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Startup Passion in Paris: Station F, Le Village, Ecole 42 … et plus

Meet La Nouvelle Paris, a dynamic, accelerating ecosystem of bold tech shrines to global startup fever, coding mastery, and business innovation. Plug into the wildly disruptive, zero-tuition, gamified non-university, Ecole 42: the coding school sans curriculum or professors. Reside in…

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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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