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On November 20, 2016, PHT commented on Teladoc: Mobile Medicine :

Phenomenal article Caroline!

Your article reminded me of IBM’s Watson case. As you mentioned, there are a significant number of diseases that could be consulted for and treated remotely. Beyond that, I wonder when companies will be able to use artificial intelligence to provide medical advice for general-doctor issues. This is quite a moonshot, but, Vinod Koshla at a speech at Stanford’s GSB did say that “doctors will not have a job in 2070”. I also wonder if lack of more progressive regulation will be the main obstacle for the improvement of mankind’s quality of life.

On November 20, 2016, PHT commented on “The Everything, Everywhere, Every time Store” :

Thank you Ayhan!

I would be interested to see how much Amazon continues to grow horizontally. In my opinion to much diversification of activities posses as a risk. I think Amazon should hone in on topics where it has a clear competitive edge. For example, Amazon should exit from TV-production and focus more on Web Services.

On November 20, 2016, PHT commented on Bringing Digital Innovation to the Mountain :

How Interesting!

I am a big fan of the EPIC pass and have been going to Utah and Colorado for a few years. I have witnessed the friction-less experience of this Technology!

Furthermore, I was fairly unaware of the application and the interesting features you mentioned in your article. I can’t help but to wonder if Vail Resorts should emphasize the friction-less experience more by highlighting the kind of Technology they use at resorts.

This was such an interesting article!

I can’t help but to wonder if this type of policy could be implemented in Latin America. Our economies have also a majority of cash transactions, however, more and more people are gaining access to mobile internet devices. Currently a lot of the usage is on social media, I think mobile payments would be a better use of our Tech in LatAm.

Considering that India has such a large population, this is an admirable effort. Mr. Modi is truly delivering on his promise to make the country’s economy more prosperous!

Phenomenal piece Jessie. This is indeed a topic that worries me as more and more businesses continue to shift marketing expenditure to Facebook, Google or other platforms that provide better marketing metrics. The unintended effect affected consumers who were used to consume news from newspapers – we don’t want to pay subscriptions and thus are more susceptible to inaccurate journalism. There is one great piece from John Oliver (HBO-Last Week Tonight) that explains this topic in depth – I am also afraid that biased news outlets could continue to overtake actual journalism. An example of this threat already occurred in the recent U.S. presidential election: biased news influencing working class voters towards the left or right.

I hope that other influential figures in Silicon Valley realize that business leaders must work towards educating newer generations about the importance of unbiased media. Our generation needs to start paying for honest journalism. As you mentioned, we need good news for democracy.


As I continued to read these articles on companies which are taking steps towards “band-aid” solutions to the Climate Change problem, it is refreshing to see that UPS is taking a more serious approach. In particular, it’s interesting to see that UPS has implemented a logistics, technologically enhanced solution to better operations. As business school students it’s valuable to understand that it is indeed possible to use pragmatic green initiatives in order to inspire the consumer. As consistent e-commerce shoppers, our generation must continue to support programs such as “my choice”. This is beneficial not only to us as consumers, but also to our one and only planet.

On November 7, 2016, PHT commented on Toyota: The XXI Century Race to the Moon :

Thank you for the article Felipe!

I find it quite interesting that Toyota has such serious goals for a relatively short period of time. If the footprint of Toyota carbon emissions is diminished by 2050, that would be an accomplishment that many manufacturers should applaud and aim for.

In the article you mentioned generating demand for more eco-friendly vehicles. This made me think about the article Zach wrote on Tesla. In this article Zach emphasized the importance of pressuring governments to enhance incentives for companies that sell Zero Emissions credits. I think that strategy would fit really well with Toyota. If the company is aiming to become 100% green, they might as well take full advantage of the opportunities presented by more stringent green house emissions regulation!

On November 7, 2016, PHT commented on Climate Change & Major League Baseball: A Strikeout? :

Thank you for the article Andy!

I am not particularly into baseball, however, I was impressed at the reach Climate Change could have on multiple industries and organizations which are part of our daily lives. Furthermore, I am curious to know what the actual carbon footprint of the MLB is compared to the overall US contribution to green house emissions. Although the number might be small in comparison with other industries such as Oil & Gas, it is important to keep opinions in perspective and realize that baseball is a simple family / friend driven activity that builds up communities all over the country. The MLB might not do much to change its footprint on the environment, but the decisions that other companies and governments make regarding climate change truly affect the game. This is the reason why the MLB should join the group of corporations taking ownership of climate change – companies need to continue to pressure global leaders towards more comprehensive regulation of activities which damage our planet.

Thank you Franklin – great article. I am quite surprised by the numbers. Mankind’s reliance on fossil fuels is still quite significant. As you mentioned, Solar is truly an opportunity. Particularly in remote places all over the developing world, solar will make a difference in the lives of millions.

Although Exxon continues to make investments in environmental efforts, I don’t believe there is anything sustainable which is structurally part of their business. It might be a matter of time or changes in the demand for energy. Furthermore, I look forward to the day in which Exxon has an Upstream business, a Downstream business, a Chemicals business and a Renewables business unit.

On November 7, 2016, PHT commented on Tesla: Profitable? It depends on the climate. :

Great article Zach. Although I agree on Musk’s approach to push for increased environmental standards, I think this is a particularly risky strategy. Instead, Mr. Musk should put more of the company’s focus on improved product performance and cost cutting. As Anthony mentioned in his comment above, cheap oil prices have minimized consumer demand for energy efficient vehicles.

Furthermore, in the current political environment I believe that a bigger push for environmental standards will continue to be a second hand issue which is not truly in the minds of congress.

A strategy that Mr. Musk should consider is to invest in a massive “car emissions” awareness campaign which would get consumers in the conversation and thus cause national attention. Mr. Musk should seek to influence environmental standards by directly placing a spotlight on the issue and asking the government for action.