A Look Back at Innovation Daily
Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Below, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories compiled from the last week.
There Is No 'Next Silicon Valley'
It seems as though most every place that isn't actually Silicon Valley lays some claim to being the next Silicon Valley. Fair enough: Tech companies are the future, and it doesn't seem to be getting any harder to raise money to run new ones. But that doesn't mean a thousand silicon cities are blooming.
Hackathons Are the New Career Fairs
For those looking to score a job at a hot tech startup or a coveted spot with a tech behemoth like Facebook or Square, the job search scene has an up-and-coming competitor to the traditional career fair: hackathons.
The Digital Economy Is Profoundly Unequal
Is unbridled innovation good for society? Can we trust the internet? Can we afford not to? These are some of the big picture questions being asked right now at the annual Institute for New Economic Thinking conference in Toronto.
Nicklas Zennstrom: More Great Startups Everywhere, Not Just Silicon Valley
WSJ.com: Venture Capital Dispatch
Niklas Zennstrom knows technology and knows the venture capital business. He co-founded communications powerhouse Skype, which he sold to eBay for $3.1 billion in 2005. Then he was part of a group that reacquired it and sold it again, to Microsoft, for $8.5 billion in 2011. In between those two deals he started a venture firm that has made more than 50 investments. Despite those credentials, as an investor Zennstrom keeps his distance from the world’s technology mecca.
Colleges Now Try to Foster the Entrepreneurial Spirit
The Morning Call
In a fishbowl-like room in Lehigh University's Wilbur Powerhouse, abstract ideas take on physical form. A 3D printer cranks out computer-generated designs, half-finished projects spill across work tables and scribbled notes fill blackboards in the Creativity Lab.