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August 20th, 2015

August 20th, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS
ForceX CEO Sees Potential in Nashville’s Pool of Tech Talent
Nashville Business Journal
A shortage of talented technical workers is one of the most common complaints from technology companies looking to grow in Music City. And while many debate exactly what that means, the Nashville Technology Council’s most recent employment spotlight backs up the fact that demand is outpacing supply. And yet, for some employers, far more tech workers call Nashville home than did their previous home base. Exhibit A: ForceX, which recently completed its move from Clarksville to its new headquarters in the Sheds on Charlotte development in Nashville.

Gary Vaynerchuk and Andrew Hyde to Take Part in Startup Week Chattanooga
The Chattanoogan
Startup Week Chattanooga  announces that Gary Vaynerchuk, VaynerMedia founder, and Andrew Hyde, the mastermind behind Startup Weekend, will both be on hand for the week long celebration of Chattanooga’s startup community. Keynote speaker Gary Vaynerchuk will kick-off SWC at a lunchtime event on Monday, Oct. 12. Not only is Vaynerchuk the perfect fit as a successful entrepreneur, he also recently opened a VaynerMedia office in Chattanooga, The Gig City.

How Blazing Internet Speeds Helped Chattanooga Shed its Smokestack Past
CNET
Chattanooga, Tennessee — It was once so polluted here that people had to drive through town with their headlights on all day. You could smell the stench from the tannery and heavy metal foundries in town before reaching the city limits. In 1969, news anchor Walter Cronkite dubbed it “the dirtiest city in America.” “Cronkite and others had basically written us off for dead,” said former Chattanooga mayor Ron Littlefield. “That day was a wakeup call to turn ourselves around.”

SweetBio Gives Dentists a Sweet Tooth for Better Patient Outcomes
High Ground News
SweetBio’s secret sauce is, in fact, honey…in the form of a bacteria combating membrane innovation for oral surgeries. Called Guided Tissue Regeneration membranes (or GTR membranes), they protect the site after oral surgeries and help the mouth heal. The honey is called Manuka honey or medical grade honey and is currently used in hospitals to treat burns and ulcers. SweetBio is the first to take this to the oral surgery space to use Manuka honey membranes to address the millions of teeth pulled every year.

Warby Parker to Open Store in Edgehill Village
The Tennessean
New York City-based eyewear retailer Warby Parker is doubling down on its investment in Nashville. A building permit filed Tuesday for interior demolition of existing space shows Warby Parker wants to open a store at 1207 Villa Place in the Edgehill Village development at Edgehill Avenue and Villa Place. Warby Parker’s pursuit of a brick-and-mortar store in Nashville comes about one year after the company announced plans for a local corporate office, its first outside of New York City, creating about 250 jobs in five years.

What to Expect at Health:Further’s Startup Showcases
SouthernAlpha
Some may use the Health:Further conference as a chance to attend panels on topics that may be of relevance to your company. While conferences usually are geared to such sessions, we must call attention to the startup showcases that will be going on in the afternoon of this sold-out conference on healthcare innovation. As you know, this will be the demo day for the first healthcare-focused cohort of Jumpstart Foundry. But unlike most demo days, the pitches are not all done in one time slot. Among the JSF teams divided across three sessions of the showcases, there will be seven additional teams pitching that were not part of this JSF accelerator cohort.

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