Weekend Digest: July 20, 2018
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Weekend Digest: July 20, 2018

F.B. International’s Weekend Digest is an easy-to-read breakdown of what we’re reading and highlighting from the past week.

More from this week’s theme: GDPR


Each week, on F.B.’s social media we highlight a different theme, industry, or sector. Take a look at our Twitter and LinkedIn to see what we’ve been talking about this week.

  • The GDPR has been in effect for almost two months now, here’s what happened so far: https://bit.ly/2JExIpL
  • Here’s the cost of complying with GDPR for big multinationals: https://bloom.bg/2FT5QB3
  • How will GDPR affect digital advertising? From content-recommending engines like Google, to targeted social campaigns, this article from Forbes breaks it down: https://bit.ly/2zWOXml
  • What does GDPR mean for medical writers and clinical researchers? This article explains the specifics and provides some anonymization tips: https://bit.ly/2L9C3qq

What our team is reading this week:

Each week, the team at F.B. chooses an article to share. These are not necessarily related to international business, but are some “good-reads” we think you may enjoy.

Fabrice Bonvoisin, President

“Try not to suck!”

This great line from Cubs’ manager Joe Maddon resonates a lot with me. After reading his book by the same title, the connections are at 3 levels: personal, sports, and business.

At the personal level, Joe’s stories about his Italian family remind me stories of my Italian grandfather who fled the fascists in Italy to settle down in Calais, North of France. Joe and my grandfather would have been best buddies. They both combine the desire to excel in business, the eagerness to try new things, the willingness to help their communities, the passion for sports, and always having fun.

By the end of Maddon’s book, I found myself in many of his principles. 90% of our success is based on preparation and hard work. We certainly learn from our mistakes, but even more so from listening to others and comparing notes. In terms of management style, having fun with your teammates, whether it is on the field or at the office, is more a sign of mutual respect and strength than weakness.


To read Fabrice’s full reflections on this book, you can check out his blog post here

Image from Amazon

Link to purchase the book: https://www.amazon.com/Try-Not-Suck-Exceptional-Extraordinary/dp/1629374768

Ruby Blau, Marketing Associate

Learning another language isn’t easy. If anyone could corroborate that story (and maybe she can), it’s Alexa, Amazon’s famed voice assistant. But what made French such a challenge for Alexa’s machine learning? Alexa’s first language (if we can attribute a “mother-tongue” to an inanimate, AI-based being) was English. Alexa also learned German and Japanese–and seemingly without a hitch.  As a non-native speaker of French, I can attest to the complexity of the language: from grammar rules with kilometer-long lists of exceptions, to syntax that can be adjusted depending on the register of formality, and of course, French’s infamously difficult pronunciation. With all this in mind, and over a decade of French-language study under my belt, it was almost comforting to see that it was a challenge for engineers, linguists, and AI-specialists to teach Alexa to speak (and understand) French.

This article from WIRED is an enjoyable peek into what it takes to teach a voice assistant, like Alexa, a language and the lengths Amazon went to with French in particular.

Image from WIRED


Article: https://www.wired.com/story/how-amazon-taught-alexa-to-speak-french/

Balint Homonnai Varga, Assistant Project Coordinator

It has been a great first half of 2018 for Vintage and Swiss watches in general. Swiss watch exports are up by 9.9% in value so far this year, and vintage watch auctions gather a record amount of interest from around the world. The desire for vintage watches has been growing for the past years and this shows in the styles brands like Tudor design and produce.

This week, high – end jewelry boutiques are receiving one of the most anticipated watches of 2018: The Tudor Black Bay 58. Although this model is an ode to the first divers’ watch made by Tudor (1950s Tudor Ref. 7922), it also draws design elements from models in the late 1960s, such as the snowflake hands.

Watch forums are updated daily as collectors and enthusiasts alike find themselves looking for initial thoughts and reviews on the most old-looking-new watch yet.

Image from Bulang and Sons


Article: http://magazine.bulangandsons.com/tudor-black-bay-fifty-eight-review/

Events you may be interested in next week:

    • July 25thPrice Quoting from the Pro Forma InvoiceWebinar, sponsored by SBA Trade Finance, is designed to help you gain the “know how” to improve your firm’s cash flow cycle, profitability, and competitive advantage globally. 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. CDT. No charge; advance registration required. For information & registration, please see: https://bit.ly/2LqjoG1
  • July 25thIsraeli & Global Startups: Investing in Frontier TechnologyQualified Investor Lunch sponsored by the America – Israel Chamber of Commerce Chicago. Investors will hear updates and perspectives from startup CEOs, and learn about investment opportunities available on the OurCrowd platform. Speakers include: Asher Abraham, Senior Vice President of Investor Relations, OurCrowd; Udi Meirav, CEO & Co-Founder, enVerid; and Brett Hurt, CEO & CoFounder, Data.World. 12:00 – 2:00 p.m., Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC, 2 North LaSalle Street, Suite 1300, Chicago. For information & registration, please see: https://bit.ly/2JKV7G8
  • July 25thFDA Regulation: Cosmetic or Drug Product? Webinar, sponsored by Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A., will discuss the various regulatory classifications and explore circumstances in which a product can be considered a drug, medical device, dietary supplement, or consumer product. It will also analyze how a personal care product comes to market and identify FDA requirements while exploring applicable regulatory hurdles. 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. CDT. Fee: $200. For information & registration, please see: https://bit.ly/2uzI9WY
  • July 25thImport Bonds in the Crossfire of Trade Wars.Webinar, sponsored by Roanoke Trade, will address Tariff Hikes Responsible for the Trade Wars and Chinese Retaliation, and Section 232 & 301 Tariffs and Bond Sufficiency. 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. CDT. No charge; advance registration required. For information & registration, please see: https://bit.ly/2O2FDAu
  • July 26thMexico’s New Tariffs. Webinar sponsored by GRVR Attorneys. 11:00 a.m. CDT. Fee: $49. For information & registration, please see: https://bit.ly/2uBWqSL

Next week’s theme: High-tech Farming


Next week we’re going to be discussing trends in high-tech & precision farming and their role in sustainable agriculture. Make sure to follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn to see these posts.

Author: Ruby Blau

Ruby is the Marketing Associate for FB International LLC. Ruby focuses on supporting the marketing, social media, and business development efforts of FB International’s clients.

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