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New Year’s Inspiration

Let’s face it. New Year’s Resolutions are pretty useless. Not much room for fast-prototyping and pivoting when you set an all-or-nothing ultimatum. In most cases, you’re asking for failure. Instead, we offer an upbeat, action-oriented alternative. If you want to…

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Creativity by Design

This past year we’ve come full circle on the research we started two years ago when we embarked on an extended European journey of exploration that spawned our upcoming book The Entrepreneur’s Faces. In the fall of 2017, we befriended the…

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Workshopping the Workshop in Portugal, Paris and SF

Three weeks of delivering labs in three countries for seven clients hailing from four different nations. Yes, we’ve been busy – in Aveiro, Portugal, in Paris, France, and finally back home in San Francisco, California – planting the seeds of…

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Keeping it Fresh: Transforming the Food Industry with Applied AI

This is the hopeful AI narrative, the one where the emergent technology rescues humanity. Reducing food waste, improving the supply chain, bringing personalized menus that meet your individual tastes and optimize your microbiome. Forget about apps to order your lunch….

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