While You Were In Meetings —9 -13 Oct

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P&G survived the Nelson Peltz Tide (or did they?) …

In one of the largest proxy battles in US Corporate history, P&G claimed victory in its battle with Trian Partners CEO, Nelson Peltz. Mr. Peltz however said “it was too close to call” and he still might emerge victorious reminding about his last bout with Heinz where the final count certified more than a month after the annual meeting had eventually put him on Heinz board. While David Taylor, P&G chief executive believes that the investors have shown faith in the strategy, a White Paper published by Trian a month ago Revitalize P&G Together did present a compelling case on why P&G needs a change.

Google found more allies in its war against Amazon …

Google announced a new partnership with Target which allows the latter to become a retail partner in Google’s voice enabled shopping. Google signed a similar deal with Walmart seven weeks back and is now set to give some competition to Amazon’s Alexa. One interesting number I noticed is that voice-enabled purchases account for only 0.006% of $390 billion commerce market in USA and is still a market which has not even been scratched.

Russian Cyber experts used every possible to meddle in US elections, even Pikachu …

Yes, you read it right, according to an investigation by CNN, Russia even used Pokemon Go to meddle in US elections.

While Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg said that Facebook owes American an apology, the politically divisive ads could soon be made Public, most likely after November 1, when tech giants, Facebook, Google and Twitter have been asked to testify publicly before the House and Senate intelligence panels.

Hyperloop One just became Virgin …

Sir Richard Branson boarded the futuristic Hyperloop One project by investing an undisclosed amount in the US based company, which will see Hyperloop One being rebranded as Virgin Hyperloop One and Sir Branson joining the board of directors. Hyperloop One has now raised $245 million since it was founded in 2014 which rightly according to The Verge “is a lot of money for a transportation startup with no commercial product, no revenue stream, no government approval, and no proof that its ultrafast transit system would even be safe for human passengers”.

BNP Paribas decided to end funding Oil & Natural Gas Companies …

French Bank announced that it will no longer do business with companies whose primary activity involves oil and gas extracted from shale deposits and tar sands. Also worth reading is CEO, Jean-Laurent Bonnafé’s LinkedIn article on energy transition. (Honestly I was shocked to see that he has less than 1200 Followers on LinkedIn).

During the DSTUMs …

Rick and Morty (and McDonalds) got Szechuaned ….

Airbnb’s next big step are Branded apartments …

Uber continues to be into choppy waters and faces 5 U.S. Probes …

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