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Hot Slush 2017

Jaan Tallinn waved his magic ring in the smoky black realm of Helsinki’s Slush. He’s the kind of visionary wizard you meet at this rock concert-styled startup extravaganza.  The physicist co-founder of Skype and Kazaa was telling us about not…

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Slovenia’s Blockchain Bet

Zenel Batagelj is telling us about Slovenia’s blockchain revolution. We’re sitting outdoors in a café along the river that snakes through Ljubljana, taking in the last sun on a wintry day in the vibrant, picturesque capital of this tiny yet…

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Web Summit Formula for Success: How to Meet the People Who Matter

Fifty thousand techies, entrepreneurs, corporates and startups descended on delightful Lisbon this month for Europe’s biggest tech conference. The agenda was packed: elite CEOs, heads of state, startup founders, supermodels and celebrities. We started with the little guys. We surfed…

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Starting Up in Switzerland: Batmaid, Studio Banana, MindMaze

Sunday morning we took off from San Francisco, landed a few hours later in New York and dashed to a distant gate to catch our connecting flight to Geneva, where we rode the morning Monday commuter train to lovely lakeside…

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