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Bump or Slump? What to Expect in 2019

The San Francisco Bay Area is not in a bump and not in a slump. We’re somewhere in the middle, above the national average of 3% GDP growth last year, after a massive tax cut, trillion-dollar deficits, and low interest…

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Night of Ideas and Tech

Bold intellectualism and philosophy lit up San Francisco this weekend on a French-inspired giant stage.  The Night of Ideas, sponsored by the French Embassy, MoMA, and the SF Public Library, featured a full slate of panels and performances by diverse…

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How Social Media Shook Up the Shutdown

Everyday Americans ended the madness. Empathy and technology came together last week on the side of the people, and good prevailed. Facebook, Twitter and Nextdoor proved their potential as positive change agents, spreading the message that we’re stronger together, mobilizing…

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Shutdown Walls Off Silicon Valley

There’s a new wall around San Francisco and Silicon Valley. The federal shutdown, tariffs and bellicose protectionism have thrown roadblocks in front of the thousands of international entrepreneurs, executives, startup founders, and students who flock here every day. Case in…

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