Is Germany the World’s Most Innovative Country?

By Braden Kelley / January 21, 2020 /

The latest Bloomberg Innovation Index is out (2020 edition), and Germany has risen to first place, breaking South Korea’s six-year winning streak, while the U.S. fell one notch to No. 9. “Innovation is a critical driver of growth and prosperity. China’s move up the rankings, and the U.S. drop, is a reminder that without investment…

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What to do with your doctor cash cows?

By Arlen Meyers / October 31, 2019 /

A recent report from Merritt Hawkins indicated that the average employed physician generates over $1.5M to their employer. Also, while there is a lot of noise about value based and bundled payment, the reality in the examining room is  “the healthcare environment remains solidly rooted in fee-for-service and other forms of volume-based reimbursement. According to a recent Health Affairs study, 94.7%…

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Alphabet, Apple, Microsoft, and Facebook are Monopolies: So What?

By Tom Koulopoulos / June 23, 2019 /

The need to support a free market by breaking up large companies that stifle innovation and competition is well established, but is it still valid? We’ve reached an economic precipice in building the future of technology; one that is striking chords of terror in many. Namely, that so much of our overall economic health is…

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The Department of Energy is Helping to Create a New Future in Manufacturing

By Greg Satell / March 28, 2019 /

In the recession that followed the dotcom crash in 2000, the United States lost 5 million manufacturing jobs and, while there has been an uptick in recent years, all indications are that they are never coming back. Manufacturing, perhaps more than any other sector, relies on deep networks of skills and assets that tend to…

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Capitalism isn’t broken. It’s been high-jacked.

By Michael Graber / August 11, 2018 /

We live in tense times. In our era even seen systemic and corporate fraud at SkyTel, Enron, and others. We’ve watched our tax dollars bail out many of the largest banks and insurance companies. We’ve witnessed a huge economic shift that favors the very wealthy and minimizes the Middle Class. We’ve wondered why CEO pay…

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Why Winning a Trade War Can Lose the U.S. Battle over Innovation

By Howard Yu / June 17, 2018 /

For years, American companies have complained that foreign competitors, the Japanese in the past, and more recently, the Chinese, were stealing, borrowing, and copying intellectual properties. These complaints against copycats that foreign theft of American trade secrets runs up an estimated cost of “between $225 billion and $600 billion annually,” according to the United States…

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How the U.S. government can boost startups, innovation, and jobs!

By Yoram Solomon / May 24, 2018 /

The Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act was signed into law by President Obama in May 2012. The idea was to relax regulations that prevented or slowed early stage investments by non-institutional investors. One of the main achievements of the new law was to allow crowdfunding. Until that point, private investment was limited by the SEC to accredited investors, and only…

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Innovation Perspectives: Colombia’s Modern Day Renaissance

By Scott Bowden / May 5, 2018 /

The city of Medellin Columbia has received numerous awards recently, including the world’s most innovative city award from the Wall Street Journal and CitiBank in 2013, as well as the biennial Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize in 2016. As I was planning a trip to Colombia with a focus on innovation, I decided to apply one of my own maxims to the voyage.

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Can we fix our broken economy with a guaranteed income?

By Innovation Excellence / March 27, 2018 /

Automation, robotics, displaced workers, outsourcing, offshoring, near-shoring, smartsourcing… These are all words that strike fear into the ordinary working man and woman, American, or otherwise… Now comes a new set of words from the intelligentsia promising to fix it all for the common person, phrases like “guaranteed income” and “universal income” have emerged into the…

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Innovation Should Not Ignore Privacy or Security Risks

By Andy Heikkila / October 17, 2017 /

Will new laws ignore privacy dangers inherent in self-driving cars? Even as the country still reels from revelations that almost 2.5 million more people were affected by the recent Equifax than previously thought (bringing the current total up to 145.5 million), the senate has introduced legislation regarding advanced testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles without…

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