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What’s ‘Appening in San Francisco

They say you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone. Here’s my love letter to San Francisco’s mad, give-it-a-spin rapid-prototyping culture. Experimentation has always called to me, but it was only when I moved to SF four years ago…

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Blockchain Rattles Big Tech: Brian Behlendorf Maps the Future

Brian Behlendorf pointed to the floor-to-ceiling blackboard, where Otto the Robot had rendered two massive chalk drawings, the perfect geek backdrop for an animated talk on the future of blockchain. The setting was a packed house at The Interval, the…

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Double Trouble! The Uber and Lyft Logjam

“Ten billion trips and counting, thanks to riders and drivers like you – we can’t wait to see where the next 10 billion take us,” the official Uber Twitter account gleefully boasted this past week. Stuck in traffic, was the…

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Traveling for Ideas: Global Cross-Pollination

The best place to look for fresh inspiration is anywhere but home, as we discovered last week while leading innovation labs in San Francisco for Portuguese executives and Brazilian high school students, just days after we flew home from our…

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