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Chinese Today Meets The Virtual Future

One after another, I hand the microphone to the next startup CEO, in front of two giant screens where they debut glimpses of their companies’ virtual and augmented reality ventures. They’re pitching for capital from an audience of roughly a…

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Secret Gardens: San Francisco’s Hidden Gems

Reject the Pokemon Go craze. Instead, search for something real: hidden urban “gardens” where anybody — and that means you — can surf the web, crank out some emails or code, or just hang. If you know where to look, treasures…

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Design Thinking: Apple’s New San Francisco Store

People around the world want to study design thinking and learn why it has relevance to their business, and now there’s a stunning example in my home city: a flagship Apple store that embodies the spirit, practicality, and vision of…

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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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