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February 26th, 2015

February 26th, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

Update on Pando Legal Action
Launch Tennessee
Under an agreement signed today, Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) will present its 36|86 Conference in June as planned and Pando Media will promptly dismiss the lawsuit it filed in late January. To avoid prolonging the pointless distraction and spending time and money to demonstrate that Pando’s claim was misguided, LaunchTN reviewed Pando’s proposed resolution. The agreement sets out the role of certain 36|86 roster participants, which effectively affirms that LaunchTN did not have a media partnership with TechCrunch or any other of the confirmed media participants for 36|86. We are pleased to confirm that Jon Shieber and John Biggs will participate as media moderators for select sessions of 36|86 as we announced in early January.

The Food Company, Batch Open Entrepreneur Center Shop
The Tennessean
The Food Company and Batch Nashville have partnered to open a grab-and-go cafe and pop-up retail shop at the Entrepreneur Center. The cafe opened Tuesday morning inside the Entrepreneur Center at Rolling Mill Hill on Peabody Street. Food is delivered each morning from The Food Company’s restaurant on Bandywood Drive, and the menu at the Entrepreneur Center cafe will rotate, said Strategic Hospitality’s Max Goldberg. Strategic Hospitality is the consulting operator of The Food Company, and also the company behind acclaimed Nashville businesses such as The Catbird Seat, Patterson House and Pinewood Social, which is on the same campus as the Entrepreneur Center.

Gun.io CEO Keeps Finger off Fund-Raising Trigger, Outlines Broad Ambitions
Venture Nashville Connections
Entrepreneur Co-founder and CEO Teja Yenamandra may not need outside investment for Gun.io for quite awhile, even though he has designed his startup to become an important part of “the world’s infrastructure for modern work.” In 2013, Gun.io received $15K in equity investment from Jumpstart Foundry and a $10K grant from its participation in LaunchTN’s The Tenn cohort.

SIGNiX Announces New Digital Signature Product for Life Sciences Community
ReleaseWire
SIGNiX, the leading provider of Independent E-Signatures™, announced today that it has launched PharmaDoX, the pharmaceutical industry’s first digital signature service created to relieve paperwork burdens of clinical trials. PharmaDoX makes it easy for sponsors, clinical research organizations (CROs), investigators and patients to sign clinical trial documents online while adhering to FDA regulations. This ready-made solution incorporates the requirements of the FDA’s 21 CFR Part 11 rule.

Surprising Solutions to Recruiting Tech Talent
The Nashville Globe
“Everyone recognizes there’s a deficit of talented tech folks, but it’s been improving over the last two years,” says Dan Hogan, CEO of data analytics firm Medalogix. “I had to go outside Nashville to find my second developer, but our “it city” status has made it a lot easier to bring people in. I’m able to find the people I want in a way that I wasn’t able to five years ago.” Beyond meaningful work and Nashville’s “it city” identity, what are some of the other factors that go into attracting top tech talent? The cost of living, which is 12.4 percent below the national average, is a start. So is a moderate climate. Improved air connections, such as Southwest’s recently announced direct flight to Oakland, help.

‘We Designed the Product to Break Down Vast Amounts of Data’
Nashville Post
Jeff Siebach is CEO of social metric tracking dashboard Anchor Metrics. The Nashville-based company was spun out of Local Search Masters and began operation at the beginning of this year. Post Managing Editor William Williams recently met with Siebach to get his take on the early efforts of the company.

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