Remembering Clayton Christensen, the father of "disruptive innovation"

Clayton Christensen, who introduced "disruptive innovation" and its theory of how incumbents can overlook seemingly inferior upstarts that eventually consume their market share, died last week after years of battling health problems. Clark Gilbert, the president of BYU-Pathway Worldwide, remembered Christensen for his business and spiritual contributions, as "[n]ot only did Clay's insights help explain the failure of leading firms, they helped guide the search for new innovations that lead to the birth of whole new industries."

Club offers hands-on robotics to Neb. students

Students who participating in a Nebraska high school's robotics club get a hands-on chance to explore technology in a low-stakes setting, says science teacher Matt Bay, who co-sponsors the club with a math programming teacher. Two robots were recently built in the club, offering students from across grades and levels of experience the chance to work with the technology.

Goldman Sachs tries to reinvent itself

Goldman Sachs' revenue and profit centers have eroded, in part because of regulation and electronic trading, and the task of restructuring and rejuvenating the company falls to CEO David Solomon. He's implementing the company's first multiyear strategic plan and emphasizing financial and bureaucratic efficiency, while Goldman has also relaxed its office culture, starting with the dress code.

Veggie Grill debuts first NYC restaurant

Vegan restaurant chain Veggie Grill tailored its first New York City location that opened last month to the market, with technology and staffing designed to keep up with on-site and off-site demand, co-founder T.K. Pillan said. The chain launched 14 years ago in California and has since grown to 40 units in six US states.

CDC confirms 5 coronavirus cases in the US

CDC officials said Sunday that five people in the US who all recently traveled from Wuhan, China, have contracted the new coronavirus, and at least 100 more possible cases are under investigation. The virus has infected thousands in China, and the country's health minister Ma Xiaowei said the disease could spread before symptoms show, but Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said there's no clear evidence that is the case, though the agency is investigating the possibility.

How to maximize emoji marketing

Studies indicate that incorporating emojis into the marketing mix drives higher engagement rates, and Vandita Grover contends they can also make promotions more memorable and steer the course of conversation. To maximize impact, Grover suggests testing a campaign to ensure it's understandable, using the graphic tool in moderation and consider creating proprietary icons such as Burger King's use of emojis as part of an anti-bullying push.

Walmart experiments with a $12 wage, team staffing model

Walmart has raised the minimum hourly wage from $11 to $12 in about 500 of its locations as part of a test of a new team approach to staffing the stores. The new model will give lower-level employees more training, responsibility and opportunities for advancement, the company said.

Senator presses for action on White House cybersecurity
The Hill

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., is asking the National Security Agency for an update on cybersecurity at the White House in the wake of the apparent hacking of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' phone by the Saudis using a WhatsApp account. Wyden noted that White House adviser Jared Kushner reportedly has communicated with the Saudis on WhatsApp and that a cybersecurity official who recently resigned warned that "the White House is posturing itself to be electronically compromised once again."

McKesson's board settles opioid-related accusations for $175M

McKesson's board has agreed to a $175 million settlement to resolve accusations from investors that the directors failed to implement adequate internal systems to prevent suspicious opioid shipments. The drug distributor also agreed to separate the role of board chairman and CEO to strengthen its corporate-governance protections.

Greenblatt offers vision for HBO Max

HBO Max will complement sister service HBO when the streaming service launches, WarnerMedia's Robert Greenblatt explains in an interview where he expounds on the company's strategy for HBO Max for its May debut. "We're trying really hard to assign the same quality level and curated feeling that HBO has. It'll never be 50,000 hours of programming," he says.

Waymo to map Texas and N.M. to prep for AV trucks
USA Today

Waymo will soon start mapping Texas and New Mexico in preparation for testing its self-driving big-rig trucks in the states. Mapping minivans will drive on interstates 10, 20 and 45 and through cities such as Houston, Dallas and El Paso.

Very thin substances could be the future of manufacturing

Extremely thin two-dimensional materials such as molybdenum disulfide and graphene hold promise for the manufacturing of phones, headphones, solar cells and more. They can also be combined into three-dimensional blocks and deposited on silicon wafers for experiments.

Boeing 777X takes test flight

Boeing's long-haul 777X airplane took its first flight on Saturday. The 777X, which is the largest twin-engine plane ever produced, includes higher and bigger windows, folding wingtips to be more airport-friendly, improved lighting and a better cabin environment.

Key West, Fla., resort becomes part of Curio Collection after makeover

The ultra-luxury Reach Key West Hilton -- set on the only natural sand beach in Key West -- has joined the Curio Collection on the heels of a multimillion-dollar renovation. The Park Hotel & Resorts property has 150 rooms with balconies, a pool and a new oceanfront restaurant and offers jet skiing, scuba diving, sailing and other activities.