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Dean Potter’s Gift

Celebrated climber Dean Potter’s death from a tragically failed wingsuit BASE jump this past May hit me harder than I expected, and maybe understandably, since I had met the legendary man himself at a Reel Rock movie screening (a movie…

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Startup to ShutDown: What’s Next?

Sarah M. was not the typical candidate for a startup. Until a few months ago, she’d worked extensively in property management, specializing in relocating professional athletes. But then she read about Campus Coliving, a new-fangled housing startup for Millennials (think…

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Rejection Therapy: Prototype Failure

One lonely night not long ago, Jason Comely was where we all end up at some point in our lives: feeling sorry for himself. The deck seemed stacked against him. Nine months earlier, his wife had left him for a…

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