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On November 20, 2016, Emu commented on Every drop counts :

What an amazing idea. I had wondered for a long time why blood shortages were so common these days and had always thought the only solution would be increased blood donation. Although I do believe this is part of the solution, fixing issues in the supply chain can be just as impactful. The complexity of the situation must be very high and the fact that bloodbuy has been able to create an efficient marketplace that not only connects buyers with sellers but that reduces costs and turns in a profit is something to admire.

On November 20, 2016, Emu commented on Smart Campus: Coming to a School Near You? :

Truly mind-blowing. I guess I have underestimated the power of IoT for educational purposes. The most practical thing I find is having the peripheral characteristics of the learning experience being taken care of by technology, allowing faculty and staff to focus exclusively on the students’ core learning.
Also, being able to use the technology to identify which circumstances are helpful and which are detrimental to the students’ overall learning process is something that hasn’t been tried before and which can be eye-opening.

On November 20, 2016, Emu commented on DirecTV Now: Cord Cutting and the Future of Television :

Definitely agree with you Sean on the fact that bundling is not the best way to go. The industry is going through major disruptions which the old and established players find hard to adapt to. In order for Direct TV to survive and thrive in the long-term, it needs to disrupt its business model even more and give the customers what they are asking for: On Demand content with no additional strings attached as others are already doing.

It’s very encouraging to see two very young startups compete for such a large market. I’ve had the opportunity to ride bicycles that have to be returned to docks and I must say I agree with the fact that it can be a hassle to locate the nearest station if you’re not lucky enough to have one right in front of your destination. I’m curious to see how and if they control where their bicycles are in such large cities as Shanghai and Beijing, which I think is how they cracked the code!

On November 20, 2016, Emu commented on Macy’s: A Beacon of Technology :

I’m very curious to see where the retail industry is heading in general in terms of personalized advertising and promotions. I will say that I agree with you on the fact that it sounds creepy and invasive (as do most location based services popping up all over the place) and I’m afraid that as this becomes more mainstream, the people will be willing to accept that large corporations follow their every move in the name of “understanding the customer”.
The other concern I have is that as these advertisements are further pushed onto the consumer, the more saturated he/she becomes and the less impact they will have. I wonder if Macys has thought about that.

On November 7, 2016, Emu commented on Camposol: Growing fresh produce or concern? :

This is very thought provoking Nicole. It’s inspiring to see leading companies in developing countries setting the stage for a more environmentally-friendly business atmosphere. El niño’s impact on drastic climate change around the world is evident but I’m wondering if the adversities Campostol is going through can also be attributed to other factors different than el niño. If so, do you think Campostol is ready to tackle additional issues?

On November 7, 2016, Emu commented on The World Bank: Climate Change’s Unexpected Rival :

Really good post. I think it’s imperative that international and influential organizations such as the World Bank focus more on climate change since it’s these same organizations that have the most power to actually implement change in the world. My only concern regarding this approach is that the bank is investing in particular projects around the developing world instead of making green energy more affordable for those countries that have been struck the most by climate change.

Thanks Zach! Do you believe water is being used efficiently in Ghana’s agriculture sector? Maybe part of the solution (in addition to reforming its irrigation system) is actually utilizing the resource adequately.
Another thought I had was in line with the use of water in farms. I wrote about Tyson chicken and how the lack of resources is affecting its farms here in the US, I assume something similar might be happening in Ghana.

On November 7, 2016, Emu commented on Just do it: Carving the path to sustainability :

Not surprising for Nike! The company has gone through great lengths to move into a more sustainable business model. I believe in part because of the social pressure and in part because its competitors are also moving in that direction. Sadly more than actual concrete steps towards a more sustainable model, I believe the perception of moving in that direction is what consumers value.

I truly do believe Nissan can become the industry leader in Electric Leaders. Its constant efforts to innovate in the field of green energy for automotive use are helping reduce costs by commoditizing this technology which is he main barrier electric cars face to become mainstream.