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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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The Data Science Numbers Game

The secret to mining big data is the quirky and overlooked, the things we rarely think about, such as our love of even numbers. Today’s futuristic data analyst is a high-tech update on Sherlock Holmes and Margaret Mead, a blend…

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Long Now Thinking Meets Tech In San Francisco

While 170,000 techies descended upon San Francisco last week for Dreamforce, a few hundred on the other side of the city dove into a one-day rapid-fire tech summit focused on a longer view of the future – five-minute talks on…

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Innovating Lisbon: From Startups to Sustainability

Lisbon, Portugal is a city with a bold goal to become a global entrepreneurial center, and during my visit last week to consult in design thinking and innovation, there were times when this native San Franciscan did a double take:…

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