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The Data Science Numbers Game

The secret to mining big data is the quirky and overlooked, the things we rarely think about, such as our love of even numbers. Today’s futuristic data analyst is a high-tech update on Sherlock Holmes and Margaret Mead, a blend…

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Long Now Thinking Meets Tech In San Francisco

While 170,000 techies descended upon San Francisco last week for Dreamforce, a few hundred on the other side of the city dove into a one-day rapid-fire tech summit focused on a longer view of the future – five-minute talks on…

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Innovating Lisbon: From Startups to Sustainability

Lisbon, Portugal is a city with a bold goal to become a global entrepreneurial center, and during my visit last week to consult in design thinking and innovation, there were times when this native San Franciscan did a double take:…

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Design Thinking: Apple’s New San Francisco Store

People around the world want to study design thinking and learn why it has relevance to their business, and now there’s a stunning example in my home city: a flagship Apple store that embodies the spirit, practicality, and vision of…

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