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Five Reasons We’re Bullish on San Francisco

The media loves a good doomsday prediction, and publications from both coasts have been bashing San Francisco and Silicon Valley the past few months, gleefully speculating that we’re kaput. This public exercise in schadenfreude is nothing new. What’s different now…

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Stage Five: The Money

Most founders wake up to the harsh reality that they are selling confidence. The poise that attracts followers, the coolness to stand up in front of a crowd, and the contagious conviction that their product will be a hit. The…

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Stage Three: The Place

The pandemic has upended our notion of Place. When remote work threatens to make geography obsolete, what is the value of a physical ecosystem of startups, talent, investors, and the institutions that support them? Place can also be virtual. A…

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The Visionary: Risto Lähdesmäki

The Visionary dreams big and leaps forward without any assurances that he or she is on the right path. Our cultural icons – da Vinci, Einstein, Edison, even Jobs – can seem superhuman and clairvoyant. But Visionaries are also mortal,…

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