Venture Nashville Connections
Clayton Associates Chairman Stuart McWhorter, immediate past-CEO of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, addressed Samford University’s Commencement, May 6. He dedicated his remarks to his father, Clayton McWhorter, PharmD, the Nashville entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist who diedJanuary 23. Read the full commencement here.
Nashville Business Journal
Overdog, a Nashville-based startup launched by Chicago Bear and Nashville native Hunter Hillenmeyer along with CEO Steve Berneman in 2012, has landed new owners. Odd Networks, a New York-based software-as-a-service company, has purchased the video gaming startup for an undisclosed amount, according to a news release.
Here’s an interesting article from the Harvard Business Review focused on start-up success factors with a little twist. We don’t usually summarize the key points, but we will list the first bullet: “female-founded start-ups outperformed all-male teams.” Click here to read the article.
People are the core of any business, and startups are no exception. When the idea strikes, we often wrangle resources that are nearby or acquaintances we know who can partner up to get things started. College roommates or former coworkers, for example, often find themselves embarking on a startup journey together. Non-technical cofounders are also frequently matched with technical expertise to kick-off their company. And then, all of a sudden, your idea has legs and you need even more person-power to move the company from proof of concept into a scalable future. You have to hire Employee No. 3.
Nashville gas delivery startup Yoshi is taking its on-demand auto services to a new level. Partnering with locally headquartered Firestone, customers will be able to have their tires checked, inflated and replaced without leaving their home or office. As part of the deal with Firestone, which is owned by Bridgestone Americas, Yoshi drivers are supplied with air pumps and they check tires and fill them as needed for free.
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