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Thanks for the post Gonzalo!

I like the idea of being able to pay through the mobile app, but was wondering if drivers are able to lock down a price or if they are subject to the dynamic pricing throughout the day. If drivers are able to lock down a cheap price, they might be incentivized to leave their cars for longer time periods, resulting in fewer parking options for other drivers. To avoid this from happening I think a good idea would be to cap the amount of time that a driver can park in a single spot and to notify the driver when their time is running out.

On November 20, 2016, Felipe commented on Digital Innovation is Brewing at Starbucks :

Thanks for the post!

I had no idea that Starbucks had partnered with other companies that allow customers to use their Starbuck’s star rewards as currency. I think Starbucks should do a better job at advertising these benefits as it is something that differentiates the app from its competitors’.

I also believe that the company should start allowing online orders through its app. Encouraging customers to place their orders and pay online would have many benefits, both for the customers and the baristas. Customers would be able to personalize their orders and would spend less time in lines and baristas would have access to the backlog ahead of time, making the process more efficient.

On November 20, 2016, Felipe commented on Domino’s: Pizza Giant, or Tech Startup? :

Thanks for the post!

I’ve actually used Domino’s app to order pizza before and have to agree that it is a far better experience than ordering by phone. The fact that you can create your own pizza and then receive updates on the delivery process makes the overall experience way better. It also reduces the possibility of the store making a mistake on the actual order, driving down costs. As you mentioned, there are now many companies trying to imitate this, but I don’t think that any have been as successful as Domino’s.

On November 20, 2016, Felipe commented on Automating Technical Hiring :

Thanks for posting Sujay!

I like the idea of having to submit an application as you end up only with people who are actively looking for jobs. However, I would want to know how the 10-15% fee is determined. Is the fee determined by how many people a company hires at the week-long marketplace? Or is it based on the position(s) that a company is hiring for? Either way, it might be beneficial to have a standardized pricing structure to create transparency in the process.

On November 20, 2016, Felipe commented on Conquer Disney World with a Flick of Your Wrist :

Great post Lynn! It looks like Disney is definitely taking a step in the right direction with MyMagic+. Do you know how Disney is advertising the wristbands though? It looks like this is a product that every attendee can benefit from having, but I am not sure if they are aware it exists. I went into the company’s website to see how the wristbands were advertised and I think there is still room for improvement as you have to actively search for the product. It might even be a good idea to offer it for free as it is a win-win for both the customer and Disney.

On November 7, 2016, Felipe commented on Are Cows the New SUV? :

Ameg – great post. I would never have guessed that livestock could have been the largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. Having read Elise’s comment, I also believe that there is a trend in consumption towards more organic foods. While more expensive, people tend to be cautious of what they eat, and may therefore stay away from processed foods. I would therefore argue that minimizing the emissions produced by cows would be the way to go. However, I see two issues here, 1) having to educate industry leaders of the potential benefits of selective breeding and 2) convincing them that the benefits outweigh the costs.

On November 7, 2016, Felipe commented on Cancun: Is the Party Over? :

Ryan – great post. With Cancun being a top travel destination in Mexico, I can only imagine the huge impact that a further rise in sea levels could have in the city’s (and country’s) economy. You made a really good point when you mentioned that AMResorts cannot tackle the issue of global warming alone. However, I would argue that it would take more than the private sector to convince the public of the importance of this issue. Given that the Mexican government would also be impacted by the decrease in tourism, I believe they should partner with companies like AMResorts, and together advocate for changes in regulation both domestically and abroad.

On November 7, 2016, Felipe commented on Climate Change and the fight against ISIS :

Doug – great article. I would never have guessed that climate change could have such a huge impact on terrorist organizations and the refugee crisis.

You brought up an interesting point when you mentioned how something similar to the “Manhattan project” could bring together an interdisciplinary group to invest in technological advancements to combat climate change. My questions here would be what role the private sector would have in the process. Should the public sector take the lead and only solicit expertise from the private sector if needed? Or should incentives be put in place in order to encourage the private sector to work towards a common solution? Either way, I agree that in order for any of this to work, the public should first be convinced of the high opportunity cost that comes from delaying any action when it comes to dealing with global warming.

On November 7, 2016, Felipe commented on Christmas without Christmas trees? :

Gorick – thank you for sharing this post. Like Roberto, I also have to agree that I grew up in a home where we used the same fake Christmas tree every December. However, my parents decided to buy a fake tree primarily because of safety reasons. Every year we read in the news stories of trees catching on fire, which sometimes results in serious injuries or deaths. I think this is a huge liability that people incur when purchasing natural Christmas trees. Maybe, as a way to avoid people from going after fake trees for this sole reason, companies can start advertising different ways to decorate the Christmas trees (one that does not include light ornaments). While this might be a difficult task, if successful, it could ultimately convince a part of the market to think twice before buying a fake tree.

On November 7, 2016, Felipe commented on Let’s Go Fly a Kite – SkySails and Climate Change :

Devi, thank you for sharing this post. I agree that something urgent should be done to reduce the amount of carbon emissions in the shipping industry, especially given that CO2 emissions in this sector are expected to increase between 50-250% by 2050. While your proposal of targeting a business sustainability plan sounds like a great idea, I wonder whether the parties involved would be reluctant to adapt a new technology on this premise alone, especially given that the energy produced by this new technology cannot be stored. This makes me wonder whether the companies would instead opt to go towards other forms of cheap and reliable energy sources (i.e. natural gas), which cause less harm to the environment compared to coal or oil. But as you mentioned, government regulation can help to incentivize some of these companies to opt for more clean technology. It will be interesting to see what the future holds for this industry.