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The California-Portugal Unicorn Connection

The California-Portugal tech connection is on fire – sprouting unicorns like Feedzai, Talkdesk, Remote, and Unbabel – all with headquarters in the San Francisco Bay Area and major offices in Lisbon. Place is a concept Susanna Camp and I celebrated…

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Brain Gain

The grades are in – the pandemic is dumbing us down. The lack of stimulation has stunted infants’ IQs. Kids of all ages are missing out on crucial social development key to intellectual and creative growth. Adults may fare little…

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Stage Six: The Test

Welcome to The Test. You’ve reached the pivotal trial of your idea, product or project. Battle-tested entrepreneurs live for this stage. The thrill and high stakes of The Test are why, when they do finally succeed – even after failing…

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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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