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Fast Company Polishes Apple

Fast Company looked beyond Apple’s global smartphone sales decline and increasing Chinese competition, to select the venerable Silicon Valley firm as the number one pick in its 2018 edition of the World’s Most Innovative Companies. The magazine put a forward…

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The Talent Hunter: The Woman Behind Jobbatical

Growing up behind the Iron Curtain in the former Soviet Union, Karoli Hindriks learned about entrepreneurship from her resourceful parents. Each day was a “creative exercise,” trading for meat or butter just to put a meal on the table for…

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The Bitcoin Bubble and the Buddhist

Last December, I briefly flirted with the bitcoin craze. By chance I got an intimate glimpse into the frenetic “don’t miss this boat” mania that has gripped tech enthusiasts and speculators worldwide, a front row seat at an event that…

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Rune Theill and the Entrepreneurial Heartbeat

One startup in the can and another in the hopper, Rune Theill woke up sleeping on top of his backpack in his $14-per-night hostel in San Francisco’s dicey Tenderloin. He’d flown all the way from Copenhagen to the “Holy Grail…

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