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September 2nd, 2014

September 2nd, 2014

Tennessee Innovation in the News

Tennessee wraps up demo days across the state
The Tennessean, Charlie Brock
August is a big month in Tennessee’s thriving community of entrepreneurs: It’s when many of Tennessee’s start-up accelerators host “demo days” to mark the graduation of their summer cohorts. Graduating companies have gone through a rigorous mentorship-driven program that has prepared them for the next step in their entrepreneurship journey…

Medicare.com domain pays off for this entrepreneur
Upstart Business Journal
Bill Kimberlin recently completed the type of deal entrepreneurs dream about: a $4.8 million sale. But unlike most entrepreneurs, Kimberlin hasn’t stepped away from the venture following the deal, nor has he stayed on under new ownership — he’s still running the same business he has been for years, and he still owns it.

Fantasy sports pays off for Nashville’s RotoGrinders.com
The Tennesseean
Cal Spears plays in the big leagues of fantasy sports.  Spears is not just an avid player; he also leads a Nashville-based company built for the daily fantasy games. RotoGrinders.com, co-founded by Spears and two others in 2010, now boasts more than 30,000 members.

Why Mark Montgomery Thrives Through Disruption and “Young Bulls”
Southern Alpha
Spark 2014 just keeps getting better. Southern/alpha has officially added on Mark Montgomery as one of our special guests. Spark is an event that highlights the startup community in the South, along with all of the emerging companies within their growth stage.

National Innovation in the News

Should Founders Know How To Code?
A startup is not just about the idea, it’s about testing and then implementing the idea.
A founding team without these skills is likely dead on arrival.

The Daily Startup: Google’s Drone Effort Lifting Venture Investors’ Hopes
The Wall Street Journal
The commitment to drone technology by major U.S. corporations is great news for startups and investors who will need their help to sway regulators over the next few years. 

The Next Big Thing You Missed: Startup Aims to Give Everyone the Mighty Shipping Power of Amazon
The tech industry’s effort to master the last mile of delivery is well documented. Online retailers are obsessed with finding ways of getting packages to your door as quickly as possible. But what about the first mile—the mile traveled when you send a package to someone else?

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