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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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Rock Music Meets the Sharing Economy

The sharing, trading and crowdsourcing economy is a proven disruptive path to making money. Airbnb and Uber demonstrated the value of tapping idle resources, while eBay and Craigslist redefined how we trade and resell goods and services, and Kickstarter and…

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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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