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Portuguese Time-Out: The Barber of Lagos

One sleepy morning in the southern coastal city of Lagos, Portugal, we spied a barber shop, and peered inside to find a slender man sweeping. I stepped in and asked if he might cut my hair. This had not been…

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Summer Surprise: Finding Portugal

We are regulars at Zé’s, as much as anyone can be, as Zé is anything but regular and everything Portugal. We’ve been living 50 meters from his adorable café without a name, absent an awning or posted hours – our…

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The Landing Pad for Digital Nomads: Zoku

Zoku Amsterdam is a new way to travel, work, and yes, live – from the glorious, expansive, roof garden café, a communal space that blends a bustling co-working tech hub and hip social club, to the perfectly designed details in…

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Stanford Launchpad Blasts Off

There’s a revolution in entrepreneurship redefining the way we live, work, and launch companies, and this winter, I’ve had a front-row seat to the action at one of the most iconic proving grounds for startup founders. It all began this…

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