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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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Getting along with your coworkers is a beautiful thing. It can make your workday less dreary, help you focus better, and make you more productive.

While making work friends can be awkward, one way to break the ice is to start complaining.

Complaining about work tasks means you trust the other person not to spill your secrets, and can lead to closer friendships down the line, according to The Cut. One researcher calls productive work gossip "pro-social," or gossip that can lead to warning your peers about difficult managers or other information that results in more productive work.

 

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Businesses have spent much of the past nine months scrambling to adapt to extraordinary circumstances. While the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic is not yet won, with a vaccine in sight, there is at least a faint light at the end of the tunnel—along with the hope that another train isn’t heading our way.

2021 will be the year of transition. Barring any unexpected catastrophes, individuals, businesses, and society can start to look forward to shaping their futures rather than just grinding through the present. The next normal is going to be different. It will not mean going back to the conditions that prevailed in 2019. Indeed, just as the terms “prewar” and “postwar” are commonly used to describe the 20th century, generations to come will likely discuss the pre-COVID-19 and post-COVID-19 eras.

 

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Cursor and Leveraging Artificial Intelligence in Human Health B S in Biocomputational Engineering

The University of Maryland hosted a free webinar, Leveraging Artificial Intelligence in Human Health, on Friday, March 19, 2020. This event featured a fireside chat with Dr. Robert Scharpf (Delfi Diagnostics) and Dr. Christie Bergerson (Exponent), moderated by Rich Bendis (BioHealth Innovation/BioTalk podcast). 

Together, the group shared insights into how artificial intelligence is impacting biomedical engineering and the wider world of human health, and spoke candidly about future applications for these and other biotech platforms. 

We invite you to view the recorded webinar below. 

 

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Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines.

For this week’s deep dive, the Equity team brought on Gumroad CEO Sahil Lavingia and Hustle Fund General Partner Elizabeth Yin to talk about equity crowdfunding. It’s been about a week since the SEC increased the equity crowdfunding cap from $1.07 million to $5 million, creating the perfect opportunity to go beyond the dollar amount and understand how the change impacts founders, venture capitalists, retail investors and future fund managers.

 

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WNewImagehile you were talking ship memes and shrimp tails, Europe was making big moves in emerging tech funding. 

Europe formally launched its largest-ever VC fund: a $3.5 billion one run by the European Innovation Council. The ultimate goal: get in on still-emerging technologies like AI, blockchain, and quantum computing.

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WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. venture ecosystem ended 2020 with more than 10,800 companies across the country receiving venture funding and approximately 1,965 VC firms managing 3,680 venture funds with $548 billion in assets under management (AUM), according to the National Venture Capital Association 2021 Yearbook, with data provided by PitchBook.

The NVCA 2021 Yearbook is an annual publication documenting trends and analysis of venture capital activity in the U.S. from the past year and presents historical data and information about venture’s role in fueling entrepreneurship in America.

 

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What did we learn during the pandemic, and what should we watch moving forward?

Those are two of the key questions that many professional conversations center on these days. On Thursday, they were approached by a group of digital health experts who came together for a virtual forum organized by the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore and Rockville-based BioHealth Innovation.

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As an entrepreneur mentor, my mission is to foster the attributes in you as a startup founder that I believe will lead to success. I know from experience that my friends who are angel investors are looking for the same indications, although none of us has a scorecard, or even know exactly what we are looking for. Sometimes good things are easy to see in others, but hard to see in yourself.

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NewImageBen Bennett If you dream about owning your own successful beauty brand, then there's a good chance you’ve seen the dizzying funding statistics: Global venture capital to women-founded brands dropped to somewhere between 2 and 3 percent of all funding in 2020 according to data from Crunchbase, a slight tumble from an already discouraging 2.8 percent in 2019. Luckily, its early 2021 numbers show that Black and female-founded investment is increasing, but it's still too soon to get excited. So who's getting the biggest piece of the pie? "Still overwhelmingly white, male, Ivy League-educated and based in Silicon Valley," according to a 2019 study from RateMyInvestor and DiversityVC, reported by Crunchbase News.

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