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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.

The United States Of Venture Capital The Most Active VC In Each State Natan Reddy Pulse LinkedIn

Although startups based in California, New York, and Massachusetts have traditionally accounted for the majority of VC tech investment activity in the United States, VCs are spurring other hotbeds of innovation across the country.

With this in mind, we used CB Insights data to analyze the most active venture capital firm, by the number of investments into tech startups, in each US state from 2012 to 2017 year-to-date (through 5/17/17).

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If you work in the fastest-growing occupation in the United States–as a personal care aide assisting elderly and disabled people–you probably earn a little more than minimum wage. But that’s not enough to afford a two-bedroom rental anywhere in the country. In more than 99% of American counties, it’s not even enough to make a one-bedroom affordable.

 

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“The world is transitioning from the Industrial Era that we have grown up in, into the Fifth Era of digital and biotechnology disruption and change. Most people are not sure how to participate,” says Matthew C Le Merle, a Silicon Valley insider, Managing Partner of Keiretsu Capital, an affiliate of the US-headquartered global angel investor network Keiretsu Forum. Matthew and another Silicon Valley insider Alison Davis in their book Build your fortune in the Fifth Era: How to prosper in an age of unprecedented innovation, say the wealth being built in the transition to the Fifth Era is being captured in the early stages of business formation. Entrepreneurs are changing the world and angels perch on their shoulders.

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Throughout the dismal presidential campaign, the plight of America’s manufacturing sector played a central role. Yet despite all the concerns raised about factory jobs leaving the country, all but 18 of the country’s 70 largest metropolitan regions have seen an uptick in industrial employment since 2011. And despite the slowdown in car sales, the job count continues to expand, albeit more slowly. 

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Late last week BuzzFeed News reported that the site NowThisNews requires that all of its new employees sign noncompete agreements, which stipulate that employees can not work for competitors for as long as two years after their employment at NowThis. The noncompete even spells out the forbidden companies, including Vox, BuzzFeed, Vice, CNN, and adds a clause that more could be added to the list whenever NowThis saw fit.

 

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Should you let your employees work from home?

To WFH or not to WFH: that is the question.

For the uninitiated, WFH, or “Working From Home,” is an acronym that you’ll likely start seeing in more and more work emails, written by coworkers who are likely in their PJs, and probably feeding their dog at the same time.

 

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When it comes to résumés, there's a lot that can go wrong.

Just ask Tina Nicolai — she's read 40,000 résumés since launching Résumé Writers' Ink in 2010.

She recently broke down some of the biggest résumé annoyances for Business Insider, from typos to buzzwords.

However, which irritating slip-up is the worst of all?

Nicolai says that starting a bullet with the worlds "responsible for" is her biggest pet peeve.

 

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What worked in the iconic stories of Facebook and Google fifteen years ago might not work so well today. The challenges are entirely different and inspiration knocks the door at odd hours. What is an entrepreneur to do in such an ever-changing climate? As Peter Thiel said in his iconic book, Zero to One — the next Mark Zuckerberg will not be building a social network. The next Larry Page will not be building a search engine.

 

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Innovation is the lifeblood of entrepreneurship.

Peter Drucker considers it, “the specific tool of entrepreneurs, the means by which they exploit change as an opportunity for a different business or a different service.” That said, the reality is that although organizations value innovation, they struggle to achieve it.

 

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Idea Innovation Imagination Mindmap Brainstorm

There is so much talk about innovation these days, it’s hard to sometimes distinguish the signal from the noise. In fact, the word innovation gets thrown around so much that it leaves people wondering: What’s really innovative? Well, most of the time that people talk about something being innovative, what they describe isn’t innovative, but instead inventive or creative. These three are all very different. Here is how I like to distinguish the differences between creativity, invention and innovation:

 

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