A Look Back at Innovation Daily

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.

More VCs Passing on Startups in Favor of Growing Companies
San Jose Mercury News
If you just launched a company from your apartment last week and are looking for some cash, don't go to knocking on a venture capitalist's door. Venture capital is giving less money to startup companies and putting whopping sums into businesses with a solid customer base and steady revenue, according to venture capital data from the first quarter this year.

From Starting Up to Scaling Up
INSEAD Knowledge
Contrary to popular belief, it’s much harder to build scale in a business than to start one. Like most successful entrepreneurs, Parikshat Laxminarayan started off his entrepreneurial journey by noticing a gap that he knew could be filled by anyone determined enough to throw down some cash and chase the dream.

10 New Breakthrough Technologies for 2014
MIT Technology Review
Technology news is full of incremental developments, but few of them are true milestones. Here we’re citing 10 that are. These advances from the past year all solve thorny problems or create powerful new ways of using technology. They are breakthroughs that will matter for years to come.

The State of Big Data in 2014
Entrepreneurs have flocked to the space, VCs have poured money into promising startups, and as a result, the market is starting to get crowded. Certain categories like databases (whether NoSQL or NewSQL) or social media analytics feel ripe for consolidation or some sort of shakeout (which may have already started in social analytics with Twitter’s acquisitions of BlueFin and GNIP).

The Women of Crowdfunding
While tech entrepreneurship continues to be dominated by men, women appear to be playing a larger role in the crowdfunding ecosystem. There is a growing list of influential women leading the crowdfunding industry. 

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