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Skyrunning: The Art of the Possible

Mix running, alpine climbing, and mental grit, and what do you get? Skyrunning: the quirky adventure sport in which you run up and hurtle down mountains for kicks. This isn’t a quick, smooth road race or a slow, steady assault…

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Startup Camp (Part 2)

Startups need to scale to succeed. It’s hard to do. Entire books have been written on the subject. The odds were against Steve & Kate’s Camp when they opened a second camp in 2006. Then came a third camp in…

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The Generosity Principle

We own two cars, and I get each washed two to three times per month at an average price per wash of $20.00. This adds up to $1,400+ a year at my favorite car wash – the one I’ve been…

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Take Five, Japanese-Style

There are thousands of shrines all over Japan, from the middle of a bustling Tokyo street, to the farthest outlying corners of the country. In an island nation where humanity is tightly packed into urban spaces, the shrine is a…

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