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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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Our map infographic shows the top tech startups in every US state, as determined by funding totals. Companies include Magic Leap, DraftKings, and Vox.

The tech boom has diffused beyond the traditional hotbeds of California, New York, and Massachusetts, across the entire United States.

In our latest map of the most well-funded American tech startup in each state, some companies with the deepest pockets were found in Florida (Magic Leap, $1.89B), Virginia (OneWeb, $2.2B), Utah (Domo, $698M), and Illinois (Avant, $655M).

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After months of delay and distraction, Washington is finally grappling with the question of immigration reform, and DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) in particular.

The struggle has many people talking about a potential government shutdown.

Gary Shapiro DACA employees boost our economy. According to the Center for American Progress, 91% are employed and 75% of America's biggest companies count a DACA recipient among their employees. If the program ends, almost 700,000 workers would no longer be able to add to our economy or tax revenue.

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Alexa von Tobel

I've said it, and many others have too: Having a mentor is a vital part of professional growth. In fact, they're not just the key to your business; they're the key to your personal success. 

Here's my suggestion: Think of your group of mentors as a personal advisory board, packed with a diverse set of perspectives.

For me, for example, having a mentor from every generation is an incredible way to gain insights and learnings. 

I believe personal growth is fundamental to becoming a better leader. That means surrounding yourself with people who are willing to tell you what you're good at, what you're bad at, and when you have blind spots. 

 

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brain

We've all heard the simplistic adage that left-brain thinking is logical and analytical while right-brain thinking is creative and innovative. It's an easy to understand binary that is also a complete myth. The brain is, unsurprisingly, much more complicated than a simple left/right binary, and new research is illustrating that creative thought can be determined by how effectively the brain can communicate between different regions that usually work separately.

 

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flu

On Friday, the CDC announced a first in its 13 years of flu monitoring: As of Jan. 6, every part of the continental U.S. showed “widespread” flu activity.

“This is the first year we had the entire continental U.S. be the same color on the graph, meaning there’s widespread activity in all of the continental U.S. at this point,” CDC Influenza Division Director Dr. Dan Jernigan said during a briefing on Friday. “It is in a lot of places and causing a lot of flu.”

 

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Jules Schroeder

As entrepreneurs, most of us tend to seriously underestimate the value of community.

I’m talking about the community you build with your customers—and no, a loosely engaged Facebook group doesn’t count.

I find it’s far too common that community is often the last thing to cross our minds. We devote boundless energy to perfecting our branding, marketing, and ad strategies, and yet we seem to expect a community to happen by accident.

 

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lessons

Since major developments in the early-mid 20th century, the private equity sector has been largely defined by boom and bust cycles over the last 70 years.

As with any industry, venture capital has gone through various transformations since the beginning, which has brought it to where it is today, considered to be one of the primary methods of financing for forward thinking concepts and startups.

 

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In anticipation of preparing their students to become well-rounded entrepreneurs, local universities have taken the initiative to streamline their programs and classes within their business schools to help nurture and develop small business operators.

“By virtue of being in Miami we are a small business community,” said Patricia Abril, vice dean of the Miami Business School, formerly known as the University of Miami School of Business Administration. “As a result, our programs at the very core are geared toward innovation and the get-to-it-ness that entrepreneurs need to be successful.”

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organize

To compete at the speed of digital, you need to unleash your strategy, your structure, and your people.

Congratulations! Your organization is performing at or near the top of its game, or it has been in the recent past. Perhaps even better, you have a strategy to improve in the near future. Now for the bad news: the good news won’t last.

 

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If you're anything like me, you're a wanderlust. You seek greener pastures in far-off destinations. You live to travel. And your laptop and phone are your office. Thoughts of sugary-white-sanded beaches and shimmering turquoise waters beckon and call your name. Sure, it sounds alluring to become a digital nomad, doesn't it? But, what does it take?

Well, if you're looking to roam free as a bird, you're not alone. A recent study by the New York Times found that most industries are embracing remote work. Now, that doesn't mean you have to be self-employed. Far from the contrary. You can, in fact, become a digital nomad while working for another company.

 

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