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60 Plus Innovation Tools for Today's Innovator

60 Plus Innovation Tools for Today's Innovator | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

Almost everyone wants to be known as innovative, to be an innovator. Companies and individuals seek to demonstrate that they are capable of “out of the box” thinking, as the saying goes. 


I have recently worked on some projects around innovation for companies like Verizon and Qualcomm and it got me to thinking – what about innovation tools to help my fellow small business owners to brainstorm, to create new products, to get rid of the innovation cramp and get the ideas flowing?

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The Top 10 Most Innovative Countries in the World

The Top 10 Most Innovative Countries in the World | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

For the fourth year in a row, Switzerland has been named the most innovative country in the world, according to the newest version of a report published by Cornell University, the World Intellectual Property Organization and graduate school INSEAD. The report has been coming out annually since 2007.

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Hacking Kickstarter: How to Raise $100,000 in 10 Days

Hacking Kickstarter: How to Raise $100,000 in 10 Days | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

Mike Del Ponte co-founded Soma, which raised more than $100,000 on Kickstarter using virtual assistants and free apps. I first met Mike Del Ponte two years ago when he was running marketing at BranchOut, a startup I advise.

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After Many Strikeouts, a $44 Million Home Run

After Many Strikeouts, a $44 Million Home Run | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

Apoorva Mehta’s company, the grocery delivery service Instacart, just raised $44 million and is expanding rapidly. Instacart, a same-day grocery delivery service, just hit a home run. Dubbed 'the Uber of grocery delivery,' Mehta’s company has been extensively profiled in The New York Times

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Toronto Man Crowdfunds Mystery Product, and Yes, People Have Almost Funded It

Toronto Man Crowdfunds Mystery Product, and Yes, People Have Almost Funded It | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

A 22-year-old Toronto man has nearly hit his funding target for a new product on Crowdtilt. What the product actually is remains a mystery to all who have

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London's top 100 up and coming startups at Elevator Pitch first round

London's top 100 up and coming startups at Elevator Pitch first round | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

The fourth series of the Elevator Pitch got off to a flying start yesterday as startups presented their companies at Campus London.

Applicants had 30 seconds to pitch to the camera.


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How coconut water became the new "it" drink

How coconut water became the new "it" drink | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

[video] How coconut water became the new "it" drink on Yahoo Finance. Yahoo Finance's Jeff Macke interviews Vita CoCo founder and CEO Michael Kirban.

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Google Smart Contact Lens Focuses On Healthcare Billions

Google Smart Contact Lens Focuses On Healthcare Billions | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

Google is developing a smart contact lens, with pharmaceutical giant Novartis, to help patients manage diabetes - in one of a number of moves focused squarely on the billions of dollars of total potential revenue in the digital healthcare market.

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You won't believe how much these Silicon Valley interns are earning

You won't believe how much these Silicon Valley interns are earning | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

Silicon Valley's green horn high school interns are raking in a lot more dough than the average San Franciscan.

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How to Evaluate Your Startup Like a VC

How to Evaluate Your Startup Like a VC | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

When you build a startup, the most important thing to understand is how venture capital firms evaluate companies. That is the litmus test for any business. After all, they're the pros. They’ve been doing this for decades. And they know what they’re doing better than you do, that’s for sure.

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Zappos just abolished bosses. Inside tech's latest management craze.

Zappos just abolished bosses. Inside tech's latest management craze. | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

The shoe retailing giant Zappos is in the process of adopting holacracy, a management philosophy that replaces conventional hierarchy with governance by committees.

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Breakthrough Innovations Are Not Predictable

Breakthrough Innovations Are Not Predictable | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

Can we predict which disruptive innovations will win? No. What should we do then? Here are some ideas from Nassim Taleb, Vinod Khosla, Marc Andreessen and Tren Griffin that give us some guidance.

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10 Powerful Takeaways – Chief Innovation Officer Summit San Francisco

10 Powerful Takeaways – Chief Innovation Officer Summit San Francisco | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

This is exactly what I found at the CIO conference in San Francisco last week...generating new ways to apply different approaches to business, learning, collaboration and innovation through experimentation.

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Consumer drone lets anyone take the ultimate sports selfies

Consumer drone lets anyone take the ultimate sports selfies | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

Breaking free of the camera stand, HEXO+ is a small drone that autonomously follows and records athletes at preset distances.

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15 Signs You're an Entrepreneur

15 Signs You're an Entrepreneur | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

"One of my favorite TV shows growing up was MacGyver," confides Tony Hsieh, CEO of Las Vegas-based Zappos, "because he never had exactly the resources he needed but would somehow figure out how to make everything work out."

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Technology-based mobile health takes off in developing counties

Technology-based mobile health takes off in developing counties | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

Accessible healthcare solutions that use just a mobile phone are being used simultaneously by patients in both developing and developed markets


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Silicon Valley venture investments continue to set records

Silicon Valley venture investments continue to set records | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

Venture capital firms in the valley invested $7.1 billion in private tech firms and startups in the second quarter this year, a 45 percent increase over the first quarter -- which, until now, had been the largest fundraising quarter since 2000, according to The MoneyTree Report, a quarterly report released Friday by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association based on data from Thomson Reuters.

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MIT Invents A Shapeshifting Display You Can Reach Through And Touch

The Tangible Media Group at MIT's Media Lab has unveiled a futuristic display made of atoms, not pixels.

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Innovative ways of raising capital for SMEs

Innovative ways of raising capital for SMEs | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

Raising capital doesn’t have to be a puzzle. We have outlined some easy steps for targeting potential investors and securing the capital your business needs to thrive


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2 Risky Pivots You Probably Haven't Heard About

2 Risky Pivots You Probably Haven't Heard About | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

Steve Jobs once famously said, “people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.” But if recent tech history is any indication, the very opposite may be true. Pivoting based on what your customers want can often drive explosive growth.

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Your Idea Can Change 'Everything'

Your Idea Can Change 'Everything' | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

We believe everyone is born with one big idea – a true life’s purpose.  The challenge for most people is discovering their idea and turning it into reality. What is your life’s purpose ... your big idea?

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A Netflix for Legos – Building a Startup Brick by Brick

A Netflix for Legos – Building a Startup Brick by Brick | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

Pley plans to build its business one brick at a time. Instead of offering a range of categories, like dolls or action figures, the company is growing its membership base exclusively with Legos—which could help sidestep having to follow trends in an industry where kids are notoriously fickle. 

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Fold-away golf kit lets players carry their clubs in a backpack

Fold-away golf kit lets players carry their clubs in a backpack | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

DV8 Sports is aiming to revolutionize the standard club by breaking it down into more portable parts — fitting a 14-club set into a backpack.

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Future Of Wearable Tech

The Future of Wearable Tech report in collaboration with iQ by intel identifies 10 trends and three major themes that point to the evolving form and function of wearable devices and their influence on the way we live, work and socialize. In our Connected Intimacy theme, we explore how wearables are revolutionizing the way we communicate information about ourselves and maintain relationships over any distance.

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The New Fast Food

The New Fast Food | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

By market cap, McDonald’s is a $100 billion business — that’s two-thirds of an Amazon. At $19 billion, Chipotle is worth a whole WhatsApp. Hell, Taco Bell’s parent company is almost worth one-and-a-half Twitters.

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Canadians Are More Mobile-Savvy Than Others Around the World, Says New PayPal Study

Canadians Are More Mobile-Savvy Than Others Around the World, Says New PayPal Study | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

Ahead of a global rebrand, PayPal has launched a study that says "Canadians are ready to embrace mobile."

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