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June 23rd, 2014

June 23rd, 2014

Tennessee Innovation in the News

Charlie Brock For The Tennessean: 2014 Southland Conference teaches lessons
The speakers at this year’s Southland conference came to Nashville from throughout the country and represented a variety of industries and experiences: a former fashion model turned entrepreneur, a former U.S. vice president, the leader of an Arkansas-based company, various Silicon Valley CEOs and more. Though they covered a spectrum of topics as diverse as their backgrounds, a few themes emerged as the conference progressed.


Memphis Daily News: Partners Drive Startup Ecosystem

Building startups is tough work that requires the engagement of money, mentorship and professional support. Each of Start Co.’s partners has supplied much needed support to the early stage startup ecosystem.  In total, these firms are contributing over a quarter of a million dollars annually in real money, time and services to drive the growth of startups and support the operations at Start Co.

My Fox Memphis: SciTech Maker Movement Moves Into Memphis

The next wave of digital technology in Memphis is called the Maker Movement. It’s a challenge the Bluff City is tackling head on.  City representatives introduced several local entrepreneurs and makers at a news conference Wednesday afternoon. The Maker Movement is an umbrella term for independent inventors, designers and tinkerers.
Angel Investor Day, The Nashville Entrepreneurial Center
The Nashville Entrepreneur Center and Capital TN are presenting the annual Angel Investor Crash Course onJuly 11 from 8:30am to 1:00pm.  Attendees will learn the legal, investment, and entrepreneurial side of angel investing, meet leading venture firms, discover how to partner and leverage your network, and much more. Limited spots available!  To register click here.


National Innovation in the News

At the time Michael Jordan was playing professional basketball, I never imagined him making mistakes. But recently, I came across a quote where he said, “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six ties, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”


​AlleyWatch:  3 Key Hiring Lessons for Growing Startups
Recently, my startup Speek closed our Series A funding round. It was a lot of hard work, and I am incredibly proud of our team for making it through with our sanity (mostly) intact. But now it’s time to add to that team. When we first started building our company, I was relatively new to the hiring process, and it was daunting. This time, however, I feel a little more seasoned. Here are some tips about hiring that we learned along the way.

Forbes:  The Sweet Reward Of Scaling a Startup
When Natasha Case and Freya Estreller founded Coolhaus they were having fun combining dessert and design into cleverly themed architectural ice cream treats. Case grew into the role of CEO as Coolhaus expanded, but getting off the truck and into the office required a mental shift. She had to discover her strengths within a larger enterprise.


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