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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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Why We Hate Taylorism

Picture the Starbucks café at Squaw Valley, California, on a gorgeous summer morning near beautiful Lake Tahoe. It’s Sunday, 9 a.m., and everyone wants their latte or frappuccino. But the two Starbucks employees in the photo above continue blithely washing…

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The Man Who Named the BlackBerry

Entrepreneurs and startups face the challenge sooner or later, what are we going to call it? The web is full of amateur advice, not to mention plenty of lousy names for products, apps or companies. The path to a cool…

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Think Different

Think about Apple, and Steve Jobs or Steve Wozniak comes to mind because, nearly a quarter century ago, a 33-year-old art director named Craig Tanimoto took the creative leap that changed history. Last week, within the cinder-block walls of a…

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