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What Monkeys Can Teach Us About Pitching in the World Series - ScienceBlog.com

Sat, October 25, 2014

Storied baseball pitchers are renowned for consistently throwing strike after strike, even under the pressure of the World Series.

But even the seasoned pros are actually continually relearning their machine-like throwing movements, according to a new study by UC San Francisco neuroscientist Philip Sabes, PhD, about how the brain integrates motor learning.

 

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Pitching To VCs: The Hollywood Vs. The Twitter Scenario

Sat, October 25, 2014

A friend of mine reviews screenplays for a major movie studio. To be clear, she’s not the person who decides whether her studio will make your movie. She’s the person who decides what the person who makes that decision will review.

She was telling me the other day that many of the movie ideas she sees are just that – ideas. Someone may have an interesting premise for a movie but it’s not a plot. And a plot isn’t a screenplay.

 

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Women Angels for Women-Led Startups - Businessweek

Sat, October 25, 2014

When Amy Norman and Stella Ma started pitching investors in 2009 on their geography-oriented startup, Little Passports, both had young children and Norman was pregnant. The majority of the investors they met were men, several of whom asked whether the business would be profit-focused or a lifestyle company—read: a glorified hobby. All of them passed, and word got around Silicon Valley that “there’s no way women like these could grow a company fast enough” to satisfy venture capitalists, Norman says.

Image: Photograph by Chris Goodney/Bloomberg From left: Golden Seeds’ Jo Ann Corkran, managing director; Stephanie Hanbury-Brown, founder; and Peggy Wallace, managing director 

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Growing a Blood Vessel in a Week - ScienceBlog.com

Sat, October 25, 2014

The technology for creating new tissues from stem cells has taken a giant leap forward. Two tablespoons of blood are all that is needed to grow a brand new blood vessel in just seven days. This is shown in a new study from Sahlgrenska Acadedmy and Sahlgrenska University Hospital published in EBioMedicine. Just three years ago, a patient at Sahlgrenska University Hospital received a blood vessel transplant grown from her own stem cells.

Suchitra Sumitran-Holgersson, Professor of Transplantation Biology at Sahlgrenska Academy, and Michael Olausson, Surgeon/Medical Director of the Transplant Center and Professor at Sahlgrenska Academy, came up with the idea, planned and carried out the procedure.

 

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Useful Stats: Business Survival Rate by State, 2003-2013 | SSTI

Sat, October 25, 2014

Through good times and bad, the churning of businesses and jobs is a hallmark of any dynamic capitalist economy. This “creative destruction,” where some firms enter the market or expand while others contract or close, is the cause of much debate among policymakers and anxiety throughout the workforce.  Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) Business Employment Dynamics (BDM) data series to determine the 10-year survival rates of establishments born in 2003, this article assesses the states in which these new businesses were most likely to survive. Overall, California had by far the highest survival rate between 2003 and 2013 while Northern Plains states such as the Dakotas also fared quite well. Establishments born in 2003 in the Southeastern U.S. and in smaller New England states comparatively struggled to survive this 10-year period. 

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4 Habits of People Who Follow Their Dreams | Fast Company | Business + Innovation

Sat, October 25, 2014

As kids we all had dreams. Some of us wanted to be firefighters while others planned to become teachers, veterinarians, or even President. I wanted to be Nancy Drew. Along the way, however, most dreams get derailed. It could be because we form new dreams or outgrow the idea. Often it’s because we’re told that our dreams aren’t realistic.

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No Money to Start a Business? No Problem. Try These 5 Options.

Sat, October 25, 2014

You might be limited to a strict budget when you want to start a business, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have any options. It is possible to start a business with very little money, if you have the right combination of skills, work ethic and marketing know-how.

According to Chris Guillebeau, author of The $100 Startup, “To succeed in a business project, especially one you’re excited about, it helps to think carefully about all the skills you have that could be helpful to others and particularly about the combination of those skills.”

 

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9 Reasons to Quit Your Job As Soon As You Can

Sat, October 25, 2014

Quit your job to take a better paying position? Definitely. Quit your job for a great opportunity? Absolutely.

But there are a lot more reasons to quit your job (once you have something else lined up, of course.) And they all fall under one main category:

 

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Third Quarter Venture Funding Declines 27% from Second Quarter

Sat, October 25, 2014

Last week, the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), a trade association representing the U.S. venture capital industry, released the results of its MoneyTree Report on venture funding for the third quarter of 2014. The report, which is prepared by the NVCA and PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP using data from Thomson Reuters, indicates that venture capitalists invested $9.9 billion in 1,023 deals in the third quarter, which constituted a 27% decrease in dollars and a 9% decrease in deals as compared with the second quarter of 2014, when nearly $13.5 billion was invested in 1,129 deals (see chart below, which shows total venture funding from the first quarter of 2011 through the third quarter of 2014; data from MoneyTree Reports; click on chart to expand). Despite the third quarter decline, total venture funding for 2014 ($33.0 billion) has already eclipsed total funding for all of 2013 ($30.0 billion).

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Thoughts on startup accelerator programs and entrepreneurship by millennial Matt Cartagena | NJBIZ

Sat, October 25, 2014

Meet Matt Cartagena — a quarter-life millennial who believes in not only learning everything he can about being an entrepreneur, but also actively sharing that knowledge with others.

You see, Cartagena and fellow Montclair State University graduate Luke Deering had started a blog — as many forward-thinking millennials do these days — called “How To Write a Business Plan,” posting insights they had learned from entrepreneurs who had graduated from top accelerator programs.

 

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IBM research report endorses government innovation offices, with caveats - TechRepublic

Sat, October 25, 2014

As I've observed in past columns, innovation may be one of the most overused buzzwords in modern discourse. That doesn't mean that large and small organizations in every sector don't need to find ways to achieve the real thing. Beyond the hype, after all, is a simple goal: improve processes, products, services, and outcomes through a change in how something is manufactured, delivered, planned, or implemented.

Image: Andrew Ostrovsky

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Innovation Excellence | What Large Companies Want (from Small Ones)

Sat, October 25, 2014

In the film, “What Women Want”, Mel Gibson’s character has the ability to read women’s minds and understand what they’re thinking.  In the real world, we often need to second-guess what our existing or potential partners want. This is the case for Open Innovation (OI), when smaller companies with something to offer try to understand just exactly what large companies need, and whether there would be complementarity between the two.

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5 Unbelievable Ocean Mysteries We Still Haven't Solved

Sat, October 25, 2014

Mermaids may not exist, but the ocean is still full of mysteries.

Those large, beautiful bodies of water are home to an infinite number of strange creatures and bewildering phenomena. The average ocean depth is 14,000 feet deep — that leaves a lot of room for the mysterious, the mythical and everything in between.

Image: FLICKR, SPRENG BEN

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The EIT: Bridging the Innovation Gap - NationalJournal.com

Sat, October 25, 2014

The European Union still lags behind South Korea, the United States and Japan in the global innovation performance, but the European Commission's Innovation Scoreboard shows that the EU and its 28 Member States have become more innovative in recent years. As a result, the EU has closed half of the innovation gap towards the US.

And the biggest innovation increase is taking place in some of the EU's Member States which joined in 2004 and thereafter, making them the EU's biggest innovation potential. "There is great untapped potential for innovation in the Central and Eastern European Member States! We should use it to further enhance Europe's competitiveness and our position in the global innovation performance." says Martin Kern, the EIT Interim Director.

 

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Practicing Entrepreneurship: Creation And Creativity

Sat, October 25, 2014

Most of us would agree that to have any type of entrepreneurship, it involves the creation of something new. Just consider—entrepreneurial action almost always leads to creating new products or processes, a new market, a new ventures, new channels of distribution or even personal initiatives. Unfortunately, the way we teach entrepreneurship has been traditionally focused on a prescriptive, linear process. For example, a quick survey of business plan competitions shows that every year in the U.S. there are more than 230 business plan competitions! In any month, there are between 30 and 70 business plan events for the various phases, including submissions, presentations, final presentations, and awards.

 

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How to be an entrepreneur happily married to an entrepreneur

Sat, October 25, 2014

ROMIO and Juliette means more to us than a Shakespearean, romantic tragedy. We chose to name our separate businesses in a complementary way, which is the way we approach our relationship. Our cats are even named Mark Anthony and Cleopatra.

When we first got together, only one of us was in the startup role. Now, happily married for nearly seven years, we’re both running our own businesses in New York City. Tarik runs ROMIO, a platform that provides trusted recommendations for local services from friends and neighbors, while Rechelle runs Juliette, a mobile app that offers premium overnight laundry service.

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Can This Secret Characteristic Every Entrepreneur Possesses Be Taught?

Sat, October 25, 2014

There’s a secret characteristic that just about every successful entrepreneur has. It’s not just brains. It’s not just passion. It’s not just capital.

Do you know what it is? It’s called grit. Educators are trying to figure out if it can be taught. Because if you can teach grit, you can create entrepreneurs.

 

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SMEs at risk of losing out in high-stakes Innovation Wars

Sat, October 25, 2014

I raise here the prospect of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) around the world and across industries becoming collateral damage in the Innovation Wars or, to put it more mildly, Global Innovation Rat Race.

SMEs are helplessly squeezed between technology start-ups and global corporations in this battle. The stakes are high because the digital world follows "the winner takes all" economics.

Image: ST ILLUSTRATION: MANNY FRANCISCO

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Making the Internet of Things Understand Your Voice | MIT Technology Review

Sat, October 25, 2014

It’s not unusual to find yourself talking to an uncoöperative appliance or gadget. Soon, though, it could soon be more common for those devices to actually pay attention.

A startup called Wit.ai plans to make it easy for hardware makers and software developers to add custom voice controls to everything from smartphones and smart watches to Internet-connected thermostats and drones.

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USDA awards $18 million in Small Business Research Grants supporting agricultural research and ...

Sat, October 25, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C.-- U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) recently awarded more than $18 million in grants to small businesses for high quality, advanced research and development that will lead to technological innovations and solutions for American agriculture. NIFA awarded 100 grants through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.

"Small businesses are adept at finding solutions that can advance agriculture, create new jobs and grow our economy. These grants will provide resources so small businesses can innovate and create new breakthroughs," said USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack.

 

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