Innovation America Innovation America Accelerating the growth of the GLOBAL entrepreneurial innovation economy
Founded by Rich Bendis

innovation DAILY

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.

Businessman scheduling meeting in office 2022 09 21 17 23 04 utcIn a fast-paced entrepreneurial environment, it's easy to get overwhelmed and bogged down by your to-do list. However, with a little organization and some effective time management techniques, you can learn to manage a busy schedule and keep on top of your workload.

One of the main benefits of being your own boss is the ability to set your own schedule and make your own decisions about when, where and how you work. But the hard truth about being an entrepreneur is that it can also be incredibly time-consuming and downright overwhelming...

 

Read more ...

It's best to chop up leaves, which will then break down in the grass. Rake excess amounts into a landscape bed.
Kris Lord/Flickr Creative CommonsAs leaves across America make their annual autumn pilgrimage from the treetops to the ground, lawn and wildlife experts say it's better to leave them around than to bag them.

First, because it keeps leaves out of landfills. Every year, about 8 million tons of leaves end up there.

And second, because leaves help the grass.

Leaves are full of nutrients, including nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.

"Those nutrients are being returned to the soil," Susan Barton, a professor and extension specialist in landscape horticulture at the University of Delaware, told NPR. "But probably even more important than that, it's the organic matter. It's the fact that you've got this tissue that then eventually decomposes and improves the soil health."

Image: It's best to chop up leaves, which will then break down in the grass. Rake excess amounts into a landscape bed. Kris Lord/Flickr Creative Commons

Read more ...

Spider web with ghosts on black background 2022 10 20 02 48 53 utc  1“There’s more dry powder powder than ever before.”

“There’s never been a better time to start a startup.”

“Discipline is the new scale.” (OK, OK, I made that last one up, but didn’t you kind of believe it?).

The tech industry loves generalizations — and don’t worry, I enjoy my fair share too — but as the downturn continues to play out, it’s increasingly important to think about the structural changes that may be forming in the venture capital landscape. Venture firms, unlike unicorns, often don’t have hundreds of employees to cut. Instead, venture firms cut costs in quieter ways.

 

Read more ...

Innovation and creative idea concept 2021 08 26 22 35 40 utcApple, Google, and other companies mandating that employees work in the office for most or all of their time claim that any time spent working remotely stifles innovation. According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, "Innovation isn't always a planned activity. It's bumping into each other over the course of the day and advancing an idea that you just had. And you really need to be together to do that."

Yet is this true? On the one hand, research at MIT found that remote work weakens the cross-functional, inter-team "weak ties" that form the basis for the exchange of new ideas that tend to foster innovation. A study by Microsoft similarly found that remote work weakens innovation since workers communicate less with those outside their own teams.

 

Read more ...

Question mark gd16f8d084 640 pngUndoubtedly, we are living in a world of ever-increasing hyper-specialization. The advantages of being a specialist rather than a generalist have become more than obvious ever since Henry Ford innovated the production line. However, the trend toward specialization is much older.

In the ancient world, most intellectuals (usually philosophers) were polymaths. Yet, as knowledge accumulates and the complexity of each field increases, it becomes increasingly difficult to be up to speed and to understand all knowledge branches deeply enough to be competent and productive.

 

Read more ...

Piggy bank 2022 08 01 01 25 23 utcBased on recent venture funding figures, now might not seem like the best time to invest in startups. Figures show that VC funding levels are down across the board, and particularly at later stage, which saw a drop of 40% quarter-over-quarter in Q2 and 63% year-over-year. Various media outlets are also predicting leaner times for the sector, with The Financial Times recently declaring that the ‘party is over’ for VCs.

 

Read more ...

Team of innovators 2021 09 01 19 01 53 utcEvery company strives to be innovative, but most are missing key ingredients. How can you identify which ingredients your organization needs — and which employee styles can fill in the gaps? The authors’ research distills four key innovation styles that can lead to success — generators, conceptualizers, optimizers, and implementors — and explains how common they are across sectors.

 

Read more ...

Woman making a presentation at meeting 2022 01 04 20 53 31 utcIt's human nature to want to share great news: getting a new job, buying a new home, having a new baby on the way. The glow of all the good wishes from friends and family is an intrinsic reward.

So when sharing good news when the stakes are as high as winning an investment, why would you not be shouting it from the rooftops?

 

Read more ...

Stock market trading on a tablet computer 2022 09 16 02 24 36 utcBullFrog AI Holdings, Inc. (BFAI) plans to raise $8 million in an initial public offering (IPO) on Tuesday, November 8th, IPO Scoop reports. The company will be issuing 1,300,000 shares at a price of $6.38 per share.

WallachBeth Capital and ViewTrade Securities served as the underwriters for the IPO.

BullFrog AI Holdings, Inc. provided the following description of their company for its IPO: “(Note: This is a unit IPO of 1.32 million units at $6.375 per unit. Each unit consists of one share of our common stock and one tradeable warrant to buy one share of common stock. A 1-for-7 reverse stock split will take place before the IPO closes.)  We use artificial intelligence and machine learning to advance medicines for both internal and external projects.

 

Read more ...

Female financial expert ceo manager working near 2022 05 30 19 29 44 utcNo one anticipated the massive shift to home-based remote work that happened in 2020 with the onset of the pandemic. A new study surveyed managers and employees alike for what worked and what didn’t as they navigated managing and being managed remotely. The key finding was a subtle but important shift in how employees expected their managers to work with them. They wanted their managers to be present, hands-on, and operationally vigilant without being intrusive.

 

Read more ...

Sticker with the inscription open source hanging o 2021 09 03 01 31 19 utcOpen source software is deeply embedded in enterprises today: from the Linux kernel to data center infrastructure, and from databases to application servers and front ends. The importance of securing the supply chain has become front and center in the industry, with the US government's involvement and the formation of industry bodies such as OpenSSF to work on solutions.

 

Read more ...

Neon ai on a keyboard 2022 09 16 09 03 37 utcAn artificial intelligence system from Google's sibling company DeepMind stumbled on a new way to solve a foundational math problem at the heart of modern computing, a new study finds. A modification of the company’s game engine AlphaZero (famously used to defeat chess grandmasters and legends in the game of Go) outperformed an algorithm that had not been improved on for more than 50 years, researchers say.

 

Read more ...