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Hot Slush 2017

Jaan Tallinn waved his magic ring in the smoky black realm of Helsinki’s Slush. He’s the kind of visionary wizard you meet at this rock concert-styled startup extravaganza.  The physicist co-founder of Skype and Kazaa was telling us about not…

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Starting Up in Switzerland: Batmaid, Studio Banana, MindMaze

Sunday morning we took off from San Francisco, landed a few hours later in New York and dashed to a distant gate to catch our connecting flight to Geneva, where we rode the morning Monday commuter train to lovely lakeside…

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Hot or Not? Judging Startup Pitch Night

Judging a startup competition is tricky business. Aspiring entrepreneurs bring their best pitches, compressing their company’s mission and value props down to the bare essence, in a do-or-die performance. The stakes are high: the company’s future, the promise of cash…

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Innovator? Entrepreneur? Let’s Talk.

Team SmartUp is researching a major book, traveling around the globe to some of the hottest spots in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the US, to discover first-hand what makes an innovative city, university or incubator, to see and engage…

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