Innovation Idea
29 July 2014

July 27th, EYIF Innovation Weekly Digest


Spent a busy week? Grab a coffee and catch up on what’s going on in technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. Here is our weekly reading, with the best writing that caught our eye during last week.

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On entrepreneurship. Why not? If you need some inspiration for your ongoing or coming up venture, print this list – or save it in your phone – and grab it wherever you go: here are the 25 common characteristics of successful entrepreneurs. By Forbes.

On startup hubs. Berlin! We’ve already talked about it. How will it develop its growing startup ecosystem, which is becoming one of the hottest in Europe? Major Wowereit discussed about it an interview, Scaling a start-up community. “We want to be Europe’s leading start-up hub. To achieve this, we all have to pull together: politicians, established companies, organizations that support businesses, chambers of commerce and professional associations, and—of course—entrepreneurs. For a long time, key market players were completely unaware of start-ups. Happily, that is now all in the past”.

On tech and social inequalities. Let’s face it: one of the downsides of the tech and digital sector boom in Silicon Valley is the social inequality it’s brought. As London grows as the next big international digital hub, some compare both and alert about the upcoming problem in the the city0s tech area. “In Hackney, just as in San Francisco, rents are soaring and life is getting trickier for ordinary people. One only needs to look over the Atlantic to our Silicon neighbours to understand the consequences of the creation of such divided communities. The influx of tech workers has obviously not gone unnoticed in East London but the majority of tech settlers are simply co-existing with the area’s established communities, living side-by-side with little knowledge of each other’s history or purpose”. Read the whole story in Wired, “London’s ‘amoral’ tech elite is driving inequality”.