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Here’s what happened when we opened up our board meeting to the whole company

Conventional wisdom tells us that the larger the audience for a board meeting, the less information can be shared, and the less honest the discussion about a company’s performance and challenges will likely be. My biggest surprise? The opposite was in fact true.

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Women are the great disruptors

Though it might be lonely and scary, here are three good reasons for disrupting yourself.

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Silicon Valley Meets Asia: Join the Global Tech Discussion at beGLOBAL

Korea’s startups are garnering global recognition backed by the likes of Y Combinator, Tech Stars, Sequoia Capital, Altos Ventures, and Formation 8. Ten of the brightest Korean startups have been chosen to attend beGLOBAL for their potential of success in U.S. markets.

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German onnline fashion retailer Zalando Plans IPO for 2014

After months of speculation, Zalando has announced today its plan to list on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange this year. The Berlin-based fashion retailer intends to offer newly issued shares, as the company focuses on reaching profitable growth.

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Student-led health-tech incubator to launch at UC Berkeley

Not to be outdone by StartX, the accelerator loosely affiliated with Stanford University that officially opened the doors to its biotech lab last week, a group of UC Berkeley students are launching a new program to help health-tech entrepreneurship flourish on their own campus.

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Bayer HealthCare starts its own accelerator – and it’s better than you expected

Bayer HealthCare appears to be the first pharmaceutical company to have started its own accelerator. The company that made €18.924 million in turnover in 2013 “understands that innovation and healthcare cannot only be driven by the industry but also needs creativity,” said Christian Ullrich, Head of Marketing & Sales IT at Bayer HealthCare yesterday.

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Wells Fargo places bets on startups in its new tech accelerator

SAN FRANCISCO — There is no demo day in this startup accelerator. The entire six-month period startups go through at Wells Fargo’s new accelerator program is essentially a try-out to convince the 162-year-old bank’s decision-makers that they should buy the startups’ products.

If you replace every plank in a wooden ship, is it still the same ship?

What defines a startup, even as it grows and everything changes

Why should anyone — employees and customers both — join the founder on this journey, sharing this very personal responsibility? The answer is contained within your company culture — the core of your startup.

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How to go from tech founder to a CTO/leader role

How do you create a scalable tech team capable of tackling and building on thousands of lines of your own untested code?

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How to break open the Silicon Valley boys' club

Vivek Wadhwa has co-authored a book about the challenges that women have faced and how they are surmounting them. Here are some of their stories.