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The goal of "The Innovation Conversation" is to explore some facet of the fast-changing, technology-driven retail landscape and how it affects businesses and consumers. It is, we think, fertile territory ... and one that Tom Furphy - a former Amazon executive, the originator of Amazon Fresh, and currently CEO and Managing Director of Consumer Equity Partners (CEP), a venture capital and venture development firm in Seattle, WA, that works with many top retailers and manufacturers - is uniquely positioned to address.

"Nothing vast enters the life of mortals without a curse," the philosopher Sophocles once said.  That's the premise of "The Social Dilemma," a new hybrid documentary-drama on Netflix that looks at the price being paid by the culture for the growth and monetization of social media platforms.  In their last Innovation Conversation of 2020, Tom and KC take a hard look at the film, the evolution that has sparked serious concerns among many of the technology's early proponents, and the backlash that may be taking place in the form of toughened regulations.  If you use social media - or even more importantly, if your kids use social media - this is a discussion that needs to continue in your own homes and with your own families.