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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.

workstation

As the co-founder of AOL, Steve Case made a name for himself as an entrepreneur years ago. He now supports other entrepreneurs through the venture capital firm Revolution where he works as the chairman and CEO. The company recently launched a job board to highlight the many great startup opportunities throughout the country.

The Revolution job board uses a platform called Monday, based out of Boulder, which aggregates open positions for all of Revolution’s over 125 investments around the country. The site shows available jobs across New Orleans and Louisiana, as well as other locations outside of Silicon Valley.

 

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thinking

When most people think of being an entrepreneur, they picture the perks (i.e. financial freedom, unlimited vacations, flexible schedule) without considering the process (long nights, a string of rejections and setbacks etc.)

The truth is, entrepreneurship is hard. It can take years before making a profit and achieving financial success. Not everyone's cut out for it, but if you're thinking about starting a company, ask yourself these questions first, as suggested by President and CEO Tom Portesy:

 

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no smoking

Smoking rates among U.S. adults have hit an all-time low, new estimates say.

Approximately 14% of American adults said they were smokers last year, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). While that’s still a significant number, encompassing more than 30 million Americans, it’s down from 16% the year before and roughly 20% in 2006. It’s also a significant drop-off from rates recorded around 50 years ago, which topped 40% by some estimates.

 

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Kentucky Launches Fresh Approach to Supporting State s Innovators Small Businesses BereaOnline

To better serve, attract and develop innovators and startups, Kentucky will deploy a new regional approach to developing high-tech, high-potential-growth businesses, while continuing to assist small businesses seeking support.

KY Innovation, the state’s recently launched initiative supporting businesses founders and growing companies, will soon begin implementing Regional Innovation for Startups and Entrepreneurs (RISE), a strategy that unites each area’s most powerful economic drivers, prioritizes commercialization and promotes rapid scaling. The state’s outgoing model for supporting startups, the Kentucky Innovation Network, will dissolve July 1.

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NewImage

The internet provides a vast sea of knowledge about finding success. There are how-to articles on starting and growing a business, YouTube videos that walk you through setting up a website, Facebook Lives that provide an opportunity to email in a question. But sometimes you need more. Sometimes you need the dedicated, one-on-one attention that you can only get when talking to someone directly.

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Rose Leadem

Since the rise of Bitcoin over the past few years, cryptocurrencies have been all the hype. And if you’re interested in hopping on-board the crypto-train, it’s important to know what you’re talking about. Just like the pool of investors and the market itself have grown considerably over the years, so has the culture, along with new slang and memes popping up everyday.

 

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supply chain

The supply chain is the heart of a company’s operations. To make the best decisions, managers need access to real-time data about their supply chain, but the limitations of legacy technologies can thwart the goal of end-to-end transparency. However, those days may soon be behind us. New digital technologies that have the potential to take over supply chain management entirely are disrupting traditional ways of working. Within 5-10 years, the supply chain function may be obsolete, replaced by a smoothly running, self-regulating utility that optimally manages end-to-end work flows and requires very little human intervention.

 

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diversity

A couple of years ago, on a mission to hack his team-scaling efforts, Itamar Goldminz suppressed an eye roll and picked up a new book, sure he’d be putting it down just as fast. Maybe it was over-the-top language like “breakthrough” and “extraordinary” on the cover. Maybe it was just Goldminz’s own aversion to anything that smells too much like self-help — after all, he’s an engineer by training, a staunch fan of provable ideas.

 

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peppers

In 2012, I was working on a master’s degree in food studies with one goal in mind: I wanted to teach people to cook at home, with more pleasure and confidence, in the hopes of supporting local growers, sustainability, and families’ well-being in the process. People bond and connect when they eat together, but modern life doesn’t always leave enough opportunities to do that. The target customer for the business I decided to start, in order to change that, was a busy New Yorker with limited time and kitchen space but a desire to reconnect with real food and to gather the skills and inspiration to fulfill it.

 

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NewImage

Facebook researchers have created a machine-learning system which can take an image of somebody with closed eyes and replace them with open ones.

Researchers Brian Dolhansky and Cristian Canton Ferrer note in their paper for Facebook that "face retouching algorithms" like red-eye removal and virtual makeup have become very popular. So they turned their attention to making an algorithm that could successfully replace closed eyes with open ones.

Image: Facebook's in-painting of eyes is pretty convincing. Facebook

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