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Mr. Involvement: Vern Glenn’s Sportscasting Journey

Vern Glenn figured out way back in high school in Richmond, Virginia, that he was better at talking about sports than playing them. At 5’ 3”, he wasn’t going to be a star football player, but he dominated every sports…

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Coding for Comedy: Google’s Chet Haase

This is a story about a geek driven to make people think and laugh, a techie whose love of comedy and improvisation shows us that seemingly extracurricular pursuits can help you come into your own. Meet Chet Haase, a top…

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The Prince of Possibility

While interviewing members of Prince’s entourage following his death last month, what struck me, beyond their recollections of his indelible talent, was his voracious appetite for new ideas and his persistence at getting those around him to execute innovations on…

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So You Want To Be Chosen? Ellen and David’s Hot App

The man behind Chosen wants to celebrate youth’s fascination with video, gaming and social media by empowering them with tools for self-expression. Chosen is about how everyone wants to be a star, about including young fans in that journey, about…

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