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MBAs Find Their DNA: The China-SF Immersion

Inspired innovation often requires relocating (at least temporarily) to a fresh place and adopting a new mindset where you can see and act on real pain. Last week, thirty-six international MBA students attending USF’s Silicon Valley Immersion Program flew 10,000…

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Ethical Innovation (or Not)?

Consider this dicey scenario: what to do when your co-founder goes rogue and fabricates a story about a prior investment to dupe new funders? Or this one, ripped from last week’s headlines: how to respond if you’re a scooter-sharing startup…

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Get Smart: From Big Tech to Startups at CES

Tech is the mantra at CES in Vegas. If you love gadgets, gizmos, digitization, AI, VR, and the pursuit of electrifying experiences, this gargantuan conference is nirvana. But with 4,500 vendors and 180,000 attendees, how do you separate the good…

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Enter the Unconference

We all know that hemmed-in feeling. Tech events that put us in a box, stick us in the predefined role of “the audience,” and exclude us from any real creative, participatory role. Tired of being force-fed canned lectures from vendors…

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