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Summer Smarts: Creative Travel

Twain did it. So did Ernest Hemingway. Not to mention Jack London, George Orwell, and, more recently, Pico Iyer. Travel, that is, designed to restore your creative flow and free you to stumble upon unlikely inspirations. Writers in particular have…

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Moonlighting Startup

Jos Cocquyt quit his dream job designing drones for AeroVironment in 2010, and let the wind take him for an extended kitesurfing adventure with stops in Baja California, Holland, the south of Spain, Morocco, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Brazil. The…

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Finding Your Ugly Beauties

John Zamora, Evan Lutz, and Zach Nelkin are on a mission to fight food prejudice. Crooked carrots, lumpy potatos, dimpled apples—they’re the ugly ducklings of the produce aisle. Most disfigured produce doesn’t make it to the supermarket. Consumers don’t want…

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Text Entrepreneur

Born in the Sudan, a refugee from that “war torn immigrant experience,” Lull Mengesha was just a toddler when he came to California. His parents wanted him to become a doctor or lawyer, but Lull was drawn to “side projects”:…

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