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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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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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Hot or Not? Judging Startup Pitch Night

Judging a startup competition is tricky business. Aspiring entrepreneurs bring their best pitches, compressing their company’s mission and value props down to the bare essence, in a do-or-die performance. The stakes are high: the company’s future, the promise of cash…

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