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Starbucks Closing Teavana Is A Long-Term Troubling Sign For Investors

In 2013, Starbucks claimed that teas drinks were among the fastest-growing drinks at Starbucks cafes. They expected to open more Teavana stores. On July 27 Starbucks announced that it was closing all 379 of its Teavana stores. While almost immaterial to the bottom line, this is the second time Starbucks closed an acquired company. Can Starbucks do anything well other than open new stores?

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Why Amazon Echo Is Killing It While Windows Phone Is Dead — Developers Are What Matters

Amazon is working toward dominance in the voice-activated assistant market by stimulating app development through lower prices and wide distribution. Apple has a huge base of smartphones on which to build. Google is on almost every device. Have you heard of “Viv”? Here are the major strategic issues of this dynamic and disruptive industry as the players navigate “The Rapids” of growth.

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10 Great Lessons From Millennial Entrepreneurs

As in every generation there are true innovators in the Millennial cohort- ad agencies, drone development, entertainment, etc. But the dynamics of mass promotion on the web have produced far more hype than sustainable business. Yet, in the middle of swirl of self-promo videos, there are lessons emerging for every business hoping to innovate and grow.

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The Trend To Facebook Referrals Is A Risk To Google Search

Friday night, on the way home from work, you could type a search: “Restaurants nearby.” But, what about your friends- where might they want to eat? It’s the traditional face-to-face relationship process but via digital. So you type, “Hey, any ideas on where we should eat?” Because they know us, and where we are, they fire back specific answers like: “the Mexican place on Main.” They answers much faster and more collaboratively than Google.

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The #1 Real Estate Stock To Own Is Built On Trends – Alexandria Real Estate Equities (NYSE:ARE)

Pharmaceutical companies traditionally built their headquarters and labs in suburban locations where development was easy. Skilled employees preferred urban environments where land was at a premium. Alexandria realized the new trend for emerging companies was to be near universities and recent grads in urban environments, and although land was costly — and development more difficult — this was the right place to leverage the trend. Alexandria tracked the trends in employers, research people, competitors, and, of course, real estate to create a winning concept and a $10 B company.

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