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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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Once upon a time, the story goes, rural America thrived, a land of golden fields dotted with wholesome communities of God-fearing farmers. Then the kids — especially the bright ones — left for the city. 

The school closed, and so did the hardware store and one of the churches, and now there’s just a post office and a convenience store where there was once a thriving business district. The post office is scheduled for closure. 

That’s the narrative told by too many rural commentators, casual and otherwise. It’s a narrative that University of Minnesota Extension researcher and rural cheerleader Ben Winchester forcefully opposes. 

Image: Cory Ritterbusch and Emily Lubcke, and their kids Paul (in the red shirt) and Mark. (Courtesy of Cory Ritterbusch)

 

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TAMPA, Fla., June 5, 2018  /PRNewswire/ -- The Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents in 2017 has been announced by the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO).  Data obtained from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is used to compile the report, which highlights the vital role patents play in university research and innovation.

 

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JUST AS ATLANTA has a booming film industry and Silicon Valley has become synonymous with technology, Boston has earned its place as America’s hometown for biomedical innovation. With a hyper-educated workforce, a cutting-edge biopharma and medical device sector, and massive investments in research and development, it’s no wonder Beantown has seen such a surge in its innovation economy over the past few years.

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failure

Three years ago, my Vancouver-based e-commerce site, Shoes.com, was exploding with growth. In the 14 months between 2014 and 2015, we grew from 20 employees to 700 and from $3 million in annualized revenue to $300 million. Then, just as fast, it all went sideways.

That should have been a good thing, or at least a soberingly educational one. It wasn’t, really.

 

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success

There are myriad paths you can follow to success -- but if you believe in some career myths, you’ll end up at the opposite end of successful: overworked, underpaid and unhappy. What are these myths, and what should you believe instead? For the answers, we turned to two career experts who will blow the lid off what success really looks like in today’s workplace.

 

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sleep

Fast Company has run thousands of articles on every aspect of productivity. But the one topic that comes up the most, and that really is at the root of a lot of other productivity issues like focus, decision making, and time management, is sleep. No one thinks they are getting enough, and everyone wants to offer advice on tips and tricks and routines around sleep.

 

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red flag

Struggling to become analytics-driven? One or more of these issues is likely what’s holding your organization back.

How confident are you that your analytics initiative is delivering the value it’s supposed to?

These days, it’s the rare CEO who doesn’t know that businesses must become analytics-driven. Many business leaders have, to their credit, been charging ahead with bold investments in analytics resources and artificial intelligence (AI).

 

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Nathaniel “Ned” David is sitting at a conference table in South San Francisco in blue jeans, a black T-shirt and Tevas, looking and sounding a lot like Keanu Reeves as he discusses his latest startup, Unity Biotechnology. The idea behind Unity—preventing aging—sounds crazy, but it’s backed by dozens of scientific papers, the key two in Nature. There are aging cells, called senescent cells, that build up throughout the body and contribute to what we think of as old age—things like achy joints, waning vision, even perhaps Alzheimer’s. Kill those senescent cells with drugs, David reasons, and people might be able to grow old without becoming infirm.

Image: Timothy Archibald for Forbes - Ned David’s colleagues joke that he doesn't seem to age. With his latest company, he's trying to develop drugs that will spare everyone the ravages of getting old.  

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Jack Corrigan

The National Institutes of Health on Monday announced a sweeping initiative to revamp the way it manages data in an effort to foster the adoption of artificial intelligence, supercomputing and other technologies poised to transform medical research.

The agency’s Strategic Plan for Data Science sheds light on a handful of challenges facing NIH as record amounts of data pour into the agency and outlines five broad areas where leaders plan to focus their efforts over the next five years:

 

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women

I once had a startup founder tell me that he was having a recurring nightmare about being in a small room where 4 law enforcement officers would aggressively interrogate him, and he would try in vain to keep up with their questions. Each night, the dream would change slightly—the interrogators would look different, though always faceless—until finally he realized what the dream was about: pitching his startup and the interrogators were potential investors.

 

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As every entrepreneur will know, securing that first round of seed capital is often the most crucial step in getting any business off the ground.

And for their part, seed investors play a crucial role as tech influencers or tastemakers, often backing a trend years before it becomes mainstream.

But what do these European tech tastemakers of today think is coming tomorrow?

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people

Each year, the Churchill Club, a 32-year-old thought-leadership organization based in Silicon Valley, hosts a debate among some of the leading, and most opinionated, tech and business luminaries. This year, five venture capitalists from Sequoia Capital, Greylock Partners, and other top firms laid out their predictions for which nonobvious tech trends would emerge with the potential for explosive growth around 2021.

 

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