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June 11th, 2015

June 11th, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

“36|86 Conference” Well-Received by Start-up Entrepreneurs
Teknovation
It was the inaugural rebranded celebration of Southern start-ups and culture, but all indicators were extremely positive as Launch Tennessee hosted the “36|86 Conference” in Nashville the past few days. s a board member emeritus of the organization, I have more than a passing interest in the success of the event. My conversations with a number of participants from the teknovation.biz target geographic area showed enthusiasm for the conference.

At 36|86 Keynote, Eventbrite Co-Founder Talks Millenials and the ‘Fear of Missing Out’
Nashville Business Journal
For a city that loves a good live experience (see: music at any bar, anywhere, any time), Nashville should be comforted by Eventbrite co-founder Julia Hartz’s 36|86 keynote speech. Hartz, whose San Francisco-based company opened a Nashville office last spring, focused her opening talk on the staying power of live experience, despite the advent of technology that could potentially make it less relevant. Why go to a concert, or run an obstacle race, when you can experience it via the Internet?

Chattanooga to Host AngelSummit
Chattanooga Times Free Press
Chattanooga will host a major conference of entrepreneurial investors, executives and service providers this fall during Startup Week in Chattanooga. Startup Angels, a group of investors and startup executives pushing new business ventures around the world, said Wednesday that it will present AngelSummit US in Chattanooga on Oct. 13-14. The conference will bring together more than 200 leaders in startup businesses and entrepreneurship to discuss tactics for building successful, scalable startup portfolios that are just as innovative as the companies they finance.

Fashion Heavyweights Offer Their Advice for Nashville at 36|86
Nashville Business Journal
As Nashville becomes intentional in its efforts to grow a fashion industry, two factors are frequently cited as significant hurdles: the lack of manufacturing infrastructure and a low labor supply pool. Speaking this morning to the crowd at Launch Tennessee’s 36|86 conference, Steven Kolb, CEO of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (a New York City-based trade group, and the trade group for fashion designers) stressed how critical that local manufacturing piece is for emerging designers.

How to Land Investment Dollars from HCA (or Comcast, or Lowe’s, or Others)
Nashville Business Journal
While Launch Tennessee’s third annual southern entrepreneurship conference is brimming with entrepreneurs, not many of them raised their hands when asked if they were considering corporate venture as a way to raise money for their startup. A group of representatives from massive corporations’ venture arms aimed to changed that attitude during a panel at the conference late Tuesday morning. Speakers included Will Morrow, head of Nashville-based HCA Holdings Inc.’s venture arm Health Insight Capital; Leslie Bottorff of GE Ventures; Chris Langford of Lowe’s Innovation Group; and Greg Lok of Konica Minolta, a Japanese corporation.

Investors Tell 36|86 that Silicon Valley is Not the Place to Be
The Tennessean
While country music fans began overtaking the city Tuesday, entrepreneurs and investors gathered at Marathon Music Works with a different focus: building companies. The message that resonated from several investors on stage was that while Silicon Valley is the hotbed for startups, there are clear benefits to creating a company in other cities –- as long as there are software engineers nearby. “Anywhere outside of the West Coast, businesses can be built and capital can be successfully deployed,” said Robert Hatta, investor with Drive Capital in Columbus, Ohio.

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