Late Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs stressed the importance of serendipity in Silicon Valley, by which he meant chance, unplanned encounters in person between tech employees. His successor, Tim Cook, Monday held a virtual conference for developers in front of the empty seats of the Steve Jobs Theater on Apple’s Cupertino campus.

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The late Steve Jobs told his biographer, Walter Isaacson, that when he commissioned the headquarters for the animated film studio Pixar, in East Bay, Jobs made sure it was an open structure, where everything converged on an atrium. Jobs believed, as Isaacson described it, that creativity is a result of serendipity. Serendipity, meaning, discoveries that happen as a result of chance encounters, is the exact term he used, and to

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