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.
Innovation and the Importance of 'Fail Fast and Fail Cheap'
Blue Sky Innovation
Innovation has been a major factor in the growth of productivity in the U.S. over the past 50 years, and for businesses and countries the world over it continues to grow in importance.
Startup Makes a New Kind of Flexible, Printed Battery
MIT Technology Review
A California startup is developing flexible, rechargeable batteries that can be printed cheaply on commonly used industrial screen printers. Imprint Energy, of Alameda, California, has been testing its ultrathin zinc-polymer batteries in wrist-worn devices and hopes to sell them to manufacturers of wearable electronics, medical devices, smart labels, and environmental sensors.
A Better Way to Bridge the Skills Gap
Harvard Business Review
For a long time now, business leaders have been saying that the American workforce lacks sufficient skills to fill 21st century jobs. The education gap is holding back not just workers but businesses and our whole economy. That’s why I was quite interested to hear about the innovative new educational credential called the “nanodegree,” announced last month with great heraldry by AT&T and Udacity, an online education company founded by a Stanford professor and former Google executive.
You’ll Never Guess Where Female Entrepreneurship Is on the Rise
Centre for International Competitiveness
Georgia is known for its peaches, sweet tea and hot weather. However, it has some lesser-known advantages. You might not have guessed it, but the state is quickly becoming a haven for female entrepreneurs.
Here Is How the Future of Travel Looks, Powered by Mobile & Beacons
Beacons have the potential to completely automate our lives. These tiny transmitters will seamlessly give companies information about us that help them provide better service; puppeteer real-time opportunities for us to save or enjoy; and simplify the exchange of funds. They will remove many of the arduous steps we go through to get something done today.
Non-Competes Hindering Job Creation and Growth
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy