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Thinking Outside the Music Box

On the long drive from San Francisco down to Santa Barbara, we stopped in picturesque Solvang and happened upon an antique store that provided an impromptu lesson in the disruptive power of innovation. If not for the wine, we wouldn’t…

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What Now, San Francisco? Gavin Newsom on Tech’s Promise and the Politics of Empathy

Gavin Newsom, the telegenic former mayor of the world’s startup capital, and the leading candidate for the next governor of California, came to San Francisco’s hot SoMa tech district last week to deliver an election post mortem. Facing an anxious…

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The Data Science Numbers Game

The secret to mining big data is the quirky and overlooked, the things we rarely think about, such as our love of even numbers. Today’s futuristic data analyst is a high-tech update on Sherlock Holmes and Margaret Mead, a blend…

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Europe’s Golden Gate: Web Summit Lisbon 2016

Sitting with Nuno Mathias, Portugal’s Consul General in San Francisco at the classic St. Francis Yacht Club the other day, in view of the Golden Gate, I caught a glimpse of the future. Gearing up for this week’s Web Summit…

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