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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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The Guardian: Karoli Hindriks

Social entrepreneurship is on the rise during the pandemic. There’s never been a better time to shine a light on inequities and imbalances. Guardians rise to the occasion by bringing passion and dedication to worthy causes. They inspire much needed…

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