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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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Hundreds and hundreds of crowdfunding programs come across our desk every year and hundreds fail. But, many are successful. Whether it’s due to grit and great marketing or truly remarkable designs, watching a great campaign succeed is always exciting.

At Gadget Flow, we love nothing more than a successful campaign. Check out these 19 incredibly cool crowdfunding projects which have really caught our attention so far this year.

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Jeff Bezos

In his 2018 annual letter, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos repeated his rule that PowerPoint is banned in executive meetings. What Bezos replaced it with provides even more valuable insight for entrepreneurs and leaders.

In his letter, and in a recent discussion at the Forum on Leadership at the Bush Center, Bezos revealed that "narrative structure" is more effective than PowerPoint. According to Bezos, new executives are in for a culture shock in their first Amazon meetings. Instead of reading bullet points on a PowerPoint slide, everyone sits silently for about 30 minutes to read a "six-page memo that's narratively structured with real sentences, topic sentences, verbs, and nouns."

 

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Hurricane Florence Floating homes to withstand Category 4 hurricanes

As Hurricane Florence makes it way across the Carolinas, millions of coastal residents have reason to be concerned about the structural integrity of their homes. Already, nearly 300,000 homes and businesses have lost power, and officials are reporting damage to property in Onslow County, North Carolina.

When Hurricane Harvey swept Texas last September, it damaged more than 204,000 homes and apartment buildings. Around the same time, Hurricane Irma destroyed a quarter of the homes in the Florida Keys, according to federal officials.

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suburbs

In a series titled "The Death of Suburbia," Business Insider previously explored the declining state of American suburbs. Reporters found millennials are doing everything they can to avoid suburban life, like living on a boat, to be closer to their jobs in big cities, and that over 800 golf courses, a suburban staple, have shuttered in a decade.

But with the rising cost of living in big cities, suburbs are still a popular place for families to settle down, according to Pew Research Center.

 

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This Map Shows the States Where Millennials Can Afford Homes Money

Still think millennials can’t buy homes? You might just be looking in the wrong places.

After all, those under the age of 38 now make up the largest share of all home buyers, according to the National Association of Realtors. And, although millennials prefer to live in cities, data show it pays when they look outside of the nation’s pricey urban centers when it’s time to settle down.

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delegate

Everyone knows leaders should delegate to ensure that they are working on the right projects and deliverables.  But if you find yourself frequently miscommunicating with your team on deliverables, hearing about issues at the last minute, and misunderstanding how your team set their priorities, it may be a sign you’ve delegated too much, leaving their employees to feel abandoned and unmotivated. At that point, it’s important to take back responsibility for certain tasks to insure you’re providing your team the guidance and structure they need. Here are three steps you can take.

 

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report

Venture Capital Investment Market report is to help the user understand the market in terms of its classification, segmentation, market potential, influential trends, and the challenges that the industry is facing. Deep researches and analysis were done during the preparation of the Venture Capital Investment Market report. 

The Venture Capital Investment market provide points that are discussed within the report are the major market players that are involved in the market such as manufacturers, raw material suppliers, equipment suppliers, end users, traders, distributors and etc.

 

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SINGAPORE - To groom future innovators with a global view, a new academy has been set up to send Singapore students abroad for internships at start-ups or companies that undertake entrepreneurship and innovation.

Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat announced this at the opening of this year's Singapore Week of Innovation and Technology (Switch) on Monday (Sept 17).

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retirement

“I don’t quite know what to do next,” said Simon, a media CEO. Simon had been a chief executive for 15 years, and CFO before he was 30. He had turned around private and public companies, quadrupled profits and quintupled revenue. But, with his company recently sold, Simon was considering retirement. Like many CEOs, he had had no time to plan his retirement — all his focus had been on running the company.

 

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The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) is supporting a measure containing a provision the organization said protects the net operating losses (NOLs) of startups.

NVCA officials said H.R. 6756, also known as the American Innovation Act of 2018 and sponsored by House Ways and Means Tax Policy Subcommittee Chairman Vern Buchanan (R-FL) earlier this month, includes a section allowing startups to carry forward their losses and R&D tax credits accrued in the company’s first three years of existence, without regard to Section 382 of the tax code.

 

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The recent Shell Energy Entrepreneurship Conference 2018, held at the Shell Technology Centre in Bengaluru, featured a range of experts speaking on the challenges and opportunities in the energy sector in India.

Karnataka State Social Welfare Minister Priyank Kharge reaffirmed the state’s commitment to entrepreneurship, particularly in the social sector, via grants for innovators. Demos were presented by five startups who graduated from the Shell E4 Hub: Detect Technologies, IoTrek, ION Energy, Trashcon and Ossus Bio.

 

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