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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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Emily English, CEO of Gemstone Biotherapeutics sits down with BioTalk host Rich Bendis to discuss company's history, the path to her role, and the evolution of their technology.

Emily English, CEO of Gemstone Biotherapeutics sits down with BioTalk host Rich Bendis to discuss company's history, the path to her role, and the evolution of their technology. Emily P. English, Ph.D., is the Chief Executive Officer of Gemstone Biotherapeutics, LLC. Dr. English is a proven innovator and manager with a passion for transitioning early-stage technologies to operational capabilities and commercial products. In her current role, she is guiding the commercialization of Gemstone’s innovative biomaterials technology, with a goal of bringing solutions for scar-free skin regeneration to market. Prior to joining Gemstone, Dr. English spent eight years at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, where she was the Global Communications Program Manager and led a team of 35 scientists and engineers. She holds a Bachelor’s degree, Magna cum laude, in chemistry from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Outside of work, Dr. English enjoys spending time with her family, and she is an avid curler.

 

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Don’t try to find them all in one single hero.

If you look up the phrase “leaders should find people who complement them”, Google may just show you results for “leaders should find people who compliment them”. Funny – or scary?

In our previous article, we explained how difficult it is for leaders to know themselves and described how our development tool, the X360, can assist them in this critical task. While leadership is about knowing who you are, it’s also about your actions and, ultimately, your impact.

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Gen Z is entering the workforce at a rapid pace, with the eldest of them now 23. A far larger group than their millennial counterparts, youth and young adults born between the mid-1990s and late 2000s have aptly been named Gen Z. Employers should be excited as a flood of talent will be joining the workforce soon -- comprising 36 percent of the workforce by 2020 -- but be aware, they have short attention spans, even shorter than millennials, and expect a lot from their employers.

 

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When you’re entering a mature market with lots of established players, you have to offer something different, something that changes the rules and appeals to an underserved segment of the market.

Contrary to popular opinion women are in charge of their investment portfolios and often feel neglected by wealth management firms, writes Kerry Hannon, a Forbes contributor. These firms are only recently waking up to the opportunity that women investors present. Over the next 30 to 40 years, $30 trillion in assets will pass from boomers to their heirs in the US, according to Accenture. Women will be the primary beneficiaries.

Image: Holly Ruxin, CEO & Founder MontcalmMONTCALM

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Amazon's plan to build a $2.5 billion headquarters in Arlington County is bringing with it major tech education expansions in Northern Virginia, including a new Virginia Tech campus two miles away in Alexandria.

The Virginia Tech Innovation Campus in Potomac Yard will cost an estimated $1 billion and include a one million-square-foot graduate campus aimed at driving technology education and research.

Image: A rendering of Virginia Tech's new planned innovation campus in Alexandria. Courtesy Va. Tech - https://www.insidenova.com

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Isn’t it amazing that some people you know always seem to be working hard, but never seem to get anything done? As an entrepreneur, you need to avoid partnering with these people, or hiring them into your startup. The challenge is to find people who get things done, as well as work hard. LinkedIn profiles and resumes still focus too much on responsibilities rather than results.

The best entrepreneurs never confuse motion with results. It’s easy to find people in every organization rushing around from one meeting to the next, often working overtime to generate more work for themselves and other people, but rarely taking the action to close an issue or contract. We all need more people around us who make every motion mean something.

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America Tops Supercomputing Rankings Silicon UK Tech News

The United States now has the top two most powerful supercomputers in the world, rankings show

America is once again leading the supercomputing arms race, and has pulled ahead of its arch rival, China.

Indeed, the Asian nation has now slipped into third position after the latest Top 500 supercomputer list placed two American machines in the top two positions.

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What Tampa Bay needs to grow its innovation economy St Pete Catalyst

A growing talent pool and a deeper capital base have made the Tampa Bay area a better place for startup tech companies.

But the area still has a way to go to achieve its full potential, said Linda Olson, president and CEO of Tampa Bay Wave, a non-profit that services and houses growing companies.

“If we really want to be one of those hubs that’s truly competing on a national level for talent and capital we need to be thinking bigger. Much bigger, in terms of hundreds of millions of dollars going to startups annually. I don’t think we’re even close to that point right now,” Olson said at panel discussion on innovation in Florida.

Image: Kiki Roeder (left), chief product officer of Punctuate and co-founder of Startup Sisters USA, moderated the panel. Panelists were Linda Olson, Tampa Bay Wave; Michelle Bauer, Tampa Hillsborough EDC; Tammy Charles, Spark Tampa Bay; Marc Blumenthal, Florida Funders and Synapse; and Lakshmi Shenoy, Embarc Collective - https://stpetecatalyst.com

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As an entrepreneur, you wear many hats — visionary, technician and manager. But you must not let the hustle and bustle of your business steer you away from having a solid financial foundation. Showing discipline with your personal finances will strengthen your success with your business finances. A few basic initial steps can be taken when making the transition from employee to entrepreneur.

 

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Jordan Daykin

Not all entrepreneur days are the same, everybody’s perspective of how they utilize their day is different. Not everyone gets up at 6.00 am, goes for a jog before meditating and then record a vlog while drinking a wheatgrass smoothie, all by 8:00 am when it is time to head to the office. Some entrepreneurs have children and spend the morning getting them ready for school and others wake with their laptop on their lap responding to emails with one hand and holding a large cup of coffee in the other. Either way, their day is started with a ritual for getting motivated for what the day may bring.

 

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Chinese entrepreneurs are growing from passive learners into leaders in innovation, a leading venture investor has said.

Kai-Fu Lee, chairman and chief executive officer of Sinovation Ventures, a leading venture capital in China, told Xinhua in a recent interview that in general Chinese entrepreneurs have experienced three phrases in innovation.

In the first phrase, Chinese entrepreneurs mainly followed the footsteps of other tech or market leaders, said Lee, who used to work for top tech companies including Apple, Microsoft and Google.

 

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