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April 28th, 2015

April 28th, 2015


36|86 to Showcase the Southeast’s Top Fashion Entrepreneurs
Launch Tennessee
Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) announces a new line up of fashion industry speakers for their 36|86 flagship event highlighting the best in Southern culture, entrepreneurship and investment. Joining the 36|86 roster are some of the fashion industry’s most significant entrepreneurs and influencers. Together they will speak about how to create and build brands with longevity, the importance of American manufacturing, and the role of the newly formed Nashville Fashion Alliance.

Chattanooga Among Top Cities for Startups
Chattanooga Times Free Press
Chattanooga ranks among the five best cities in the nation to start a business, according to WalletHub, a personal-finance social network. “Chattanooga was an entrepreneurial wasteland seven years ago,” said Charlie Brock, president and CEO of Launch Tennessee, a public-private partnership that supports development of high-growth companies in the state. “It’s been a wonderful confluence of events, activities and people that have come together to make this one of the best places to start and grow a business.”

DateCrates of Nashville Aims to Make Date Night Easier
Nashville Business Journal
From makeup, to dog toys, to pre-cut, pre-measured ingredients for home-cooked meals, subscription delivery boxes have found their way into the daily (or more accurately, monthly) lives of thousands of Americans. Why should dating be any different? A Nashville-area startup called DateCrates wants to make “date night” easier. The startup, co-founded by husband and wife Brian and Caroline Foster, curates, assembles, packs and ships date-night activities straight to your door.

Kevin Kragenbrink Named President and CEO of Tech 2020
Kevin Kragenbrink, who has been serving as interim executive director of Tech 2020, has been named the 20-year old organization’s new president and chief executive officer. The co-founder and CEO of EstradaStrategies, Inc., stepped away from his day-to-day responsibilities at the coaching and consulting organization in early November to accept the interim role at Tech 2020. He assumed the top position following the resignation of John Morris.

Smartvue Lands $15M from Global Investment Manager
Nashville Post
Nashville-based technology company Smartvue Corp. announced today Fortress Investment Group will provide $15 million in financing. Smartvue, which focuses on cloud video surveillance and Internet of Things Video (IoTV) platforms, made the announcement via a release at tech conference Interop Las Vegas. According to the release, the company’s latest capital funding round will be used to grow the customer base, to finance software engineering and to further the company’s patent portfolio (which now includes more than 25 patents).

Tennessee Two-Step Brings Innovation to a Tech-Savvy Region
Portland Business Journal
There’s a lot more to Chattanooga than outdoor recreation activities and songs about trains. Last week I spent a few days there during a CEO Retreat and board meeting for Technology Councils of North America. For one, there’s fiber. And it’s fast. When I walked into Chattanooga’s airport, the first thing I saw was an enormous sign welcoming visitors to the home of “America’s fastest Internet.” According to Ken Hays, President and CEO of Chattanooga’s Enterprise Center, the words “technology,” “entrepreneurship” and “innovation” were not such a widely-recognized part of the region’s vocabulary six or seven years ago.

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