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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.

Laith Al-Qasem

The actual purpose of a lead investor is somewhat debated. A basic understanding of their role is that they are the first corporates to invest a hefty sum in a startup’s vision, plan, product, and/or service. It’s risky business. Although lead investors may not be the largest investors a startup encounters in its lifetime, they play a crucial social, and obviously, economic role for a startup’s launch into a market. Lead investors are social proof that an entrepreneur’s idea is worthy of becoming a reality. In the words of Alexander Cremades, securing a lead investor gives a startup and their funding request, legitimacy, social proof, lower perceived risk for others, and creates confidence in their venture.

 

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What’s in a name? On Thursday of this week, business leaders, journalists and officials gathered for a briefing on Britain’s newly-minted Global Talent visa system. Organised by Tech Nation - a government-backed body tasked with supporting the development of the innovation economy - the event provided an opportunity to explain how the new regime would function and how it would differ from its “Exceptional Talent visa predecessor. 

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Focusing on needs-driven innovation, suggests Cala Health founder and chief scientific officer Kate Rosenbluth, is one way to beat the long odds stacked against entrepreneurs. She describes her own early needs-generation process in the healthcare space, and explains how she framed those observations into a formal needs statement that guided Cala Health’s trajectory.

 

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Private capital fundraising had a bombshell year in 2019.

A whopping $888 billion was raised across 1,064 private equity, venture capital, infrastructure, and real estate funds. This is the most private capital ever raised on an annual basis, according to a new PitchBook report. On average, institutional investors increased their allocations to private markets yet again by lowering their allocation to hedge funds and/or public equities.

 

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Many of the entrepreneurs I advise or invest with spend considerable time on the Internet, keeping up with technology, customers, and competitors, but very few feel the need for an early personal presence. In fact, some totally avoid it, assuming their product or solution will speak for itself later. They don’t realize that you need to build positives early, to offset any negatives later.

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With today’s interactive social media and the real-time Internet, both customers and employees see inside your company easily, so you can’t hide your real company culture. At the same time relationship perceptions have become the biggest drivers to customer loyalty and employee engagement. Thus in every business, big or small, culture can make or break your success.

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Cincinnati, Ohio (Tuesday, February 11, 2020) – Speaker, thought leader and CEO of MOFI, Shawn Nason, announced a new adventure in the world of innovation and disruption, with the acquisition of Innovation Excellence, the acknowledged online home of the global innovation community.

Since 2006, founders Braden Kelley, Julie Anixter, Rowan Gibson and Dean DeBiase have grown Innovation Excellence into the popular crowd-sourced innovation platform, with a roster of over 32,000 subscribers and 47,000 connections on LinkedIn.

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In this episode of the Inside the Strategy Room podcast, senior partner Erik Roth talks with Beth Comstock, former vice chair of GE, about the challenges corporations face in developing breakthrough innovations. Beth is an innovation leader who spent almost three decades at GE, where for a time she headed GE Business Innovations, which develops new businesses, markets, and service models. She recently published Imagine It Forward: Courage, Creativity, and the Power of Change (Currency, 2018). This is an edited transcript. For more conversations on the strategy issues that matter, subscribe to the series on Apple Podcasts or Google Play.

 

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Priscilla Claman

Is it time to quit my job? This is a question we’ve all asked ourselves at one point or another. Most people wait until they feel they must leave their job or organization, and that puts them at a disadvantage. They might end up choosing an “exit job” rather than the right next career step.

 

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Deloitte has announced the key technology trends that will impact business in the next 18 to 24 months in its annual Tech Trends report.

The report, now in its eleventh year, looks at the opportunities for new technologies in business, the risks that they pose and the companies acting as pioneers for their use.

Nick Smith, the partner in technology strategy and transformation at Deloitte, explains: “Digital transformation promises to overhaul business in unpredictable ways.

“Technology leaders must assess the opportunities landing on their doorsteps, and act decisively on those which have the potential to solve their business challenges. Fundamental to successful digital transformation will be employees and customers being confident in using new applications, and trusting the way data is being handled.

 

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