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Thanks for the interesting post. It seems Goldman has engaged in various rounds of VC funding in some of the FinTech start-ups such as Kensho, natural language processing based trading software. Citi bank also has its own venture capital arm that is dedicated to FinTech investment and in turn the bank incorporate the new technology into their day to day operations. It will be interesting to see if JP also engage in these types of venture investing, and if yes, what are the companies that are currently backed by JP.

On November 20, 2016, GL commented on Rosie the Robot in 2016 :

Great post! I purchased my first Roomba 3 years ago with no digital camera. One of the issues I had was it cannot find its way back if the charging station was not properly set up. Also, the first pass of cleaning tends to be very quick and ineffective. It will only work and clean better starting the second time. I am curious if this has to do with the fact that Roomba has to scan the room and collect data during the first pass. If that is the case, it probably will maintain that memory during the second pass for better performance.

It is definitely interesting to see the improvements Roomba has made throughout the year including the remote control over the phone. I will be interested to see if there are other revolutions within housekeep domain.

On November 20, 2016, GL commented on Pokemon Go: Bringing video games into the real world :

Thanks for the interesting post, King. I was in China during the big launch of Pokemon Go. Since google map was blocked in China, I was not able to experience this game first hand. This actually shows one of the limitation of the game, its dependency on third party softwares that may or may not be available in some regions in the world. That being said, Pokemon Go is really one of the first successfully commercialized application of augmented realty, despite the areas of improvement you mentioned in the article, it is exciting to see how this technology can be further applied into our every day life.

Interesting post, Bhargav! I can definitely see the benefit of the dis-centralized secure framework has on financial institutions. I am curious to see what are the types of financial assets that can be transferred through Chain Core blockchain network. My rudimentary understanding of blockchain is that it is the framework that is specific to bitcoin management and transaction. If this technology is broaden to the other asset classes, its impact is going to be significant.

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

Thanks for the interesting article. I can definitely see this technology being applicable in Macy’s especially for size availability, pricing information and additional customer reviews. One issue that I had with Macy’s is the customer service. Many times, I simply cannot find a sales representative to help check on the availability and sales information on certain product. On the other hand, this technology seems to be supplemental to the in store experience and the actual product lines that they carry. It will be interesting to see how Macy’s better integrate this technology into their day to day operations in the future and differentiate itself from the other mid-range department stores.

On November 7, 2016, GL commented on Coca cola responses to threat of climate change :

Great article! I especially liked the idea of utilizing marketing to arise more social awareness of climate change. Coca-cola is one of the most influential companies in the world and therefore definitely should take on bigger responsibilities in terms of fighting climate change. I am curious to see how PepsiCo is doing on this end. Since they are close competitors, I am suspecting that PepsiCo probably engage in many of such environmental responsible activities as well. It is interesting to see how competition can play a positive roles to keep both company responsible for the climate impact that they contribute.

Very interesting post! I was not aware that the garment industry such as H&M was so environmentally responsible. I have to say, every day, passing by the giant H&M stores on fifth avenue in New York, I cannot help but wonder what a waste of electricity it is to keep all the stores light up even after shopping hours. It is great to learn that at least much of the energy is made from sustainable sources. It will be interesting to find out what other companies, especially the luxury brands have done in terms of fighting the climate change since I would imagine that the luxury brands will have higher margin and therefore can potentially contribute more to the discussion of climate change.

On November 7, 2016, GL commented on In the ring with Tyson :

Great post, Ty! I definitely agree with the point about educating consumers. Having received a few environmental educational materials regarding poultry product in the US, I become more conscious of the impact of my food consumption on the environment and I grow to accept a higher price point more because of that. Another interesting thing as you mentioned is to join force with the supply chain partners. I was just reading the article about Burger King and its impact. It makes sense to create strategic partners between the meat provider and companies like Burger King to help make a positive impact on the environment together.

Very interesting topic! The abnormal climate changes definitely caught many cities off guard and incurred huge losses. Another interesting phenomenon is for places like middle eastern countries where drought is more expected, there has been increasing occurrences of heavy rain storms. I was caught in such rain storm while I was in Dubai in recent years. The whole transportation infrastructure was paralyzed and caused huge losses and inconvenience to the city and the citizens.

On November 7, 2016, GL commented on Burger King’s sustainability efforts: barely trying :

Great article! As a fast food lover myself, I have always been curious about the environmental impact of those companies. It is interesting to learn that McDonald’s is actually doing a way better job than Burger King. To me, it seems the power of one company is limited in terms of help reducing climate impact. I was wondering if there will be a strategic partnership in the future so that all fast food companies such as Yum and McDonald’s can join force and set up more industry standards.