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Go Bears! Cal Fights Trump

California is an engine of entrepreneurship for the nation and the world, and the University of California, Berkeley, founded in 1868, is the jewel of an unparalleled statewide university system. Trump recently tweeted a threat to cut federal funding for…

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Best SmartUp Innovations of 2016

Tech and innovation had a good year. Solar energy powered a globe-circling flight via the Solar Impulse 2, Nike pioneered self-lacing shoes, Ario introduced an IoT lighting hack, Apple spiced up Union Square with a dramatic experiential showroom, and ping…

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What Now, San Francisco? Gavin Newsom on Tech’s Promise and the Politics of Empathy

Gavin Newsom, the telegenic former mayor of the world’s startup capital, and the leading candidate for the next governor of California, came to San Francisco’s hot SoMa tech district last week to deliver an election post mortem. Facing an anxious…

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Europe’s Golden Gate: Web Summit Lisbon 2016

Sitting with Nuno Mathias, Portugal’s Consul General in San Francisco at the classic St. Francis Yacht Club the other day, in view of the Golden Gate, I caught a glimpse of the future. Gearing up for this week’s Web Summit…

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