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Born in the Sudan, a refugee from that “war torn immigrant experience,” Lull Mengesha was just a toddler when he came to California. His parents wanted him to become a doctor or lawyer, but Lull was drawn to “side projects”:…

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Prototype: Food Truck Style

This is a story about McCall Vollum, a twenty-five year old “not living anywhere” who chucked her high-paying Booz & Company consulting job, flew out for a San Francisco weekend, and promptly launched a startup. It’s about how a big…

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SmartUp

We all have dreams. Something we hope to create or accomplish. Getting started is nearly always the hardest step. There’s nothing easy in facing that looming proverbial blank page. SmartUp is a tool and resource to begin filling that page…

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Wild Tales: Break the Medium

Wild Tales is just what it sounds like — a raucous, subversive collection of six consecutive film shorts, united by themes of violence and vengeance, with a fair dose of dark comedy. Just minutes into this unconventional movie, I felt…

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