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Innovation Gets A Lesson In Guanxi

My first night in Shanghai began with an exchange of presents: I brought a copy of one of my books translated into Chinese, while my host gave me a beautifully wrapped cloth box bearing a single, elegantly crafted tea cup….

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Think Small To Scale In Shanghai

Steve Hoffman, the genial “captain” of Founders Space, hands me his smartphone to snap some pics and takes to the mega stage to spin a fantastic, futuristic vision of technology and next generation business. Forty minutes later, he hands me the…

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The Long Goodbye: La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club

Summer is when we break from our hyper-connected lives to stroll the beach, dip our toes in the sea, and step back into a simpler, romanticized past. Nostalgia can be a great motivator, and late this spring, just an hour…

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Box of Summer: La Jolla’s Lifeguard Icon

High on a craggy bluff overlooking the churning surf in La Jolla stands this weathered sea-green box, a proud, life-affirming icon dedicated to lifeguards everywhere, embossed with transcendent words and phrases that evoke the heart and soul of the brave…

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