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November 2nd, 2015

November 2nd, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

Business with China Event: Trade Financing, Tax and Currency Considerations
TN China Network
TN-China Network and US Bank will hold a panel discussion about trade financing, tax, and currency considerations when doing business with China. The free event will take place at the Museum of East Tennessee History on Monday, November 9. Baker Donelson is the supporting sponsor for the event. After brief presentations by the panelists, there will be moderated Q&A followed by open discussion and Q&A with the audience. Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will be served.

Memphis Music Initiative Launches with $20M Strategy
Memphis Daily News
A pair of music-focused enterprises in Memphis are investing in the city’s homegrown music talent and helping cultivate a music ecosystem here. The Memphis Music Initiative will host a launch event next week as part of an effort toward building awareness with stakeholders. It encompasses a five-year, $20 million strategy built around things like helping sustain existing music education programs in schools. Meanwhile, the music-based nonprofit The Consortium: MMT this week opened a Talent Development Complex and resource center at 119 S. Main St. to serve as a support hub for local artists. The consortium is the organization founded in late 2012 by legendary songwriter David Porter, who with his partner Isaac Hayes was inducted into the National Songwriting Hall of Fame in 2005.

Support “Startup Day” on November 19
Teknovation
There’s a great program that has been planned with three dynamic fireside chats, a pitch event featuring seven individuals competing for a $5,000 cash prize, and three companies vying for the community’s first-ever “Traction Award.”What are we talking about? I hope you already know the answer. It’s Knoxville’s third annual “Start-up Day,” and the event promises to be the biggest and best yet. All that needs to happen is for you and your friends to pack the Bijou Theater on Thursdayafternoon, November 19! Click here for more details!

Tech Goes Home Chattanooga Class Graduates 11 at MetMin
Nooga.com
Friday, 11 adults between the ages of 40 and 75 graduated from a Tech Goes Home Chattanooga class hosted and facilitated by Metropolitan Ministries. These lifelong learners gained basic computer skills from this 15-hour program, an initiative of The Enterprise Center. Every graduate received a new Chromebook. MetMin staff said participants increased online literacy by learning, for example, how to operate PowerSchool, navigate the Veterans Affairs website and create an Excel spreadsheet budget. TGH CHA is modeled after a Boston-based program with the mission to supply computer hardware, Internet access and tech savvy to underserved segments of society.

The Pitfalls of Moonlighting in a Day Job for Startup Founders
Southern/Alpha
Many, if not most, founders have difficulty being able to afford to work full time for their startup right from the start. But working in a day job while moonlighting at your venture presents some particularly dicey legal issues that can cause issues down the line. In particular, moonlighting for your startup presents a significant threat to your startup’s intellectual property, especially if you’re currently working at a technology company. Many employers, especially technology companies and other IP-intensive businesses, require all employees to sign invention assignment agreements, which are often very broad and give your employer rights to any IP you create that relates to the business of your employer or any reasonably anticipated business of your employer.

Nashville Business Journal
The war for talent in Nashville is fierce. How fierce is it, you ask? It’s so fierce that in order to stand out above the pack, several Nashville employers will use a unique setting for job interviews next week: Uber cars. In partnership with ride-sharing giant Uber and Brentwood-based recruiting startup Relode, a handful of companies will conduct an on-demand job fair where candidates can order a recruiter on their phone and be interviewed in a moving vehicle. “The idea was to go find a handful of great companies in Nashville … who are innovative, growing and wanted to participate in an event like this,” said Matt Tant, Relode’s founder.

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