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What Stand Up Paddling Taught Me About Innovation

Even the nimblest among us plateau. Just when you think you can’t improve, it’s time to innovate. That’s why on this October morning I’m lying on my back, embarking on a kinetic adventure. The water below is flat as a…

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Startup Camp (Part 2)

Startups need to scale to succeed. It’s hard to do. Entire books have been written on the subject. The odds were against Steve & Kate’s Camp when they opened a second camp in 2006. Then came a third camp in…

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Startup Camp (Part 1)

Divorce and summer camp do not typically spring to mind when we think of entrepreneurs. But Steve Susskind turned those radically different seminal experiences into grist for his life’s work. Today, he’s leading an unusual organization that excels in prototyping,…

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Designing Moods

Product design – from the Tesla, to the iPhone, to the Nest thermostat, makes life bubble and shine. It’s thrilling to see and touch something new, different, and aesthetically charming. Remember the last time you bought something just because you…

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