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Shutdown Walls Off Silicon Valley

There’s a new wall around San Francisco and Silicon Valley. The federal shutdown, tariffs and bellicose protectionism have thrown roadblocks in front of the thousands of international entrepreneurs, executives, startup founders, and students who flock here every day. Case in…

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Time for a Bitcoin Reboot?

Exactly a year ago, I was sitting in an elite private social club in Manhattan listening to a fashion photographer expound on the virtues of buying cryptocurrencies, while an all-female audience opened up their laptops to buy. When I wrote…

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Data Grabs the Wheel at the LA Auto Show

THIS IS NOT A CAR, flashed the message on the revolving abstract sculpture at Volvo’s white minimalist booth, a brazen rebuke to the industry’s endangered status quo and an enigmatic mission statement for the future. Walking the aisles and talking…

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Design Thinking for the Apocalypse

Quality of life in the San Francisco Bay Area is now seen in a number. The devastating and deadly fires trained a good chunk of California to begin the day by checking the AQI. For the last two weeks, people…

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