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February 17th, 2015

February 17th, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

Articopia: Locals Build Social Network to Showcase All Kinds of Creative Work
Chattanooga Times Free Press
Not since Euclid was shuffling sandals along the streets of ancient Alexandria has a man had a passion for shapes to match Dave Connis’ love of the hexagon. When the 24-year-old Chattanoogan first stumbled across his six-sided muse, he was searching for inspiration to hone the design of Musetic, a social networking website he built to share original creations by artists of all types, from poets and painters to filmmakers and flutists. During preliminary work on the site last fall, he and his East Ridge-based co-founder, Joshua Chandler, focused their designs on typical website layouts in which information is displayed as quadrangles on a grid. Then Connis happened across a site that threw caution — and right angles — to the wind, displaying its content with six sides. Instant infatuation.

Local Entrepreneur Working on Parking App that Shows Available Spots
Nooga.com
UTC graduate and local entrepreneur Chandler Burke spent four years commuting from Cleveland to Chattanooga for school, so parking was a big deal to him, he said. So he’s developed an app called ParkParrot, which will show where parking lots are located and how many spaces are available there. “ParkParrot is designed to save users time and money while also reducing their stress levels and CO2 emissions,” Burke said in a news release. “This technology would be the first of its kind in the Scenic City.”

Memphis Leading Cities in Women-Led Startup Programs
Memphis Daily News
As a female serial entrepreneur, I experienced firsthand both the challenges and the opportunities of building a technology startup as a woman. I started my entrepreneurial journey in 2004 and in 2013 joined Start Co. as an entrepreneur-in-residence because of the community’s focus on inclusion and empowerment of women. With the support of LaunchTN, City of Memphis, Assisi Foundation, FedEx, Start Co. Angels, and local partners like Baker Donelson, archer-malmo, The Marston Group and others, as a community we can see the impact and success of our acceleration and inclusion programs for women.

NerdWallet Survey Ranks Memphis Fourth-Best City for Black-Owned Businesses
Memphis Business Journal
Memphis is one of the best places in the U.S. for black business owners, according to a new report. NerdWallet, which tracks different economic information, has released a survey of the top markets in the country for black business owners, and Memphis comes in at number four. Looking at 111 markets, NerdWallet based the ranking on a list of metrics including number of businesses per 100 people, overall unemployment rate, median income of the black population and cost of living index.

Startup Ecosystem Design, Meet Urban Design
Chattanooga Pulse
Last month, Chattanooga’s long-awaited Innovation District was unveiled. The city-county Enterprise Center, reorganized last spring to lead the creation of the Innovation District, has drawn a circle around 140 acres of downtown centered roughly around Miller Plaza. That territory encompasses a sizable chunk of the city’s growing startup ecosystem, including the two private venture incubators Lamp Post Group and Swiftwing Ventures, the Public Library (whose 4th Floor maker space has become an innovation hub in its own right) and the Society of Work coworking space.

Tracking Octavia through Nashville’s Traffic Cameras
Southern/alpha
There’s an easier way to see how bad the roads are around Nashville. Richard Keppler, a Nissan Leaf and electric vehicle enthusiast, launched a site called LeafCamView that uses the power of the Nissan Leaf to see traffic cameras around the city. “The Nissan Leaf navigation system, available in selected Leaf trim levels, contains an application Nissan created for display of your driving efficiency information; how many miles per kilowatt hour you are getting, and ranks you with other Leaf drivers from your area and the world,” Keppler said.

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