The World’s Most Innovative Countries 2019

The Global Innovation Index (GII)’s global rankings are the first tool worldwide to measure innovation. It measures a country’s performance based on its higher education, R&D spending, infrastructures, online creativity and knowledge creation. Its theme this year is “Creating Healthy Lives – The Future of Medical Innovation”. Indeed, the world is continuing to face innovations in health and medicine, triggering better quality of life around the globe. But inequalities still grow fast as innovation in healthcare still faces ethical, economic and social challenges.  But, innovators from underdeveloped countries are rising, proving that we can do more with less. Read More >> 

Y Combinator Accelerates the Hunt for Unicorns

Y Combinator (YC) is a massive startup accelerator that has invested in thousands of companies with a combined value of $150 billion. Last summer, YC accepted 11,000 new applicants to its startup school and will likely accept more this summer for a 10-week free of charges massive open online course with virtual office hours and access to 15,000 founders around the globe. The company is in the search for new innovative startups to join giants like Airbnb and Reddit in the YC family. Expanding its acceptance rate is all part of a strategy to stay in the game. Indeed, YC pioneered the startup accelerator model that has now been replicated worldwide. Despite the competition, they are able to stay ahead of the curve and dominate the field. Read More >>

Entrepreneurs, Eight Tips And Ten Questions To Improve Your Interviewing and Hiring Skills

Most entrepreneurs have little to no training when it comes to interviewing and hiring staff. While this is understandable, it is very important for a startup to be build around a strong team as failure in this domain could be extremely damaging. By following eight simple tips on interviewing and hiring, going from planning ahead to having an interview partner, you will be able to get the best of the best on your ship to success. Read More >> 

Can Emotions Be Automated ?

Artificial Intelligence and machine learning are becoming a big part of any business development but, machines are useless when it comes to strategy execution, relaying only on non-verbal language of collective emotions. Indeed, AI has not yet been able to develop the emotional intelligence necessary to gauge how efficient strategy execution is, making it quasily impossible for a business to entirely switch to automation. But, the possibility of an emotional artificial intelligence seems to be closer and closer. This could benefit research and applications in related fields, improve well-being beyond production and have a significant impact on the working-class society. Read More >> 

Sure, Industry Outsiders Can Bring Fresh Ideas. But, Are They Better Entrepreneurs?

Nowadays, when thinking about entrepreneurs, we think of young, free-spirit individual who would like to challenge the status quo early in his career. But, research has shown that most successful entrepreneurs are middle aged. Indeed, they have years of experience in the industry under their belt so, understand how the game is played. It is then much more likely for their venture to breakthrough as a success. But, it takes more than experience to be a successful entrepreneur. Factors like human, social and financial capital are essential to any entrepreneur’s growth, young or not. Read More >> 

Orbit Fab Becomes First Startup to Supply Water to ISS, Paving the Way for Satellite Refueling

After not even two years of existence, startup Orbit Fab, using processes and equipment it developed itself, successfully supplied water to the International Space Station, a first for a private company. This technology demonstrated a vast area of application as the method can be used not only for water but for the other common propellants as well. This makes it possible to refuel satellites in orbit. Orbit Fab could be a key to true commercialization of space. Read More >> 

AI = Artificial Imagination ?

Could it be possible that machines have imagination and can be innovative? Deepfakes, latest trend proves that Artificial Intelligence (AI) might have master how to trick the eyes. Indeed, a recent video from Samsung shows the Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa talking and realistically moving. To generate this type of “deep fakes”, the computer essentially generates different numbers associated with the path pixels of an image should take when a human face move. These numbers are estimated based on examples of human expressions and transferred to the machine, which “learns” how to auto-generate the different results just like a calculator would. If imagination is generating new data, self-learning computers can be considered imaginative and in the future could be able to generate their own content without human intervention. Read More >>

How To Create A Brand Name That Works

While establishing a brand, naming it is crucial as the name is a short ad campaign for your product and can determine how successful it will be on the market. So, how to find a name that will resonate with the customers and help you build an empire? Paul Earle discuss strategies attached to product relevance, emotions and marketablity that can help you find a brand name that works. Read More >> 

Three Questions All Aspiring Entrepreneurs Should Ask Themselves

It takes a lot of hardwork and dedication to be a successful entrepreneur and as appealing as owning your own business sounds, it is not for everyone. Research has shown that the self-efficacy is one crucial key to entrepreneurial success, but how do you scale it for aspiring entrepreneurs? Justin Craig and Leon Schjodt determined three questions people should ask themselves to assess if they are ready to start a business. The goal is to be able to answer yes to all three of them. These questions will help better prepare people on the hardship of entrepreneurship, giving them time to assess whether they could pursue it. Read More >>

A Non-scientist Guide to the Neuromarketing Toolkit

Neuromarketing uses advanced technologies to measure involuntary human response, like this acquiring a purer idea of what the customer will prefer. Through majoring brain region activity, it is possible for even non-scientists to use neuromarketing tools. Six commonly used technologies are helpful to understand the strengths and weaknesses of neuromarketing. These are : Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) which measures blood oxygenation in the brain; Electroencephalography (EEG) which records changes in brain activity; Function near-infrared spectroscopy ( fNIRS) which uses light that penetrates scalp and brain tissues; Eye-tracking devices which measures consumers visual attention; Skin conductance response (SCR) which captures the changes in skin electrical resistance and lastly Facial affect recording (FAR) which analyses facial muscle configurations. Read More >> 

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