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San Francisco’s Human Connector: Eric Quon Lee

San Francisco is experiencing a gold rush. Tech and business prospectors are flocking here from all over the world to find their fortune. Competition is cutthroat for jobs, internships, venture capital – you name it. Apartments are hard to find…

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California Dreaming: The Power of Play

Play and her cousins whimsy and delight came to town last week when Steven Johnson, the celebrated author of several bestsellers on innovation and the new book Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World, took the stage before a packed…

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An Open Road to 2017 with the Five-Foot Traveler

Here’s where Sarah Gallo, the Five-Foot Traveler, journeyed this past year: Chernobyl, Mongolia, Transnistria, and beyond – six continents, 33 countries, 52,000 miles. Sarah blogged, wrote articles, instagrammed, snapchatted and tweeted every day from these distant outposts, illuminating to her…

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Best SmartUp Innovations of 2016

Tech and innovation had a good year. Solar energy powered a globe-circling flight via the Solar Impulse 2, Nike pioneered self-lacing shoes, Ario introduced an IoT lighting hack, Apple spiced up Union Square with a dramatic experiential showroom, and ping…

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