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Ready, Set, Launch Party

The destination is 1355 Market, home to Twitter, neighbor to Uber, the end point on a long snaking line of partygoers checking in for swag. Handed our compulsory logo t-shirts and swiped through to the elevators, we are whisked up…

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Why Innovation is Like Popcorn

Last week, browsing the aisles of my local grocery store, I found the perfect metaphor for the entrepreneur’s peripatetic search for the three I’s – ideation, iteration, and innovation. Not in a new app or gizmo, but in a magic…

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Skydiving into VR: Han Jin and LucidCam

Combine the drive of an immigrant, the brains of an electrical engineer, and the empathy of a traveler, and what do you get? The story of one young man’s Silicon Valley startup dream. The odds were stacked against Han Jin….

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How We Work: Humanitarianism Meets Tech and Art at Swissnex

How entrepreneurs prototype, launch startups, collaborate and innovate is the million-dollar question being explored every day in San Francisco. The proverbial Silicon Valley garage has been transformed into a new ecosphere of bustling tech incubators, teeming coding campuses, and fast-paced accelerators….

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