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How Uber’s Dream Turned Into a Dud

This was meant to be Uber’s week in the sun, the long-awaited mega IPO for the reigning king of the sharing economy. But then came the strike. Tens of thousands of grossly underpaid drivers, many of whom earn less than…

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Why Every Startup Needs To Sell Lemonade

The Stanford Launchpad startup teams circled around adjunct professors Perry Klebahn and Jeremy Utley in the d.school’s Studio One. On the central whiteboard each of the dozen squads had penned their startup sales. The professors then laid down two long…

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Europe Talks Artificial Intelligence in San Francisco

The promise and perils of AI are a hot topic among experts worldwide. Will it improve our lives? Take our jobs? What about ethics? Last week in San Francisco there was a rare opportunity to hear a radically different view…

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Big Tech’s Day of Antitrust Reckoning

Facebook and other tech giants have been “getting away with murder on privacy” and other abuses of the public trust, declared Tim Wu, Professor at Columbia Law School and author of the new book The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in…

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