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July 22nd, 2016

July 22nd, 2016


@GaryVee: Nintendo’s Pokémon Go Wins with Technology, Nostalgia

Back in a February interview at 92Y, I said that I was very disappointed for Nintendo’s lack of effort to enter the mobile app world. With so many iconic characters and games, it made complete sense that they would want to play in the mobile space. I thought they were being romantic about console video games and that they could dominate the app market if they actually went for it.

Deadline is Monday for Pitch Competition for “Startup Day Knoxville”
If you want to be considered as one of the six companies selected to pitch in this year’s “Start-up Day Knoxville” competition that is part of “Innov865 Week,” you have only a few days left to submit your application. The deadline is Monday, July 25. There’s a $5,000 cash prize that will be awarded to the winner. Any start-up located in the East Tennessee region is eligible if it fully completes the online application.

German Company Snags Hendersonville-Based Automotive Supplier
Nashville Business Journal
Novità Technologies, a Hendersonville-based automative lighting supplier, is being bought by a German company. Osram, which is based in Munich and has its North American headquarters in Massachusetts, will add the Hendersonville firm to its specialty lighting business, according to a news release. Terms of the deal, slated to close in October, were not disclosed.

GIGTANK Pitch Night Coming Next Wednesday to Chattanooga
Times Free Press
A dozen startups that think they’ve come up with business ideas that take advantage of Chattanooga’s citywide high-speed Internet will unveil their ideas to the public Wednesday night. The startup teams of GIGTANK 365’s 2016 summer cohort will pitch their startups to investors, media and members of the general public.

HouseLens in Talks with Strategics Amid $2MM Cap Raise
Venture Nashville Connections
HouseLens, the Nashville-based visual-marketing solution provider for the real-estate industry, has a $2MM capital raise underway and acknowledges “in-depth” discussions with potential strategic bidders and partners. The 9-year-old company generated about $3.6MM revenue in 2015, up from $850K in 2013. It has 40 U.S. employees and about 100 contractors, Founder-CEO Andrew Crefieldconfirmed today.

Jones Teaches Tech to Underrepresented Minorities
Memphis Daily News
On a blistering Friday in early July, in a colorful classroom at Lester Community Center, 25 middle-schoolers are getting a crash course in data encryption. “Who can tell me the difference between a black-hat hacker and a white-hat hacker?” asks Audrey Jones, standing at the front of the room. Hands go up. The difference, it turns out, is intent. A white hat uses her powers for good – for instance, exposing and plugging gaps in a cybersecurity system – whereas a black hat hacks for personal gain or from pure maliciousness.

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