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July 2nd, 2015

July 2nd, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

autoXLR8R Launches Next Week with Nine Startups
Teknovation
To paraphrase the NASCAR announcer, it’s just about time for the participants in this year’s autoXLR8R to start their engines. Specifically, there’s a kick-off set for next Tuesday, July 7, at Tech 2020 in Oak Ridge to officially launch the start-up accelerator. The event begins at 2:30 p.m. with a program and introduction of the nine participating teams followed by a reception. Those interested in learning more about the autoXLR8R are encouraged to attend.

Ear.IQ Customizes Your Music to Better Fit the Way You Hear
TechRepublic
Taste in music is a personal thing. But what if you could make it even more personal? According to Stephen Davis, founder of Ear.IQ, an individual’s hearing is as unique as his or her fingerprint — and his company has developed a technology to customize music based on the way our ears react to varying music and sounds. “We strive to do for music what high definition does for TV,” Davis said.

iCitizen Adds Two VPs of Government Relations
Southern/alpha
iCitizen, the civic engagement platform, has announced the addition of Bruce Starr and Derrick Kitts as Vice Presidents of Government Relations. The two will expand iCitizen’s outreach to elected officials as the company prepares to launch the second version of its product in early fall. “Our duty is to demonstrate the power of the iCitizen platform to elected officials, showing how they can foster better communications with their constituents,” said Bruce Starr.

Pyxl to Open Nashville Office
Knoxville News Sentinel
Knoxville digital media firm Pyxl is opening its fourth office in Nashville. The office, which is expected to open mid-July, will be the firm’s second in Tennessee. In addition to Knoxville, the firm also has offices in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Boulder, Colo. Unlike the other offices, which included a managing director who hired employees from the area, Pyxl President Josh Phillips will move to Nashville for the first six months to head it up and travel back and forth subsequently.

TechTown Aims to Be a Game Changer in Local Lives
Nooga.com
TechTown can be a game changer; that’s the goal. “Our mission is to level the playing fields for all Chattanoogans,” TechTown CEO Cordell Carter II said. To do that, TechTown is providing access to resources and tools. They are also guiding students through project-based learning, which allows them to be in charge of their own experiences and become more engaged. TechTown leaders are also creating career awareness, which means helping learners understand all the opportunities and possibilities available.

Southern/alpha
Tommy Norman, Dickson and Nashville native, just joined LeanKit as the team’s Agile Coach as the company prepares for its next phase, possibly doubling growth over the next year. LeanKit, a B2B project management platform has raised over 10.5M over the past two years, securing customers in the software, technology, telecom, finance, healthcare, manufacturing, construction, media, retail, educational, and energy-related industries.

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