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Valley of the Innovation Kings (Part Two)

Last time, I introduced 3 key principles that are integral to Silicon Valley’s innovation ecosystem: Openness, Dreaming Big, and Learning through Risk and Failure. But you don’t have to take my word on it. In order to confirm that I was on the right track, I reached out to people in Silicon Valley with an inside perspective on the daily hustle of dreaming and working in the Bay Area. Jennifer Wei, an Ann Arbor native who has worked for Salesforce and Cisco, shared her experiences and opinions on how the ecosystem supports relentless ambition and innovation Be Open, Reeeaaaaallllly Open While technological advances in our lifetime have helped us become connected in ways unimaginable just a fe

Valley of the Innovation Kings (Part One)

Call it globalization. Call it disruption. Whatever approach you take, there’s no question that we are living in a world beyond neat boundaries. When seeking insight into the evolving context of innovation we both dug deep into our local roots and cast our nets wide to distant renowned hubs like Silicon Valley, only to find that they’re already intertwined. As distances seemingly shrink to nothing in an ever more connected world, so too have the lines between industries blurred and the divisions of academia, business, government, and non-profits been redefined. In truth, the tidy little boxes we sorted them into have always been an illusion. Silicon Valley’s magic lies in revealing those rel

Endangered Retail: 2017’s Tipping Point

Malls have been in crisis since the Great Recession, and although the economy is now growing at a steady click we’re still seeing hundreds of store closing each year. Already in the first two months of 2017 many retailers have either drastically scaled back or have shut down altogether, from big department stores such as Macy’s, Sears, and JC Penney’s to specialty retailers like American Apparel, MC Sports, The Limited, and Wet Seal. It’s clear that many retailers have reached an impasse this year and will have to innovate fast to avoid the fate of their competitors. I’ll take you through the current challenges traditional retail faces, why it’s become a challenge, and some ways that retaile

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