/science/climate-change-basics/air-travel-and-climate-change/

Great blog post! Due to its size in not only the food industry, but among companies overall, PepsiCo is a pacesetter for corporate climate change measures whether it wants to be or not. As you mention, agricultural raw materials are PepsiCo’s primary inputs into its products. Farmers will be increasingly affected by climate change as time goes on, but PepsiCo doesn’t seem to be doing a great job supporting them. It appears CPG companies in general have not made as many strides as other industries to support its farmers. Check this website out: http://www.behindthebrands.org/en-us/brands/pepsico/doritos. It allows the user to investigate the sustainability measures of many major companies including PepsiCo.