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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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Innovator? Entrepreneur? Let’s Talk.

This month Team SmartUp is broadening its scope, as we begin research on a major book, setting off on a globetrotting tour of some of the hottest spots in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the US, to discover first-hand what…

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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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