Sandbox for adults

StartupWeekendSB Larrie Wanberg Features Editor How often is it that one can step into a building in an area that once was referred to as the “Funk Zone” and now is a “Tech Frontier” in beautiful, coastal Santa Barbara and spend a three-day weekend—54 hours—in a stylized space where 70 entrepreneurs come together to share ideas destined to make a city and perhaps the world a better place? For me of Nordic heritage, the creative and exciting weekend revealed unexpected connections to Norway and inspired me to consider a change in my career path. It happened during a “StartupWeekendSB” with the promotional tag “Pitch...Build...Launch...Network...Learn.” The place was the “Sandbox,” a unique co-working center for
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Larrie Wanberg

Larrie Wanberg, 1920–2021, contributed features to The Norwegian American for many years, drawing on eight decades of life experience highlighted by three career recognitions: as a researcher through a Fulbright Scholarship to Norway in 1957; as a health care provider in behavioral science through a 27-year military career and awarded upon retirement in 1981 the highest non-combat medal, the Legion of Merit medal; as an educator, through a 50-year career in college education, culminating in the 2010 Public Scholar award at the UND Center for Community Engagement. Wanberg passed away in May, 2021.

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