Sony anuncia fundo de US$ 185 milhões para investimento em startups

Com outros quatro parceiros, a companhia planeja investir em empresas do Japão, Estados Unidos, Europa e Israel A Sony anunciou, nesta terça-feira (2), a criação de um novo fundo para investir 20 bilhões de ienes (cerca de US$ 185 milhões) em startups. Chamado de Innovation Growth Fund (IGV), o fundo será criado em parceria com …

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Israel’s innovation story is extraordinary, but just assuming it will continue would be a big mistake

Some statistics for you: Israel has a population of 8.5 million Israel spends 4.8% of its GDP on civilian R&D – the highest of any OECD country Israel is top ranked globally for employees working in R&D – 140 per 10,000 of the population (the US is second with 85 per 10,000) There is one …

Energy Storage is the Policy Epicenter of Energy Innovation

A darkened Manhattan after Hurricane Sandy. Photo courtesy of David Shankbone.   Right now, the reliability and economics of the electric power grid is changing. A major player in this change might be energy storage. Utilities have always known that storing electricity is valuable, but other than building dams to hold water, it wasn’t a …

China is building solar roadways – ‘transparent concrete’ atop solar cells that charge driving cars

China is building roadways with solar panels underneath that may soon have the ability to charge cars wirelessly and digitally assist automated vehicles. This second solar roadway project – part of the Jinan City Expressway – is a 1.2 mile stretch. The building technique involves transparent concrete over a layer of solar panels. Construction is …

Led by Softbank, Lemonade Gets $120M in New Funding

  Insurtech Lemonade has raised $120 million in new funding for its mobile insurance platform, led by Japanese technology investment firm Softbank, the startup announced today. Lemonade, which provides home and renters insurances to users via mobile, will use the money to create new coverage products in 2018 as well as international expansion, according to …

Medtronic to Establish Innovation Center in China

Facilitating Clinical Training for Physicians and Advancing Local Healthcare Efficiency in Central and Western China DUBLIN and CHENGDU, Sichuan - October 10, 2017 - Medtronic plc (NYSE:MDT) today announced the groundbreaking of its Chengdu Innovation Center at the Singapore-Sichuan Hi-Tech Innovation Park in Sichuan Province. Set to open in 2020, this center will provide a …

O Brasil não voltará a crescer enquanto não reduzir sua desigualdade e a extrema concentração da renda…

    O Brasil não voltará a crescer de forma sustentável enquanto não reduzir sua desigualdade e a extrema concentração da renda no topo da pirâmide social, diz o economista francês Thomas Piketty. Autor de "O Capital no Século 21", em que apontou um aumento da concentração no topo da pirâmide social nos Estados Unidos …

Initial coin offerings (ICOs) will become a major way for start-ups to raise funds in the future

Regulators are scrutinizing the new red-hot fundraising trend in which start-ups and blockchain companies bring in millions of dollars by issuing virtual tokens to investors in exchange for money. But one Japanese billionaire investor thinks that, with time, the so-called initial coin offerings (ICOs) will become one of the "greatest major methods" for start-ups to …

The most innovative countries in the world in one map

HowMuch.Net The U.S. is by far the most innovative country in the world.  It may not be the most prosperous nor the smartest country on earth, but the U.S. leaves the rest of world in the dust in one important area—innovation. The map of the most innovative countries—as measured by the number of patents filed between 1977 to 2015—shows that …