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February 27th, 2015

February 27th, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

Judges Announced for 36|86 Southern Series Atlanta Event
Launch Tennessee
Launch Tennessee announces today the selection judges for the April 16th Southern Series event in Atlanta. These individuals will be judging the top ten startups that are selected to pitch at the April 16 event, which will be held at the Atlanta Tech Village. Startups interested in applying to pitch at the Atlanta event, and for the opportunity to attend 36|86, can apply here. Participating judges include:

  • Wain Kellum – President of Vonage Business Solutions, Former CEO of Vocalocity (Atlanta)
  • Alex Estevez – Accel Venture Advisor, former President of Datastream (sold to Infor), former CFO of BigFix (sold to IBM), former CFO of Atlassian (Greenville)
  • Logan Bartlett – Sr. Principal for the Southeast at Battery Ventures (Boston)
  • Jim Armstrong – Managing Partner at Canal Ventures, and former founder and CEO of JDA Software, (Scottsdale, Arizona)
  • Martin Tilson – Chairman, Southeast Investor Group; Managing Partner, The Tilson Group; and former Chairman of the Kilpatrick Stockton Technology Practice (Atlanta)
  • David Greenberg – Partner, JMI Equity, focused on software and services companies (Baltimore)
  • Philip Eliot – Managing Director at Paladin Capital Group, focused on cyber and network security investments, which includes Atlanta-based companies Racemi and Damballa (Washington D.C.)
  • Kathy Harris – Executive VP Corporate Development at Sharecare, former partner at Sirrom Capital Investments, and former general partner at Noro-Moseley Ventures (Atlanta)

 

FCC WIll Allow EPB to Expand Gigabit Internet Beyond Chattanooga
Chattanooga TImes Free Press
The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 this morning to adopt an order that effectively will allow EPB to extend its Gigabit Internet service outside its defined service area of Chattanooga. The FCC’s vote — expected to be challenged in court and in Congress — preempts state laws in Tennessee and North Carolina restricting such expanded broadband coverage; both states limit community Internet services from moving into neighboring areas and counties.

HealthIT: Scale Focused RoundingWell in Super-Angel Raise, May Double Staff
Venture Nashville Connections
RoundingWell, the early-stage patient engagement and care-coordination platform company based in Nashville, is completing a nearly $3MM Super-Angel raise, and is expanding staff and moving to larger quarters. Co-Founder and CEO John Smithwick, 44, told VNC that the Angel raise that will soon be concluded complements the company’s 2013 Angel raise of $1.5MM. Smithwick and Co-Founder, President and CTO Will Weaver continue to hold controlling interest in the company, with about 15 individual investors on its cap table. The two founders funded the company during its roughly two-year startup phase.

Mother-Daughter Entrepreneurs: Lily and Renee Sandler Share How They Took a Bright Idea from their Kitchens across the Country
Chattanooga Times Free Press
How they took their homemade lip balm from the kitchen across the country will be their topic Saturday, when Lily Sandler, now 17, and Renee are featured speakers at Mad, Bad and Dangerous at Girls Preparatory School. MBD is a day-long event for female entrepreneurs, designed to inspire women to “ditch expectations and start something,” according to organizers.

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