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What’s ‘Appening in San Francisco

They say you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone. Here’s my love letter to San Francisco’s mad, give-it-a-spin rapid-prototyping culture. Experimentation has always called to me, but it was only when I moved to SF four years ago…

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Tasting the Future of Work at Porto’s Lionesa

The lady in red shakes her head and sends back the bottle of vinho tinto for a better vintage from Portugal’s famed Douro Valley. We’re relaxing in a delightful open-air courtyard the length of a freight train station, a colossal…

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Sonic Innovation: The Next Frontier

The usual suspects rendered the expected corporate keynotes at a New York Innovation conference, and then came Kevin Perlmutter, a man without a suit who punched up something different. No dull slides here crammed with indecipherable graphs and words. Sounds….

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Tech, Innovation, and Politics in a Turbulent Year: SmartUp’s 2017 in Review

From Paris to Lisbon, from Ljubljana to Helsinki, and everywhere in between, it’s been a big global year for SmartUp, as we spread out from San Francisco to meet and interview amazing entrepreneurs and startups around the world.  Here’s a…

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