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About Kristi Essick

Kristi Essick covered technology, business, and venture capital for more than a decade in San Francisco, London and Paris. She has served as a special correspondent in Paris for the Wall Street Journal Europe, where she wrote a weekly column on the European venture capital scene. Prior to joining the Journal, Kristi was the Paris bureau chief for the Industry Standard, leading coverage of the European startup sector, and covered technology as a senior European correspondent for the IDG News Service. Used with the permission of http://thenetwork.cisco.com/

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Consumers expect free Wi-Fi at libraries, airports, cafes, and even subway stations, but not many people expect to get online for free during store runs for toilet paper and mouthwash. But that’s about to change as more big-box and specialty retailers offer free in-store Wi-Fi. Starting in 2012, stores such as Target, Kohl’s, Walmart, Sak’s, and […]

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It’s no surprise retailers are pulling out the stops to get shoppers into stores. E-commerce has been eating into brick-and-mortar sales for years, and the pace is only accelerating. Online sales will account for $291 billion, or eight percent of all U.S. retail sales, by the end of this year, and that number will rise […]

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A new crop of healthcare startups are leveraging low-cost, ubiquitous technologies such as Internet of Everything (IoE), big data, wearables, cloud computing, and mobile apps in an attempt to disrupt the multitrillion-dollar US healthcare sector – each chipping away at one small part of the gargantuan system. But with so many entrenched players, can startups […]

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Everyone from kindergarten teachers and university professors, to CEOs and government leaders seem worried about the “technology skills gap.” It’s become commonplace to decry that we’re not equipping students with the STEM skills they need to succeed in a tech-centric economy. Companies complain they have thousands of open tech jobs, but can’t find qualified candidates […]

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There is so much talk about the Internet of Everything, but how much of it is a futuristic pipe dream? After all, for nearly two decades, companies have tried to sell consumers Internet-connected fridges and microwaves, automated home lighting and heating systems, and smart entertainment devices, yet these devices have never caught on in a […]

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