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May 14, 2020
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The ‘Team LeBron’ takes a Star Party turned into a tribute to Kobe Bryant

first_imgThe ‘Team LeBron’ shone at the beginning and the endUnder the new format, the first three quarters were “individual” and the LeBron Team began overwhelming with a partial 53-41, in which Leonard showed his best starter inspiration, which allowed the first $ 100,000 donation to be taken.But Team Antetokounmpo reacted in the second and returned the coin with another dominant partial of 51-30, which gave them the donation of $ 100,000. Then came the third period and equality was present with a final score of 41, which resulted in the donation of $ 100,000 left for the team that won the match.Under the new format, and in homage to Bryant, the so-called “Incessor Objective” was established, which would be the sum of 24 points to the best of the three quarters that had one of the two teams, which corresponded to the Giannis Team that finished with 133 points (157), for 124 of Team LeBron, led by Lakers coach Frank Vogel.In this way, the fourth period, which eliminated the 24-second possession clock and there were no commercial cuts, served for the two teams to fight for the victory with the goal of reaching 157 points first.The LeBron Team, with a better startling inspiration to also achieve the many decisive ones, made possible the comeback of the nine points that were down on the scoreboard when they reached the fourth period and took the victory, in addition to $ 400,000 to distribute to the charities and Chicago colleges to which they were going to deliver the money.Doncic, low profileTogether with Leonard, who was the great figure, James and reserve base Chris Paul, of Oklahoma City Thunder, contributed 23 points each, while Davis reached 20 points with nine rebounds.Slovenian baseman Luka Doncic of Dallas Mavericks, in his debut in a All-Star Game, the sixth youngest player in NBA history to start the game, contributed just eight points. As he had anticipated, the former Real Madrid player of 20 years, had a low profile during the 18 minutes he played, in which he scored 3 of 6 field shots, including 2 of 5 triples, captured a rebound, distributed four personnel and recovered a ball.While for Team Giannis, in which the captain was the Greek power forward Antetokounmpo, the Milwaukee Bucks star ended up as a leader by getting a double-double of 25 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and three blocks. Two other tall players, the pivots, Cameroonian Joel Embiid, from Phliadelphia 76ers, and Frenchman Rudy Gobert, from Utah Jazz, also achieved double-doubles that did not prevent defeat. Embiid achieved 22 points and 10 rebounds, for 21 goals and 11 balls captured under Gobert’s hoops.Another player of Team Giannis, who overcame the barrier of 20 goals, was the baseman Kemba Walker, of the Boston Celtics, who reached 23, but did not get the decisive in the final stretch of the match. The Lakers star team beats Antetokounmpo’s (157-155) Photo: EFEcenter_img The memory of the legendary Kobe Bryant monopolized the entire 69th edition of the NBA All-Star Party, which featured center star Anthony Davis and forward Kawhi Leonard, two players from the Los Angeles teams – Lakers and Clippers – city in the one that the ‘Black Mamba’ completed all her brilliant professional career of 20 seasons.Therefore, no one better than a Lakers player, Davis, was the one to decide the triumph of Team LeBron (James, captain), his partner with the Angelian club, in which Bryant shone with his own light to get five league titles and a Most Valuable Player (MVP) league award, in addition to 18 All-Star entries.Davis scored the second personnel shot that allowed Team LeBron to reach the “Objective Incessor” of 157 points first and proclaimed champion of the 69th edition of the All-Star Party by beating Team Giannis, who stayed in 155 points.The meeting held at the United Center, the first in Chicago since 1988, had a new format in honor of Bryant, his daughter Gianna, 13, and seven others who lost their lives last January 26 in a helicopter crash occurred in the area of ​​Calabasas (California). Team LeBron wore a blue uniform with number two in memory of Gianna, while Team Giannis had the red uniform and all the players wore the shirts with number 24, in memory of Bryant.The forward Kawhi Leonard of the Clippers, who played 20 minutes with Team LeBron was the top scorer of the game by getting 30 points after scoring 11 of 18 field shots, including 8 of 14 triples, also captured seven rebounds, distributed four assists and recovered two balls to become the winner of the MVP, the first with the name of Kobe Bryant. From this All-Star all MVP awards will be permanently named Kobe Bryant.The game, as expected, was going to be full of news and especially references in the permanent tribute to Bryant, starting with the new format that would allow to raise money for charities and scholarships in Chicago schools in his honor and the tribute of the halftime show.last_img read more

July 26, 2019
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Amazons Lesson About Disruption Rattle Any Market You Can

first_img August 29, 2017 Image credit: Shutterstock Entrepreneurs can stick to their static business models or learn from Amazon’s innovation mindset. Next Article Disruption Add to Queue Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Records-Johnston Professor of Free Enterprise in the School of Entrepreneurship at Oklahoma State University –shares Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Amazon’s Lesson About Disruption: Rattle Any Market You Can Guest Writer Per Bylund In the latest step Amazon has taken in its never-ending quest to worm its way into every aspect of consumers’ lives, the retail juggernaut is reportedly breaking into the ticketing industry.Reuters reports that Amazon is toying with the idea of partnering with venue owners to sell event tickets, potentially disrupting the industry stranglehold Ticketmaster has enjoyed for decades. The sales powerhouse also made a major move by acquiring Whole Foods for $13.4 billion, continuing a pattern of shaking things up by applying its infrastructure and services to new industries.On one hand, Amazon’s distribution system puts most industry incumbents to shame. Contrast it with that of the U.S. Postal Service, for example, and the results aren’t pretty. I recently ordered more than 40 items through my Amazon account, and waited what I’d estimate was half the time (and mistakes) as I’d have suffered through with the post office.On the other hand, the breadth of Amazon’s reach has become somewhat unnerving. The cmpany has sold more than 10 million Alexa-powered Echo devices since the technology debuted in 2014, filling households everywhere with artificial intelligence. Beyond groceries and event tickets, the company is also rumored to be considering a push into the pharmaceutical industry.According to the New York Times, these moves have sparked a 25 percent increase in Amazon’s sales and an 8 percent increase in its shareholder value. So, even if we aren’t sure how to feel about Amazon’s insatiable appetite for disruption, we can still learn from its strategy.Related: Why Every Smart Decision Comes Only After an Evaluation of Customer NeedsInside the belly of the beastAmazon isn’t necessarily an innovative company; it’s a bookseller that leveraged logistics to increase customer satisfaction. After conquering the book business, Amazon realized it could feed more than paperbacks into its incredibly efficient sales network.With a physical distribution network in place for deliveries, Amazon pivoted its business model into what it was always meant to be: an ecommerce titan. Instead of competing solely against bookstores, Amazon has been able to evolve to take on the likes of Walmart and Target. In the end, books were simply a beta test for Amazon’s sales infrastructure and business model.This outside-the-box approach isn’t unique to Jeff Bezos, though. Consider Starbucks, which peddles an established product using a novel business model. The chain didn’t invent coffee — it simply came up with a faster way of serving an (arguably) better product. What was once a small Seattle franchise recently sank $1.3 billion into China to stabilize itself in the global economy, according to AOL finance reports.To beat the Amazons and Starbucks of the world, we need to come up with our own ways to disrupt static industries, regardless of our business. Here are some of those first steps:Related: Why Established Companies Are Embracing an Amazon-Like Culture1. Figure out what your customers crave.The key to successfully disrupting any business sector is to understand what customers value. That typically takes plenty of information — if not tacit knowledge — and wrong conclusions to weed through,, and it’s something that can be learned only by launching products and services, to learn how people actually use them.Even if you fall flat on your face, view the event as a learning experience. While 63 percent of consumers surveyed told Nielsen they liked to see new products, the Product Development and Management Association has reported that about 49 percent of consumer goods fail. And that reflects the fact that your product or service may be less important than your distribution system. Even a failed product can help move you toward a successful business model.Amazon’s initial work with book sales helped it recognize that people cared quite a bit about getting goods as quickly as possible. This realization helped Amazon as it began to offer different products. It recognized that the delivery logistics involved were just as important as the quality of the goods it offered.In your own case, figure out what truly matters to your customer base, and adjust your business model to address those needs.Related Video: Amazon Rolls Out a ‘Geek Squad’ Service2. Create unexpected value.Far too many companies focus on solving existing problems. True disruption involves creating value where it didn’t exist before (or where it wasn’t expected). The iPhone didn’t solve any clear problems — there were already plenty of cellphones on the market — but most people would be hard-pressed to go a few days without their beloved smartphones now that we have become so reliant on the technology.Once Amazon solidified its logistics based on one product category, it began to implement its model to other verticals. Books were relatively easy to disrupt because the buying process in that industry was so abysmal. Now that Amazon has set an industry standard in terms of logistics, it’s able to break into different markets by applying its perfected process.Even with this incredible growth (Prime Day was apparently bigger than Black Friday for Amazon), the company somehow managed to deliver orders as soon as 12 minutes after they were processed. Delight your own customer base by solving problems they never knew existed. Pinpoint a shortcoming that people generally accept as a cost of doing business — slow delivery, a lack of options or a lackluster review system — and explore potential ways to eliminate those stumbling blocks.3. Satisfy every customer.Amazon’s most brilliant move was applying a basic principle of human nature to the business world. Amazon doesn’t provide fast delivery just for speed’s sake; it’s able to increase customer satisfaction about the product being delivered by reducing wait times. A timely delivery prevents customers from becoming impatient or experiencing buyer’s remorse before they ever receive their purchase.Before Amazon came along, people drove to their local bookstores to sift through thousands of titles on shelves. Staff members weren’t always knowledgeable, and the books were often organized in ways that defied logic. What’s more, neither source could tell you which books you were looking at had been favorites of other consumers or whether those titles were related to your own favorite books.Those bookstore visits weren’t an effective use of time, but retailers could get away with this because they were competing only with libraries and schools.Amazon upended that industry: Statista estimates that there will only be 22,600 bookstores left in the United States by the end of next year. And Amazon helped create that trend by helping people find what they want to read in a much shorter amount of time.The lesson here is that if your company can meet a basic human need (and do it better than anyone else), you’re in solid shape to carve out a substantial customer base.Related: Is Amazon’s First Brick-and-Mortar Bookstore the Future of Retail?Whether we like it or not, Amazon seems determined to continue blazing trails in new sectors of the business world. Entrepreneurs can stick to their static business models and wait for innovators to eventually put them out of business, or they can learn from Amazon’s seemingly unstoppable rise to global domination. Personally, I’m following Amazon’s lead. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Enroll Now for $5 7 min readlast_img read more