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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.

princecharlesbed.jpgIsn’t it everyone’s dream to work from home? You can just roll over in bed, grab your computer and you’re ready to go.

Well, it’s not so easy. While working from home does give you that luxury once in awhile, overall you actually have to make more of an effort to get things done than if you were going to an office job.

It can be very easy to get lazy and be unproductive at home. You have to get organized and stay motivated day in and day out.

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Ytractiontire_aug10.jpgou could have the greatest idea for a startup in the world. You could even have the best team working together to build a great product. That's all fine and dandy, but for first-time entrepreneurs, if you don't have traction, you're not going anywhere. Traction means having a measurable set of customers or users that serves to prove to a potential investor that your startup is "going places." The tricky part is actually gaining that traction and knowing when

you have enough to approach potential investors, so here are a few tips that should help.

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resume shirtMany people make significant job search mistakes and never even know about it.  These blunders are easy to make...and can end up costing you thousands of dollars.

Ford R. Myers, Career Coach, Speaker and Author of Get The Job You Want, Even When No One's Hiring, reveals these top 10 mistakes, and explains how to avoid them.

"It is very easy for even the savviest of job seekers to make these mistakes. By learning how to navigate these potential pitfalls from the outset, your job search will be more productive and yield more positive results," adds Myers.

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Social media are communications. While there are a lot of attention given to social media in essence the attention is more about communications than this thing we call social media.

Who Is Communicating?

Doc Searls coined the term “markets are conversations” and markets encompass suppliers, employees, customers and prospects, your market. While markets have always leveraged communications the dynamics of social technology are changing how markets interact with all constituents. When markets dynamics change then all things must change otherwise you will not keep the markets attention. If you can’t keep and expand the markets attention about your brand then someone else is likely to do so at your cost.

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Voting Open - Top 40 Innovation BloggersVoting is now open in the Top 40 Innovation Bloggers Contest hosted by Blogging Innovation.

If you’re a first time visitor to Blogging Innovation, we have nearly 1,700 articles on site with the aim to make innovation and marketing insights available for the greater good. Please check out our search feature, jump to a category, or try a random post or two at the bottom.

People who vote (or who nominated someone) will be entered into the prize drawings for a range of great prizes (more than $10,000 worth), including:

  1. 3 signed advance copies of Stoking Your Innovation Bonfire by Braden Kelley (get it before its October launch date) – priceless
  2. 1 ticket to the World Business Forum (October 5-6, 2010 in New York City) – $2,500 value
  3. 1 ticket to the Future Trends 2010 conference (October 18-20, 2010 in Miami) – $2,500 value
  4. Signed copy of The Power of Pull by John Hagel III and John Seely Brown and Lang Davidson (signed by John Hagel III and John Seely Brown)
  5. 1 ticket to the EPIC 2010 conference (October 27-29, 2010 in New York City) – $2,500 value
  6. 1 ticket to the World Innovation Forum (June 7-8, 2011 in New York City) – $2,500 value
  7. Four copies of “Personality Poker” by Stephen Shapiro – $104 value
  8. One 10-pack of Personality Poker cards from Stephen Shapiro – $125 value

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Author: Braden Kelley

Admit it: Sometimes you wonder if your content is really any good. Sure, you worked hard to write it, but you’re a business owner, not a professional writer. Are readers connecting with it? Do they understand what you’re trying to say? Is there an easy way for you to tighten things up and improve upon what’s already there?

Fear not, of course there is! Here are some tips to help you improve and write better content. It’s like 10th grade English without the fear of getting called on when you’re not paying attention.

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Seattle's Steve Sauer (a former Boeing interiors engineer) has done up his 182 sqft apartment over two levels, with cleverly segmented nooks and crannies for different uses. It's as snug as a houseboat, and looks like it'd be a great place to live: "I wanted to compress my home to squirt me back out to the community.That was one of the philosophical reasons. I want to be able to shop daily, not store a lot and eat really well."

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Will the Book Survive Generation Text? 1Over the next 10 years, scientific experts will be dealing with "extreme weather." No one knows how weird and dangerous it will get.

Moscow already faces Bahrain-like temperatures. Downpours swamp a fifth of Pakistan. President Mohamed Nasheed, of the Maldives, worries enough about future sea levels to hold a cabinet meeting underwater in scuba gear. (Don't miss this on YouTube!)

Parallel thinking should apply to a phenomenon of greater concern to readers here: "extreme academe." Think of it as the hysterical upgrading of ugly visions of the future already found in polite critiques of higher ed.

Back in 2003, for instance, former Harvard President Derek Bok, in Universities in the Marketplace: The Commercialization of Higher Education (Princeton University Press), drilled home the problem capsulized in his subtitle by noting that throughout the 1980s, deans and professors brought him "one proposition after another to exchange some piece or product of Harvard for money—often, quite substantial sums of money."

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This is the third article in a series on what it takes to be a great angel investor (and why this should matter to entrepreneurs).  Part 1 – Access to Great Deal Flow – is here.  Part 2 discussed the need for domain knowledge since merely “joining the right club deal” will in no way determine success.

Not everybody agreed on the need for domain knowledge.  Paul Kedrosky made the case for “naive optimism” being an important part of startup success.  Chris Dixon made the point that he thinks investors should look for the founders to have the domain knowledge rather than them having domain knowledge themselves.  Me?  I’d rather be Roger Ehrenberg with a thesis around data-centric companies and base my investment decisions on the skills I’ve developed in my career.

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Dan Christian enjoys the beautiful day in downtown London, Ontario, across from the Covent Garden Market, Thursday, June 29, 2010.When Dan Christian and his wife recently decided to move their family from Toronto to London, Ont., they were looking for a place to raise their children and launch a new tech venture.

But rather than head for the suburbs, as hordes of people have done for decades in this and other mid-sized Canadian cities, they found the lifestyle they were looking for in a rejuvenating downtown core.

They were blown away by the funky boutiques and fine dining on King Street and other bustling boulevards. They were equally impressed by an influx of new companies and an increasingly sophisticated entrepreneurial environment.

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Much of the coverage on this blog is focused on social ventures emanating from the United States. Although I try to keep track of the shifts, trends, and new ideas in global social entrepreneurship, the reality is that different places have their own scenes, their own leaders, their own constraints, their own opportunities. Despite that, the composition of this blog's audience suggests just how international this field really is.

Yesterday I decided to look at the Facebook Fan Page (or Like page, or whatever its called these days) for the blog and used their "Insights" feature to learn more about the audience. Insights is a basic analytics suite that gives the managers of pages the ability to see things like how many people have been active 'liking' or commenting on shared links, where members of the community come from, what language they speak, and other demographic information.

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Save TimeWhenever I speak about social media, the biggest question I get is “How much time do you spend on it?” My response? Not as much as you’d think. I use a number of time management tools to help me streamline my activity. The 5 with the greatest impact are outlined here:

1. Hootsuite or Social Oomph

The beauty of Hootsuite and Social Oomph is that they let you manage all of your Twitter activity and relationships in one place. You can post-date tweets for another time. You can monitor direct messages and mentions as well as your Twitter stream. You can decide which posts will go to which social media platforms.

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