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Unlocking Blockchain: Separating the CryptoKitties from the Cool Cats

Techno trends come and go, but I didn’t know what to say when my friend announced out of the blue that he was pivoting his solar energy startup to the blockchain. I’d already lost one fad-following buddy who ditched SF…

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Surfing at the Office: FluidStance

Joel Heath slammed into his own personal pain point at his desk job. After a decade in motion, working and playing in the all-year mountain paradise of Vail, Colorado, he’d taken a corporate job with a hot athletic shoe firm….

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Sidestepping the Singularity at CES

Last week’s monstrous CES was enough to strike terror in the hearts of lowly humans. Google and Amazon are dueling to dominate the digital assistant space, AI is out to prove we really aren’t so smart, and intelligent robots are…

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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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