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March 9th, 2015

March 9th, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

A Decade of Change in Nashville’s Tech Industry
The Tennessean
Time changes almost everything, which is why it’s not hard to believe that the tech industry in which I started my telecom business a little more than 10 years ago is far from the same industry that lives and thrives in Music City today. And it’s not just the advances in technology that have shaped the industry. Rather, our entire culture has evolved, revamping companies, ideas and opportunities along with it.

Co.Starters Expands to Aid Rural Lafayette Entrepreneurs
Chattanooga Times Free Press
Melissa Ford contemplated capitalizing on her knack for organization more than a decade ago. But she had no idea where to start with her home-organization business, and, no surprise, she’s the type of person who likes to have everything planned before she takes on a project. Ford is also emblematic of a crippling attitude among aspiring entrepreneurs in rural and less-affluent urban areas. “I didn’t think my services were valuable enough to pay for,” the 41-year-old said. “When something is second nature to you, you take it for granted.”

Internet 2.0 Comes to Chattanooga
Chattanooga Times Free Press
Chattanooga led the nation in bringing the fastest Internet speeds to an entire city when EPB pioneered gigabit-per-second Internet service along its fiber optic network in 2010. So far, more than 5,200 Chattanooga residents and businesses have signed up for the blazing-fast Internet service, which is about 200 times faster than most other broadband service. While EPB expects to net nearly $13.2 million of income this year on $111.7 million of sales from its fiber optic network, city boosters see an even bigger payoff for other businesses, especially from linking the Gig City with other smart cities, Internet developers and research institutions.

Marcum Confirms Tennessee’s AutoXLR8R Moving to Tech2020 at Oak Ridge
Venture Tennessee Connections
Tennessee’s AutoXLR8R automotive-technologies business accelerator program has been transferred to Tech2020 in Oak Ridge by the program’s founder, Southern Middle Tennessee Entrepreneur Centers (SMTEC), based in Tullahoma. Marcum said the original vision of the accelerator as achieving regional scale through networking with Auto-innovation players throughout the Southeast and the nation is more likely to be realized if it is centered at Tech2020, an accelerator with both close ties and proximity to Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee, and the UT Research Foundation (UTRF) among other advantages.

Nashville Needs Top-Tier Talent to Be a Great Tech City
The Tennessean
When Google Fiber announced it was coming to Nashville, nobody was surprised. Eager? Yes. Excited? Absolutely. But it’s hard to be surprised when the decision makes so much sense. Crowned by fiber, Nashville is irrefutably emerging as a great tech city. But even without Google’s blessing, Nashville’s been well on it’s way to becoming just that.

Startup Weekend Headed to Nashville
Nashville Business Journal
Entrepreneurs who would rather build their businesses in a stationary building but still want the pressure of an extremely brief timeframe will have their wishes granted next month, when the city hosts Startup Weekend.

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