The Post team is present and on top of things at the 36|86 entrepreneurship conference being hosted at Marathon Music Works by Launch Tennessee today and tomorrow. Click here to go to the our landing page on Southern/alpha, where you'll find snippets from the presenters as well as links to broader stories on various topics. Some tasters: One venture capitalist said Silicon Valley is "the last place on the planet" where his team is looking to build a promising company now and an HCA exec told the crowd his technology investment strategy is focused on need and not return.
"We don't have FOMO, because we know what we're looking for" - Will Morrow on HCA's narrow investment strategy— Southern/alpha (@SouthernAlpha) June 9, 2015
Nashville is leading the way for new business creation among the state's largest cities, according to The TN Quarterly. (Read more here.)
Among the five largest Tennessee counties there were 4,098 new
entity filings, up 6.9 percent compared to the first quarter of last year
(Table 1). New entity filings in the five largest counties accounted for
47.2 percent of all new filings in Tennessee. With 1,509 new entity
filings, Davidson County led the way. Shelby County was close behind
with 1,195 new filings. Rutherford County, with 314 new filings had
the fewest among the top five, but had a very robust increase from
After a first year in which 28 Vanderbilt football players landed internships at Entrepreneurs Organization Nashville companies, the group is aiming to nearly double the program and bring in student-athletes from other sports. Kelley Boothe has more info at Southern/alpha.
Accounting firm Frazier & Deeter has expanded its Women Leadership Initiative to Nashville. The program, which also is active in Atlanta and Tampa, includes a blog as well as some events and will look to back other events aimed at helping female entrepreneurs and executives. Partner Debbie Willett, pictured here, is taking the local lead.
The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce will next week host Bizaroo, a half-day conference for business owners to hear from experts on business startups, entrepreneurship, financing, social media and other topics. Keynote speaker at the event will be Dave Delaney of FutureForth. Also among those on the schedule to talk are Bongo Java's Bob Bernstein, Mignon Francois of The Cupcake Collection, Avenue Bank Chairman and CEO Ron Samuels and Dan’s Gourmet Mac & Cheese founder Dan Stephenson.
Check out more info here.
The legal kerfuffle between Launch Tennessee and PandoDaily over their competing entrepreneurship conferences planned for this spring has come to a conclusion. The two parties on Wednesday signed an agreement outlining the role of members of the media scheduled to take part in LaunchTN's 36|86. Kelley Boothe has the details at our Southern/alpha sister blog. LaunchTN's full statement on the matter is here.
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