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Welcome

British pride

Entryway

Laptop stations

Networking 101

Gorgeous view

Conference chic

Locker room

Exhibit hall

This is how you do it

Green glow

What's Vodafone, a UK-based wireless operator, doing with an R&D center in the U.S.? They're not here as carriers, the head of R&D for the U.S. and China assured CNET. Like other similar centers, its goal is to identify startup talent to help the core business at home and abroad, and to speed the maturation of those promising solutions.

Here, the Inception conference room welcomes visitors at the kick-off event in Redwood Shores, Ca.

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Welcome

British pride

Entryway

Laptop stations

Networking 101

Gorgeous view

Conference chic

Locker room

Exhibit hall

This is how you do it

Green glow

Spotlights project Vodafone's logo onto the carpeting.
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Welcome

British pride

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Laptop stations

Networking 101

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Locker room

Exhibit hall

This is how you do it

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This is where deals are made.
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Welcome

British pride

Entryway

Laptop stations

Networking 101

Gorgeous view

Conference chic

Locker room

Exhibit hall

This is how you do it

Green glow

Laptop stations host demos on opening night, but will become testing zones, going forward, for entrepreneurs to work on their projects.
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Welcome

British pride

Entryway

Laptop stations

Networking 101

Gorgeous view

Conference chic

Locker room

Exhibit hall

This is how you do it

Green glow

Vodafone's center has a full lab that replicates Vodafone's network and Verizon's, of which Vodafone Group owns almost 50 percent.
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Welcome

British pride

Entryway

Laptop stations

Networking 101

Gorgeous view

Conference chic

Locker room

Exhibit hall

This is how you do it

Green glow

It may be tucked away in a sleepy office building, but Vodafone picked a prime spot on the water, and pedigreed neighbors. The R&D center sits across the street from Electronic Arts and is within a mile of Oracle's glimmering towers.
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Welcome

British pride

Entryway

Laptop stations

Networking 101

Gorgeous view

Conference chic

Locker room

Exhibit hall

This is how you do it

Green glow

Vodafone's conference rooms are named after nouns that end in -ion: Fusion, Inception, and so on.
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Welcome

British pride

Entryway

Laptop stations

Networking 101

Gorgeous view

Conference chic

Locker room

Exhibit hall

This is how you do it

Green glow

On-site lockers might help entrepreneurs and Vodafone staff store their gear while they burn off steam at the gym.
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Welcome

British pride

Entryway

Laptop stations

Networking 101

Gorgeous view

Conference chic

Locker room

Exhibit hall

This is how you do it

Green glow

This open space will host mixers, hackathons, and other monthly events.
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Welcome

British pride

Entryway

Laptop stations

Networking 101

Gorgeous view

Conference chic

Locker room

Exhibit hall

This is how you do it

Green glow

An always-on display that shows conference room availability? Yes, please.
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Welcome

British pride

Entryway

Laptop stations

Networking 101

Gorgeous view

Conference chic

Locker room

Exhibit hall

This is how you do it

Green glow

Another look at the sentinel of the conference rooms, glowing green from the sides.
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