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July 12th, 2016

July 12th, 2016

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

Nooga.com
When I negotiate, whether it’s a new business deal or an employee’s salary, I am all about reaching a mutually beneficial agreement. As much as I always want to “win,” my goal is not to take everything I can get and milk the other side dry. I want both sides to leave feeling satisfied with the outcome. How do I achieve this? My best tactics are honesty, truth and being empathetic. I need to find out what the other party wants to happen and for how much. If I can get them into a truthful place, it’s easy for everyone to win.

Startup with Frist Family Ties Lands Spot in Big-Name West Coast Accelerator
Nashville Business Journal
Yoshi, an on-demand refueling app cofounded by a scion of one of Nashville’s best-known families, has been accepted into Y Combinator, one of the country’s best-known accelerators. The company, which I wrote about this spring, was co-founded by Bryan Frist, son of former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and a member of the family behind hospital giant HCA Holdings Inc. Its on-demand refueling service is available in Nashville, Atlanta and the San Francisco Bay and Silicon Valley region.

Dynamo Accelerator Program for Transportation, Logistics Companies Launches in Chattanooga
Chattanooga Times Free Press
For the next 12 weeks, 10 carefully-selected teams will try to solve the world’s transportation and logistics problems from the second floor of the Loveman’s Building downtown. The teams make up the inaugural class of the Dynamo accelerator program, a relative boot camp for companies that specialize in getting goods from point A to point B. Dynamo is hosted by Lamp Post Group and was created by Access America Transport founders Ted Alling, Barry Large and Allan Davis.

Part 1: PerfectServe’s Terry Edwards Says It Feels Like He’s Done Two Startups
Teknovation
“I feel like I’ve done two start-ups,” Terry Edwards, Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of PerfectServe Inc., says in relation to the healthcare-centered company he founded in 1997. In reality, the Virginia-born Edwards has founded a number of ventures. One might describe him as a person with a strong entrepreneurial DNA that is fueled by his passion for creativity. “We moved around a lot,” the articulate and focused CEO says of his childhood years. “My father was in the fiberglass industry, and we lived in South Carolina, Texas and Ohio.”

Relatient, Uber Team in Health Care Effort
Nashville Post
Uber and Franklin-based health care communication company Relatient announced today an effort aimed at increasing transportation access to those seeking health care. Via the partnership, the Uber app will be integrated into text and email messages that Relatient delivers to patients, according to a release.

TwelveStone Health Partners to Create Techco, Raise Venture Capital, Add JV’s and M&A Deals
Venture Nashville Connections
TwelveStone Health Partners plans to raise capital to help stand-up a new healthIT business, while also pursuing joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, said 100% owner and CEO Shane Reeves. In February, Murfreesboro-based Reeves-Sain Family of Medical Services changed its name to TwelveStone Health Partners (hereafter, 12Stone).

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