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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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With marketing seeing an elevated role in the industry, marketers have had to learn plenty of new hard skills to stand out in their field. But that does not mean they should lose focus of the soft skills that also make them great marketers. Throughout our Innovators series, we asked exemplary marketers from Stitch Fix, Twitch, Google, BARK, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, McDonald’s, Sony Interactive Entertainment, Public.com, Hulu, and Delta Air Lines what key skills are crucial for every marketer.

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On May 10, the World Health Organization added a new virus to its list of covid-19 variants of global concern. The variant, B.1.617, is being blamed for the runaway infections in India. It is the fourth addition to a list that also includes variants first identified in the UK, South Africa, and Brazil. “There is some available information to suggest increased transmissibility,” said Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO technical lead on covid-19, at a briefing. 

 

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Most managers know that onboarding new employees virtually is just plain hard, and many recognize the long-term impact a poor onboarding experience could have on their employees. Onboarding is more than logistics, such as making sure your new employee has a computer. The more critical, make-or-break parts of onboarding include:

 

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The COVID pandemic has killed more than half a million people in the United States and caused the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression. If this pandemic taught us one thing, it’s that we weren’t ready for it. The scientific and medical community wasn’t ready. The government, the military and industry weren’t ready. And most of us at home weren’t ready either: scrambling for basic supplies, regretting not having a deeper pantry and struggling with the financial fallout.

 

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Jen Glantz

One of the biggest mistakes I made six years ago as a brand new entrepreneur was putting my love of learning on pause. Before starting my company, I'd take at least one new course every quarter to improve different skills. 

I took a 10-week fiction writing course, an 8-week stand-up comedy class (where we painfully had to perform at a real comedy club for our final exam), and an 8-week improv class. All of these classes didn't apply directly to my job at the time (I was working for a tech startup) but they did teach me elements of communication and creativity that influenced what I brought to the table in the workplace.

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Arizona State University’s Economic Development team is celebrating Economic Development Week at a most unusual time. While the event is recognized nationwide May 9–15, many cities across the country are continuing to struggle in the midst of pandemic rubble. Fortunately, ASU continues to develop innovative ways to promote and advance a resilient economy that, in the long run, will be less susceptible to future disruptions.

 

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Joseph Allen

“The decision to abandon the traditional U.S. defense of the patent system, blaming it without any evidence as a barrier to producing desperately needed vaccines for the developing world is a real body blow…  Particularly galling is that we’re voluntarily harming ourselves.”

 

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It's long been known that immigrants have been a source of lifeblood for American innovation. Though there's a common narrative that immigrants take what are supposedly "American jobs", actually in many cases immigrants are filling up positions that U.S. citizens simply aren't qualified for – and therefore immigrants are indispensable to the U.S. economy. 

 

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DURHAM – Duke University is restructuring its technology transfer operations in a move the institution refers to in a statement as “sweeping.”

The university aims to enhance the ability for its faculty and staff to commercialize their research while simultaneously spurring additional economic opportunity in the Triangle, it says.

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