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How to Be An Innovator: Your Personal Roadmap

How to be more innovative? Some advice from the experts on how to design your personal innovation roadmap -- in three steps. 

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3 Ways to Be Your Own Venture Capitalist

3 Ways to Be Your Own Venture Capitalist | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

In the world of private-equity investing, there are a variety of great high-growth opportunities. But how do you pick the few explosive winners from the massive herd of losers? 


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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, March 31, 9:36 PM

The investment world is opening up more and more. Factors such as the internet and the JOBS act are bringing more opportunities for smaller investors.

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Uber for fliers lets anyone catch a ride in a small plane

Uber for fliers lets anyone catch a ride in a small plane | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

Being able to travel in a private jet is the pipe dream of many, but the reality is that its a luxury preserved for the moneyed few. In the past we’ve seen platforms such asJetSuite enable fractional ownership of jets, but startup Flytenow is making private air travel more affordable with ride sharing for small planes.

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7 Things Really Resourceful People Do

7 Things Really Resourceful People Do | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

It's nice to be told that you're smart, creative or driven. But if you really want to offer the ultimate compliment to an entrepreneur, the word you're looking for is, resourceful.

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Flying Cars are Here

Flying Cars are Here | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

Terrafugia intends to build the future of personal transportation: the flying car. We will inspire a new generation of problem solvers by showing the world that small teams can tackle big challenges and have a huge impact on our quality of life. In the process, we will catalyze the formation of a new industry to bring a new dimension of freedom to the world.

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America's Greatest Inventors Don't Dream Up Novel Ideas - They Execute On Old Ones

America's Greatest Inventors Don't Dream Up Novel Ideas - They Execute On Old Ones | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

From a church basement in Cleveland, John Spirk, John Nottingham and their team of 70 engineers, designers and tinkerers have patented more products than any group their size since Thomas Edison's days. But Spirk says their company, Nottingham Spirk, didn’t come up with any of the original ideas. “We don’t invent anything [...]

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Lynn Ford's curator insight, March 29, 10:21 AM

Lessons for #entrepreneurs & #startups Don't have to invent something new; improve something that's old

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If you back a Kickstarter project that sells for $2 billion, do you deserve to get rich?

If you back a Kickstarter project that sells for $2 billion, do you deserve to get rich? | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset raised $2.4 million on Kickstarter, no strings attached. 

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Facebook Creates Team to “Beam” Internet Everywhere on Planet

Facebook Creates Team to “Beam” Internet Everywhere on Planet | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the company is launching a Connectivity Lab, a team of scientists tasked with bringing the Internet to remote places on the planet using new techniques, including beaming it down from the sky.

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, March 28, 8:54 AM

Investing on a global scale...more internet users, more clients for Facebook.

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How A 21-Year-Old College Dropout Lands $2 Billion

How A 21-Year-Old College Dropout Lands $2 Billion | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

Business Insider talks with 21-year-old Oculus Rift inventor, Palmer Luckey, about building Rift prototypes and what the future holds.

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5 lessons we learned experimenting SlideShare as a visual blog

5 lessons we learned experimenting SlideShare as a visual blog | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

SlideShare is a great platform for visual content and an amazing company: in just a few years, it has become the YouTube of presentations, one of the Top 150 sites in the world with an impressive 3 Billion views per month from 60 million unique visitors. 

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Real Engines Of Growth Have Nothing To Do With Growth Hacking

Real Engines Of Growth Have Nothing To Do With Growth Hacking | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

Imagine you're a 17-year-old girl at a well-to-do high school in Los Angeles, and you just discovered Snapchat. Until that moment, every time you thought ..


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Guillaume Decugis's curator insight, March 23, 1:58 PM

Very interesting analysis debunking the myth that one single growth hacker could fix any startup's lack of growth. The secret of LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter or Snapchat? A deep understanding of their users' psychology and motivations. Plus a perfect execution to make it frictionless and simplement to understand and tell. 

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Elon Musk’s Battle to Sell Cars the Way Apple Sells iPads

Elon Musk’s Battle to Sell Cars the Way Apple Sells iPads | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

If Apple built a car, its name would be Tesla. The irony of this is captured in the recent decision of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission to ban direct sales of Tesla automobiles.


If these politicians had passed a similar ban on the sale of iPads, iPhones and Macs, Apple would need to covert its twelve stores in the Garden State to “galleries” where consumers could view (but not play with) iPads and MacAirs and would be prohibited from discussing the price of the devices with Apple reps or place orders. 

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, March 23, 5:51 PM

Dinosaurs went down, they didn't fit in the picture anymore. Car dealers won't survive the ways of the internet. Even though politicians have long necks, like the dinosaurs did, they won't be able to stop the tide.

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The Five Dollar Movie

Loved the idea behind the 2013 Kickstarter campaign. With a little creativity and brain power the possibilities are limitless :)


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Marty Koenig's curator insight, March 22, 2:42 PM

At 1:40, you'll see how they got started on their successful Kickstarter campaign. Though the documentary is still in production, it's exciting to see my work in action. 


Marty Koenig http://fiverr.com/bizgrowthcoach

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Giant six-legged robot crab to walk the ocean floor

Giant six-legged robot crab to walk the ocean floor | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

The Crabster is a robot inspired by crabs and lobsters, and designed for undersea exploration. Monsters of the deep will have a man-made horror to contend with, as the Crabster CR200 is released into the oceans. Weighing over half a ton, the six-legged, crustacean-inspired robot is intended for the most dangerous undersea exploration.

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How To Manage Your Startup's Fast Growth

How To Manage Your Startup's Fast Growth | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

Rapid scaling is a good problem to have, but it can bring about some new issues. Here's how to stay grounded.

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50 Signs You Might Be an Entrepreneur

50 Signs You Might Be an Entrepreneur | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

Entrepreneurs are a unique group of people. Not only do they think differently; they act differently.

 

They draw on personality traits, habits and mind-sets to come up with ideas that straddle the line between insanity and genius. But just because you’re an original thinker and came up with an idea to replace gasoline in cars doesn’t mean you’re cut out to be an entrepreneur. 

 

If you ever wondered if you were an entrepreneur, check out the following list. You may not have all these traits or skills, yet if you have some, this is a pretty good indicator that you have what it takes. 

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We may already know how we will cure death—but should we?

We may already know how we will cure death—but should we? | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

A pair of advocates—they do legitimate research too, but their ardor is so intense, it’s hard to call them scientists—believe that they will, within their lifetimes, make ours the first generation of humans to live forever. Their quest is elegantly laid out in The Immortalists, a new documentary making its way around the film festival circuit. 

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Dancing Giants: Startup guru Steve Blank bashes big companies that stack the deck

Dancing Giants: Startup guru Steve Blank bashes big companies that stack the deck | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

Steve Blank is a kind of folk hero in startup circles. A successful entrepreneur, Blank, through his writings and Lean LaunchPad seminars at Stanford and online -- more than 150,000 students have taken it – has become kind of a startup guru whose aim is to take the guesswork out of product development.

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9 Ideas That Can Change Everything We Think About Cities

9 Ideas That Can Change Everything We Think About Cities | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

By 2050, a staggering 70 percent of the world's population will live in cities. (Right now it's 51 percent.) That will be about 6.72 billion humans putting pressure on a lot of aging infrastructure.

The race is on for cities around the globe to meet the needs of a rising population amid a changing climate and a shifting technological landscape. The cities of the future will have to balance high-tech advances with sustainable living. Here are nine ways they can do that:

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Most Profitable Apps

Most Profitable Apps | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

After getting over 13,000,000 downloads for my different apps and games, a lot of people have asked me what the secret is.  In this post I'm going to share exactly what I do, because the sad truth is most people who start an app business don't make it.  What's even worse is they typically are very close, they just make a couple small wrong moves that end up being the nail in the coffin.


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Building The Next Pixar

Building The Next Pixar | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

Some of Pixar's most illustrious alums, steeped for decades in Pixar's potent creative culture, reveal how they apply the company's philosophies of...


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Smartphone Innovation is Slowing, So What's Next?

Smartphone Innovation is Slowing, So What's Next? | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

In the last year or so, there has been a noticeable slowdown in innovations in new smartphones -- with both hardware and software. The next direction seems to be making the smartphone the hub for connecting technologies in the Internet of Things scenario.

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Screw Grabber - Holds Screws Tight

Screw Grabber - Holds Screws Tight | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

The Screw Grabber is a transparent rubber sleeve that slides onto screwdrivers to hold a variety of screw sizes to the end of a screwdriver. You will never drop a screw again!

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Comparing Equity, Debt And Convertibles For Startup Financings

Comparing Equity, Debt And Convertibles For Startup Financings | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

Entrepreneurs are not always aware of the various financing structures that may be available to them when raising new capital to finance their growth.  And, even if they are, they are not always sure what fair terms look like when receiving term sheets from investors.  


Let’s explore the plusses and minuses of equity vs. convertible debt vs. venture debt, understanding there are many subtleties to each of the securities below, that may not be addressed in this high level overview. 

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Change Is Good, But Many Organizations Don’t Do It Well

Change Is Good, But Many Organizations Don’t Do It Well | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

A new in-depth report from the Project Management Institute takes a look at why so many organizations are failing to implement strategic change.

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