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April 7th, 2014

April 7th, 2014

Tennessee Innovation in the News

Knoxville News Sentinel: Jill Van Beke: Venture Match events match ideas with expertise
East Tennessee is home to many areas of research and industry strengths. Launch Tennessee’s Venture Match series focuses on those strengths, putting technologies from Tennessee’s research institutions and early-stage startups in front of industry experts and investors. The goal is for this dialogue to create collaborations that can help top innovators bring their ideas to market. Venture Match will focus in April on advanced manufacturing by bringing together innovators in this field with entrepreneurs, investors and industry partners. The event will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 29 at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility, 2360 Cherahala Blvd., Knoxville.

Nooga: Emphasis on web, computer literacy skills key to future economic success
Emphasis on the value of web and computer science skills has spiked in recent years, and we’re not talking about floppy discs and typing skills. Today, educators and community leaders are stressing skills, such as coding and robotics in hopes of engaging young people in STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The future economy may depend on it. “Industry leaders and tech-related organizations have begun to demand that we teach these skills in order to keep up with the demands of the world around us,” Sammy Lowdermilk, program director of the upcoming Tennessee Code Academy, said.

Commercial Appeal: Startup Memphis: New vision emerges, new horizons beckon
And while Emerge remains committed to entrepreneurship, the organization is renewing its focus and refreshing its identity as a business and technology incubator with a new logo and a long-range strategy to help even more early stage companies reach scalability. To introduce that mission and vision to the community, CEO Carlton Crothers and board members will host “Emerge 2020” from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday. This will be an opportunity to celebrate companies that have graduated from the space and promote the more than three dozen startups that are housed there now, while at the same time meeting some of the most dynamic and innovative talent Memphis has to offer and catching a glimpse of what the future holds for our entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Nashville Business Journal: Smartvue Corp. raises $3.85M
Nashville-based Smartvue Corp. has raised $3.85 million in a Series A investment round. According to a news release, the investment will allow the company — which makes wireless video surveillance systems — to continue its growth. That growth includes the addition of a dozen new employees a larger office space. Investors in Smartvue include David Dorman, former CEO of AT&T, and Arthur Laffer, a former economic adviser to President Ronald Reagan.

National Innovation in the News

Forbes: Parents, We Need More Entrepreneurs
The world needs more entrepreneurs. Today’s problems are really hard and we need a higher dose of entrepreneurial spirit to tackle them. I’m hoping parents can help. I’ve been an entrepreneur for as long as I can remember. Always trying to bring business ideas or inventions to life. Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about how I got hooked on entrepreneurship and business. What instilled that entrepreneurial spirit in me and prepared me for all the exciting, exhilarating, and disappointing realities? Surely I wasn’t born with it; instead a variety of experiences helped light the entrepreneurial flame inside me.

Inc.: 50 Ways to Find Co-founders
When I give talks about entrepreneurship, the No. 1 question I’m asked is, “How do I find a co-founder?” Among former liberal arts majors, it’s a bit more specific: “How do I find a technical co-founder?” My most basic advice is simply to tell a lot of people that you’re looking for a co-founder, cast a wide net and ultimately team up with someone you trust who has compatible skills (in that order). To dig a bit deeper, however, I reached out to a huge group of successful entrepreneurs for their experiences. I received hundreds of replies. In no particular order, here are 50 of the best ways they told me they found a co-founder.

Huffington Post: Can Startups Surf the Huge Information Tidal Wave?
A tidal wave of valuable data is surging from the Internet and connected devices today, and the volume is growing exponentially each year. It’s enough to drown any business which tries to fight it or ignore it, and it’s an opportunity to ride higher and faster than even the successes of Google and Facebook, for those startups that use it as their driving force. In a recent study by networking giant Cisco, the world’s yearly mobile data traffic grew 81 percent in 2013 and will reach 1.3 zettabytes by the year 2016. If stored on CDs, this would require a stack from here to the moon and back more than five times. According to a new book “Data Crush,” by Christopher Surdak, data will be the largest source of new opportunities for startups, or death.


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