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On November 20, 2016, GVS commented on Offshore drillers – change to survive :

Thank you, Akanksha. The feat that is off-shore drilling has always astounded me. to keep a ship that stable while working some 2-3 miles down is remarkable. Much like Michael, I too wondered how you saw analytics and data management changing the landscape for engineers and rig workers alike. As algorithms become more sophisticated (like Watson) will their be increased sensing/reacting mechanisms put in place to make automatic corrections to the drilling process?

This is a particular field in which I do not know much about, but am incredibly interested. Thank you for your post

Love this- thank you, Zach. As a long-time consumer of ESPN (as I’m sure many in our section are) I can say that I’ve definitely purchased more in cable than I would otherwise just to have ESPN on my channel line-up. Do you feel that ESPN’s TV presence will eventually be completely a thing of the past, or will they be able to at least flat line their subscribers to protect some part of that business? As a suggestion, perhaps they could renegotiate their fee structure with television providers? Do you think that they could make up in volume what they lost in revenues from substitution?

On November 20, 2016, GVS commented on Bras in a Digital World :

Hi Avatar- thank you for this great post. I can’t say I’ve ever had the experience of having a bra fitted, but I feel like it might be a bit awkward doing it over the internet. You made great mention that the feedback thus far has been positive, but do you see this changing as different types and styles of lingerie are introduced? For example, when they begin to fit leggings, underwear, or even pantyhose, would there be a “tight white tank top” – like option for women to wear?

I think the model is genius, as it significantly cuts down on travel time, fuel costs, etc. But I am still not convinced that it won’t push away more woman than it pulls in.

On November 20, 2016, GVS commented on Apple: Digital Healthcare Innovation :

Thank you, Christian. This is a really interesting article. I was wondering where you got the data regarding the revenue from small hospitals? Did you run across anything in your research that suggested people who are more involved in their own healthcare (via apps) may actually visit the Dr. more for well checks and sick visits? I know when I rotated through a small private pediatric practice that the majority of the firms revenues came from well-check visits which were completely reimbursed by insurers.

Great post- I was wondering if you ever came across anything in your research about employee fatigue with the Facebook interface? Do employees find that when they use the same interface day in and day out, that they begin to hate the program? I imagine the enterprise version would be kept completely separate from the regular user interface, but how does one keep people from becoming unfocused and distracted (on Facebook) when they are using it for their corporate communication? I imagine it might be like working in a donut shop where you try all the donuts during your first week. After that point, at a few upset stomachs, you don’t care to try the donuts any more. Do you think any such saturation affect would occur with this tool?

On November 6, 2016, GVS commented on Health Care without Harm :

Having come from a health care “industry” prior to attending HBS I wholeheartedly agree that, independent of other sectors, health care consumes a huge amount of energy. Hospital’s themselves are 24 hour institutions which run continuously 365 days a year. The “products” which come from these operations, too, are often hard to quantify. Given these constraints, I find myself wondering how we can cut energy consumption at the hospital level and not negatively affect patient care. We’ve learned that many sustainable implementations actually lower costs to consumers, but when you consider an industry like pharmaceuticals, is it possible to put in place “greener” practices without passing those costs onto patients?

On November 6, 2016, GVS commented on Coca-Cola – Corporate Greenwashing or Genuine Change? :

This is a great post about a very influential corporation. I personally don’t drink that many coke products, but feel a strong connection with the brand being from the southern part of the US (where Coke is headquartered). While reading this I became curious about the water consumption of other popular beverages and found that on average, it takes one gallon of water to grow a single almond. While Almond milk and coke are two totally different beverages to be consumed differently, did you look happen to come across any work being done by manufacturers of what would be considered health foods to mitigate water usages?

On November 6, 2016, GVS commented on AXA: “the cost of climate change is too damn high!” :

Thank you for the post, Raphael. I feel your piece highlights how companies are being forced to invest in climate change solutions, even when that is not their declared business. I do, though, find it hard to believe that insurance companies will bare the brunt of the impact of climate-change. Did you see any search about the changes in AXA’s average premiums? A quick view of the companies website actually shows that their EPS was up nearly 10% over FY ’14. This does not seem to be congruent with what the corporation is saying.

On November 6, 2016, GVS commented on Can banks save the world? The case of Bank of America :

This is a great post, Eugeniu– thank you. Banks are not often thought of as large contributors to global climate-change and sustainability but it is clear they have a huge role to play. BoA seems to have struck a nice compromise between the pursuance of profit for their shareholders and the encouragement of greener, more sustainable practices. While doing your research did you come across any other banks that appear to be doing anything close to this in terms of ensuring sustainable practices? A quick google search showed that in 2012 Goldman Sachs “established a target to finance and invest $40 billion in clean energy globally over the following decade. Just over four years later, [they] achieved this initial goal. In November 2015, [they] increased our existing target to $150 billion by 2025” (GS, 2016). Do you feel that these claims are realistic or merely clever accounting?

On November 6, 2016, GVS commented on Coffee: Hotter is Better, Right? :

Thank you for this post about Starbucks– I think we’d be hard pressed to find anyone who hadn’t enjoyed one of their beverages at some point in time. All while reading your work, I was wondering what role corporations like Indigo can have in preventing or at least lessening the negative impacts that climate-change poses for coffee growers. Did you, in any of your research, come across programs looking to leverage biofilm coverings for producing a more sustainable coffee bean?