At Slush Asia, a new tech festival held in Tokyo in late April, the scene and the energy resembled a small-scale South by Southwest Interactive. Elise Hu/NPR hide caption

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A Startup Scene That's Not So Hot: Japan's Entrepreneur Shortage
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With the technology to conduct more nuanced tests, some companies say they can provide more useful detail about how people think in dynamic situations. Marcus Butt/Getty Images/Ikon Images hide caption

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Recruiting Better Talent With Brain Games And Big Data
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A venture capital firm is using the power of big data to target entrepreneurs before they even create startups. iStockphoto hide caption

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Fortune-Tellers, Step Aside: Big Data Looks For Future Entrepreneurs
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Kenyan Susan Oguya created an app to help farmers in her homeland. Shown here in the office of her company, M-Farm, she also belongs to the group Akirachix, which seeks to bring more Kenyan women into the tech world. Gregory Warner hide caption

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Kenyan Women Create Their Own 'Geek Culture'
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Eden Full took time off from her studies at Princeton University to work on her startup full time, after being selected for the inaugural class of the 20 Under 20 Thiel Fellowship. Della Rollins hide caption

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Who Needs College? Young Entrepreneuer Bets On Bright Idea For Solar Energy
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A Google logo is seen through windows of Moscone Center in San Francisco during Google's annual developer conference, Google I/O, in June. Google is one of several major tech companies known for the "acqui-hire." AFP/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Employee Shopping: 'Acqui-Hire' Is The New Normal In Silicon Valley
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