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May 29th, 2015

May 29th, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

5 Things to Know About Google in Nashville
The Tennessean
Nashville-area software developers gathered Thursday to watch Google’s I/O conference in San Francisco. As part of the meetup, they heard from local Google employees about the company’s growing presence in Nashville and were able to ask questions and share their own ideas.

Bellhops Expands Services, Adds Smaller Moves
Nooga.com
Chattanooga-based Bellhops is expanding its services to help people with smaller moves. The tech-based moving company, which offers moving services in 120 cities, connects customers with the manpower needed to move. Bellhops has about 4,000 movers, who are all college students, across the country.

Local Entrepreneur, Investor Aims to Save Lives with CPR Device
Nooga.com
Local entrepreneur and inventor Felicia Jackson recently auditioned to be on the business pitch television show “Shark Tank,” and whether she makes the show or not, she’s moving passionately toward production, she said. Her product is called CPR Lifewrap, which is a disposable plastic sleeve that covers the torso of a person in need of CPR. It has a mouth barrier—which guards against bodily fluids that can be exchanged during mouth to mouth—and an outline that shows the user where to place hands for proper CPR execution. It also has simple instructions embossed on the product.

Nashville-based Made in Network Cracks the YouTube Code
Nashville Business Journal
There is currently an open casting call in Nashville for male and female show hosts who can “shine on camera.” Although GAC, CMT and the Scripps network all film studio television shows in Tennessee, none of them are behind this casting call. The company that is behind it, Made In Network, is built around not being broadcast on traditional TV at all. The company, which launched in late 2013, is a multi-channel YouTube network.

Nashville Community Manager Named for Google Fiber Project
Nashville Business Journal
We now know who will serve as Google’s city manager as it prepares to bring its high-speed Internet service to Nashville. The Tennessean reports that Martha Ivester, an agent with Creative Artists Agency, will assume the role. She has previously served as a general manager and brand director for Nike, and has previously worked for Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard.

Zealot Networks Buys Southern Made, KINGmgt and Gotee Records
Nashville Business Journal
Zealot Networks, a Los Angeles-based digital media and entertainment company, has bought three Nashville companies as it looks to build a presence locally, including opening an office here. The company has acquired Nashville-based Southern Made, a digital agency; KINGmgmt, a boutique artist management company; and Gotee Records Inc., a record label. Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed, but all three companies will continue to operate under their own brand names.

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