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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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Think you were born to be an entrepreneur? Maybe not, but what nature doesn’t provide, nurture certainly might have and the whole point of entrepreneurialism is to blaze a new path, right?

Check out this list of fifty signs you’re meant to be an entrepreneur from John Rampton at Entrepreneur, and see if you have what it takes to make it in the big, bad world of business.

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Were in a age where just about everyone is starting their own business in hopes of making a way and name for themselves.

The life of Entrepreneurship is far from easy! I’m pretty sure you’ve all seen that meme about entrepreneur’s that reads “late nights, early mornings…” and so on. Well it’s true and as women we ourselves face a series of unique challenges in the start up world, but that’s another topic.

Elite Daily recently enlisted the help of Aubrie Pagano, cofounder and CEO of Bow and Drape, to put together a list of how female entrepreneurs can successfully start their own businesses.

 

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Should entrepreneurship be taught?

Whenever raised, this question brings on a passionate debate amongst entrepreneurs. Brian Breslin, founder of Refresh Miami and InfiniMedia, recently posted this question to his network on Facebook, which sparked an interesting debate amongst Miami entrepreneurs.

Some people were against the notion of entrepreneurship being taught in a seminar, saying:

“Nope. It can’t be taught, only learned (‘when the student is ready, the teacher will appear’ kind of thing… or more accurately, when the entrepreneur-student is ready, she will go to the ends of the earth and break down walls to find the information/figure out how to do it),” says Carrie Ann Mantha.

 

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President Obama, nice boss that he is, wants you to stroll into work whenever you please.

All right, that's not entirely true. But at the White House Summit on Working Families this week, Obama did encourage employers to provide more flexibility--especially when it comes to family leave and childcare. As a first step toward that goal, the president outlined a policy for federal employees to request flexible work arrangements "without fear of retaliation."

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Distributed computing is the future of technology, but you'd never know it from how many tech organizations continue to operate. While our systems run across multiple servers and even data centers, our development teams too often sit within the same office. While there are real benefits to a co-located development team, the costs of competing for local talent may well outweigh them.

Ironically, open source has taught us how to effectively work in a distributed fashion, but far too few organizations have heeded its lessons.

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Companies selected for Healthbox accelerator will see 50K boost Nashville Business Journal 2

Healthbox, a leading business accelerator focused on healthcare technology and technology-enabled companies, today confirmed it is taking its accelerator program to Salt Lake City this August. Through partnerships with innovative organizations Intermountain Healthcare and HealthEquity, in addition to Zion's Bank and BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), Healthbox is sourcing companies, regardless of development stage, that meet the needs of a rapidly changing healthcare industry. The companies selected for the 16-week program will have unique access to Healthbox strategic partners, gaining an understanding of the key challenges plaguing these organizations and how to adapt their solutions to truly solve these challenges.

 

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Brainstorming is one those strategies that garners a lot of enthusiasm… but very few results.

In theory, the idea seems sound. A group of people get together and think up different ways to solve a problem until they find a workable solution.

Too bad the idea is a bust in practice.

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The growing skills gap is one of the most persistent challenges affecting thriving and lagging state economies—the disparity between the skills companies need to drive growth and innovation versus the skills that actually exist within their organizations and in the labor market. This disconnect, expected to grow substantially as the boomer generation retires, causes workers and companies to miss out on realizing their full potential. A sizable skills gap impacts virtually every aspect of the economy, thereby affecting our national competitiveness and, in turn, causing the economy to fall short of its potential.

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Deep in the treetops in the tropical montane cloud forests of Costa Rica, Franklin & Marshall College biology professor Sybil Gotsch and several students are gathering data that could answer questions about our changing global climate. Shrouded in the foggy jungle canopy hundreds of feet above ground, Professor Gotsch’s students are using sensors to track the movement of moisture through epiphytes, or “air plants,” living among the branches. As climate change lifts the average altitude of tropical clouds, the epiphytes and the microhabitats they provide for other important organisms become more vulnerable.

 

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Cybersecurity is all the rage. It provides the plot to James Bond movies, headlines news reports and prompts presidential orders. Among other things, the cyber threat ''represents one of the most serious national security challenges (the United States) must confront.’’ The deliberations of corporate boards of directors should be no exception to the furor. This article examines the current status of cybersecurity standards, insurance for cyber risks, and how insurance may or may not inform a board's standard of care.

 

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Entrepreneurs don’t quit, they start.

It was against the rules but I did it anyway. I slammed on the gas of my shoddy Oldsmobile Cutlass and shot over the train track ramp going 80 miles per hour with my two friends in the back. It was midnight the summer after my senior year of high school and we were fulfilling a promise we made to ourselves to jump the ramp before we left for college. All four wheels of the car left the ground and we had just enough time to drop our mouths before landing square on the pavement. I still remember the freedom of being completely airborne and the relief of landing safely on the ground.

 

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When China implemented its first economic reforms in 1978, the government accounted for more than 90 percent of GDP. By 2005, public sector contributions to GDP represented less than 50 percent. Does this mean entrepreneurs are thriving?

The plight of entrepreneurs in China has been the subject of much debate among startup communities outside China. It is especially fascinating for researchers and policy analysts monitoring the progress and potential of China’s economic transformation. To change from the government accounting for 90 percent of GDP in 1978 to less than 50 percent today speaks volumes about the comfort level China’s strong government has in entrepreneurs as innovators.

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