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Why Innovation is Like Popcorn

Last week, browsing the aisles of my local grocery store, I found the perfect metaphor for the entrepreneur’s peripatetic search for the three I’s – ideation, iteration, and innovation. Not in a new app or gizmo, but in a magic…

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The $20 Billion Experiment in How WeWork

Forget for a moment technology. One of the planet’s most heavily financed startups is waging an all-out assault on where and how humans come together to create this digital domination. Welcome to WeWork, a sleek, tech-infused real estate movement profiting from…

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Crowdsourcing a Better Future: Paul Hawken’s Drawdown

Paul Hawken has a bold vision for tackling global warming through crowdsourcing expertise, marshaling big data, and wielding a new, transparent language that shines a positive light on change. “Drawdown means the first time on a year-to-year basis greenhouse gases…

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Skydiving into VR: Han Jin and LucidCam

Combine the drive of an immigrant, the brains of an electrical engineer, and the empathy of a traveler, and what do you get? The story of one young man’s Silicon Valley startup dream. The odds were stacked against Han Jin….

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