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Jonathan Littman and Pedro Santa Clara

The Future of Talent, in Portugal and Beyond

Meet Pedro Santa Clara, the extraordinary Lisbon fundraiser and visionary behind the ultramodern seaside Nova campus in Carcavelos and the transformative tuition-free coding school 42 in Lisbon’s historical center. Pedro is cooking up other innovative ventures too – infusing Portuguese…

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Mark Schwager of Monarch Tractor

Automating Farm Operations, from Tesla’s Gigafactory to the Field

Farms are notoriously inefficient. Missed production targets, painful labor shortages, clumsy manual control checks – these all pile up the cost and waste. Shamefully carbon-heavy agriculture is responsible for 11% of greenhouse gases worldwide. There’s a better path, and that’s…

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Powering the Future of EV Transportation with Alan Dowdell

Alan Dowdell is tackling a $400 billion global environmental problem. That’s the total addressable market for powertrains for all the world’s trucks and buses – nearly all of which have the capacity for conversion to electric. Dowdell and his company…

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Amber Spencer

Paving the Way for Women in Motorcycling, with Amber Spencer

Amber Spencer was practically born with wheels. Her father owned a trucking company, loved watching Formula One racing, drove a motorcycle, and was thrilled to share all these passions with his daughter. Spencer started go-kart racing at age 5, and…

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