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Innovator? Entrepreneur? Let’s Talk.

This month Team SmartUp is broadening its scope to research  a major book, setting off on a globetrotting tour of some of the hottest spots in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the US, to discover first-hand what makes an innovative…

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Stylish Performance: From Basketball Shoes to Teslas

Nike was facing a big problem in 2007. Sales of basketball shoes had plunged by 70% and they needed a solution – fast.  So they did what Nike does best, made cool shoes that challenged conventions. The release of the…

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Out-of-the-Book Thinking: How a Hungarian E-Publisher is Breaking the Rules

Budapest is the last place you’d expect to drive the future of publishing, more than 4,000 miles from Manhattan and even farther from San Francisco. Three years ago, no one could have predicted that an e-book pioneer with global ambitions…

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Europe is Cool Again: SF’s Startup Bridge

We stepped into the elevator at the Twitter building, joined by the general consul for tiny Malta, rode to the tenth floor, and entered the bustling, aptly named tech incubator Runway. But this wasn’t the usual mélange of entrepreneurs and…

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