E.B. Boyd

E.B. Boyd

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E.B. Boyd is a contributing writer at Fast Company and San Francisco. She has reported from the Middle East, Afghanistan, China, Haiti, and Silicon Valley.

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Lead Or Die | Fast Company

One Marine officer concluded that the U.S. way of advising the Afghan National Army was hurting more than helping. So he came up with his own solution and changed the course of the conflict.

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Leadership Lessons From The U.S. Army In Afghanistan

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The Kabubble: Scenes From Afghanistan's Stalled Housing Boom

Fast Company | The skyline in Kabul has changed virtually overnight. And now, ahead of an unsure and rapidly approaching future, building has stalled.

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Where is the Female Mark Zuckerberg? (San Francisco magazine)

The stereotypical founder of a Silicon Valley giant is an insanely arrogant, pathologically driven, geekily brilliant 22-year-old guy. This boom looks different. For the first time in startup history, girl wonders actually have an edge over the boys. (Not that anyone has noticed.) Can the new femme entrepreneurs seize their moment?

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Dark Side of the Boom (San Francisco magazine)

Diaspora was supposed to be the “Facebook Killer.” Then 22-year-old cofounder Ilya Zhitomirskiy committed suicide. E.B. Boyd reports on how his death has touched a nerve in Silicon Valley—and forced one of its biggest secrets out in the open.

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Meet Google's Voice Hunter On A Quest For 300 Languages

Google wants Voice Search to master the Tower of Babel. So Linne Ha travels the world, gathering the language samples used to train it.

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Thank Facebook's Design Team For Every Warm And Fuzzy Moment You've Ever Had On The Social Network

Why design is the secret weapon of the social network.

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Silicon Valley's New Hiring Strategy

In Silicon Valley, some dare to ask: Why hire a PhD, when a self-taught kid is just as good?

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Ex-Green Berets Bring Tech to Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

The U.S. military is hampered by antiquated technologies that leave units all but deaf and blind as they try to hunt down insurgents and win hearts and minds. A team of former Special Forces officers is now building the tools to fix that.

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Women to Women: On the Front Lines with the Marines' Female Engagement Teams

The Marines are using teams of servicewomen in Afghanistan to go where the men in its front-line combat units cannot: To build relationships with Afghan women. (Reported from Helmand during an embed with the US Marines.)

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Nike Turns London Into a Game Board to Get People Running

Nike asked Wieden+Kennedy to get young people excited about running. W+K said forget ads, let's make a game.

Stories from the War Zone

Five very personal stories about what it's like to serve in war.

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The Mother of All Misconceptions

Yahoo announces Marissa Mayer will be taking over as CEO while five months pregnant. Pundits wonder whether she can hack it as a new mom. Here's what they don't know about how Silicon Valley works.

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The Art Of Focus: Behind The Scenes With The Google+ Team

Congratulations. You've just been tapped to revamp everything Google does. How do you get your team to remember why they're doing what they're doing? Try painting a mural.

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In 8 Years, Facebook Changed All We Do Online

In the storm that is Facebook's IPO, we pause to take note of the way the social network has transformed the way we live now.