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Here we highlight selected innovation related articles from around the world on a daily basis.  These articles related to innovation and funding for innovative companies, and best practices for innovation based economic development.

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Hiring people is a lot like picking stocks. It’s all about the narrative. We begin by asking “what kind of stock is this?” Is it best-in-class, with strong positioning in the market and consistently solid results; a turnaround story, where there have been struggles but better days are on the horizon; a cash cow, where revenue is flat but the business will pay out dividends for the foreseeable future; or a growth story, with potential for accelerating revenue and expanding margins?

 

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Brad Plumer

WASHINGTON — Wind turbines, solar panels and electric vehicles are spreading far more quickly around the world than many experts had predicted. But this rapid growth in clean energy isn’t yet fast enough to slash humanity’s greenhouse gas emissions and get global warming under control.

That’s the conclusion of the International Energy Agency, which on Tuesday published its annual World Energy Outlook, an 810-page report that forecasts global energy trends to 2040. Since last year, the agency has significantly increased its future projections for offshore wind farms, solar installations and battery-powered cars, both because these technologies keep getting cheaper and because countries like India keep ramping up their clean-energy targets.

 

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backpacking

People start their own business for many reasons. However, since we now have so much visibility into the lives of successful entrepreneurs, it's clear that one of the reasons people quit their jobs and start businesses is to emulate the freedom they see portrayed on social media. Aspiring entrepreneurs see people traveling on a Tuesday while they're spending another day in the office and wonder, “Why aren't I out there doing this?”

 

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The rising trend of domestic venture capital investments contributed to M&A activity increasing 14% from 2017 to 2018.

Venture capital investments in U.S.–based healthcare startups totaled nearly $131 billion in 2018, according to a Sage Growth Partners survey released Monday morning.

The rising trend of domestic venture capital investments contributed to M&A activity increasing by more than 14% from 2017 to 2018.

 

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Before and after photos of US cities in the year 2100 Business Insider

The world's sea levels are rising at faster and faster rates as waters warm and ice sheets melt.

Researchers led by Steve Nerem, a professor of aerospace engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder, looked at satellite data dating back to 1993 to track sea-level rise.

Their findings, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal in 2018, show that sea levels aren't just rising. The rate has been accelerating over the past 25 years.

Image: Trump Plaza in Jersey City, New Jersey, could be sitting in water by 2100. Google Earth/Climate Central

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October 13-15

Little Rock, Arkansas

Join your peers in learning about the Natural State’s innovation economy and discussing your own regional successes in tech-based economic development. SSTI conferences are attended by hundreds of leading policymakers and practitioners, all looking to exchange ideas on how to create a better future through science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship.

 

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In creative fields men and women are described with different words

How long would it take you to review half a million articles? Not just to read, but to tally for particular keywords, such as “he,” “she,” and the words that immediately follow them? Well, let’s just say you’d have to quit your day job.

Undeterred, the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre, which provides independent research and policy recommendations for the U.K.’s creative industry, in partnership with the innovation foundation Nesta, made it their day job. They had some help: AI.

Image: courtesy Nesta

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Through the years, William Gartner has met thousands of entrepreneurs. With very few exceptions, he finds them to be positive, upbeat people.

“I can’t think of any other group of people I’d rather be with,” says Babson’s Bertarelli Foundation Distinguished Professor of Family Entrepreneurship. “They are the happiest people I’ve ever been around.”

Perhaps that shouldn’t be surprising. Entrepreneurs can’t help but be joyful and optimistic. Through their ideas and ventures, they’re hoping to remake how we live. “They have some say on how the future will be created,” says Gartner.

Image: https://entrepreneurship.babson.edu

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Even in this age of globalization and virtualization, the geographic area where you choose to live and work can still make or break your startup business. I still have to tell some entrepreneurs that even with the best idea, they have to move to Silicon Valley to find the investors they need, or they need to move to the U.S. get the attention of the market they choose.

Image: https://blog.startupprofessionals.com/

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Earlier this year, Crunchbase, a database that tracks startup companies and their investors, noted that biotech venture funding has been increasing in recent years, with corporate venture investors significantly increasing their funding into biotechs in 2018. Recently, The San Francisco Business Times pulled together a list of the Bay Area’s top-funded biotech companies from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019. Here’s a look at the top 10.

 

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science

From vaccinations to climate change, we make decisions every day that implicate us in scientific claims. Are genetically modified crops safe to eat? Do childhood vaccinations cause autism? Is climate change an emergency? In recent years, many of these issues have become politically polarized, with people rejecting scientific evidence that misaligns with their political preferences. When Greta Thunberg, the youthful climate activist, testified in Congress last month, submitting as her testimony the IPCC 1.5° report, she was asked by one member why should we trust the science. She replied, incredulously, “because it’s science!”

 

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Timothy Sykes

John Burroughs famously wrote, “Leap and the net will appear.” However, for many people, the idea of taking that leap can be so scary that they never take action at all. As an entrepreneur, you’ll most likely have to assume some level of risk at some point in order to make your goals a reality. As such, learning how to effectively manage risk is a vital skill in helping you attain success. 

 

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