Tennessee Innovation in the News
theCO, Jackson, TN
Dan here from theCO. I’d like to introduce a new series of blog posts about to be hitting the West Tennessee airwaves or should I say our gigabyte fiber internet? I give you our Member Spotlight. My position at theCO places me at the heart of a small yet growing community of hard working entrepreneurs and tinkerers right here in West Tennessee who quite honestly receive little to no acknowledgment for their achievements.
It’s hard to say when exactly it happened, really. Maybe the tipping point was Jack White, but it could just as easily have been Taylor Swift or Ann Patchett. It might have been our hot chicken that pushed us over the edge, or maybe the pork belly pizza. But somewhere along the way, it happened — that magical moment when Nashville stopped being a regular city and achieved that most vaunted of urban monikers: an “it” city.
Nashville Business Journal
Talkapolis founders John Bransford and Kane Harrison envision the growth of their 2-year-old startup looking somewhat like that of a network TV station, with local affiliates in cities throughout the country offering localized content for a specific geographic audience. But unlike a TV station, that content will be dispersed where consumers spend most of their time now: social media, particularly on their mobile phones.
National Innovation in the News
Many experts will tell you that you can’t succeed as a part-time entrepreneur, as any good startup will require a 100 percent commitment of your time and energy. But not many of us have enough savings to live for a year or more without a salary, fund the startup and still feed the family. Thus I often recommend that entrepreneurs keep their day job until the startup is producing revenue.
Failure is the fertilizer of Silicon Valley, or so we would have you believe. Like fraternity hazing, we take excessive pleasure in warning plebes (aspiring entrepreneurs) that 80 to 90 percent of all startups fail. But failure, when you get right down to it, is neither inevitable nor anything to brag about. As Silicon Valley veterans — Oracle, Sun, SynOptics, and over 40 startups and tech giants — we’ve had ringside seats to some of the greatest successes and flame-outs in tech history.
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