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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.

startup

The last few years have seen conferences, books, articles, even TED talks on the fourth Industrial Revolution and the tremendous changes that are affecting societies and how we work. The narrative is one of the winds of creative destruction on steroids, and if companies don’t innovate they will be swept away by more agile peers. How successful are companies at doing this? The evidence suggests the picture is mixed.

 

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During my early years of managing in business, I always assumed that if I hired and trained the smartest and most experienced people I could find, I would get outstanding productivity. I quickly learned that top performance also required the right initiatives and responsiveness on my part, high employee engagement, and a matching chemistry and culture with other team members.

Image: https://blog.startupprofessionals.com

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This is a golden age for venture capital and the startup ecosystem, as illustrated by PitchBook's latest PitchBook NVCA-Venture Monitor. So far this year, $57.5 billion has been invested in US VC-backed companies. That's higher than in six of the past 10 full years and is on pace to surpass $100 billion in deal value for the first time since the dot-com bubble.

 

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teeth

Late one evening in 1990 at the Ketambe Research Station in Indonesia's Gunung Leuser National Park, I sat transcribing notes by the light of a kerosene lamp in my hut on the banks of the Alas River. Something was bothering me. I had come to gather data for my dissertation, documenting what and how the monkeys and apes there ate. The idea was to relate those observations to the sizes, shapes and wear patterns of their teeth. Long-tailed macaques have large incisors and blunt molars—teeth built for eating fruit, according to the received wisdom. But the ones I had been tracking for the past four days seemed to eat nothing but young leaves. I realized then that relations between tooth form and function are more complicated than the textbooks suggest and that the sizes and shapes of an animal's teeth do not dictate what it eats. This might sound like an esoteric revelation, but it has key implications for understanding how animals—including humans—evolved.

 

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Infographic Innovation in Finance IdeaScale

In 2005 there were 1,000 FinTech startups, today, there are over 10,000! The pace of innovation in finance has got to run to keep up in order to respond to emerging trends such as blockchain, AI, shifting regulations and more.

Image: https://ideascale.com

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In this time of World Cup madness, one team that reached semifinals attracts attention as their country is not often in the headlines. As a Croatian, I must share a thought or two how we achived to reach 2nd semifinal in 20 years(first WC that Croatia was eligible to compete was 1998. when it finished 3rd).

So, we can say that Croatia is really strong in the most popular sport in the world despite the fact that it has population of only 4 million. How is this possible?

Image: http://innovationexcellence.com

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university

Making Japan ‘the most innovation-friendly country in the world’ is one of the Japanese government’s key goals, according to Yuko Harayama, former executive member of the Japanese Council for Science, Technology and Innovation, who discussed Japan’s Comprehensive Strategy on Science, Technology and Innovation at a meeting of German and Japanese researchers at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany, on 5 July.

 

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disneyland

Nothing screams summertime quite as much as amusement parks.

They are the one place you can walk for miles, listening to screaming thrill seekers and munching on sugary funnel cakes. If you’re an adrenaline addict, you can tour the U.S. to find the world’s tallest steel coaster, the steepest wooden coaster, and tallest steel-on-wood hybrid ride.

 

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