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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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As a long-time advisor to entrepreneurs, and a former angel myself, I still find startups confused about the definition of an angel investor, and how and when to attract one. Angels are actually serious investors who invest their own money, versus venture capitalists who invest institutional money, or regular people who invest in crowdfunding. Thus they don’t live or fly above the clouds.

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From Microsoft going carbon negative to Starbucks announcing a (somewhat vague) goal to become “resource positive,” it seems that major companies are announcing new sustainability efforts every day. But which ones are doing the most for our environment? An annual ranking from Canadian research firm Corporate Knights, revealed January 21 at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, scrutinized more than 7,000 companies to identify the 100 most sustainable corporations in the world.

 

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A new report underscores the shifting position of the United States in the global R&D competition and the continuing rise of China. While two charts from the National Science Board’s The State of U.S. Science and Engineering summarize the changing nature of this international struggle, the underlying data on where the U.S. and China are investing their resources should really grab the attention of policymakers and one would hope motivate action by the U.S.

 

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Scientists Confirm That Stress Can Indeed Turn Hair Grey Time

When Ya-Chieh Hsu, professor of stem cell and regenerative biology at Harvard University and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, wanted to figure out exactly what makes hair turn grey, she started with an obvious, albeit anecdotal, culprit: stress. There are well-known historical examples of the connection between stress and hair greying—Marie Antoinette’s coif reportedly blanched after she was captured during the French Revolution—and studies have even linked stress in animals to greying hair. But for the first time, Hsu and her colleagues figured out the biological reason why stress saps the pigment out of hair.

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Most of us understand the peril of adopting too many goals at once, which makes it unlikely we’ll be able to make meaningful progress on any of them. But, recognizing that we have to prioritize, how can we determine which goal is the right one to focus on? Here are four steps to help you identify where your efforts will be most strategic, and how to maximize the chances they’ll bear fruit.

 

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AInside the world s skinniest skyscraper on Billionaires Row in NYC Business Insider bevy of super-tall, glossy skyscrapers is rising along New York City's Billionaires' Row, an area south of Central Park that's home to some of the most expensive real estate in the city.

There's Central Park Tower, which recently became the tallest residential building in the world. Then there's 220 Central Park South, which broke real-estate records when billionaire hedge fund manager Ken Griffin paid $238 million for a spread of condos. Both towers are expected to be finished sometime in 2020.

 

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“Not all heroes wear capes,” the saying goes, and the workplace is no exception. If you take the time to look, you’ll find that acts of selflessness abound in your organisation – from informal mentoring to planning birthday or retirement parties. Are you a workplace hero? If you answered no, that may increase your chances of actually being one.

My forthcoming paper in Social Psychological and Personality Science explores the innate humility that accompanies heroism in all areas of life (not just the workplace). One of its findings is that there is a stark distinction between how we see heroism and how heroes view themselves. The qualities that most inspire us in stories about heroes – taxing sacrifice, persistence in the face of risk or great difficulty – are largely missing from the tales heroes tell about their own actions.

 

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If you happened to be born before the rise of technology, you could probably remember your young years playing outside until the sun went down. Outdoor play was a critical part of growing up, and although things have changed in the world, playing in a non-structured environment with peers is just as relevant today as it was hundreds of years ago. 

 

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Raising capital is one of the main issues that preoccupies entrepreneurs on a daily basis. Whether you are in the initial startup stage imagining an idea that may become reality or possess an advanced product looking to make its way into the complex sales market, securing investor funding is imperative. A popular investment channel in the Israeli high-tech market is venture capital funds. These funds raise capital from institutional investors and generally invest in projects that carry a high-level risk, in anticipation of significant returns over a relatively short period of time.

 

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If you’re a glass-half-full person, you’re going to love Andrew McAfee’s latest book, More from Less. Always optimistic, while still expressing minor notes of caution, McAfee, a research scientist at the MIT Sloan School of Management and cofounder and codirector of MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy (with frequent collaborator Erik Brynjolfsson), believes that life on this planet is getting better all the time. He also thinks that though humans face some big challenges, we have at our command all the resources needed to meet them.

 

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Entrepreneurship has to do with the pursuit of professional success through innovative work. Therefore, the idea is that entrepreneurs are brave and constantly motivated people, always engaged in new projects with invention and obstinate to achieve their professional goals. We know this is very true and real. However, enterprising people often face numerous challenges that, if not well managed emotionally, can put everything to lose!

 

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