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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.


Whether you’re starting your own business or managing a startup, there are plenty of stresses that are you going to weigh on you as an entrepreneur. The day-to-day grind of your company, coupled with concerns over its long-term growth, can wear you down if you’re not careful. You don’t want to burn out just as you’re starting to get momentum and you don’t want to feel overwhelmed by stress when you should be focused on new opportunities. Here are 9 tips to handle the stress of being an entrepreneur that you need to keep in mind.


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Since its inception, the automobile has been a flashpoint for technological, economic, and social innovation, doing as much as any human invention to change how people live—largely, but not always, for the better. Now it’s time to buckle up again: the levels of disruption coming over the next dozen years are likely to exceed those of the previous 50 or more.

While much uncertainty remains about how, exactly, mobility’s “second great inflection point” will unfold, many of the critical building blocks, and their potential, are becoming clear.


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Youngme Moon, Felix Oberholzer-Gee, and Mihir Desai discuss why so many high-profile companies (Uber, Lyft, Pinterest, Airbnb, Slack, Postmates, Casper, Peloton, etc.) are planning to go public this year. They also debate whether it’s acceptable for bosses to throw temper tantrums at work.


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Regardless of your definition of success, there are, oddly enough, a great number of common characteristics that are shared by successful businesspeople. You can place a check beside each characteristic that you feel that you possess. This way, you can see how you stack up. Even if you don't have all of these characteristics, don't fret. Most can be learned with practice and by developing a winning attitude, especially if you set goals and apply yourself, through strategic planning, to reach those goals in incremental and measurable stages.


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In late February, the city of Abilene, Texas, made an announcement: It had ended local veteran homelessness. It was the first community in the state and the ninth in the country to reach that goal, as part of a national program called Built for Zero. Now, through the same program, Abilene is working to end chronic homelessness. While homelessness might often be seen as an intractable problem because of its complexity–or one that costs more to solve than communities can afford–the program is proving that is not the case.


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Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) are the principal set-aside programs for small business participation in federal research and development funding, yet the requirements for administering and managing these programs have not changed significantly in decades.

To keep pace with discovery in science and technology worldwide, DARPA now intends to release SBIR/STTR opportunities on an out-of-cycle basis, separate from the three pre-determined announcements traditionally issued directly through the Department of Defense (DoD). The change is expected to reduce the overall time from opportunity announcement to contract award.


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We live in an age of unprecedented access to information. To buy the right phone, find the best tacos, or hire the perfect employee, just hop online and do as much research as you need before choosing. Having so much information at our fingertips has made us more knowledgeable than ever before.


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Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence is widely acknowledged as a crucial aspect of what is broadly referred to as Industry 4.0. While no one knows yet how artificial intelligence will be incorporated into the next phase of the Industrial Revolution, most agree that it will allow greater connectivity between people, machines, and information technology, allowing manufacturers to better optimize processes and predict problems. 


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As alluring as it sounds, bingeing Netflix all day can be harmful. It could actually make you feel more anxious, tired, or whatever emotion stopped you from getting your work done. Rest is about rejuvenation and recuperation so you can be more successful – not so you can do nothing and hope for the best.


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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Poplar Ventures today announced the launch of a new venture capital fund, Poplar Ventures L.P., focused on investing in early growth stage, cloud based software technology companies in middle America. The initial closing raised $17 million, with plans for a final closing in the second quarter of this year.

Poplar Ventures is led by Founder and Managing Partner, John Willmoth, a veteran corporate development executive and investor in numerous technology based companies throughout his career.


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Israel’s thriving innovation scene is (slowly) seeing more women innovators taking leadership roles.

On a global level, women remain underrepresented in these sectors. In Israel, specifically, women hold just 12 percent of top positions at companies traded on the Tel Aviv-125 Index and only seven percent of executives in technology companies are women, according to a Haaretz report.


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