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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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Many successful businesses started with just one person who had a vision and the technical skills to deliver it to the world. Popular new sites like Techmeme, Newsblur, Instapaper and Duckduckgo started out this way which makes the costs of operating much more bearable in the beginning.

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Those of us who need glasses to see a TV or laptop screen clearly could ditch the eyewear thanks to a display technology that corrects vision problems.

The technology uses algorithms to alter an image based on a person’s glasses prescription together with a light filter set in front of the display. The algorithm alters the light from each individual pixel so that, when fed through a tiny hole in the plastic filter, rays of light reach the retina in a way that re-creates a sharp image. Researchers say the idea is to anticipate how your eyes will naturally distort whatever’s onscreen—something glasses or contacts typically correct—and adjust it beforehand so that what you see appears clear.

Image: Picture this: Researchers use a camera and lenses to simulate an eye with nearsightedness looking at an “E” shown on a modified iPod Touch display.  - http://www.technologyreview.com

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Crowdfunding is a popular method used by startups to acquire financial backing for a company or even specific product, but it is not often thought of as a tool for established businesses.

Experts Daryl Hatton, CEO of social crowdfunding platform FundRazr.com, and Craig Asano, executive director of the National Crowdfunding Association of Canada, argue that larger corporations have barely begun to explore the benefits of crowdfunding.

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A new model of the Accelerator – to meet the needs of particular sectors of science and technology For Start-ups BioCity has developed a new model of the Accelerator, which is designed to focus on big issues, is of longer duration, more flexible and more systematic, though less communal, and one that does not make use of mentors.

 

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Maybe starting a new business isn’t your passion, but in these days of rapid change, where everyone is dealing with uncertainty, I believe that thinking and acting like entrepreneurs will help you get ahead in any profession. In simple terms this means taking control of your life, going after something you love to do, and taking action. Stop letting life decisions happen to you.

 

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Raj Sidhu had one of the most coveted design jobs in New York City — and then he left it all to play board games.

The 23-year-old's first project, Code Monkey Island, teaches kids the logic of computer programming through the playful dynamic of monkeys competing over bananas. The game teaches you all of the logic of basic programming under the guise of the game: Instead of dice, it's governed by cards that work in tandem to impact how many spaces (if any) you may move per turn.

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First, you should determine whether you have the right personality to be an entrepreneur. At My Enterprise Finland, you can complete an entrepreneur test, which may help you to make the decision. (Requires logging in with online banking credentials.)

The starting point for entrepreneurship can be, for example, professional expertise, the desire to make independent decisions, or the appearance of a good opportunity.

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In every success story, the longest chapter is the one about determination.

While success demands many things from us, willpower and determination always come up at the top of the list. Many people believe that we are born with determination and those that succeed are simply the fortunate ones who are born with an abundant supply. But if you ask any successful person they will tell you they were not born with more determination; they always found a way to harness and use what they have more effectively.

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RALEIGH, N.C. - University commercialization. One of the most complicated, yet promising, functions of entrepreneurial communities.

It's been around since 1980, when the federal government passed the Bayh-Dole Act and made it possible for universities (and nonprofits and private corporations) to own intellectual property rights to federally-funded research. What universities do with those rights is what is continually up for discussion. And that's mostly because universities are best at education, not launching businesses.

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If you’re still perplexed by what, exactly, quantum computing is, you’re not alone. Something about computers without transistors that can deal with not just zeros and ones but something in between, or both. The basic gist is that today’s computers store all information stored as either a one or a zero. In quantum computing,  there is the notion of a qubit which can be a one or a zero or both at once. Somehow that means that the computer can use and manipulate all combinations of those bits simultaneously.

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- When a group of real estate site selectors toured Cleveland last year, one of them didn't realize the city edged up to a lake. Another asked where all the pollution was, recalled Tracey Nichols, the city's economic-development director.

Those responses reinforced the idea that what's happening on the ground - in business, workforce training and development - isn't necessarily visible beyond Cleveland's borders.

 

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The headline from our Q1 2014 LinkedIn Economic Confidence Outlook was “scattered optimism” about the global economy among business leaders. The latest results from Q2 show a decrease in the already moderate optimistic outlook among the majority of the 15 countries we surveyed, with one notable exception: India.

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