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Need a JetNap or a JetLift? Sleep Innovation to the Rescue

The executives from Portugal were in high spirits after a fun exploration activity at San Francisco’s Ferry Building. The goal was to find examples of great user experiences, cross-pollination, and customer empathy, and they hurried back to the Hyatt Regency…

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Reports of Silicon Valley’s Demise Are Greatly Exaggerated

The establishment has newly declared that California is dead. As in, Silicon Valley and San Francisco. Normally the New York Times performs this decapitation, with glee, long having believed that NYC and points east are the center of the universe….

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Brilliantly Made Surfs the Circular Economy

Max came of age in a Willie Wonka-style sneaker laboratory, the son of one of Phil Knight’s early Nike product managers. Home was Manhattan Beach, ground zero for California’s brash surfing culture. The house next door was just the first…

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Crowdfunding Democracy

“PLEASE free our nation!” wrote one, “Stop and smell the roses,” advised another, and then there was the direct exhortation: “Go get him!” These were just a handful of the thousands who donated in $5, $10, $25 and even $50,000…

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