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Business: The Greatest Game

The proud mom in the front row was telling me all about her son. Nick Martitsch was about to compete in a prestigious collegiate event. This wasn’t football, baseball or basketball. It was pitch day, a contest where young entrepreneurs…

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AI is Eating Software … and Getting Smarter by the Second

How does a chicken with an AI brain cross the road? At a packed conference in San Francisco, a wizard named Danny Lange wowed investors and techies with visual proof of the fast advancing potency of artificial intelligence. The magic…

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UC San Diego’s Rising Tech Wave

Bright-eyed entrepreneurial undergrads, a visionary Chancellor, sundry alumni, professors, and a Facebook pioneer came together earlier this week on a packed campus pitch night. Twenty miles from Tijuana, a massive experiment in learning and experiential business education is underway. UC…

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Metromile: Empathy By Design

When you think of car insurance, design thinking and customer empathy don’t exactly leap to mind. More likely, you recall inflated premiums and deductibles, the dreaded submission of interminable forms, and aggressive jousting with bureaucratic claims departments. But Metromile, a…

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