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Austin’s Trunkist Uses the Web to Offer Prêt-à-Porter On Demand

Dustin Hindman wants to bring the made-to-order manufacturing system Dell Computer pioneered in technology to fashion. “I learned firsthand the build-to-order model,” says Hindman, who worked at the Austin, TX-area computer company for eight years. “You produce exactly what the consumer wanted. There’s no waste. I thought, why doesn’t fashion do that?” To answer that […]

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Reimagining Work: Scott Berkun’s Year Without Pants at Automattic

From my desk at Xconomy San Francisco—aka my Potrero Hill apartment—I can look out the window at Highway 280, watch the traffic that crawls into the city every morning and back out every evening, and chuckle smugly. There’s never any traffic congestion on the commute from my bed to my coffee machine to my laptop. […]

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The Bay Lights: Video from An Improbable Art Project’s Debut

Thousands of San Franciscans braved the blustery rain Tuesday night to witness the official debut of the Bay Lights, an art installation that—every night for the next two years—will transform the western span of the San Francisco Bay Bridge into a giant LED display. At 9:03 p.m., three minutes after the promised time, the 25,000 […]

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Testing the Bay Lights: Stunning Photos and Video

Few artists have ever had a bigger canvas at their disposal than Leo Villareal. The New York-based “light sculptor” is famous for designing huge, computer-driven LED art installations that cover entire walls of museums and other facilities around the country. But the Bay Lights, an array of individually programmed LEDs stretching across the entire Western […]

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Bay Lights Project Turns to Tech Leaders to Bridge Funding Gap

“What if we thought of it as a canvas, rather than a bridge?” That’s the question that occurred to Ben Davis as he was sitting outside the San Francisco Ferry Building one Saturday morning in September 2010, gazing at the western span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Not long after, he got a chance […]

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Announcing Xconomy’s Napa Summit: Keeping America Growing

As the Presidential campaign heats up, one of the most pressing issues on the minds of candidates and voters alike is the future of American growth and competitiveness. So it is our great pleasure to announce an exclusive Xconomy gathering dedicated to exploring this vital issue with some of the most knowledgeable experts on the […]

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Hipmunk on the Make: The First-Birthday Interview

I first covered Hipmunk on August 18, 2010, the day after the online travel startup debuted its innovative time-based flight search interface. One year later, how’s the Y Combinator-backed company faring? Spectacularly well, actually. In an announcement marking its first birthday last week, the startup said that users are conducting a million combined flight and […]

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Boston vs. NYC vs. Silicon Valley? Forget It—The Real City of Innovation Is Everywhere

In William Gibson’s 1984 cyberpunk masterpiece Neuromancer, the hero Case lives in a near-future place called BAMA—the Boston-Atlanta Metropolitan Axis, aka the Sprawl, a giant city that has spread Coruscant-like across the whole eastern seaboard. (If it had extended to Orlando, maybe Gibson could have called it OBAMA.) But while this part of Gibson’s sci-fi […]

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Automattic Connection: How an East Coast VC Got Behind WordPress, the West Coast’s Hottest Blog Platform

The party was pretty geeky—people were actually sitting around writing code. Mike Hirshland, who’d played football at Harvard (earning him an Honorable Mention on Xconomy’s VC Varsity roster), was having a hard time finding a beer. That’s when he gazed around the small San Francisco apartment and saw the laptop sitting on a counter—and on […]

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