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Unlocking Blockchain: Separating the CryptoKitties from the Cool Cats

Techno trends come and go, but I didn’t know what to say when my friend announced out of the blue that he was pivoting his solar energy startup to the blockchain. I’d already lost one fad-following buddy who ditched SF…

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Truth, Lies, and Tweets

During a week in which the US sparked a global trade war, North Korea’s missile-happy leader agreed to a face-to-face with Trump, and a porn star sued our President, you could be forgiven if you missed arguably the week’s biggest…

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Surfing at the Office: FluidStance

Joel Heath slammed into his own personal pain point at his desk job. After a decade in motion, working and playing in the all-year mountain paradise of Vail, Colorado, he’d taken a corporate job with a hot athletic shoe firm….

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The Talent Hunter: The Woman Behind Jobbatical

Growing up behind the Iron Curtain in the former Soviet Union, Karoli Hindriks learned about entrepreneurship from her resourceful parents. Each day was a “creative exercise,” trading for meat or butter just to put a meal on the table for…

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