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October 3rd, 2016

October 3rd, 2016


How to Communicate With Your Board in Tough Times 
For startup CEOs, tough economic periods are like stressful stretches in a marriage: They test your mettle while making ugly truths impossible to hide. And these days, amid industry-wide belt-tightening, “down rounds” and a still-moribund (though hopefully improving) IPO market, many venture-backed CEOs are baring it all — or should be — to their board members. But just how should you, exactly, communicate with your investors when navigating a rough patch? I’m not talking about minor problems, like losing an employee or hitting 90 percent of your revenue plan. I’m talking about bigissues, or even life-threatening situations: You’re down to six months’ worth of cash and verging on crisis.

Knoxville-Based Tech Startup Adapts Online Dating to the Apartment Industry
The Williams Company, LLC, publicly released the revolutionary patent-pending online real estate marketplace Rentailor.com this month. This innovative website allows renters to submit their information, needs and want for landlords to bid for their business in a live, online rental marketplace. “It’s a lot like online dating for rentals,” said Rentailor Co-founder and Operations Manager, Caitrin Williams. “Both sides, renter and landlord, tell us about themselves and what they’re looking for in a property or renter, and Rentailor matches them. No matter what baggage a renter brings to the table, like credit history, Rentailor will match them with an apartment community willing to work with them.”

Leaders of Australia’s First Gig City Meet America’s First Gig City
Chattanooga Times Free Press
Two female rockers did a duet Thursday afternoon of two hits from 1976, The Who’s “Squeeze Box” and AC/DC’s “It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll),” at the Chattanooga Public Library’s downtown branch to show the capability of Chattanooga’s high-speed internet networks to a handful of Australian visitors. Chattanooga accordionist Amanda Cagle was on the library’s fourth floor while guitarist Linda Bassick was some 1,100 miles away at the Fletcher Free Library in Burlington, Vt. But with only a 30-millisecond delay, it felt like they were jamming in the same room.

Nashville’s Project Music at the EC Searches for Entrepreneur in Residence
Venture Nashville Connections
Project Music is looking for an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) and Music Industry Lead to advance the two-year-old program, which places priority on helping entrepreneurs in “music-driven” startups succeed, said Heather McBee, VP for accelerator programming at Nashville Entrepreneur Center, in the heart of Music City. Applications for the new role are open through Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016. Apply here!

Startup Accelerator Spotlight: The Works
Funding Sage
This article is part of our Startup Accelerator Spotlight Series featuring accelerators from around the world. We hope these spotlights will assist the entrepreneur should they consider attending an accelerator program. The Works is designed to support early-mid stage media and technology brands develop scalable business models to support focused customer segments. Our program runs fromJune 1-August 15th in Knoxville, TN.

Understanding Tech Economic Development with Tennessee ECD
Nashville Technology Council
October 6, 2016– Interested in exploring export options for your company? Hear from the TN Department of Economic & Community Development on their efforts to support international trade activities, missions abroad, the statewide Regional Export Network, and additional trade initiatives. Leading the conversation will be Leslee Alexander, International Director at the TN ECD who oversees this work for the state; Louis Buck, regional coordinator in East Tennessee for the department; and Andy Collier, Senior International Trade Specialist with the US Department of Commerce.

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