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.
“The best way to predict the future is to invent it,” wrote American advertising guru Allen Kay. Teaching, Learning, and Technology Group founder Steve W. Gilbert put it in more action-oriented terms: “Don’t predict the future, build it.”
These sentiments sum up the enduring legacy of the North Dakota Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (ND EPSCoR), a North Dakota University System program launched in 1986 to build an exemplary research infrastructure, develop human resources, and increase technology transfer from universities to the commercial sector.
The unemployment rate in Silicon Valley may be higher than the 9% national average, but that’s not making it any easier for some young technology start-ups looking to hire engineers.
Todd McKinnon, the co-founder and chief executive of San Francisco software start-up Okta Inc., calls the competition for top talent “a war.” His company, which this year raised $10 million in Series A funding from venture firm Andreessen Horowitz and angel investors, plans to spend 80% of its new capital on salaries, mostly for engineers.
As states become increasingly aware of the impact that startups and angel investing can have on local economies, public policy strategies are evolving that promote more investment in entrepreneurial companies.
More than twenty states currently have tax credits for early stage investment. These credits range from 10 to more than 50 percent.
In Georgia, Minnesota, and Connecticut angel investors played significant roles in getting tax credit legislation passed and signed into law.
Five years ago, Staples made it a corporate priority to cut its carbon dioxide emissions. The executives at the office supply giant decided, however, that whatever methods they chose—improving efficiency, changing operations, or buying low-carbon energy—the effort also had to make financial sense. At the time, no one could argue that buying solar panels was a good investment, as payback periods for recouping capital were typically measured not in years but in decades.
Welcome to the New Year 2011! You’ve probably already made your resolutions, but if not, I suggest a renewed commitment to finding happiness and satisfaction in your work. After all, most of us spend more hours in this role than any other, and life is too short to spend most of your life unhappy.
If you haven’t tried it, one way to be happier at work is to be an entrepreneur, according to a recent survey in the UK, and an older one in the US. This is despite all the risks and stresses associated with starting and running a business and the fact that business owners do make a bit less than other executives.
THE global property bust that pulled the world into recession in 2008 began to lift in 2010. House prices turned up in Britain and stabilised in America (chart 1) but slid further in Spain. The process of deleveraging kept rich-world inflation subdued (chart 2).
At its core, The Brainzooming Group helps organizations become more successful by rapidly expanding the range of strategic options they consider. We then help them prioritize and plan for implementing the strongest alternative. Since many organizations are challenged right now in determining what social networking means for them, we’re doing lots of work on social media strategy.
We’re partnered with Social Business Strategies and its founder Nate Riggs to help clients get a quick handle on smart moves into this area. How quick? One client, after a full-day, multi-organization planning session said, “What we did today would have taken us six months on our own.”