Who Let the Dogs Out?

Who Let the Dogs Out?

Like many other start-ups, Wag has been overwhelmed by its own success.

Wag is a dog-walking service that, like Uber, links pet owners and a network of walkers online. Launched in 2015, it seemed poised for rapid growth, especially after benefiting from an enormous injection of capital. However, growing pains started hurting the company, and it lost market share. Former employees put some of the blame on new management for failing to understand the company and develop a sound strategy.


Video Spotlight: Wag Dog Walking Review


This post is based on the CNN.com article, Dog-Walking Startup Wag Raised $300 million to Unleash Growth. Then Things Got Messy, by S.A. O’Brien, September 27, 2019, and the YouTube video, Wag Dog Walking Review – Wag App Reviewby Red Pill Vegan, June 8, 2018. Image source: Brand X Pictures/Getty Images

Discussion Questions:

1. What is Wag’s core business? Is the direction taken by top management consistent with the core business?

Guidance: Wag’s core business is taking the best care of people’s pets. Top management’s primary concerns seem to have shifted from a love for dogs to market growth with more walkers, centralized operations, and cost reductions. The Continue reading

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Climate Change Is Changing Agriculture

Climate Change Is Changing Agriculture

In agriculture, adapting to climate change has become a necessity.

As weather patterns change around the globe, growers are learning to adapt in different ways. Some can afford to partner with scientists and plant experimental trees; others are forced to change their crops. For farmers, transitions to new product designs and operations are costly, and the viability of these transitions is as uncertain as the weather itself.


Video Spotlight: Growers Fighting Climate Change


This post is based on The New York Times article, In a Race Against Warming, Growers Try to Outsmart Climate Change, by M. Cone, September 21, 2019, and the YouTube video, Coffee Growers Combat Climate Changeby GreenTV, May 11, 2012. Image source:  Shutterstock/Valentyn Volkov

Discussion Questions:

1. What are the effects of climate change on agriculture and farmers’ lives?

Guidance: During warmer winters, there have not been enough chilly days for male trees to produce the pollen when female trees need it. Pests and diseases have increased. Extreme, sudden temperature changes have killed mature trees. Extreme heat waves and droughts have decimated crops and cattle. The effects of climate change on farmers’ lives are not negligible either: reduced income, increased Continue reading

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