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March 7th, 2016

March 7th, 2016

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

Awesome (and Free) Tools for Startups
Startup Southerner 
‘Founder’s Tech – Tech trends, tips and advice for founders, entrepreneurs and bootstrappers’ is a recurring column by Jake Hare, founder of Nashville-based Launchpeer, a web & mobile application development agency focused on startups, entrepreneurs and bootstrappers. Trying to kickstart your tech startup can be difficult, especially when your budget is close to zero. Staying lean is easier to do now than ever before, but maintaining a smooth-running startup can be difficult with tons of tools are out there that run from $15 to $30 or more per month, with that cost adding up quickly.

BSides, CodeStock Conferences Gear Up for Bigger 2016
Knoxville News Sentinel
Two events aimed at Knoxville’s growing technology industry have made room for more guests, exhibitors and sponsors. BSides Knoxville, which focuses on information security, made its debut last year to a sold-out audience. It’s a local spinoff of the online community Security BSides, which facilitates events in cities around the globe. In its second year, the conference has expanded to more than 20 speakers on technical topics, including hacking, defense and the current security landscape. The event will be 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on May 20 at Scruffy City Hall on Market Square with room for about 250 guests.

Daniel Buchanan Passionate About Virtual Reality
Teknovation
Daniel Buchanan epitomizes the persistence that any entrepreneur needs to have, particularly if it involves a technology-based undertaking. The Knoxvillian’s day job is as an Account Executive at Agilibility, a company owned by his wife that does web development, 360-degree video production, social media marketing, E-Commerce and last, but certainly not least in Buchanan’s mind – virtual reality. It is this last area, more commonly referred to as VR that has become his all-consuming passion, a commitment that has manifested itself in Buchanan either starting or helping launch five VR-related companies in the past year.

Entrepreneurs Highlight Opportunity and Pitfalls of the Memphis Music Industry
High Ground News
The Entrepreneurs in the City series of discussions hosted by High Ground News with the EPIcenter aims to engage the community with local entrepreneurs in a variety of arenas. Last week, the third event in the series, Music in the City, was held at Cowork Memphis. Moderated by Leslie Smith, President of the EPIcenter, Music and the City gathered local music figures Elizabeth Cawein of Signal Flow PR, Zac Ives of Goner Records, George Monger of The Consoritium MMT, and musician Grace Askew to discuss Memphis music and the ins and outs of music entrepreneurship.

NFA Pitch Night Winners Announced
Nashville Fashion Alliance
Last Wednesday evening, Nashville jewelry design company Carden Avenue was named winner of the inaugural Nashville Fashion Alliance Pitch Night Prize, presented by Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Held at Peter Nappi Studios, NFA Pitch Night was the finale of the local fashion trade organization’s first accelerator program, a multi-part educational platform designed to help creative businesses identify their unique revenue potential as well as the expenses and resources their businesses will require to become a success.

Text Request Leaders Discuss Startup Learning Curve, Look Forward to 2016 Milestones
Nooga.com
Since launching in 2014, leaders of Chattanooga startup Text Request have tackled the large learning curve that comes with being new entrepreneurs. One year into their venture, co-founder James Dawson shared stories of first-year obstacles. And about 10 months ago, leaders discussed their growth and work to hone the business’ features. “It’s been a wild 10 months,” Kenneth Burke, who does marketing and communications for the business, said.

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