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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.

Dadc49d9 b2c6 4898 ac77 f8fe0018b795Isn’t it frustrating to think you finally understand something in business, like marketing with social media, only to realize that the landscape changed while you were looking at other priorities? For example, it used to be that marketing via social media meant banner ads on Facebook, buying search engine results, and sponsoring blog entries, but these don’t suffice anymore.

 

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Image of busy freelancer plans work on week write 2021 08 31 04 18 27 utcHope you’re enjoying a long holiday weekend for the Fourth of July.

For a growing number of workers, four-day workweeks aren’t just for holidays anymore.

The pandemic — and its tremendous consequences for the labor market — have led some companies to scrap the traditional five-day workweek that has been a hallmark of the American workplace for decades.

 

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6c439afe a688 4bdd 9077 dca5841c5deeWouldn’t you like to be one of the lucky people who joined Google and Facebook when these were startups, and now be a multi-millionaire or better? So people ask me “How many shares should I ask for or expect when I join a startup today?” In reality, the number of shares doesn’t mean anything – it’s your percent of the total that you need to negotiate.

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Dennis loosIf you can dream about your goals, you can certainly achieve them. After all, nothing worth having comes easy. Those who are stubborn about making their dreams a reality can achieve the best of things in life. Proving his potential as an achiever, Dennis Loos is a primary example of an immense success story. He is an entrepreneur based in Dubai with his expertise in marketing and business development.

 

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Young design team at work in creative office 2022 03 07 23 59 41 utcI recently worked on a pro bono project for a friend, and it reminded me of a time early in my career and how lucky I was then to get such great advice from the more seasoned pros around me. Advice that ultimately saved me from some major pitfalls. I made mistakes here and there over the course of nearly 20 years of projects, but with each hiccup came a lesson. Here are some takeaways from my lessons learned and all that sage advice.

 

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Smiling young woman sitting at desk in office havi 2022 03 08 01 32 42 utcDigital Payments are estimated to grow at a rapid pace to account for more than 70% share of all payments by 2025. The continued innovation and increased performance in digital technology, consumer demand for one-touch payments, policy push towards financial inclusion, desire to marginalize cash, and an exponential rise in digital applications and services are the mega-trends that are driving the Digital Payments revolution.

 

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Improving internal procedures and consumer services | Photo Credit: MuralinathTaking a cue from the RBI’s views shared in a recent ‘Annual Statistical Conference’, it is time for banks to introspect about the internal data augmentation strategies and linking them with policy and process reforms.

Image: Improving internal procedures and consumer services | Photo Credit: Muralinath

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1be612ce 9e6a 475b 9a61 41ec58a2fa36One of the things I’ve learned over my years as a business mentor and investor is that life isn’t fair when it comes to succeeding in business. You may think that passion and hard work are all you need, but I believe we all have unique strengths, and you need to recognize yours, and capitalize on them above all else, in order to get the advantage you need to win in business.

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Office building 2022 02 02 03 57 38 utcWhat can organizations do to determine if their DEI initiatives are mere scaffolds or performative solidarity — or whether they’re actually positioned to put racial and gender equity at the center of the company’s core values and move the needle on change. Leaving DEI scaffolds in place can create the “illusion of inclusion,” which organizations must resist. The authors describe a framework intended to help leaders move DEI to something deeply woven into an organization’s mission, culture, and values.

 

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Girl thinking over notebook 2022 03 30 20 23 42 utcI talk a lot about integrity in helping people to establish themselves in business, and for good reason. One of the main things that led me down a very dark path and almost took my life, was living without it. That realization, along with many others, helped me develop these four steps to change anything (and I do mean anything).

I had gotten so wrapped up in being a millionaire above all else, that I had stopped living in integrity with myself and why I wanted to do that. "Because I can" isn't a reason to do anything, and more toxic is, "to prove to everyone that I can."

 

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F61c85dc d0ff 4f86 9cd4 96092cfca303If an entrepreneur doesn’t find themselves in over their head at least 20% of the time, they are probably not pushing the limits, not taking enough risk, and probably not working on an idea that’s worth doing. The challenge in to know when and how to ask for help, and not let bravado and ego mask anxieties. The best people know when they don’t know, and know how to find the right help.

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