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July 14th, 2015

July 14th, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

Lessons From Our First Year of Running a Coworking Space
The Skillery
In July of 2014, we officially opened the doors of our coworking and learning space in Nashville, welcoming longtime teachers and students into a physical Skillery for the first time, and providing a day-to-day home for entrepreneurs and independent pros who’d become early Skillery members. Well before opening day — well before we’d signed a lease, or even searched for spaces, really — we scoured the internet for every piece of information we could find from other coworking space owner/operators.

Nashville Startup Wannado Hopes It’s Almost Done Raising Cash- Here’s Why
Nashville Business Journal
Steven Buhrman thinks he’s found a way for his startup to make money. Buhrman is CEO of Wannado, a 2011 Jumpstart Foundry graduate that helps connect users with social experiences and events. Early on, the company raised about $1 million of seed capital, Buhrman said, and is now about halfway through a bridge financing round of around $750,000. The money raised so far in this round came from existing investors, Buhrman said, but the company is hoping to reach a broader network of investors nationally under new 506(c) funding rules.

New Website Crystal Knows All About You
The Tennesseam
Crystal knows you, whether you know it or not. Crystal is a free website with additional subscription features. It works to promote better communication through personality profiles, Gmail tools and relationship predictions. “Imagine that you’re an executive or manager trying to hire or manage this team. You can see who will naturally get along together, who will probably have some sort of conflict that needs to be worked out,” Crystal founder Drew D’Agostino said.

The Next Top 10 Cities for Tech Jobs
Fast Company
Entrepreneurs and young professionals looking to launch their career or their startup in an active technology hub have a wide variety of alternatives to the costly traditional hotspots like New York, Los Angeles, and Silicon Valley. The country’s hottest up-and-coming tech scenes in 2015 are typically found in mid-sized cities eager to make a name for themselves, offering big-city resources like universities, access to talent, and satellite offices of tech industry titans along with lower costs of living and a greater work/life balance.

Smartvue Announces Policing Technology Effort with Microsoft
Nashville Post
Nashville-based Smartvue announced today that it will provide cloud-based video surveillance technology for the new Microsoft Advanced Patrol Platform that is targeted to modernize police cars. MAPP is equipped with hardware, software, Windows OS, Azure cloud integration and a mobile Smartvue video surveillance solution, according to a release.

SweetBio: Balancing Business and Biomedicine
Starter Noise
SweetBio is ready to revolutionize healing with an innovative dental product for tissue and bone regeneration. The team is led by co-founders Dr. Isaac Rodriguez, Kayla Rodriguez, MBA, and Marsalas Whitaker. We recently talked to Isaac and Kayla to learn more about the dynamics of the biomedical startup scene and what it takes to succeed.

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