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May 15th, 2014

May 15th, 2014

Tennessee Innovation in the News

Nashville Business Journal: Why Nashville startups weren’t a shoo-in for Southland…and what it means that they made it
Launch Tennessee and PandoDaily have announced the 39 startups selected to present at next month’s Southland conference, a list that includes four early stage companies hailing from Nashville, and another 10 representing other cities in Tennessee. While Southland is being held in Nashville and put on by public-private partnership Launch Tennessee – along with Silicon Valley tech blog PandoDaily – that doesn’t mean Nashville’s applicants had a home-team advantage in the application process.Southern Alpha: Baker Donelson Announces 15 Presenting Emerging Companies For Second Annual Southeastern Regional Capital Connections
The law firm of Baker Donelson announces 15 emerging companies selected to present at its Second Annual Southeastern Regional Capital Connections event. On Thursday, May 15, entrepreneurs from the 15 companies will pitch 23 capital investors from across the Southeast for potential funding. The finalists range from inventors of energy efficiency programs to a remote, non-contact cardiorespiratory and patient motion monitor. The finalists come from five Southeastern states and nine different cities.Event: Gigabit Breakfast with Google
Join us for a discussion with Matt Dunne, Google’s Head of Community Affairs as he talks with LaunchTN Executive Director, Charlie Brock about the future of connectivity in the growing gigabit world. Event sponsored by the Enterprise Center, the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce and the Chattanooga Technology Council. Click here to register.

Nashville Business Journal: AOL’s Steve Case coming to Nashville
Steve Case, the billionaire co-founder of America Online, will spend a day next month with Nashville’s business community. “He recognizes Nashville as one of the top four or five entrepreneur hubs in the nation,” said Michael Burcham, president and CEO of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center. Burcham announced Case’s visit Wednesdaywhile hosting a Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce event…Burcham noted that Case’s June visit will coincide with the one-year anniversary of the Entrepreneur Center moving to its current home, a renovated trolley barn at 41 Peabody St., the same area where Pinewood Social is located (in another renovated trolley barn).

National Innovation in the News

Wall Street Journal: Jay Samit: 3 Competitors Every Entrepreneur Needs to Beat
Too many entrepreneurs view their competition with a Coke versus Pepsi mindset. Competition is rarely as simple as slightly differentiated products. Beating the other guy isn’t what makes a great company or what makes it profitable. Instagram, Swiffer and Nest had to compete with consumer habits and perceptions. Breakout products face competition from the formidable inertia powering the status quo. Success therefore comes from taking on the three real competitors every innovator must beat: the way it was done, the way it should be done, and the best way to get it done.

Forbes: To Be A World-Class Entrepreneur, Should You Be A Sprinter or Marathoner?
The 100 meters is a joyful burst of speed. The marathon is a painful bout of endurance. To be a world-class entrepreneur in Silicon Valley, you need to be a world-class sprinter and run like a lightning bolt. To be a world-class entrepreneur outside Silicon Valley, you need to be a world-class marathoner and endure (and perhaps relish) long-distance pain.

Huffington Post: Our 7 Favorite Shark Tank Pitches
The following answers are provided by theYoung Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched StartupCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses.


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