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June 15th, 2016

June 15th, 2016

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

At 36|86, Andreessen Horowitz’s Scott Kupor Discusses What He Looks for in Startups
Cat Clifford for Entrepreneur

Airbnb. Box. BuzzFeed. Facebook. Foursquare. GitHub. Groupon. Lyft. Oculus. Pinterest. Product Hunt. Skype. Slack. Twitter. Zenefits. Zulily. This is a list of some of the biggest and most transformative tech companies that have launched in recent years. It is also a list of companies included in the portfolio of the elite Silicon Valley venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. With a roster that deep, a startup gets more than just money when it gets an investment from the firm.

36|86, Launch Tennessee Event a Smash Hit!
Clinton E. Day
The fourth annual 36/86 Launch Tennessee pitch and entrepreneurship event was a smash hit. After welcomes by Governor Bill Haslam, Economic Commissioner Randy Boyd, and Launch Tennessee CEO Charlie Brock, all former entrepreneurs, the panel discussions and pitch competitions kicked-off. Some of well-chosen topics were female entrepreneurship, crowd funding, investing in the South, and fashion/wearable tech.

LISTEN: 36|86 Coverage
Business RadioX
Listen to Kelly Hoey, Charlie Brock, Haseeb Qureshi, Liju Pillai and Robbie Hillis talk all things 36|86.

Startup Capital Raises Reported for HoneyCo indie-living + Ampersand Health
Venture Nashville Connections
While executives gathered today in Nashville to hear elite panelists discuss the evolving healthcare delivery continuum, two local startups today filed SEC reports on capital raises for companies with novel ideas on independent senior living and primary care in urban areas. The panel on “Shaping the New Continuum of Care” drew hundreds of executives to Loews Vanderbilt today and was convened by Nashville Health Care Council.

Watershed Announces $4 Million Investment from Learning Technologies Group and LaunchTN
PRWeb
Watershed, the leader in learning analytics platforms, is pleased to announce the closing out of its Series A round after investments from Learning Technologies Group PLC (LSE: LTG) and LaunchTN’s INCITE Co-Investment Fund, which resulted in a total of $4 million. “Watershed is the next significant advance for the learning industry,” said Mike Rustici, Watershed CEO and cofounder.

What’s New in the Knox Startup World this Week?
Knoxville Entrepreneur Center
SPARK! is a unique opportunity to learn about some of the most promising technologies at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee. Tickets for Spark! are sold out. If you are still interested in coming to the event please email wamplerka@ornl.gov. Participation will be evaluated on an individual basis. However, an event ticket is not guaranteed.

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