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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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In cities around the world, a growing movement is redefining the spatial geography of the innovation economy.

Innovation districts are evolving geographies of innovation anchored by R&D-intensive universities, medical institutions, and companies. Analysis now shows there are well over 100 innovation districts emerging globally in cities with vastly different economic starting points, regional advantages, and population sizes. Unlike traditional research parks and science corridors, these districts embrace the urban attributes of density, proximity, and accessibility—places where a “mash up” of economic strengths, physical assets and amenities, and robust social networks foster an open, collaborative innovation ecosystem.

 

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My latest post is online at City Journal. I actually wrote it prior to the Indy op-ed I just put up, but for scheduling reasons they came out in the reverse order. This contains some of the background information against which that op-ed was written. It’s about the resorting of population that’s occurring within US states in the Midwest. Here’s an excerpt:

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For being members of a discipline that prides itself on discovering the unknown, innovation practitioners have a secret lust of commonplace predictability and yearn for security as much as any human being. Seeing how they too often become the mistaken and hapless scapegoats for lack of core business growth, it is easy to empathize with this longing for belonging and recognition.

 

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I have been reading the business plans of new ventures for more than 30 years, and while the presentations have become a lot slicker, I’m not sure the underlying propositions have improved much.

PowerPoint and the rise of venture-capital culture have a certain amount to answer for on that. In 2019, no one sends a business plan: instead they deliver a “pitch deck”. The founders know all the right financing terminology — from drag-along rights to anti-dilution provisions — but I’m not sure they always understand their customers.

Often I get the impression that their objective is to raise capital rather than generate sales and develop a profitable enterprise. I’m astonished when I read about would-be entrepreneurs celebrating a new round of finance, because that’s…

 

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Richard Branson -- CC - Chatham House - Wikipedia

By nearly any measure, Richard Branson is at the top of the success-o-meter of life. The multibillionaire launched his first business as a teenager. By 20, he had started a mail-order record business and by 22 he was running a chain of record stores. He has since founded a slew of companies and conglomerates, including Virgin Records, Virgin Airlines, Virgin Express, Virgin Mobile, Virgin Hotels, Virgin Cruises and Virgin Galactic.

 

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A study of Global Human Capital Trends, undertaken by Deloitte, has revealed that alternative workforce models are steadily becoming the new-normal in South Africa’s job market.

While the trend has already transformed the way global corporations and small businesses achieve their operational goals, focus on the innately human aspects of production is beginning to take hold in South Africa. From traditional conglomerates to start-up enterprises, the concept of humanising workflow by optimising the employee’s experience has now entered the mainstream.

 

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In the spring of 2018, three long-term Japan residents and friends decided to create a community of peers in Tokyo and tell their stories of living in the city while chasing their dreams.

American photographers Michael Holmes and Richard Lee  joined me, a Brit, to create Millennials of Tokyo (MoTKY), an online and offline global community focused on the lives of people from the city’s creative and innovative space.

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Are you struggling to create your dream life or business? If so, you are probably distracted by the “how.” What you should be focused on instead is identifying your calling.

I know firsthand that nothing else matters if you aren’t following your soul’s purpose. Once you’ve found it, you can align all areas of your life to point in that direction. It is possible to do what you love and live in flow — you just need the right motivation and mindset, and to take the right action.

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Technologies developed at the University of California, Davis, enabled the foundation of 14 startup companies during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019.

“Research universities like UC Davis are a key source of vital innovation for numerous industries,” said Prasant Mohapatra, vice chancellor for research at UC Davis. “These startups are undertaking the important first steps in developing and refining the commercial potential of their inventions. It’s exciting to see such a wide range of entrepreneurial undertakings based on our campus innovations.” 

Image: Robert Fairclough, right, emeritus associate professor in the UC Davis Department of Neurology, and Vu Trinh, a postdoctoral researcher at UC Davis, are co-founders of Sierra Biopharma. The company is developing a therapeutic treatment for the autoimmune neuromuscular disease myasthenia gravis. (UC Davis photo) 

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