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SPiN: The Ping Pong Startup

Ping pong is all about spin, and that’s why the SPiN Ping Pong Social Club has located its latest franchise smack in the heart of San Francisco’s startup gulch. Celebrity actress and activist Susan Sarandon is behind this multi-pronged experience,…

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Founders Space Goes Big In China

Steve Hoffman’s long, strange, and successful track record includes colorful stints – as a Hollywood development executive in Los Angeles, designer with Sega Enterprises in Tokyo, founder of an interactive television production company and small computer gaming firm, and now, nurturing…

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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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