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You’ve Got Eight Words To Sell Yourself

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Do your opening sentences get people to pay attention? When pitching a start-up idea, you need to get to the core innovation right out of the gate. When making any kind of presentation, a counter-intuitive statement, surprising fact or arresting story can get people to put their phones down.

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Five Steps for Embracing Consumer Innovation

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Five tips for how companies can work with consumer innovators, or “casual entrepreneurs,” by understanding that “lead users” are key, IDing those lead users and figuring out how to work with them (and not against them).

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Is the U.S. Losing its Innovation Edge?

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What's the prognosis for America's innovation future? That was the topic of an NBC Nightly News report this week that included interviews with MIT Sloan School Professor Edward Roberts and Paul Otellini, Intel's president and CEO.

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Lessons from the Startup Bootcamp at MIT

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There was lots of entepreneurial energy in the room at MIT's Kresge Auditorium today -- as a sizable crowd gathered in the morning for a free daylong"Startup Bootcamp" full of lessons from technology entrepreneurs.

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Seeking innovation? Look in new places.

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To generate innovative ideas, companies need to look in areas beyond the familiar -- and often slightly beyond their core, day-to-day businesses. That's one of the messages of "In Search of Innovation," an  article that is part of this week's edition of Business Insight.

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Summer funding for start-ups

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These days, March is apparently the season for young innovators to apply for start-up financing for the summer. Y Combinator, TechStars and DreamIt Ventures all have deadlines within the next ten days for their summer programs for very early-stage high-tech start-ups.

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Innovation to the rescue?

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Will technology innovation eventually help lead the economy out of recession?   Simon Johnson of the MIT Sloan School of Management is predicting "a wave of entrepreneurship,"  which will start "right away" but whose total effect won't be felt for about five years, according to a recent article in The Boston Globe.

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A coming entrepreneurial boom in India and China?

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A new survey of Indian and Chinese professionals and managers who studied or worked in the U.S. and then returned to their home countries finds that more than half may start their own businesses.

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How to find opportunity in a downturn

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Bhaskar Chakravorti of Harvard Business School offers insights about entrepreneurship and innovation during a downturn,

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News From the Start-up Scene

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As the downturn continues, some technology start-up companies are closing or being acquired at low prices, The Wall Street Journal reports. That, along with a reported decrease in angel investing, raise questions about the environment for innovation. But the news isn't all bad.

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When innovations cross disciplines

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Innovations that span more than one industry discipline or technology domain often face commercialization challenges -- in part because of a dearth of venture capitalists with the background to evaluate them. So argues Silicon Valley strategist (and MIT alumna) Sramana Mitra in a recent Forbes.com column about obstacles to cross-disciplinary innovation. Mitra calls such cross-disiplinary business models "cusp businesses."

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