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March 28th, 2014

March 28th, 2014

Tennessee Innovation in the News

TechCrunch: Y Combinator’s Top Three Startups From Winter 2014, According To Y Combinator Startups
It’s been more than a day since Y Combinator’s Winter 2014 demo day, and we’ve already weighed in on which companies we thought were most impressive. But with each class, the startups within Y Combinator vote to determine which colleagues they thought were most likely to be successful. One source sent us a list of those companies, listed in order. So here’s Y Combinator’s self-selected top three startups — 2. Ambition, meanwhile, provides a platform for gamifying sales performancewithin organizations. It basically enables enterprise salespeople to team up and compete against one another, kind of like “fantasy sports for sales teams.” Right now, it’s for sales teams, but the company sees an opportunity to expand to allow whole organizations to compete against one another…The startup was founded in Chattanooga, Tenn., and has raised seed funding from The Lamp Post Group, Y Combinator, and YC VC.

Tennessean: Eventbrite charts Nashville expansion
Eventbrite is opening its second U.S. office in Nashville and is planning to hire 45 employees this year. The San Francisco-based online ticketing service, founded in 2006, allows event organizers to set up ticket sales and promote events through social networking sites, and it has been used for events ranging from marathons to cooking classes to Black Eyed Peas concerts. The company’s new custom support office will open in May in Cummins Station.

Chattanoogan: CEO Charlie Brock Says Chattanooga Getting Reputation As Strong Start-Up Community
Launch Tennessee President and CEO Charlie Brock, leading a discussion panel at the Chattanooga Rotary Club on the future of entrepreneurship in Chattanooga, said, “There are more and more people equating Chattanooga with a strong start-up community.” He told the club that only a few years ago, there were only three or four start-up technology companies in the area. However, he said now, there are so many that they are hard to list. Panelist Tiffanie Robinson, CEO and founder of WayPaver as well as co-founder of The JumpFund, said, “Over the last seven years I’ve literally watched Chattanooga grow from the idea of entrepreneurship to the action of entrepreneurship.

Teknovation.Biz: CBI sets “Pitch Night” for “CO.STARTERS” inaugural cohort
The entrepreneurs who are graduating in the inaugural class of the “CO.STARTERS” program at the Cumberland Business Incubator (CBI) will hold their “Pitch Night” beginning at 6 p.m. April 1. The public is invited to the event at CBI, 2569 Cook Road, Crossville. To register, click here or call 931/456-4910.

National Innovation in the News

Harvard Business Review: Where to Find Authentic Entrepreneurs
Many people come to the Silicon Valley in search of nonconformist entrepreneurs, looking for the next big thing. But here’s the problem: here, entrepreneurship is the norm. The way to conform in the Silicon Valley is to act like an entrepreneur. I’ve often been told by spectacularly intelligent Stanford students, sheepishly, that they have accepted a well-paying job at a big established company. That such great news is delivered with embarrassment says something about the culture of the Silicon Valley. In places where entrepreneurship is all the rage, you can’t tell the loners from the poseurs. It makes it really hard to figure out who really means it.

Huffington Post: Problem Solvers Rock In This New Entrepreneur Era
Perhaps sparked by the recent recession, I’m seeing a new era of the entrepreneur, with startups springing up all around. Based on my own mentoring and investing experience, the best entrepreneurs are pragmatic problem solvers. They have an uncanny ability to find elegant, easy, and fast solutions to pain points in the marketplace, as well as their own challenges.

Inc.: 6 Things You Need to Know Today
A roundup of the day’s news–curated by the Inc. editorial team to help you and your business succeed…It’s never too early to embark on a career in entrepreneurship. Check out these 10 founders who started their companies before they reached the age of 18…First, Cadillac made a pompous video about hard-working rich Americans. Now Ford, parodying the Caddy commercial shot by shot, has a commercial using a real Detroit-based entrepreneur behind compost company Detroit Dirt to advertise the Ford C-Max Energi. Guess who’s winning?

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