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September 17th, 2015

September 17th, 2015

100 Startups Formed in First Year of Moon Mission
The Commercial Appeal
The Greater Memphis Chamber moon mission that aims to create 1,000 startups in a decade has begun to gain traction, an official said. Memphis entrepreneurs have created about 100 businesses in the last year, said Leslie Lynn Smith, president of EPICenter, an agency created to help launch the initiative. “We’ll get there’’ to the 1,000-mark, Smith said Wednesday. “We’ve created 100 companies in the last 12 months.” Smith made the estimate while speaking on Wednesday with the editorial board of The Commercial Appeal. It is the first official estimate about progress on the initiative.

Chattanooga to Get Another $150,000 in Grants for Gig Projects
Chattanooga Times Free Press
Lindsey Frost helped give out $150,000 worth of grants last year in Chattanooga to people who came up with projects to take advantage of EPB’s super-fast gigabit-per-second Internet. Among the grant winners were two University of Tennessee at Chattanooga computer science seniors who developed Viditor, a collaborative online video editor. “Think Google Docs for video,” Frost said. “One of those students is now working for Amazon in Seattle.” Frost will have another $150,000 to grant this year, since the National Science Foundation announced this week at the White House it would give a $3.2 million grant to help the Mozilla Foundation, makers of the Firefox Internet browser, expand the nonprofit’s “Hive” work in Chattanooga, Kansas City, and three yet-to-be-named cities.

EO NERVE Day 1: It’s All About Sales
Nashville Business Journal
In the “Hyper Growth BootCamp” at EO NERVE today, uber-sales coach Jack Daly and Nashville business coach Andy Bailey used sports analogies to explain to a packed roomful of entrepreneurs from throughout the East Coast why their sales efforts suck and what to do about it. Using sports analogies to describe business operations won’t win an award for originality, but the way Daly used it might. Sports teams win, he said, because: 1. They practice, practice, practice, running the same plays over and over again; and 2. They have a playbook, and they stick to it. They don’t improvise on the field or give something a try to see if it will work – like a lot of business owners do.

Lipscomb’s College of Computing & Technology Redefines Education for Success in the Modern World
When I first visited the Swang Business Center on the campus of Lipscomb University, they were still busy putting the final touches in a classroom immediately inside the building just days before the students come back for the fall semester. Directly past the minor construction was a large glass-encased area, with the glass half-covered in code.  And in following the code-covered windows, I am led to the doors of Lipscomb’s College of Computing & Technology. Finn Breland, CCT’s enrollment management specialist, welcomes me into this unusually open space for an academic atmosphere.  Breland tells me that it is supposed to feel like an office space of a startup. Every furniture in the rooms are modern and moveable. Even the ‘walls’ are, too.  While no students were around yet, there is a teachers’ group meeting in one area.  This should be no surprise; CCT invites many user groups and local conferences to use their space as a regular meeting space. He also points out that the code that’s plastered on the walls are not any random pattern. The faculty members wrote the code in various coding languages but are unified with the same output that’s also the mission of the College: Serve. Connect. Innovate.

Local Entrepreneur Creates Self-Improvement App
Chattanooga resident and entrepreneur Ayesha Meriweather has moved into the self-improvement field with a new app and company, both called Conscious Creator. After her work with Warehouse Row’s Homespun Parties, Meriweather started a blog called The Girlfriend Manifesto, which is a source for inspiration and support. She also hosted a self-help retreat. And those experiences spawned the app. “The app was born out of my deepest desire, which is to help people,” Meriweather said.

Nashville Continues Growth as Leading Tech Jobs City
workIT Nashville
Nashville’s tech job growth continues to outpace many of its peer cities, according to a new study published by CBRE. With a nearly 23 percent growth rate in high-tech jobs between 2012 and 2014, Nashville is the fifth fastest-growing market for tech jobs in the U.S. The report also projects that Nashville’s potential as a hub for tech jobs has not yet reached its peak. There are currently approximately 1,500 available tech jobs in Middle Tennessee, including in-demand positions such as software developers, engineers, analysts and system administrators. The health care, advanced manufacturing and finance industries remain robust job creators in the Nashville region.

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