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Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Global Impact
Could We End Earthquake Deaths?
Could We End Earthquake Deaths?
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Global Impact
Could We End Earthquake Deaths?
Thousands die in earthquakes every year - even though we know how to build safely. This engineer is working with people in the most vulnerable places to figure out why.
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August 9, 2019

Earthquakes and hurricanes kill thousands of people a year - but they don't have to. Elizabeth Hausler, founder of Build Change, has spent years identifying the barriers to safe housing worldwide. Here, she shares how we can overcome them to create hurricane and earthquake proof buildings.

So far, over 330,000 people are living and learning in safer housing and schools because of our work. That means over 60,000 buildings…

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Giving Homeless People Something Most of Us Take for Granted
Giving Homeless People Something Most of Us Take for Granted
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Giving Homeless People Something Most of Us Take for Granted

This one small thing can mean the difference between a spot in a shelter or sleeping on the streets, a…

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July 9, 2019

“Welcome to the land of broken dreams”

Just a few years ago, there were only 16 public showers available for 7,500-12,000 homeless people across the city of San Francisco. This left most of them with no place to shower, use the restroom, or a place to get privacy. A hot shower means a fresh, clean, and renewed start. Cleanliness can be the difference between a spot in a shelter or…

Innovation
Hacking Surfboard Fins to Fight Climate Change
Hacking Surfboard Fins to Fight Climate Change
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Innovation
Hacking Surfboard Fins to Fight Climate Change

How can a surfboard modification help save the oceans?

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July 2, 2019

He doesn’t surf, he doesn’t code, but he’s hacking surfboard fins to combat climate change and it’s working. Meet Andy Stern, citizen scientist and founder of Smartfin. He's brought together surfers and oceanographers to create a smart surfboard fin that's collecting vital data to track and fight climate change.

As far as oceans go, the environmental crisis doesn't just affect the icebergs - it affects all of us. Surfers…

Innovation
The Edible Six Pack Ring That's Saving Marine Animals
The Edible Six Pack Ring That's Saving Marine Animals
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Innovation
The Edible Six Pack Ring That's Saving Marine Animals

18 billion pounds of plastic are dumped in the ocean every year. This microbrewery created biodegradable six pack rings to…

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June 12, 2019

Saltwater Brewery was a regular microbrewery that made great craft beer - packaged with the usual plastic six pack rings. As fishermen who saw firsthand the amount of plastic pollution in the ocean, though, they felt they needed to make a change to help marine animals. They came up with the idea to create edible six pack rings made of biodegradable materials left over from the brewing process. Now, they’ve…

Health
The Future of Healthcare Could Look a Lot Like the 1900s
The Future of Healthcare Could Look a Lot Like the 1900s
Health
The Future of Healthcare Could Look a Lot Like the 1900s

For many cancer patients, being treated at home is just as safe, more affordable, and more convenient than being treated…

June 7, 2019

For many cancer patients, being treated at home is just as safe, more affordable, and more convenient than being treated in a clinical setting.

Making a Difference
Can People with Autism Help Create Next-Generation AI?
Can People with Autism Help Create Next-Generation AI?
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Making a Difference
Can People with Autism Help Create Next-Generation AI?

Daivergent is a new startup that hires people with autism to train artificial intelligence - and helps them start independent…

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May 15, 2019

Meet Bryan Dai, the founder of Daivergent--a startup that hires people with autism to train artificial intelligence and helps them start independent careers. His journey began when his mother passed away, and he knew that he would be responsible for helping support his brother with autism. After people with autism turn 21, they often encounter the “support cliff,” after which they stop receiving many forms of government support. The statistics…

Innovation
Giving Animals New Legs
Giving Animals New Legs
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Innovation
Giving Animals New Legs

Derrick Campana is a prosthetics engineer helping animals walk again with artificial limbs.

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May 3, 2019

Derrick Campana isn’t your typical... anything. He’s a prosthetics engineer helping animals walk again - or walk for the first time - with artificial limbs.

In the old days when an animal had a broken leg, they would often be euthanized--and only if they were very lucky would they wind up with a leg cast. Derrick Campana wants to put those days in the past. He’s creating prosthetics and casts…

Innovation
A Quiet Revolution in Trucking
A Quiet Revolution in Trucking
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Innovation
A Quiet Revolution in Trucking

She’s a veteran, a single mom, and a trucker, who used to have to wait around for hours for her…

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April 29, 2019

She’s a veteran, a single mom, and a trucker, who used to have to wait around for hours for her cargo. Now, a revolutionary solution from SAP and Uber Freight is getting her back on the road and home to her son sooner.

Almost every good we use was at some point transported by truck drivers. Trucking is a $700 billion dollar industry in America, employing millions of people. However,…

Entrepreneurship
How San Francisco Residents Saved Local Businesses
How San Francisco Residents Saved Local Businesses
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Entrepreneurship
How San Francisco Residents Saved Local Businesses

An indie book store went from struggling to thriving with a new business model. Is it the future of retail?

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April 3, 2019

Borderlands Books is the largest English-language sci-fi, mystery, and horror book store in the world. Mission: Comics and Art is a combination comic book shop and art gallery. Both were preparing to close up shop in a tough retail environment as costs rose. Alan Beatts called a community meeting of his customers. A new idea came out of it - selling store memberships.

After an outpouring of support, he sold…