Episode 53: Corporate Winners; Uber vs. L.A.; and “Life After” Robotics

We’re staying positive in our home offices. But we’ve all got lots of online activity scheduled.

Mentioned: Dave and Sharon’s how-to video on hosting a virtual party: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vwt6hYdwUD8 and how to be a good guest at a virtual party: https://youtu.be/GLRmHARTsic.

Topic 1: Companies “doing it right” in the current environment.

Many companies are suddenly facing a new environment – and one most were not prepared for. How are they responding? We talk a few winners out there. For example:

Paypal is delaying payments on their “Working Capital” loans for ninety days. BMW – suspend the next two payments. Both of these are designed to avoid a negative hit on your credit report.

Messaging with the right tone: Examples include Nike “Stay together at home,” Coca Cola, and Burger King.

Topic 2: L.A. Wants Uber’s Big Data

Uber Sues the city of Los Angeles over access to their big data. And of course this leads into the discussion of data availability . . . and even into our previous conversation about the Contract for the Web.



Related link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/25/coronavirus-singapore-to-make-contact-tracing-tech-open-source.html

Topic 3: “Life After” segment: Robotics & automation

Wherein we pick a technology to discuss what it will look like “after” the current economic downturn is over.

Related Link: https://www.brookings.edu/blog/the-avenue/2020/03/24/the-robots-are-ready-as-the-covid-19-recession-spreads/

Book referenced: A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future by Daniel H. Pink. Also a great audio book.



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