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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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Corvallis, Oregon, has one of the most educated populations in the country, pointing to the presence of innovative companies. It has the third highest proportion of adults with a bachelor’s degree or higher, at 53.8%, compared with the U.S. proportion of 32.0%. In Corvallis, 97.3% of its adult population graduated from high school, the highest such share in the nation.

 

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Micah Solomon

Here are five pointers to help you build a company culture of innovation and to spark innovative insights throughout its ranks. These principles, which I use onsite with my consulting clients, expand on work I’ve shared here previously that now strikes me as timely as we head into a new year.

 

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Dbubblesigital health industry cheerleaders Rock Health has produced their year-end venture funding report for 2018 and while investment figures continue to break records, the organization is a bit more tempered in its expectations that the good times will continue indefinitely.

A few concerning factors identified by the organization have been the recent volatility in the public markets and potential macroeconomic and political forces injecting instability in the larger economy.

 

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It’s tempting to give ultimatums in tense negotiations, but how you give them is what’s important, according to a former FBI kidnapping negotiator.

I love to negotiate, sometimes a bit too much.

A deep negotiation has to be one of life’s most exhilarating experiences. Few things will force you to dig deeper into your creativity, to become so fully aware of your strengths and weaknesses, and will test your mettle as fully as a negotiation on something you really want.

 

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Matthew Guidarelli is an adviser for entrepreneurs across industries; he supports their venture development throughout the startup lifecycle — helping founders build world-positive companies that combine profit & purpose.

He was previously part of the leadership team and participated in the evolution & expansion of the Harvard Innovation Labs. He tells us more about that, and about his new venture, Folly Ventures.

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Indicators of Innovation, a report issued today by the New Jersey Business & Industry Association, shows New Jersey at a challenging crossroads in its efforts to reclaim itself as the “Innovation State.”

The study uses data to analyze 12 indicators of innovation under three major categories imperative for creating a successful innovation ecosystem – capital, talent and business. Compared with six other regional states, however, New Jersey is struggling to compete, the report finds.

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CES is best-known for spectacles like roll-up TVs, foldable displays, and ping-pong-playing robots. But beyond all the eye candy, the tech industry’s annual trade show in Las Vegas brings plenty of smaller-scale innovations. These are the ideas that will actually matter to people, in large part because they’ll show up in real products that you can buy at reasonable prices.

Image: The CES announcements that are fun to experience—like this one—aren’t necessarily the ones that are most meaningful as parts of your life. (Photo: courtesy of CES)

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workspace

Productivity is always a hot topic, and you can find a plethora of tips and tools to help you get more done. If your workspace is running interference with your intentions, however, you could be derailing yourself without even knowing it. While certain elements seem like they’re fixed, almost anything can be changed in a space to help improve your productivity, says Anja Jamrozik, PhD, behavioral scientist and consultant for the flexible workspace provider Breather.

 

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A large portion of your competitive advantage and your potential value to investors is the size of your intellectual property portfolio. When someone says Intellectual Property (IP), most entrepreneurs think only of patents. In reality, patents are only one of at least eight items that should be in your IP portfolio. You need all these before you start looking for funding.

 

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Startup unicorns and billion dollar funds grab headlines these days, but most investors only hear about these opportunities late in the investing cycle, when growth is slowing. Increasingly, company value is realized in the private markets vs. after initial public offerings (IPOs). And recent performance data shows that early stage investing can capture more alpha than investing in larger, later stage companies and funds.

 

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