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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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Startup Santa Barbara: Beauty and Brains

Santa Barbara, the stunningly beautiful California Central Coast city of 90,000, just 100 miles north of Los Angeles, is putting itself on the startup map. Hundreds of entrepreneurs, mentors and financiers are lending the human spark, technical knowhow, and capital…

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The Future Now: Worlds Fair Nano San Francisco

Plugging into trance-inducing states, playing full-body VR Pong, and zipping about on electric longboards and sci-fi-themed art vessels, thousands of geeks and tech enthusiasts convened in San Francisco for a taste of the Digital Now, while on stage, speakers shared…

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