Tradition Meets Pioneers

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There is no doubt: Italy is bubbling with talent. The current contracting economy is actually acting as a strong fertilizer for changemakers. While some people claim startups are trendy and being an entrepreneur is only the latest fashion, it is hard not to notice a gradual but growing movement rooted in the heart of the young generations. They are extremely hungry to build solutions and they learn fast by doing....
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Moonshooting: Universal Primary Education

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I’m not supposed to be here. One of the main reasons that I was able to go from a mid-tier city in China, where I was born, to the heart of Silicon Valley was because I was lucky enough to get a great education throughout my life. In 2000, the United Nations established eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to be achieved by 2015. One of the goals was universal primary...
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Inside the Mind of a Global Entrepreneur

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My favorite Friday night activity in San Francisco is not to go to a EDM concert, a play, a performance or any number of wonderful attractions this city has to offer. My favorite thing to do is to grab beers with startup founders – there is always an interesting story, especially if said founder is working in an emerging market. Yes. I live vicariously through my friends and I’m not...
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Diamonds In The Sky

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Moriarty, New Mexico is a small town resting 40 miles east of Albuquerque and 50 miles south of the state’s capital Santa Fe and is home to about 2,000 people. To assure you that I didn’t make up this place after reading one too many Sherlock Holmes novels, I spent a few days in the town this week. Moriarty is the fireworks mecca for the Albuquerque metropolitan area, a trucker...
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Why People Suck At Copying Silicon Valley

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Recently I met a delegation of visitors from a country (that I shall not name now) who came to Silicon Valley to tour the area. They wanted to learn what made the Valley the innovation capital of the world and how they can replicate its characteristics and spirit in their home country. Watching this delegation talk about startups, job growth and creating opportunities for recent college graduates (a huge problem...
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Europe Versus Silicon Valley

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We are grateful to all of the wonderful people who welcomed us through our tour of some of the major startup ecosystems in Europe. We talked to over 50 entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem supporters in 6 cities/countries. The incredible conversations and learnings would make for a very nice book… here’s the cliff-notes version of our book that we won’t have time to write Different: 1. Go Big or Go Somewhere...
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