In this series we’re talking about cities that were rundown but are re-inventing themselves, as using technology to do so. We’re trying to get to the bottom of the questions, “What does it take to turn around a struggling city?” and “Can technology help?” This week we’re talking with Cameron Doody, a co-founder of GetBellhops.com.
Venture Tennessee Connections
DATAFLYTE, the Knoxville startup that performs aerial reading of utilities’ smart meters, is preparing to raise bridge funding and is then likely to pursue a Series A raise within 12 months. The bridge raise is likely to involve convertible debt and will target “in the neighborhood of $400,000,” said Jack Dischner, CEO, president and its largest equity-holder. A subsequent Series A raise of $1MM-$1.5MM is being considered for late 2015 or early 2016, he said.
InvisionHeart, a Nashville-based leading developer of a disruptive ECG technology with a secure cloud-based, healthcare IT platform, announced today that the Food and Drug Administration has cleared the InvisionECG technology for sale. The InvisionHeart ECG System provides a revolutionary, mobile solution for capturing and managing 12-lead ECGs, including the ability to read and visually compare, confirm, report and store diagnostic quality electrocardiograms.
Knoxville News Sentinel
A $1 billion Silicon Valley company that provides ticketing services for live events opened a Knoxville office on Tuesday as it looks to expand its festival business. San Francisco-based Vendini has signed a lease in the renovated White Lily building at the corner of Depot Avenue and North Central Street, where it expects eventually to hire 20 to 25 employees. Jobs will range from order fulfillment and support to product development and project management.
Tennessee entrepreneurs will soon have access to a program that will help them prepare and file patent applications. Better yet, the help will be free. The launch of the Inventors Assistance Program in Tennessee is being sponsored by Patterson Intellectual Property Law and the Tennessee Bar Association. Volunteer attorneys provide qualified clients — who need to take a certificate training course via the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office — with help filing patent applications. The filers will still need to cover the fees that are part of the process.
Los Angeles-based Zealot Networks has acquired Southern Made, KINGmgmt and Gotee Records — two music labels and one technology-focused company all based in Nashville. Zealot, a digital-first media and entertainment company for entrepreneurs and creators, announced its expansion into Nashville this morning. The company also announced a commitment to supporting local entrepreneurs and creative communities through programs like Nashville Software School.
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