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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.

Microsoft s 4 day workweek led to 40 boost in productivity Business Insider

An experiment that involved reducing the workweek by one day led to a 40% boost in productivity in a Microsoft subsidiary in Japan, the technology giant announced last week.

The trial was part of Microsoft's "Work-Life Choice Challenge," a summer project that examined work-life balance and aimed to help boost creativity and productivity by giving employees more flexible working hours.

 

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Innovation is at the heart of economic growth and job creation. It can transform productivity and efficiency and address many of the world’s longstanding and emerging challenges, such as climate change, health, education and social inclusiveness.

Governments are trying to balance supporting entrepreneurship with ensuring people aren’t left behind. Alongside this, globalization and rapid technological advances have disrupted innovation pathways and hastened the pace of change.

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Shailesh Dash

When the UAE government announced in May that it would grant some 6,800 investors permanent residency under its new “Golden Card” system, the news was welcomed by business professionals- a move that would largely stabilize the economy, and boost the property market. It’s a historic development in the timeline of the UAE economy. What can it mean, long-term, for business owners and SMEs? I believe the permanent residency and long-term visas will help attract significant amounts of capital and skilled resources, if the policy is implemented properly.

 

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Studies in healthy human volunteers have shown how a sleepless night can increase anxiety levels by 30%. In some participants just one night of disturbed sleep resulted in levels of anxiety the next day that were above the threshold for common anxiety disorders. The research, carried out by scientists at the University of California (UC), Berkeley, found links between sleep loss-related anxiety and impaired activity in specific areas of the brain, and also indicated that slow-wave, non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep has an anxiolytic effect on brain networks.

Image: Study shows that a sleepless night boosts anxiety levels up to 30%. (Graphic by Eti Ben Simon and Matthew Walker.)

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Universe could be closed sphere a drastic rethinking of cosmology Business Insider

When you're inside something, it's hard to see its shape. We're still finding out new things about the shape of our galaxy.

The shape of the universe? That's a lot harder to gauge, but years of observational data, cosmological models and physics suggest it's flat. Send a beam of photons out across the void, and it will just keep going in a straight line.

A new study argues otherwise. Based on data released last year collected by the European Space Agency's Planck satellite, astronomers have argued the case that the universe is actually curved and closed, like an inflating sphere.

Image: The oldest light in the universe, called the cosmic microwave background, as observed by the Planck space telescope is shown in an oval sky map. Planck Collaboration/ESA

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patent

On Wednesday, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) marked the granting of the nation’s 10 millionth patent. Patent filings and issuances are at historically high levels, with more than 2.8 million active patents in the United States, which is both good and troubling news.

This plethora of patenting is the scorecard of a championship American season of innovation. But it has also given rise to challenges that could cut that season short. With the USPTO receiving more than 650K patent applications a year and issuing more than 350,000 patents a year based on an average examination time of 19 hours per patent, many invalid patents have been mixed in with the valid and valuable ones in recent years.

 

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Jodie Cook

What’s stopping you fulfilling your potential, preventing you from taking action or slowing your progress as a business owner?

Conditioning your mind for success involves letting these things well and truly slide:

The opinions of naysayers

If you have a plan that you are convinced will work, go for it. If it’s true to your values, fits with your vision and you feel good about it, why not? Not everyone will agree with you because they don’t know what you are capable of. They don’t realise you’ve already done your research, weighed up the pros and cons and crafted a strategy. You know your audience and only they

 

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In my experience as an advisor and mentor to entrepreneurs in business, one of the biggest failures I see is a lack of self-leadership. You can’t lead a business to success, if you can’t lead yourself. I define self-leadership as the capacity to set direction and make decisions, to positively drive your own performance. Leadership in business starts with making good personal choices.

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One of the most impactful startups of this generation for entrepreneurs has been Kickstarter. It changed how their new companies and products got funded forever. On The Small Business Radio Show this week, Yancey Strickler who is the cofounder and former CEO of Kickstarter, the mission-driven global Public Benefit Company that helped pioneer crowdsourcing. He now has a new book out called “This Could Be Our Future”. The London Spectator called him one of the “least obnoxious tech evangelists”.

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boston

Boston's frigid winters can't stop its piping-hot entrepreneurial scene, thanks to an endless supply of top-shelf talent from area colleges. Here's the tea on Inc.'s No. 15 Surge City. 

Startup Neighborhoods Seaport: Overlooking the once tea-filled harbor, the fast-growing Seaport attracts new kinds of disrupters--like startup accelerator MassChallenge and business software firm Catalant Technologies. There's room for out-of-towners, too, like Glossier and vegan restaurant chain By Chloe. 

 

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question

Exactly two months ago, we shared our exclusive list of 40 interview questions from some of the most thoughtful company builders in our network. The Review's goal has always been to gather the best put-to-use-right-away advice for building companies—and this seemed to fit that mold. From the thoughtful, unconventional questions to the insightful advice on what to listen for in the answers, we hit the publish button hoping that this article would be one that you'd want to save and return to over the years.

 

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