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Tasting the Future of Work at Porto’s Lionesa

The lady in red shakes her head and sends back the bottle of vinho tinto for a better vintage from Portugal’s famed Douro Valley. We’re relaxing in a delightful open-air courtyard the length of a freight train station, a colossal…

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Baking a Tech Ecosystem: Lisbon’s Hub Criativo

Up the river from Lisbon’s sparkling central waterfront, a campus-sized, tech hub of the future is taking shape. Everything a modern entrepreneurial ecosystem demands will soon be found here in a reborn former military compound: incubators, fab labs, co-working and…

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Lisbon’s Startup Nexus: Beta-i

Ricardo Marvão, the lanky co-founder of Beta-i, trots up and down the steps to show us his eight-story progeny, Lisbon’s top-rated incubator, explaining on the fly why it has become an international hub for tech founders and Fortune 500 corporates…

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Tech’s Global Catch-22: SF Scooter Snafu

San Francisco startups assume everything is possible. And why not? Countless originals – from Airbnb to Uber, Twitter and Slack – have succeeded here by challenging the status quo. Ask for forgiveness, not permission, goes the mantra. But attitudes are…

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