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Innovation Gets A Lesson In Guanxi

My first night in Shanghai began with an exchange of presents: I brought a copy of one of my books translated into Chinese, while my host gave me a beautifully wrapped cloth box bearing a single, elegantly crafted tea cup….

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Think Small To Scale In Shanghai

Steve Hoffman, the genial “captain” of Founders Space, hands me his smartphone to snap some pics and takes to the mega stage to spin a fantastic, futuristic vision of technology and next generation business. Forty minutes later, he hands me the…

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Coding for Comedy: Google’s Chet Haase

This is a story about a geek driven to make people think and laugh, a techie whose love of comedy and improvisation shows us that seemingly extracurricular pursuits can help you come into your own. Meet Chet Haase, a top…

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Cross-Training for Innovation

Call it cross-pollination, transference, or paradigm shift: it’s the heart of innovation. Spotting emerging patterns – plucking an idea from another industry or culture – and then stitching it into a different world. Crossing ideas and influences can feel like…

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