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Esports Gambling: Cosmo’s next Lotto

Las Vegas, the most iconic gambling destination, is on a losing streak. The casinos on  the Las Vegas  Strip  collectively saw  a 16% decline...

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'Craptops' and the End of Dell

In its most recent SEC filing, Dell explains the various reasons why it wants to go private. Among broader points about the merits of...

Original TV Series: The Illusory 'Silver Bullet'

It is a great time to be a lover of television. Content, for one, has never been better. Not only have many declared today...

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Esports Gambling: Cosmo’s next Lotto

Las Vegas, the most iconic gambling destination, is on a losing streak. The casinos on  the Las Vegas  Strip  collectively saw  a 16% decline in gambling revenue from last year. While a portion of the decline can be attributed to the Chinese anti- gambling regulations, the gambling industry is also facing the long term problem of a changing demographic...

Uprooting an Entrenched Banking System

With the rise of Netflix, Amazon, and Uber disrupting the media, retail, and taxi industries, the inconvenient truth is that banking is next on the horizon. With the rise of financial technology (FinTech) start-ups, Canadian banks could lose up to 60% of their retail banking and wealth management profits in the next decade. With retail banking accounting for anywhere...

PAY TO PLAY: WHY IT’S TIME TO END THE NBA’S LUXURY TAX

This article first appeared on Jason Hirschhorn’s Sports REDEF here. An excerpt is posted below: Although professional sports have never been more valuable or more popular than they are today, successfully managing a league is harder than ever. Central to this challenge is the controversial ideal of competitive equilibrium. While a well-balanced league is often argued to be in everyone’s interests,...

VERIZON AND YAHOO: LOW RISK, MEDIUM REWARD

On Monday July 25th Verizon announced its $4.83 billion acquisition of Yahoo’s core business. A preliminary analysis shows that the combined firm would breakeven in about 4 years on a margin basis. What’s more, this doesn’t even take into account three factors. First, digital ad revenues are growing quickly. They are expected to grow 15% this year and another 11% the following year...

Symantec: Hacking the Enterprise Security Space

Security breaches are increasing in both frequency and severity. Last winter, Anthem Blue Cross, a major US health insurance company, experienced a cyber attack on their IT system which compromised the personal information of 80 million Americans. This breach was one of 888 reported breaches in the first half of 2015, with each breach costing almost $4M. With the...

Nespresso: Stirring Up the Pod

A Latte Problems Despite its global leadership in the single-serve market, Nespresso failed to gain significant market share in the North American market since its entrance in 1991. It currently has only 4% market share in the region while its competitors, Tassimo and Keurig, lead with 25% and 53%, respectively. Released in 2014, Nespresso’s VertuoLine machine was designed to specifically...

Symantec: Hacking the Enterprise Security Space

Security breaches are increasing in both frequency and severity. Last winter, Anthem Blue Cross, a major US health insurance company, experienced a cyber attack on their IT system which compromised the personal information of 80 million Americans. This breach was one of 888 reported breaches in the first half of 2015, with each breach costing almost $4M. With the...

Digital Justice: Improving Access to Legal Services

Equal access to legal services is a concern amongst practicing lawyers and professional associations. High and rising legal costs hinder low-income Canadians from accessing fundamental personal and small business legal services, thus creating a culture of vulnerability. This unsettling picture, however, presents a multi-million dollar business opportunity, where an intermediary can serve to connect lawyers to this underserved market. My...

Mattel: Sold in China

For over 70 years, Mattel Inc. has been a global powerhouse in the toy industry. With a portfolio that includes several of America’s most iconic brands and spans 150 countries, Mattel has captured 57% and 28% of the North American and international toy markets respectively. However, as the first quarter of 2016 draws to a close, Mattel faces financial...

Yahoo’s Next Big Bet

Making a Fantasy, a Reality Fantasy sports have grown to become wildly popular in North America, with over 56.8 millions players, and 2015 revenues of $26B. Fantasy sports revenue is also expected to continue to grow by 41% over the next five years. This massive growth has been driven by rising disposable income, greater accessibility to the internet and mobile...

Nespresso: Stirring Up the Pod

A Latte Problems Despite its global leadership in the single-serve market, Nespresso failed to gain significant market share in the North American market since its entrance in 1991. It currently has only 4% market share in the region while its competitors, Tassimo and Keurig, lead with 25% and 53%, respectively. Released in 2014, Nespresso’s VertuoLine machine was designed to specifically...

The Bottom of the Barrel

In Spring 2015, oil prices fell from $120 a barrel to $50, resulting in rejoicing consumers and distress in commodity-dependent countries. However, one particular industry has stayed away from the spotlight: recycling. Recycling is currently a multimillion dollar business with $706B worth of opportunity that could be unlocked with the key of a circular economy: an industrial economy that...

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