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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.

VC Brad Feld on WeWork SoftBank and why venture firms may have to slow down their pacing in 2020 TechCrunch

Yesterday, we had a chance to talk with longtime venture investor Brad Feld of Foundry Group, whose book “Venture Deals” was recently republished for the fourth time, and for good reason. It’s a storehouse of knowledge, from how venture funds really work to term sheet terms, from negotiation tactics to how to choose (and pay for) the right investment banker.

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Andrew Medal

Before Amazon, people purchased almost everything in person at a brick-and-mortar store. And while consumers still like to go shopping offline, 76 percent of adults in the U.S. now also consistently make online purchases, according to a recent poll conducted by Marist College and NPR. As Amazon’s customers discovered the undeniable convenience and ease of purchasing books online, it disrupted the entire retail experience. 


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Very cool seeing so many people from the different BioHealth Capital Region. 30+ lanes of companies. BioHealth Innovation, Inc. BioBuzz


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Every entrepreneur and business leader believes that he or she has the full trust of their team and their customers, and in fact most do in the beginning. In my experience, most business professionals still believe in the old proverb, “trust but verify.” In this context, that means you trust your leaders initially, but you look for signals that your trust in them is deserved and reciprocated.


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For most of us, getting enough sleep isn't a life-or-death kind of thing. Sure, we might make poor decisions, but our being sleepy at the marketing meeting tomorrow is not going to get someone killed. 

During WWII, though, the US military quickly got hip to the fact that if fighter pilots didn't get sleep, their poor decisions had dire consequences. Their mishaps included errors that resulted in their being shot down — or shooting down guys on their own side.

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The most common grammar mistakes and how to avoid them Business Insider

You might consider grammar an annoying technicality, a minuscule detail of speech and writing not worth much effort.

But a 2012 study from the Society for Human Resources and Management showed that 45% of employers planned to increase training for grammar and other language skills (meaning they were unhappy with the levels.)

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First, you must identify the sector in which you want to start your business. You should then do a proper market research to decide if this idea will bring you fruitful results or not. In addition, you will need to talk to a few friends who could help you achieve your goals.

Usually, people are afraid to start a business for fear of failure. But there is something else that can become an obstacle, it is the lack of money. Some people have enough money in their savings account to realize their dream of start-up. But many people do not have enough money to pursue their goals. Fortunately, there are many ways to finance your start-up.


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Who do you think makes more typos or mistakes, desktop or mobile typists? According to a recent infographic from Fenetic Wellbeing, desktop users are making 3X more errors than mobile users.

Even though the technology of what we type on has changed, the concept is pretty much the same since 1829. This was the year the first American patent was granted to William Austin Burt for what will eventually become the typewriter.


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With a deal-or-no-deal Brexit and a possible US-China trade truce, there is almost too much happening. Germany is in recession, a fate Britain just escaped – an economics columnist is spoilt for choice.

This weekend, though, I’m focusing on Amazon, big tech and the future of capitalism. One reason is that I spoke with a senior former Amazon executive. And what he had to say was important.


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China’s technology sector has grown so rapidly in the last two decades that it is pushing the United States out of its long-held position at the top of the digital food chain. Advancements by companies like Huawei, WeChat, Baidu, Tencent and others are helping the Chinese economy grow at an unprecedented rate and influencing the global economy. China and the U.S. are battling to be the leader in 5G technology, a fight it seems that Chinese tech companies are winning. A new book by journalist Rebecca Fannin looks at how China has come to dominate areas ranging from telecommunications to artificial intelligence to e-commerce. It is titled Tech Titans of China: How China’s Tech Sector is Challenging the World by Innovating Faster, Working Harder and Going Global. Fannin, who is also the founder of media platform Silicon Dragon Ventures, joined the [email protected] radio show on SiriusXM channel 132 to talk about her book. (Listen to the full podcast at the top of this page.)


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Millennials are changing the way people look at and talk about mental health.

As part of World Mental Health Day, Business Insider took a look at the mental-health state of millennials (defined by the Pew Research Center as the cohort turning ages 23 to 38 in 2019). It doesn't look pretty — depression and "deaths of despair" are both on the rise among the generation, linked to issues such as loneliness and money stress.

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The sudden slowdown in the U.S. market for initial public offerings is hitting the venture-capital business, which saw fundraising slow in the third quarter from recent record levels, new data from Dow Jones VentureSource show.

Venture-backed start-ups raked in $27.53 billion of new capital in 1,295 rounds in the quarter, down 17% in dollars and 14% in rounds, according to the report, which was released Thursday. The total raised was the lowest in nearly two years, but still the ninth highest since 1992. The number of deals was the smallest since the first quarter of 2014. The single largest deal was actually from a corporate investor— Microsoft’s (ticker: MSFT) $1 billion investment in OpenAI.


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