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Parking Lot of Dreams (Part One)

He began at the age of eight years old cleaning up in a couple of Spanish restaurants in San Francisco’s Mission district. By fourteen, he was a waiter. By seventeen, he had risen to manager, and might very well have…

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Speechless: The PowerPoint Antidote

Everyone wants to gain greater confidence in pitching ideas or presenting, but how can you rise above the great gray mediocrity of corporate storytelling? The answer may be Sammy Wegent’s Speechless. Part comedy show, part ingenious corporate training methodology, this…

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The Entrepreneur’s Edge

Great entrepreneurs go for it. Doubts are shoved aside, and they take the plunge with passion.  We all know this intuitively, but most of us could use some reinforcement. I found it the other day on San Francisco Bay. At…

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The Million Dollar Scholar

Imagine an app designed to hook you up, not with a hot date, but with tens of millions of dollars that institutions need to give away every year, an app that just might pay for your college education, and more…

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