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Startup San Francisco Playbook

Entrepreneurs, startup founders, and aspiring techies from all over the world are coming in droves to SF. They all want to know the answer to this burning question: how do you get the most from a San Francisco immersion? Last…

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The Talent Hunter: The Woman Behind Jobbatical

Growing up behind the Iron Curtain in the former Soviet Union, Karoli Hindriks learned about entrepreneurship from her resourceful parents. Each day was a “creative exercise,” trading for meat or butter just to put a meal on the table for…

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So You Want to Be a Platform? Booking.com or Airbnb

These days, it seems everyone ­– venture capitalists and founders alike – considers platforms the ultimate stage in tech evolution. They’re all the rage in retail, finance, travel, fitness, you name it. But what makes one platform expand, while another…

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Web Summit Formula for Success: How to Meet the People Who Matter

Fifty thousand techies, entrepreneurs, corporates and startups descended on delightful Lisbon this month for Europe’s biggest tech conference. The agenda was packed: elite CEOs, heads of state, startup founders, supermodels and celebrities. We started with the little guys. We surfed…

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