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October 17th, 2016

October 17th, 2016


Barcamp Nashville 2016 in Images   
Startup Southerner
Things come and go, but for the last ten years, Barcamp Nashville has been in existence for every one of the last decade. This 10th anniversary unconference brought together the community to the BowTruss building this past Saturday, October 15. Though our publication is new to the community, we were honored to be one of the sponsors of this event. If you didn’t make it to the event this year, here is a quick look in images from those who attended.

Google Fiber to Bring Startups, Entrepreneurs to Nashville Tech Scene 
The Tennessean
Though better known for its healthcare and music industries, Nashville is swiftly catching up to its tech-savvy competition both inside and outside of Tennessee. The latest milestone in the race is the approaching rollout of Google Fiber, a promising Internet service provider that will make Music City the first in Tennessee to experience Fiber.

Local Film Company Focuses on Continued Growth
Since launching in summer 2015, Chattanooga film company Pathfinder has built its project portfolio, started working with local organizations and is focused on continued growth. “Our goal as a company is [to grow] revenue so we can grow our employee base,” creative director and CEO Leif Ramsey said. The business, which is currently made up of three founding members—Leif Ramsey, Lucky Ramsey and Chris Stiles—launched quietly in June 2015. The team bootstrapped the business.

Martin, O’Rourke Lead Formation of New ROND Capital Buyout Firm
Venture Nashville Connections
Entrepreneur Charlie Martin and Fund Manager Danielle O’Rourke are launching ROND Capital, an industry-agnostic private equity firm serving small and medium-sized businesses. Venture Nashville has learned the new buy-out firm is entirely independent of Martin Ventures, the Nashville-based venture capital and portfolio services company of which Martin is founder and chairman. “ROND” is an acronym for Return on New Development.

SweetBio, FlexSpark to Take Stage at National Conference
Memphis Business Journal
Musculoskeletal New Ventures Conference brings surgeons, venture capitalists, industry leaders and entrepreneurs together. The Musculoskeletal New Ventures Conference (MNVC) has always highlighted up-and-coming companies, but it has never featured Memphis businesses front and center — until this year.

The JumpFund To Bring “She Started It” To Chattanooga
Launch Tennessee
The JumpFund will be hosting a one-time screening of “She Started It” at the Chattanooga Public Library 4th floor on Wednesday, October 26 at 5:30 PM. SHE STARTED IT follows five young women over two years as they pitch VCs, build teams, bring products to market, fail and start again. SHE STARTED IT takes viewers on a global roller coaster ride from San Francisco to Mississippi, France and Vietnam. Along the way, it weaves in big-picture perspectives from women like investor Joanne Wilson; White House CTO Megan Smith; GoldieBlox CEO Debbie Sterling; and Ruchi Sanghvi, the first female engineer at Facebook. Help us inspire the next generation to dream bigger, and urge today’s generation to support women entrepreneurs.

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