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Fail Safe: The Man Who Collects Failure

Mathieu Guerville collects failure. Not just any failure. Catastrophes on the scale of Enron, Bernie Madoff, and Lehman Brothers. In a career in which he is charged with picking winners, surrounding himself with objects of failure may be how Guerville…

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Cross-Training for Innovation

Call it cross-pollination, transference, or paradigm shift: it’s the heart of innovation. Spotting emerging patterns – plucking an idea from another industry or culture – and then stitching it into a different world. Crossing ideas and influences can feel like…

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San Francisco’s Super Bubble

San Francisco, the epicenter of the world’s booming startup culture, is finally showing signs of a real estate bubble, after years of surging prices. All you have to do is follow the money. SF’s rental market for both housing and…

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Design Thinking: Innovate The Desk

Students across the nation are rushing to study entrepreneurship hoping to become the next Jack Dorsey, Biz Stone, or Travis Kalanick. Universities too are expanding their curricula in a shift from more traditional liberal arts and science courses toward the…

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