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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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URWork: Co-Creating Dreams in China’s Sharing Economy

Mao Daqing moves easily on the stage of a fashionably repurposed factory in Beijing, the ideal setting for this week’s INS Co-Invention conference on reinventing work, the office and technology. An athlete and marathon runner, the founder and CEO of…

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Stylish Performance: From Basketball Shoes to Teslas

Nike was facing a big problem in 2007. Sales of basketball shoes had plunged by 70% and they needed a solution – fast.  So they did what Nike does best, made cool shoes that challenged conventions. The release of the…

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Out-of-the-Book Thinking: How a Hungarian E-Publisher is Breaking the Rules

Budapest is the last place you’d expect to drive the future of publishing, more than 4,000 miles from Manhattan and even farther from San Francisco. Three years ago, no one could have predicted that an e-book pioneer with global ambitions…

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