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Web Summit Goes 10X

Entering the massive beehive of Lisbon’s 70,000-strong Web Summit, we quickly grasped the attractions of Europe’s biggest tech conference. You could feel the local pulse of innovation. Absorb the buzz of the hottest new trends. Converse directly with Portuguese movers…

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Bright Pixel and Startup Portugal Rev Up for Web Summit

It’s Thursday night in Lisbon’s bustling Chiado district, revelers packed into an old stone courtyard, festooned with a string of lights, doing what Lisboetas do so well, leaning in early to start the weekend. Bright Pixel, a hot local company…

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Reports of Silicon Valley’s Demise Are Greatly Exaggerated

The establishment has newly declared that California is dead. As in, Silicon Valley and San Francisco. Normally the New York Times performs this decapitation, with glee, long having believed that NYC and points east are the center of the universe….

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Brilliantly Made Surfs the Circular Economy

Max came of age in a Willie Wonka-style sneaker laboratory, the son of one of Phil Knight’s early Nike product managers. Home was Manhattan Beach, ground zero for California’s brash surfing culture. The house next door was just the first…

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