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Tech, Innovation, and Politics in a Turbulent Year: SmartUp’s 2017 in Review

From Paris to Lisbon, from Ljubljana to Helsinki, and everywhere in between, it’s been a big global year for SmartUp, as we spread out from San Francisco to meet and interview amazing entrepreneurs and startups around the world.  Here’s a…

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The Canary in the Bitcoin Mine

No one would call me a cryptocurrency expert, and maybe that’s why bitcoin speculators should listen. Granted, the math and technology is beyond most people’s comprehension. But this week in NYC, as the value of Bitcoin soared yet again, I…

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Growth Hack Your Global Network

When you’re writing a book about people who practice lean startup, you need to walk the walk. We’ve been studying how entrepreneurs spark businesses around the world, and our gut told us the traditional route of starting by reading books…

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Hot Slush 2017

Jaan Tallinn waved his magic ring in the smoky black realm of Helsinki’s Slush. He’s the kind of visionary wizard you meet at this rock concert-styled startup extravaganza.  The physicist co-founder of Skype and Kazaa was telling us about not…

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