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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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The Long Goodbye: La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club

Summer is when we break from our hyper-connected lives to stroll the beach, dip our toes in the sea, and step back into a simpler, romanticized past. Nostalgia can be a great motivator, and late this spring, just an hour…

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Box of Summer: La Jolla’s Lifeguard Icon

High on a craggy bluff overlooking the churning surf in La Jolla stands this weathered sea-green box, a proud, life-affirming icon dedicated to lifeguards everywhere, embossed with transcendent words and phrases that evoke the heart and soul of the brave…

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Welcome to the People’s Republic of San Francisco (欢迎来到旧金山人民共和国)

I’m standing on the 32nd floor of a sparkling new $3+ million luxury condo, attending a fashion photo shoot against the backdrop of a stunning, vertigo-inducing view of the Bay Bridge, catching a birds-eye perspective on the future of technology…

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