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Thinking Outside the Music Box

On the long drive from San Francisco down to Santa Barbara, we stopped in picturesque Solvang and happened upon an antique store that provided an impromptu lesson in the disruptive power of innovation. If not for the wine, we wouldn’t…

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Grounding Samsung: FAA Bans Galaxy Note 7

This weekend the FAA criminalized the latest Samsung smartphone. Following the evacuation of a Southwest flight due to a smoking Galaxy Note 7, the US Department of Transportation and the FAA jointly issued the emergency order, adding that: “Anyone violating…

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A Millennial Hunts For Work in San Francisco: Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

Maybe I’m just not sexy enough for San Francisco. That’s the resounding message I’m picking up from my post-college summer job search. As the world’s startup capital and the center of innovative opportunity, San Francisco seemed to be the ideal city in which…

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Design Thinking The Apple Store

My iPhone 6 went funky on me last week, a product failure that sent me running to my local Apple store. My phone’s speaker was on the fritz, and callers’ voices were tinny. Moreover, “Jon, are you there?” wasn’t a…

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