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California Dreaming: The Power of Play

Play and her cousins whimsy and delight came to town last week when Steven Johnson, the celebrated author of several bestsellers on innovation and the new book Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World, took the stage before a packed…

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Best SmartUp Innovations of 2016

Tech and innovation had a good year. Solar energy powered a globe-circling flight via the Solar Impulse 2, Nike pioneered self-lacing shoes, Ario introduced an IoT lighting hack, Apple spiced up Union Square with a dramatic experiential showroom, and ping…

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Thinking Outside the Music Box

On the long drive from San Francisco down to Santa Barbara, we stopped in picturesque Solvang and happened upon an antique store that provided an impromptu lesson in the disruptive power of innovation. If not for the wine, we wouldn’t…

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The Data Science Numbers Game

The secret to mining big data is the quirky and overlooked, the things we rarely think about, such as our love of even numbers. Today’s futuristic data analyst is a high-tech update on Sherlock Holmes and Margaret Mead, a blend…

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