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Europe is Cool Again: SF’s Startup Bridge

We stepped into the elevator at the Twitter building, joined by the general consul for tiny Malta, rode to the tenth floor, and entered the bustling, aptly named tech incubator Runway. But this wasn’t the usual mélange of entrepreneurs and…

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Women in Tech Talk Men

What is it with men these days? Last week, yet another sexist Silicon Valley VC was outed in a public shaming. Then the founding partner of 500 Startups resigned under pressure for similar reasons. This on the heels of the…

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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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How We Work: Humanitarianism Meets Tech and Art at Swissnex

How entrepreneurs prototype, launch startups, collaborate and innovate is the million-dollar question being explored every day in San Francisco. The proverbial Silicon Valley garage has been transformed into a new ecosphere of bustling tech incubators, teeming coding campuses, and fast-paced accelerators….

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