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Getting to Your Next Big Thing

How do you find your next big thing? Look for anything but. The SmartUp Innovation Hub was exactly that for us, not our main focus but a ­side hustle, a passion project we nurtured and grew over the years. Our…

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Meet the Rocket Scientist Who Invented the Super Soaker

Lonnie Johnson is a geek who knows how to have fun: a literal rocket scientist, and the mastermind behind the legendary Super Soaker water gun. Inventor, aerospace engineer, and entrepreneur, his career spans his US Air Force service and twelve-year…

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Unlocking the Metaverse with DMarket’s Vlad Panchenko

Early in his entrepreneurial journey, Vlad Panchenko learned the virtues of being a cog in the machine. The founder and CEO of the hot Web3 games marketplace DMarket, he started his career in Ukraine at the age of 16, translating…

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Feras Bashnak

Sustainable Businesses on Two Wheels

Feras Bashnak is a serial entrepreneur who knows first-hand the high cost of opening a business. Want to launch a brick-and-mortar restaurant? Half a million. How about a food truck? $100,000. Either way, you’re sinking a lot of cash into…

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