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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.

2023 interest rate increase rising inflation new 2022 10 27 02 51 01 utcAs the turn of the year approaches, the annual ritual of identifying tech trends and making predictions for the next solar orbit swings into action. Such exercises are always interesting but also inherently risky – particularly in uncertain times such as those we have recently experienced and continue to live through.

For example, few at the end of 2019 would have forecast that the world of work would be turned upside down during the following year by a global pandemic, leading to an unprecedented focus on devices and services that facilitated remote working, and ushering in a likely permanent shift to a hybrid model.

 

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Delegates networking during conference lunch break 2021 08 26 16 12 54 utcThere are a surprising number of parallels between entrepreneurship and crisis public relations.

While you've probably heard that you're the average of the five people you spend the most time with, I bet you haven't heard that being part of an entrepreneurial peer group increases your chances of successfully navigating a crisis. Here are five reasons it does.

 

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©European SPS Tower concept/courtesy ESASolar farms here on earth are generating an increasing amount of power for the grid, but they suffer from some obvious problems. They can’t generate power when it’s cloudy or at night. And they are very far away from what’s actually generating the power: the sun. But transport that structure all the way up through the Earth’s atmosphere and into outer space, and it could beam a constant supply of power down to Earth. That’s the big idea being presented to the European Space Agency (ESA) in November 2022, as part of the sci-fi sounding Solaris project.

Image: ©European SPS Tower concept/courtesy ESA

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Teamwork 2022 08 18 06 58 27 utcIf you ask someone what they want to be when they grow up, it’s more an exercise of imagination than prediction when you consider that 65% of children going into elementary school today will work in jobs that do not yet exist. Why? The workforce is quickly transforming as technology evolves and societal needs change. Companies within the last few years had to quickly adopt and implement new technologies to digitize their processes as the world shut down due to the pandemic. Now, organizations are reassessing the structures they put in place and identifying what worked, what didn’t and where to go next.

 

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Atenwebsummit1 519831 kuwlnwThe average person spends as much as three hours a day managing their work email, according to a study by Adobe. That stat almost sounds hard to believe, until you think about how often you get a notification, stop what you're doing, open your email app, read a message, and then try to figure out what you should do with it. It happens all the time, and that time adds up.

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Inflatable stretcher medical innovations yankodesignIf there’s something that the pandemic taught us it’s that health truly is wealth! We cannot take our health and well-being for granted, and a mindset of preparedness and precaution is extremely integral during such times. The medical industry has been making leaps and jumps in its innovations, to ensure such a brutal pandemic doesn’t occur again. Designers have been coming up with new and improved, life-saving medical designs that not only boost medical care but relieve some of the pressure from our tireless medical force. 

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IBM’s Osprey quantum computer - IBMIBM has built the largest quantum computer yet. Dubbed Osprey, it has 433 qubits, or quantum bits, which is more than triple the size of the company’s previously record-breaking 127-qubit computer and more than eight times larger than Google’s 53-qubit computer Sycamore.

Though quantum computers hold the promise of eventually solving problems that conventional computers could never tackle, there is no consensus on the best way to make one. IBM and Google base their qubits on circuits made from superconductors that conduct electricity perfectly. Others …

Image: IBM’s Osprey quantum computer - IBM

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Cursor and Ron Conway 1 Ron Conway WikipediaRon Conway is basically the god father of Silicon Valley. He was an early investor in Google, Square, and Airbnb.

But when I met him at a party in San Francisco in 2017, I was filled with self-doubt. Our storytelling app, Hooked, was in its second year, and one of our seed investors had expressed interest in leading our Series A. But then he turned around and led the Series A for a company that had cloned our app.

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Mozilla Logo StaticMozilla, creators of the popular Firefox browser, has launched a venture capital fund to finance startups which it deems to be ‘responsible’ in their technological activities.

Mozilla Ventures will be reserved for seed and series A startups who meet the company’s ethical criteria, as set out in its Mozilla Manifesto, which looks for tech firms and investors who respect the principles of “privacy, inclusion, transparency, and human dignity”.

 

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Close up of laptop keyboard with email icon on but 2022 11 02 02 03 05 utcDo you want to learn how to improve your email marketing return on investment and connect with your target audience?

Did you say yes? If so, you’re in the right place!

Email marketing is an extremely powerful tool that can help business leaders grow their brands. Once a visitor joins your email list, you have an opportunity to build rapport and highlight your value proposition. If done correctly, the results speak for themselves. Across all industries, the average ROI is $45 for every $1 spent. If you’re not quite up to this point yet, don’t worry!

 

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Connecting colleagues via video chat 2021 09 24 03 17 30 utcWe've all heard about video chat fatigue, but there is a much worse problem plaguing America's workplaces that seldom gets reported: feral video chat syndrome. This is a debilitating condition that strikes when a person becomes so accustomed to talking through a laptop camera that they lose all ability to have a civilized conversation in real life. Like caged animals, they only know comfort in the confines of their home where no eye contact (and no pants) are the norm. But as this video shows, hope is not lost. Watch and learn how to help the most feral video chat suffer return to society.

 

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Robot technology modern innovation technology f 2021 08 30 14 22 45 utcThe year 2022 has ridden high on the wave of the sweeping digital transformation accelerated by the pandemic. With more people than ever leveraging technology to stay connected both personally and professionally, pressure on the global economy to keep up with increasing needs has skyrocketed. The strides we witnessed in healthcare tech alone during the lockdown have galvanized further innovation—and 2023 should continue riding this wave of progress as well.

 

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