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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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Do you have an idea?

Do you wish you knew what to do with it to develop it into something people want?

Maybe it's time you became a builder.

A builder is any self-motivated person or entrepreneur who wants to build something new to meet a customer demand or something unique that creates a customer demand.

 

Three Ways to Make Your Organisation Agile INSEAD Knowledge

Agile, the flexible way of working, has spread from software development to organisational change – for small start-ups and even large, traditional organisations. The Agile software methodology is iterative and collaborative; it ensures that small, autonomous groups work together to align with customer needs. In this age of information at our fingertips, same-day delivery and seamless payment options, customers now expect more from business than ever before and companies must adapt to thrive.

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Almost every entrepreneur starts their journey by developing a solution, based on their idea of a new technology or required service. These idea and developer skills are necessary, but not sufficient, to build a business. A real business requires leadership – thought leadership to attract customers and mind share, as well as people leadership around a team, partners, and investors.

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Tech startups aren't the only ones in Silicon Valley that want to be unicorns. More and more VC firms are seeking to raise new funds of at least $1 billion, either for new flagships or growth-focused sidecars.

Why it matters: The last time we saw such a trend was during the dotcom era's waning days.

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Even if you diligently avoid caffeine late in the day and you quit scrolling through Instagram an hour before bed, there may come the occasional night when it’s just impossible to fall asleep.

After you’ve tossed and turned, adjusted and readjusted your pillow, checked the clock again, and sufficiently groaned about your lack of sleep, what are you supposed to do that’s actually going to help solve the issue?

 

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Earth Day 2018 Plastic Waste Could Build 19 Skyscrapers Time

Plastic has been plagued with some bad press in the weeks leading up to Earth Day, which takes place Sunday, April 22, from a sperm whale that washed ashore in Spain with 64 pounds of plastic in its body to a 600,000 square mile area in the Pacific Ocean rife with trash.

Both headlines drew an outcry from concerned citizens calling for measures to protect the affected sea life. But as sad as the news may be, it is far from surprising. Plastic consumption has increased 20-fold in recent decades, with nearly a third of the material consumed bypassing waste collection systems and eventually winding up as pollution.

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The way we move through the world is undergoing a deep tectonic shift. Ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft have come to dominate a new market, where people pay for miles instead of buying vehicles, and the same model is now, controversially, being applied to scooters.  Cars can actually drive themselves, under certain conditions. But what will this mean for the future of how we commute?

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There has been increasing interest in developing a strategy that takes advantage of Canada’s research expertise to turn it into economic advantage for our country.

A great deal of research is undertaken at Canadian universities and colleges — more than $6 billion in total research expenditures were reported by the Association of University Technology Managers’ Canadian Licensing Activity Survey in 2015.

We’ve had big success stories. Canola is a great example of how research at universities became an economic boon for the entire country; there is now about $26 billion annually in economic activity generated by canola.

 

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As a former IBM executive, I used to think that big-company executives would be ideally skilled and experienced in business to run a small company or a startup. Yet that rarely happens, and when it does, like John Sculley moving from Pepsi to Apple, the results don’t turn out so positive. I see this as a variation on the “Peter Principle,” as well as considerably different skills required.

 

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Making your way to Australia's Christmas Island to witness its annual red crab migration isn't the easiest of trips, but now there's an easier way to see it happen: Just catch a glimpse on Google's Street View.

The pictures were collected by Alasdair Grigg from Parks, Australia, using Google's Street View Trekker 360 late last year. (Red crab migration generally starts at the beginning of October or November.) The images reveal some of the approximately 40 to 50 million crabs that make their way from the forest to the coast.

 

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Istrawberriesn the latest report about pesticide residues, the Environmental Working Group says that 70% of conventionally grown fruits and vegetables contain up to 230 different pesticides or their breakdown products.

The analysis, based on produce samples tested by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, found that strawberries and spinach contained the highest amounts of pesticide residues. One sample of strawberries, for example, tested positive for 20 different pesticides, and spinach contained nearly twice the pesticide residue by weight than any other fruit or vegetable.

 

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