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Vivaldi, The People’s Browser: An Interview with Jon von Tetzchner

Jon von Tetzchner is an imposing man with a grand ambition: to build the people’s browser. His first creation, Opera, ran counter to mainstream browsers, and struck a chord with power and mobile users, drawing an impressive 350 million converts…

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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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An Open Road to 2017 with the Five-Foot Traveler

Here’s where Sarah Gallo, the Five-Foot Traveler, journeyed this past year: Chernobyl, Mongolia, Transnistria, and beyond – six continents, 33 countries, 52,000 miles. Sarah blogged, wrote articles, instagrammed, snapchatted and tweeted every day from these distant outposts, illuminating to her…

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Big Data Meets Sports: The Future of Human Performance

Knowledge is power for companies, entrepreneurs, and athletes. More than a decade ago, while coaching aspiring alpine ski racers at the Killington Mountain School in Vermont, Everett Young’s new boss required accountability, demanding that the latest crop of young skiers…

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