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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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Jumping The Border: Innovating Juarez

You may know Juarez as the setting for drug movies, a dusty border town across the Rio Grande from El Paso, notorious for cartels. But actually, you don’t know Juarez. At least, not the new Juarez, Mexico, that I visited…

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Sketching The Future: Toyota’s Secret Design Center

Bob Mochizuki, the lead designer at Calty, Toyota’s secret design center, passes among us like a proctor. He’s given us sketchpads and pencils and told us to start drawing simple shapes. Speed, not precision, he tells us, will yield the…

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Founders Space Goes Big In China

Steve Hoffman’s long, strange, and successful track record includes colorful stints – as a Hollywood development executive in Los Angeles, designer with Sega Enterprises in Tokyo, founder of an interactive television production company and small computer gaming firm, and now, nurturing…

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