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Gov. Haslam senses Tennessee 'making headway' in tech commercialization
Gov. Haslam senses Tennessee 'making headway' in tech commercialization

LaunchTN CEO agrees it'd be great to have more data and analyses about all this.

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State of the Startups: Tennessee Technology Development Corporation,<br>aka Launch Tennessee, wants to shed some commercialization emphasis
State of the Startups: Tennessee Technology Development Corporation,
aka Launch Tennessee, wants to shed some commercialization emphasis

Gov. Bill Haslam delivers his State of the State Address this evening.

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Venture Calendar - 2016 - Updated
Venture Calendar - 2016 - Updated

[updated] 2016 rocks with appealing events statewide.

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Martin, O'Rourke lead formation of new ROND Capital buyout firm
Martin, O'Rourke lead formation of new ROND Capital buyout firm

New entity focuses on "underserved" small and medium-sized businesses.

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Bredesen: Straight talk on HealthIT, procurement and 'Darwinian tensions'
Bredesen: Straight talk on HealthIT, procurement and 'Darwinian tensions'

A tech-savvy chief executive lays-out what he sees as some hard truths.

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VNC Market Monitor Services
VNC Market Monitor Services

Research and services for VNC Members and prospective Members focused on Nashville and the Mid-South.

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LaunchTN names Capital Formation, Entrepreneurship leaders
LaunchTN names Capital Formation, Entrepreneurship leaders

Tennessee Technology Development Corporation (TTDC), aka Launch Tennessee, fills posts.

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Venture Notes - 10 August 2016
Venture Notes - 10 August 2016

New NTC CEO and Health IT strategy coming, VC motives, Noro-Moseley exec, Women Angels coalesce and more.

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Private-Equity backed Incipio rolls-up Nashville Griffin Technology
Private-Equity backed Incipio rolls-up Nashville Griffin Technology
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Venture Notes - 27 July 2016
Venture Notes - 27 July 2016

Speakers ahead and a Nashville startup joins Louisville healthcare accelerator.

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Exec: With $22MM in, Chattanooga's Bellhops likely to raise more capital
Exec: With $22MM in, Chattanooga's Bellhops likely to raise more capital

VTC In prospect: Deeper market penetration and more capital somewhere over the horizon.

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Musictech: Jammber, LANDR could raise capital in Music City
Musictech: Jammber, LANDR could raise capital in Music City

Nashville gradually moving toward becoming true Music innovation-investment nexus?

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Galante, Trahern, Artists & Allies take Music issues to nation's capital
Galante, Trahern, Artists & Allies take Music issues to nation's capital

Seeking to anchor Music in the education agenda, the industry has business issues, as well.

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AegleGear healthcare apparel startup nears launch in Chattanooga
AegleGear healthcare apparel startup nears launch in Chattanooga

VTC Germ-fighting fabric ready for market in September.

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AgLaunch accelerator launches, powered by Memphis Bioworks, TNDA allies
AgLaunch accelerator launches, powered by Memphis Bioworks, TNDA allies

VTC Innovation seeds begin sprouting, as first startups recruited.

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Their Take on Capital: Grant Jackson, Council Capital managing partner
Their Take on Capital: Grant Jackson, Council Capital managing partner

Managing General Partners gives fresh view of region's Healthcare sector.

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Urgent Team may turn to large PE house if $100MM M&A target looms
Urgent Team may turn to large PE house if $100MM M&A target looms

Chairman/CEO says company can be in Top 10 ranks nationally by EOY16.

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Venture Notes - 12 April 2016
Venture Notes - 12 April 2016

This roundup features Amplion, HCCA, CouncilCapital, John Murdock, Joe Kustelski, Proton and more.

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Venture Notes - March 7, 2016
Venture Notes - March 7, 2016

[updated] TN's pro-entrepreneurship legislation, a $4MM JourneyPure raise, and more.

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Life ScienceTN seeks General Assembly support for readying commercialization program, opts to defer $40MM ask
Life ScienceTN seeks General Assembly support for readying commercialization program, opts to defer $40MM ask

[updated] Treading carefully to 'get program right', industry aims for step-by-step progress.

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Startup assistive-device maker TabletTable considering recruiting capital
Startup assistive-device maker TabletTable considering recruiting capital

[updated] Entrepreneur says he knows his limits, wants assistive-device mission to succeed.

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Nashville EC's Project Healthcare Accelerator to launch in Fall 2016
Nashville EC's Project Healthcare Accelerator to launch in Fall 2016

Year-round push involves Google for Entrepreneurs and Village Capital.

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Vanderbilt University Innovation Center's first chief to be Robert Grajewski
Vanderbilt University Innovation Center's first chief to be Robert Grajewski

[updated] North Carolina-based entrepreneur and scholar begins work April 1.

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ECD's Boyd prepping ideas for stimulating TN entrepreneurship, investment
ECD's Boyd prepping ideas for stimulating TN entrepreneurship, investment

Within Haslam Cabinet, ECD Commissioner shapes policy-program options for Chief.

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BTC Inc. expanding Digital Currency publishing group in Nashville
BTC Inc. expanding Digital Currency publishing group in Nashville

CEO plants flag in Music City for expanding content category.

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VentureNotes 17 December 2015
VentureNotes 17 December 2015

TNInvestco, Bill Frist, Accolade, eClinic, Clayton Associates, Pharos Capital, Infusense, Celgentek and more.

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Venture Notes 9 December 2015
Venture Notes 9 December 2015

Here's an update on salient capital raises and related.

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TN Treasurer names investment deputy, updates private-equity weight
TN Treasurer names investment deputy, updates private-equity weight

Treasurer and CIO elevate former Avondale analyst, Owen grad.

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Aegis Health Security, Global Action eye impact-investment partnership
Aegis Health Security, Global Action eye impact-investment partnership

[Updated] Partnership would support a network of investors and entrepreneurs.

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Gov. Haslam's evolving performance dashboard<br>gains heft and sheds some graphic impact</center>
Gov. Haslam's evolving performance dashboard
gains heft and sheds some graphic impact

[updated] Even terrorism and immigration issues may affect performance monitoring.

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Team at Bredesen-backed Silicon Ranch<br>believes they've caught the Solar wave
Team at Bredesen-backed Silicon Ranch
believes they've caught the Solar wave

[updated] Strategic buys, if any, would follow organic growth and await sector consolidation.

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Tennessee rural economy is focus of new econ-development Fund
Tennessee rural economy is focus of new econ-development Fund

Initiatives complement Rural EDev Task Force and operate under Fund umbrella.

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VentureNotes: McWhorter, Ingram, Bredesen touch on venture investment
VentureNotes: McWhorter, Ingram, Bredesen touch on venture investment

Three leaders' separate comments illuminate a common thread of concern.

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Former Gov. Haslam communications director forms Poe Consulting
Former Gov. Haslam communications director forms Poe Consulting

Alexia Poe, established as a fixture in Tennessee policy circles at a young age, moves on.

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Governor, ECD Commissioner announce rural development task force
Governor, ECD Commissioner announce rural development task force

[Updated] Too many Rural communities are not sharing in Tennessee's economic momentum, they say.

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TN State Treasurer demurs on petition of SEC on PE fees transparency
TN State Treasurer demurs on petition of SEC on PE fees transparency

Questions about institutional GPs' reporting get fresh attention in some quarters.

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Nashville Technology Council a step closer to policy-advocacy role
Nashville Technology Council a step closer to policy-advocacy role

[updated] Moving cautiously, CEO Bryan Huddleston preps for increased NTC influence.

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Tennessee VCs and institutional partners ask opinions on ecosystem
Tennessee VCs and institutional partners ask opinions on ecosystem

Two VCs and allied institutions seek your opinions on state's entrepreneurial ecosystem.

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Escape velocity for Watershed LRS spin-out calls for $3MM-$5MM capraise
Escape velocity for Watershed LRS spin-out calls for $3MM-$5MM capraise

[updated] Local bootstrapped startup is on high-growth trajectory.

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LeanKit's $16MM raise shows resolve to grow local techco 'that matters'
LeanKit's $16MM raise shows resolve to grow local techco 'that matters'

[updated] Having raised $10.5MM in Angel capital, CEO says the company had room negotiate with VC

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Ingram Content's 1440 Accelerator may drive 10 startups
Ingram Content's 1440 Accelerator may drive 10 startups

Entrepreneur Center collaborates with publishing group to enter new accelerator vertical

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Carmichael reveals he's founding investor with Seraph super-Angel group
Carmichael reveals he's founding investor with Seraph super-Angel group

While managing dozens of his own plays, he tied-up with Bay Area group.

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Gambit: E-mail player Emma sees NCN, Square1 capital as bridge to future
Gambit: E-mail player Emma sees NCN, Square1 capital as bridge to future

Iconic Nashville tech company seems to be plumping for a strategic move

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Nashville Edtech veteran to lead eRepublic's Center for Digital Education
Nashville Edtech veteran to lead eRepublic's Center for Digital Education

Kecia Ray says she is the first e.Republic exec dedicated entirely to CDE advancement.

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Innertainment Delivery Systems broadens footprint, mulls capital needs
Innertainment Delivery Systems broadens footprint, mulls capital needs

[Updated with IDS sale] California Corrections confirms major edtech contract for early-stage company.

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Charlotte's Frontier Capital eyes Nashville market for investments
Charlotte's Frontier Capital eyes Nashville market for investments

With the closing of its Fund IV, Frontier activity here may rise.

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NuSirt BioPharma has $6MM commitment from Hatteras, other investors
NuSirt BioPharma has $6MM commitment from Hatteras, other investors

[updated] Financing spurs Type 2 diabetes, non-alcoholic fatty liver programs

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Venture Notes, May 11, 2015
Venture Notes, May 11, 2015

Steve Case, Jim Lackey, Sal Novin, Marc Guthrie, PE gig -- and the late Dave Chapman.

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Internet of Things: BKON Connect tacks toward Seed and Series A raises
Internet of Things: BKON Connect tacks toward Seed and Series A raises

[update] The vast potential of the global IoT market has many players in a virtual land rush.

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Entrepreneurs-in-Residence, experts sought for LSTN statewide network
Entrepreneurs-in-Residence, experts sought for LSTN statewide network

Bio veteran Jim Monsor leads pilot effort to deepen TN's startup resources

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Pet health: Vet on Demand telemed startup to raise capital
Pet health: Vet on Demand telemed startup to raise capital

Co-founder says Seed money seems more likely to come for the Coast.

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Noted: Bootstrap Nashville 2015 plans under review
Noted: Bootstrap Nashville 2015 plans under review

Bootstrapping event may be about to get a reboot.

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CEO: Edgenet doubles-down on NVille as Tech 'beehive', but has concerns
CEO: Edgenet doubles-down on NVille as Tech 'beehive', but has concerns

Exec sees new digs, job growth, sales - plus cultural + media challenges.

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Sometimes its a grind, but LaunchTN CEO<br>optimistic about Tech Commercialization
Sometimes its a grind, but LaunchTN CEO
optimistic about Tech Commercialization

Entrepreneurship, events and attracting capital may have revved-up. Tech transfer? Not so much.

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Marcum confirms Tennessee's AutoXLR8R moving to Tech2020 at Oak Ridge
Marcum confirms Tennessee's AutoXLR8R moving to Tech2020 at Oak Ridge

VTC Accelerator's regional mission to be continued after 3 years at Tullahoma.

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FinTech: New Constructs CEO says accelerator leverage,<br>regulatory initiatives contribute to 'huge tailwind'
FinTech: New Constructs CEO says accelerator leverage,
regulatory initiatives contribute to 'huge tailwind'

David Trainer says distortions in financial reporting are often overlooked, to investors' detriment.

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Ebb & Flow: Former Emdeon SVP relishes growth-oriented CarePayment role
Ebb & Flow: Former Emdeon SVP relishes growth-oriented CarePayment role

[updated] Though relo'd from Nashville to Portland, CEO keeps eye on Nashville.

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Gun.io CEO keeps finger off fund-raising trigger, outlines broad ambitions
Gun.io CEO keeps finger off fund-raising trigger, outlines broad ambitions

Founder on a mission sees world of opportunity, with a dash of charlatanism, here and there.

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TCRS copes within private-equity LP competition, no rush for more advisors
TCRS copes within private-equity LP competition, no rush for more advisors

Steady-as-she-goes seems to be the watchboard at cautious, high-performing pension plan.

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Nashville Technology Council dips cyber-toe into public policy waters
Nashville Technology Council dips cyber-toe into public policy waters

The small NTC must weigh carefully its forays into State and Federal policy-shaping.

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CampusQuad: Ingram Content announces 2d Edtech investment in five days
CampusQuad: Ingram Content announces 2d Edtech investment in five days

Student engagement for colleges and universities is the focal-point of this startup.

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LaunchTN: McWhorter board resignation adds to agency's to-do's
LaunchTN: McWhorter board resignation adds to agency's to-do's

[updated] Litigation, uncertainty over INCITE funding, turnover and more.

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Silicon Heartbeat: Comments from NTC Award speakers set the tone
Silicon Heartbeat: Comments from NTC Award speakers set the tone

Execs from Digital Reasoning, Rustici and State Economic Development are highlighted.

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Nashville's Maxwell: PE-backed Ipreo 'absolutely' has more FinTech targets
Nashville's Maxwell: PE-backed Ipreo 'absolutely' has more FinTech targets

With Blackstone and Goldman Sachs aboard, entrepreneur sees further expansion locally.

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FinTech: iQuantifi trajectory may take it to Series A raise this year
FinTech: iQuantifi trajectory may take it to Series A raise this year

[Updated 5 March] This entrant to the red-hot sector is banking on rapid B2B growth.

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PEOPLE: Anand Sanwal's CB Insights has eyes on Nashville + Tennessee
PEOPLE: Anand Sanwal's CB Insights has eyes on Nashville + Tennessee

A keen observer of America's startup and Venture landscape took a few minutes with VNC.

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Haslam Admin eyes AgLaunch support for TN rural entrepreneurs, growers
Haslam Admin eyes AgLaunch support for TN rural entrepreneurs, growers

VTC: Commissioner Julius Johnson and a team including Memphis BioWorks will press forward.

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WaffleMe.com: Startup eyes capital raise, keeps customers' <br> social-media from being scattered, smothered
WaffleMe.com: Startup eyes capital raise, keeps customers'
social-media from being scattered, smothered

$300K Seed raise could target Angels in Cincinnati, as well as Tennessee

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Council Capital launches Fund III with $125MM target, exits Ingenious Med
Council Capital launches Fund III with $125MM target, exits Ingenious Med

[Updated] Private equity firm with $200MM capital managed, seeks to increase its opportunities

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Angel Capital Group to acquire RAIN Source Management, raise capital
Angel Capital Group to acquire RAIN Source Management, raise capital

AGC could be active in a dozen or more states by mid-2015, CEO says

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Digital Reasoning Systems secures $24MM GS + Credit Suisse NEXT capital
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Digital Reasoning Systems secures $24MM GS + Credit Suisse NEXT capital
Digital Reasoning Systems secures $24MM GS + Credit Suisse NEXT capital

DRS's passage via the New York City Fintech accelerator was apparently right step.

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Venture Notes: EO-Nashville, Back Porch Group,<br> Sagents, PBM365, Frontier Capital, Tandum
Venture Notes: EO-Nashville, Back Porch Group,
Sagents, PBM365, Frontier Capital, Tandum

Updates on Endorsee, Sagents, Tandum, EO Nashville, PBM365, Back Porch Group, Exile.

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VentureNotes: Jumpstart Foundry, TNovation initiative
VentureNotes: Jumpstart Foundry, TNovation initiative

[Yes is answer] Might JSF become a single-vertical startup accelerator? TN HiMSS unveils new program identity.

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TN CRS: Hellman & Friedman VIII gets $80MM<br> PE commitment from TN retirement system
TN CRS: Hellman & Friedman VIII gets $80MM
PE commitment from TN retirement system

HFCP is a familiar name to Emdeon, Amsurg, Sedgwick and others in the region.

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Bredesen-backed Silicon Ranch accepts<br> Greystone Infrastructure investment
Bredesen-backed Silicon Ranch accepts
Greystone Infrastructure investment

Canadian company takes minority stake, co-founder former Gov. Phil Bredesen remains significant shareholder

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SeedHatchery: eDivv eyes Big Apple for beauty-barter startup
SeedHatchery: eDivv eyes Big Apple for beauty-barter startup

VTC Casey Casterline and Jon Katz keep in touch with Memphis, but focus on Manhattan

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ETN's Cathedral Innovation Group may be buttressed<br> by Charlotte-SanFran acce
ETN's Cathedral Innovation Group may be buttressed
by Charlotte-SanFran acce

VTC Dough Speight seems headed toward the QC FinTech Accelerator

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Khosla-backed Brentwood youth takes Strut to SiValley,<br> yet thinks Nashville could become a true 'startup hub'
Khosla-backed Brentwood youth takes Strut to SiValley,
yet thinks Nashville could become a true 'startup hub'

[updated] 20-year-old entrepreneur surrounded by quite a roster of investors, advisors

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2014 Jumpstart Foundry cohort directory
2014 Jumpstart Foundry cohort directory

Here are the nine 2014 Jumpstart Foundry graduates and their capital goals.

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Roy Dano: Sports & Entertainment focus for NVille entrepreneur-investor
Roy Dano: Sports & Entertainment focus for NVille entrepreneur-investor

Relocated New Yorker says Nashville and SEC territory are prime sector launchpads

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Gold Mobile seeks Nashville customers and capital for GoMo Health platform
Gold Mobile seeks Nashville customers and capital for GoMo Health platform

New Jersey-based engagement and loyalty company says Healthcare may become its sole focus.

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Mid-TN's NueCura Partners gathers Angels, some join MEDArchon capraise
Mid-TN's NueCura Partners gathers Angels, some join MEDArchon capraise

Entrepreneurial Nashville physician, a strategic advisor and a startup CTO rally Seed investors

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Jumpstart: Healthcare MarketMaker bridges toward Seed capital raise
Jumpstart: Healthcare MarketMaker bridges toward Seed capital raise

Despite deep financial experience, CEO has taken deliberate steps to ensure startup success

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Startups, Buyouts: TNCRS nears $2BN PE mark<br>with Charlesbank, Khosla commitments
Startups, Buyouts: TNCRS nears $2BN PE mark
with Charlesbank, Khosla commitments

TCRS PE program seems to be maintaining its investment pace.

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Dan Hammond's American Hometown Media cooks-up $5MM Series B raise
Dan Hammond's American Hometown Media cooks-up $5MM Series B raise

[updated] Serial media entrepreneur Dan Hammond knows way 'round venture kitchen.

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Entrepreneurs, Investors, Advisors comment<br>on Nashville deal dynamics, traditions
Entrepreneurs, Investors, Advisors comment
on Nashville deal dynamics, traditions

Capital vs Culture may be the main event when entrepreneurs, investors go head to head

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'New Economy' analysis shows Tennessee lagging 39 other states
'New Economy' analysis shows Tennessee lagging 39 other states

Index delivers composite image of state's economic development, innovation status

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LaunchTN offers a few comments on ITIF 'New Economy' index
LaunchTN offers a few comments on ITIF 'New Economy' index

[Charts added] Following VNC's report on the ITIF report today, LaunchTN responded.

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Tennessee CRS private-equity Venrock play<br>weighted toward Technology, Healthcare
Tennessee CRS private-equity Venrock play
weighted toward Technology, Healthcare

The state retirement fund's venture capital allocations seem to be gaining momentum

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Angel Capital Group criteria and deal flow
Angel Capital Group criteria and deal flow

ACG shares its criteria and recent portfolio additions

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 LifeScience: TNInvestco-funded Diagnovus' growth<br>may lie in hands of East/West coastal investors
LifeScience: TNInvestco-funded Diagnovus' growth
may lie in hands of East/West coastal investors

President James Stover says company has good talks with potential strategic partners

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LifeScience: TNInvestco-funded Diagnovus' growth may lie in hands of East/West coastal investors
LifeScience: TNInvestco-funded Diagnovus' growth may lie in hands of East/West coastal investors

VTC President James Stover says company has good talks with potential strategic partners

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Nashville's investor-backed YouScience startup charts paths to marketplace
Nashville's investor-backed YouScience startup charts paths to marketplace

[updated] Smart money and a long-standing interest in matching natural ability and career paths produce an edventure.

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New owner TJ Wilt pushes Cumberland Transit along e-commerce trail
New owner TJ Wilt pushes Cumberland Transit along e-commerce trail

There's a venture element to extending the life and footprint of iconic Nashville businesses.

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Shareable Ink names McGraw CEO, succeeding Founder Steve Hau
Shareable Ink names McGraw CEO, succeeding Founder Steve Hau

[update 15 May 2015] Hal Andrews new CEO. A company drawn here by the healthcare magnet gets a new leader.

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Funding Ballparc: ParkIT Ventures jumpstarts alongside Bullpen Ventures
Funding Ballparc: ParkIT Ventures jumpstarts alongside Bullpen Ventures

A well-connected management team has savvy onboard.

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Nashville's CrowdPC: $50MM on-tap<br>for global launch of computing platform
Nashville's CrowdPC: $50MM on-tap
for global launch of computing platform

[Updated 24 July 2014] Entrepreneurial venture apparently ceased operations.

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LeanKit: Tech-savvy NVille VCs harder to find than Software talent
LeanKit: Tech-savvy NVille VCs harder to find than Software talent

The real test may be a $10MM capital round not so far away.

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No leg-up? TCRS pension-assets 'Set-aside' for TN firms uncertain
No leg-up? TCRS pension-assets 'Set-aside' for TN firms uncertain
Chief Investment Officer Michael Brakebill reiterates his open-door policy
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TCRS private-equity commitments reach $900MM as Villere departs
TCRS private-equity commitments reach $900MM as Villere departs

[updated] Crews PE role formalized after months as interim at TCRS.

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Entrepreneur Center: AdvanceNashville seeks 16 leaders
Entrepreneur Center: AdvanceNashville seeks 16 leaders
The EC revs its engine to create a platoon of change agents
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Mentor Capitalist:  Gary Peat reboots after Council Capital
Mentor Capitalist: Gary Peat reboots after Council Capital

VC opens new chapter amid a climate of lingering dread and anticipation

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LaunchTN appoints commercialization director from Nashville startup ranks
LaunchTN appoints commercialization director from Nashville startup ranks

TTDC now seems to be fully staffed to further pro-venture programs

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Series A: Holland hopes Populr shows Nashville techies can be 'global players'
Series A: Holland hopes Populr shows Nashville techies can be 'global players'
Founder Holland provides update for Bullpen & Solidus-backed venture
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VentureNotes: Tennessee Venture Council moving to starting-blocks?
VentureNotes: Tennessee Venture Council moving to starting-blocks?
Key investment and legislative issues could get a new advocate, after simmering years
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Startup POPVOX could double as case study for LaunchTN tech-venture push
Startup POPVOX could double as case study for LaunchTN tech-venture push
Tech-driven civics venture could mean high-growth jobs for Tennessee, or not
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INCITE's latest co-investments announced
INCITE's latest co-investments announced
A former Jacobson associate, TNInvestco's and others in social media, healthcare and transport secxtors
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Anthem Healthcare Intelligence capital raise underway with NEST-TN aboard
Anthem Healthcare Intelligence capital raise underway with NEST-TN aboard
[Updated] Agilum, fka Anthem Health Intelligence, updated its $5.5MM capital raise.
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VentureNotes, September 10, 2012
VentureNotes, September 10, 2012
Galen, VentureIncite, LaunchTN, Dobie Media, FamilyVenture Management and more
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Care Technology Systems says Healthcare venture veteran Hertik joins board
Care Technology Systems says Healthcare venture veteran Hertik joins board
There are other shoes to drop at Care Technology, but today's is a good start
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TNInvestco funds still had $84 Million dry powder at year-end 2011, ECD says
TNInvestco funds still had $84 Million dry powder at year-end 2011, ECD says
ECD's more robust reporting site provides easier access to TNInvestco filings
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Nashville's Education Networks of America now owned by Atlanta PE firm
Nashville's Education Networks of America now owned by Atlanta PE firm

Long-rumored 'for sale', ENA and CEO of 10 years open new chapter

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VentureNotes
VentureNotes

Fred Goad, Eric Satz, Beth Seigenthaler: entrepreneurs older and newer are hard at-work

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Council Capital: Rick Apple spreads TNInvestco seeds for Nashville moneytree
Council Capital: Rick Apple spreads TNInvestco seeds for Nashville moneytree
One of 10 TNInvestco's is now being led by a VU/Princeton product
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TCRS private-equity commitments approach $700MM, agency says
TCRS private-equity commitments approach $700MM, agency says
A pension-fund program underway three years takes another step forward
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VentureNotes: June 25, 2011
VentureNotes: June 25, 2011
Family-backed VC gets traction, Nashville's OZ, kaffee-powered social venture
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Briefly: TriStar Technology Ventures invests in Cerebrotech
Briefly: TriStar Technology Ventures invests in Cerebrotech
Another bet in medical devices is m ade by Jacobson-led venture firm
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INVESTTennessee convenes June 21, registration offered VNC readers
INVESTTennessee convenes June 21, registration offered VNC readers
Tractor Supply, AmSurg, Regal Entertainment and 7 other TN companies will present
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TN companies at pivot-points might attract funding via River Associates
TN companies at pivot-points might attract funding via River Associates
This private-equity firm attracted out-of-state institutionals to its $222MM fund VI
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Gov. Haslam's INCITE program stirs to life via 'Venture Incite' A-round
Gov. Haslam's INCITE program stirs to life via 'Venture Incite' A-round
There are some new faces among the 'usual suspects' applying at INCITE Fund
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'Educating the money' may be answer to diversifying Nashville techventures
'Educating the money' may be answer to diversifying Nashville techventures

[EMIDS update Dec. 5, 2013] Maybe it's time to focus on something more than our reported shortage of coders

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<center>IDEAS: Helping Tennessee's growth companies<br>develop leadership capacity and secure capital</center>
IDEAS: Helping Tennessee's growth companies
develop leadership capacity and secure capital
A leading private-equity executive puts the Ideas spotlight on an overlooked group
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Feb. 22nd: Mind2Marketplace spotlights Tennessee<br>regional accelerators for entrepreneurs
Feb. 22nd: Mind2Marketplace spotlights Tennessee
regional accelerators for entrepreneurs
Briefings on the state's new regional business accelerators' mission and how to work with them.
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<center>IDEAS: Time to step-up local university-industry<br>collaboration in Information Technologies</center>
IDEAS: Time to step-up local university-industry
collaboration in Information Technologies
IDEAS begins with straight talk from the VU campus about Nashville's IT challenges and opportunities
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Gov. Haslam's performance Dashboard is mostly welcomed, but some want a deeper view of results
Gov. Haslam's performance Dashboard is mostly welcomed, but some want a deeper view of results
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TCRS: Retirement fund commits $40MM total to Bain Capital VF12, Canaan IX
TCRS: Retirement fund commits $40MM total to Bain Capital VF12, Canaan IX
The state's retirement system advances toward the half-billion dollar level in private-equity commitments
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Nashville's SeniorMetrix sells to stealthy NaviHealth,<br>backed by Welsh Carson, Select Medical, Universal American
Nashville's SeniorMetrix sells to stealthy NaviHealth,
backed by Welsh Carson, Select Medical, Universal American

Rick Glanz exits in a big way, via a stealthily formed buyer backed by biggies

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Tennessee-based Green Ballast registered IPO, now waits for daylight
Tennessee-based Green Ballast registered IPO, now waits for daylight
It's not Facebook, but this would-be OTC stock affords a clear look at startup options
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Tennessee Technology Development Corporation at another inflection point
Tennessee Technology Development Corporation at another inflection point
Tech-driven economic development will eventually learn what priority it gets in the Haslam Administration
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Wealth Access SaaS startup targets high net-worth clients and their advisors
Wealth Access SaaS startup targets high net-worth clients and their advisors

[updated] High Net Worth (HNW) individuals and their data-buried advisors are targeted

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Noted: StartupTN launches state's first startup database
Noted: StartupTN launches state's first startup database

Case Foundation CEO Jean Case joined StartupTN CEO Michael Burcham and others for anniversary observances

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Nashville Business Incubation Center strategic review advances
Nashville Business Incubation Center strategic review advances
The NBIC is seriously considering creating a new facility and/or relocating from its 10th Ave spot
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Briefly: ECD Innovation Director post vacated, Will Alexander picks-up duties
Briefly: ECD Innovation Director post vacated, Will Alexander picks-up duties
Ryan Gooch moves on to EnerNOC, and the Senator's son and others pick-up added duties
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Heritage Healthcare Innovation Fund LP pursues $200MM raise
Heritage Healthcare Innovation Fund LP pursues $200MM raise

Updated: Rock Morphis and David McClellan are adding tons of dry powder to their healthcare venture arsenal.

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King: FCA Venture Partners now follows more 'ideas' for possible investment
King: FCA Venture Partners now follows more 'ideas' for possible investment
Scrutiny of entrepreneurs has increased mightily and this Clayton Associates affiliate presses onward raising capital
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'Artist Growth' tech for Music industry is first of 'action alignment' series
'Artist Growth' tech for Music industry is first of 'action alignment' series

Technology that 'puts the music business in a box' is the opening entry from this startup

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Noted: Tailwind, McWhorters buy into Cumberland Consulting
Noted: Tailwind, McWhorters buy into Cumberland Consulting
Now a Delaware company, CCG looks to diversify offerings and targets platform growth, including M&A
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TNInvestco funds stay busy with further tech-sector investments
TNInvestco funds stay busy with further tech-sector investments
A steady stream of commitments, often made to familiar names, continues, with results not yet due
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Fivestone Partners' investors put 'skin in the game' for lean-finance enterprise
Fivestone Partners' investors put 'skin in the game' for lean-finance enterprise

Jozef Nuyens and partners plant a venture flag in Tennessee, and demonstrate broader reach

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Energy Targets: TCRS PE program makes $50MM commitment to Denham
Energy Targets: TCRS PE program makes $50MM commitment to Denham
Rising interest in metals, natural gas and other energy assets is the driver in Denham's current multi-billion dollar fundraise
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Memphis VC-allied MB Innovations eyes medical-devices development
Memphis VC-allied MB Innovations eyes medical-devices development
VC and industry veteran Mike Sherman will leave work, starting with Spine Wave
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Moontoast launches $6MM equity-capital raise
Moontoast launches $6MM equity-capital raise

[Updated] Martin Companies leads round, Boston-based CEO says startup is getting traction

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Tech targets: TCRS PE program makes $25MM nod to Gen. Catalyst Group VI
Tech targets: TCRS PE program makes $25MM nod to Gen. Catalyst Group VI
This Massachusetts fund is partial to Internet plays and other technologies.
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TriStar Technology Ventures files for $40MM capital raise for Tech Fund II
TriStar Technology Ventures files for $40MM capital raise for Tech Fund II

Just days after parent HIG added to its management team, Tri-Star reports it has begun one of Tennessee's larger recent fund raises

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Mundie, Harwell VC startup anchored by Elizabeth Turner Campbell Estate
Mundie, Harwell VC startup anchored by Elizabeth Turner Campbell Estate
Veterans of private equity and operations offer new access to venture assets to families with capital to manage for potential greater returns
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Parental Health attracts Innova Fund II as investors close Series A cap raise
Parental Health attracts Innova Fund II as investors close Series A cap raise
Hudsmith's HP-allied startup executes on its telemedicine strategy for seniors aging-in-place
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TN ECD asks public comment on $30MM Co-Investment plans
TN ECD asks public comment on $30MM Co-Investment plans
State ECD issued draft guidelines for Gov. Haslam's INCITE Co-Investment Fund managed by TTDC
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Lifestyle startups are focus for Lipscomb Center for Entrepreneurship;<br>Joe Ivey prepares to recruit leaders, mentors and internships
Lifestyle startups are focus for Lipscomb Center for Entrepreneurship;
Joe Ivey prepares to recruit leaders, mentors and internships
University aims to allow all interested students access to business and social entrepreneurship curricula 
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NewsBits, Oct. 26, 2011
NewsBits, Oct. 26, 2011
Milestone events, capital raises, a whiskey resurrected, and local venture news recapped.
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TNT: Hagerty's state economic-development portfolio gets heavier
TNT: Hagerty's state economic-development portfolio gets heavier
Gov. Haslam's ECD commissioner has a growing list of to-do's, including an international trade portfolio
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Economist: Innovation campaign driven by pragmatism is crucial
Economist: Innovation campaign driven by pragmatism is crucial
A Harvard-based economist tells local execs clusters and pragmatism are key elements for a Nashville innovation strategy
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VentureNotes, Oct. 3, 2011
VentureNotes, Oct. 3, 2011
Investors are busily putting capital into ventures young and older, in Chattanooga, Oak Ridge and elsewhere
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TNInvestcos-funded 'S2 Interactive' debuts at Musculoskeletal venture forum
TNInvestcos-funded 'S2 Interactive' debuts at Musculoskeletal venture forum
Larry Foster's been nursing this idea for improving surgi-team proficiency for years; the iPad made it possible
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NewsBits, Sept. 20, 2011
NewsBits, Sept. 20, 2011

Executive transitions, capital raises, alliances and innovations.

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Healthcare-focused Council Ventures adds HealthSpring CEO Fritch<br>for CEO council that guides health and related portfolio companies
Healthcare-focused Council Ventures adds HealthSpring CEO Fritch
for CEO council that guides health and related portfolio companies

Bottorff-, Gambill-led firm is amassing quite a healthcare brain trust

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Gov. Haslam announces $29.7MM Fed funding for INCITE push
Gov. Haslam announces $29.7MM Fed funding for INCITE push
As widely anticipated, the Feds came through with $29.7MM in funding for Gov. Bill Haslam's innovation-breeding program
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Bottorff: TNInvestco shows 'creativity' in TN capital-formation;<br>entrepreneurial sector is an American source of strength
Bottorff: TNInvestco shows 'creativity' in TN capital-formation;
entrepreneurial sector is an American source of strength

Nashville leader says the sometimes controversial program is 'worthwhile experiment' in jobs creation.

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VenturePeople, August 1, 2011
VenturePeople, August 1, 2011
Five more updates from a VCs, an entrepreneur, a couple of developers and a bizdev pro.
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EDO Interactive in $20MM deal, expands in Chicago
EDO Interactive in $20MM deal, expands in Chicago
EDO Interactive proves it can keep raking-in the venture bucks. No word on how much will go to marketing and how much, if any, is for recap.
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Disruptive Capital: Dr. Harry Jacobson's push for investment<br>could help make Nashville 'the Silicon Valley of Healthcare'
Disruptive Capital: Dr. Harry Jacobson's push for investment
could help make Nashville 'the Silicon Valley of Healthcare'
To be the seat of innovation in healthcare delivery, Nashville must attract new capital and novel ideas
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HealthTeacher reaches venture's 'inflection point';<br>backer Chrysalis joined by SSM as Petra exits
HealthTeacher reaches venture's 'inflection point';
backer Chrysalis joined by SSM as Petra exits
Strategy and financing now inplace, HealthTeacher may have graduated to growth-company status
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Solidus' Venture Incite options ORNL technology<br>to bring its start-up 'assembly line' to life
Solidus' Venture Incite options ORNL technology
to bring its start-up 'assembly line' to life

Nashville VC's Oak Ridge affiliate has focused one of its startups on commercializing 'the Moses effect'

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Ventures: BlankSlate fund debuts, 5 venture updates
Ventures: BlankSlate fund debuts, 5 venture updates
Five ventures are updated, some raising millions, others bootstrapping, none waiting for others to make it real.
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TCRS PE commitments hit $424 Million with nods<br>to Khosla Ventures IV, Berkshire Partners fund
TCRS PE commitments hit $424 Million with nods
to Khosla Ventures IV, Berkshire Partners fund
Entrepreneurs and business owners up for some 'brutal honesty' might check out these new Tennessee-backed institutional investors.
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CapControls' $3.8m cap raise and AnalytX pact<br>drive Maxwell start-up's pursuit of growth
CapControls' $3.8m cap raise and AnalytX pact
drive Maxwell start-up's pursuit of growth
He took a break after his successful exit from Investment Scorecard, now he's pushing his startup toward deeper waters
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NHCC panel: Nashville healthcare stakeholders must promote elsewhere
NHCC panel: Nashville healthcare stakeholders must promote elsewhere
Financing the deal conferees make a point about telling Nashville's story, again.
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Gov. Haslam: TN to co-invest via INCITE<br>innovation and jobs-formation campaign
Gov. Haslam: TN to co-invest via INCITE
innovation and jobs-formation campaign
Governor addresses fast-growth sector; details of venture funding, entrepreneur award and tech-transfer still unfolding
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NewsBits, May 3, 2011
NewsBits, May 3, 2011
Speaker Harwell's tech agenda.. Schulz on ECD strategy.. new TN tech jobs.. Chattanooga Ventures.. Dream CS, DigiChart and more..
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Pathway Lending, UT Research Foundation have intersecting commercialization interests
Pathway Lending, UT Research Foundation have intersecting commercialization interests
This economic-development lender is deepening its footprint statewide
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TN ECD's Hagerty taps Corker aide<br>Fassbender for leadership role
TN ECD's Hagerty taps Corker aide
Fassbender for leadership role
With Gov. Bill Haslam's jobs- and innovation-producing strategy launching next week, the appointment of a seasoned operative is welcomed
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Lamp Post Group advances incubation in Chattanooga
Lamp Post Group advances incubation in Chattanooga
With EPB, Renaissance Fund and other alliles, River City takes another step toward its 'Smart City' closeup
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New Beasley-Rolfe PE firm targets 'business orphans'
New Beasley-Rolfe PE firm targets 'business orphans'
Leveraging personal networks, two entrepreneurs look for things bigger companies should sell.
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Angel Tax Credit: Prayers for passage not on all lips
Angel Tax Credit: Prayers for passage not on all lips
Angels' hopes take wing, but it remains to be seen whether the General Assembly answers the call
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TCRS PE commitments hit $349 Million<br>with decision on Bessemer Venture Partners
TCRS PE commitments hit $349 Million
with decision on Bessemer Venture Partners
[Updated] Fueled by assets of the pension fund for State employees, the TCRS private-equity program advances
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Bullpen Ventures preps for pitches, aims for the fence
Bullpen Ventures preps for pitches, aims for the fence
McWhorter's team will field up to a dozen startups per year, once the season begins
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NewsBits, March 28, 2011
NewsBits, March 28, 2011
Get that extra cup o' coffee, you'll need it for news from McWhorter, Council Ventures, Vaden Landers and more.
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Will Pinkston takes lessons learned into Sync Strategies
Will Pinkston takes lessons learned into Sync Strategies
Former Bredesen aide and Haslam supporter starts independent communications practice
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NewsBits, March 21, 2011
NewsBits, March 21, 2011
Legislators make an energy-tech 'grab', plus venture events and training and more statewide.
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TNInvestco: State ECD updates on process
TNInvestco: State ECD updates on process
The TNInvestco data has been published, with no interpretation of value yet rendered
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Law + Leverage: Baker Donelson adds Sloan<br>for technology & emerging companies
Law + Leverage: Baker Donelson adds Sloan
for technology & emerging companies

Law firm broadens its already sizeable footprint, plants flag in dealing with early-stage ventures

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NewsBits, March 7, 2011
NewsBits, March 7, 2011
VU porfolio co goes elsewhere, TNInvestco company, startup ecosystem spreads, PdCamp, ORNL, MyOutdoorTV and more
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NewsBits, February 28, 2011
NewsBits, February 28, 2011
Our latest roundup of VU searches, capital raises, marketing pushes, digital music, tech commercialization and more
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Nashville's Frank Grant leaves Cisco to lead Adreima growth
Nashville's Frank Grant leaves Cisco to lead Adreima growth

[updated] Tech-sales leader joins private-equity backed firm with announced M&A ambitions

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NewsBits, February 22, 2011
NewsBits, February 22, 2011
New ECD appointee, TNInvestco clone idea, updates on Silicon Ranch, JumpStart, Bizen, entrepreneurship and much more
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NewsBits, Feb. 14, 2011
NewsBits, Feb. 14, 2011

New chair at lifesciences association..Parental Health update.. Bredesen aide moves.. Silicon Ranch and Venture Incite add staff.. PE investors disappear after liquidation.. bio-entrepreneurs..more

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Heritage Healthcare Innovation Fund launches in N'ville
Heritage Healthcare Innovation Fund launches in N'ville
Vanguard's Martin, Community Health's Smith among those signing-on to to drive outcomes, drive down costs.
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NewsBits, January 10, 2011
NewsBits, January 10, 2011
Lots of stuff bubbling-up from Genera, Skoodat, Satz (at left), plus the Cable and Broadcast folks, and more.
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Cost-effective healthcare: Texans join Morphis, Marconcini in Precedent Health launch
Cost-effective healthcare: Texans join Morphis, Marconcini in Precedent Health launch
With a century or more of collective healthcare and investment experience, this savvy alliance seems to be positioning for the post-Reform reality check
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Gov.-Elect Haslam names Hagerty to key Economic Development post
Gov.-Elect Haslam names Hagerty to key Economic Development post
In a jobs-, economy- and budget-oriented era of challenges, the next Tennessee governor has chosen a private-equity fellow for a linchpin role
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SecureWaters: TN VC's could take ORNL technology global
SecureWaters: TN VC's could take ORNL technology global
Entrepreneurs are commercializing sensor technology that leverages the ecosystem.
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HealthDataSource unveils advisors for health data startup
HealthDataSource unveils advisors for health data startup
Latest health data entry aims to help providers determine demand for services and facilities.
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NewsBits, December 7, 2010
NewsBits, December 7, 2010
News and notes from around Tennessee on science, technology, innovation and related policy.
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Doerr and KPCB:  Tennessee ties may be growing
Doerr and KPCB: Tennessee ties may be growing
Visionary who's been called 'center of gravity of the Internet' is also creating a stir in Tennessee
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Venture Nashville Calendar Update
Venture Nashville Calendar Update
Nashville and Tennessee are quickly becoming year-round innovation venues, as this sampling of events makes clear
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Informatics pro chosen to execute e-Health plan for TN
Informatics pro chosen to execute e-Health plan for TN
With the end of the Bredesen Administration in sight, the Administration is entrusting its regional exchange initiative to a tech talent
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TCRS Private equity investment jumps with $50MM placement
TCRS Private equity investment jumps with $50MM placement
With its third announcement and fifth assignment, the State's retirement plan advances toward its $800MM-plus investment goal
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Quick Take: New Seed fund may be on RightSide
Quick Take: New Seed fund may be on RightSide
Nashville and Tennessee VCs sound-off on new seed-stage investment model, with concerns and some things they like
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BioMimetic CEO urges 'build on Bredesen's start', plus greater Vanderbilt role in life-sciences ventures
BioMimetic CEO urges 'build on Bredesen's start', plus greater Vanderbilt role in life-sciences ventures

Lynch cites workforce challenges and the need for more collaboration throughout the region as essential to lift Nashville from lower tier of life-science centers

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Martin Cos. deepens bench at DisastersNet, as HealthStream ally broadens target sectors
Martin Cos. deepens bench at DisastersNet, as HealthStream ally broadens target sectors

Shifts in command, marketing duties may add momentum in company now backed by entrepreneur with deepest pockets

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Crabb hopes 'perfect storm' will drive surge in M&A deals
Crabb hopes 'perfect storm' will drive surge in M&A deals

A stalemate on reform of healthcare policy and reimbursements may provide stability that will embolden fence-sitters

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Quick Take: TN VCs comment on Private-Company Exchanges
Quick Take: TN VCs comment on Private-Company Exchanges
If the IPO door is still barely cracked, maybe some portfolio managers will find these alternatives attractive
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TTDC grants $100K to Nashville Entrepreneur Center, names two board leaders
TTDC grants $100K to Nashville Entrepreneur Center, names two board leaders
Tech economic development group also funds entrepreneurs network and appoints vice chairperson as it heads into legislative fray
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Confluence Solar is landing in TN with 250 jobs and raising Venture capital for new operations
Confluence Solar is landing in TN with 250 jobs and raising Venture capital for new operations
Gov. Phil Bredesen's string of successes in the Solar sector continues to lengthen
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FourBridges exec: More insurers would invest if TNInvestco reopens
FourBridges exec: More insurers would invest if TNInvestco reopens
Some believe the General Assembly should next move to increase the TNInvestco pot to $200 million
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FourBridges exec: More insurers would invest if TNInvestco reopens
FourBridges exec: More insurers would invest if TNInvestco reopens
Some believe the General Assembly should next move to increase the TNInvestco pot to $200 million
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2010 Economy:  Kisber, Cromwell both face reckoning
2010 Economy: Kisber, Cromwell both face reckoning
For perhaps the next six months, the pace of development of Tennessee's emerging New Economy will be largely in the hands of elected officials
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Nashville Techies continually monitored by investors
Nashville Techies continually monitored by investors

Developers may think they're only toiling in obscurity, but they may well be under the observant eye of local VCs and Angels

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Medaxion goes mobile to capture medical charges
Medaxion goes mobile to capture medical charges

[updated] HealthStream co-founder's latest technology play aims to awaken sleeping value in medical niche

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Medical Trade Center would expand Convention Center
Medical Trade Center would expand Convention Center
New 12-story tower will crown Nashville Convention Center. That's Crow Holdings' Bill Winsor at left.
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TCRS makes $25MM private-equity commitment
TCRS makes $25MM private-equity commitment
Well connected Sand Hill firm gets nod, as State pension fund continues implementation of first-year investments
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Against clock, Bredesen pushes Green jobs, innovation
Against clock, Bredesen pushes Green jobs, innovation
At the midpoint in Gov. Bredesen's second term, he's not letting-up on the accelerator for New Economy jobs
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TNInvestco:  Goldrush underway to fund TN ventures
TNInvestco: Goldrush underway to fund TN ventures
$120MM program should inject more than $80MM into seed- and early-stage companies in Tennessee over next few years
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State's TechDevCorp adapting to threats and opportunities
State's TechDevCorp adapting to threats and opportunities

Warning TNInvestco's not enough, TTDC hopes to keep its mission alive, maybe by spinning-off new ventures

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Briefly: Petra Capital invests in med transcription company
Briefly: Petra Capital invests in med transcription company
Today's announcement is further evidence of the attraction of healthcare-savvy investors to health IT, wherever it resides
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TN TechDev's life running through financial hourglass
TN TechDev's life running through financial hourglass
Tennessee Technology Development Corp. faces the proverbial 'Valley of Death' in its own funding, and looks to the Bredesen Administration for a liferope
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CEO:  Healthcare Management Systems passing $75MM mark
CEO: Healthcare Management Systems passing $75MM mark
PE-backed HMS acquires technology from undisclosed company, aims to leverage Stimulus funding for further momentum
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NEWSBITS, Sept. 28, 2009
NEWSBITS, Sept. 28, 2009
Updates on 20-firm TNInvestco roster, TBA board members, Healthways' strategic hire, Bill Frist, Entrepreneurs deadline, StartupWeekend, Universal Robotics, Barcamp
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Fund-manager interviews set by City of Franklin
Fund-manager interviews set by City of Franklin
A VU MBA alum happens to be on the team out of New York State interviewing would-be fund managers
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$40MM in 'lumps':  PassAlong demise spurs entrepreneur onward
$40MM in 'lumps': PassAlong demise spurs entrepreneur onward
Dave Jaworski has his hands in at least three new ventures, and is out on the money trail again, undeterred
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Emdeon shares may get 'bump', but analyst prefers Passport's posture
Emdeon shares may get 'bump', but analyst prefers Passport's posture
[Updated] Case for discounting Emdeon stock doesn't rule-out the company's acquiring transformative assets, to be more than a middleman
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TNInvestco:  'Creativity incredible' among interested firms
TNInvestco: 'Creativity incredible' among interested firms

[Updated] With the VC filing deadline just 13 days away, one administrator of the state's new capital-formation program is impressed with the calibre of prospective fund managers

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Metro fund targets volatility and budget pressure
Metro fund targets volatility and budget pressure
Nashville's chief investment officer is working to improve further the benefits fund's performance, while mitigating pressure for additional Metro contributions to pay for benefits for retired employees
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TN Biotech group confirms its new chair's resignation
TN Biotech group confirms its new chair's resignation
Departing exec says she sought 'sense of urgency', while interim chairman says he hopes TBA will find 'someone like Leslie' to help group become 'more relevant'
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Private equity: State pension fund commits $150MM
Private equity: State pension fund commits $150MM
Heavy-hitters among the threesome of fund managers chosen to handle the state's inaugural PE investments
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Resource:  TNInvestco briefing registrants
Resource: TNInvestco briefing registrants

Some are shoppers, some are bidders, some are there to keep an eye on others...and some are committed to vying for TNInvestco certification

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C-level team-building:  e+CancerCare names CAO
C-level team-building: e+CancerCare names CAO
A company with a timely mission gains a veteran of Nashville healthcare ventures, as the nation's focus on cancer intensifies
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VCs form industry consortium, as TNInvestco nears kickoff
VCs form industry consortium, as TNInvestco nears kickoff
Those who would be fund managers in the state's new program are taking a close look at the groundrules and the competition
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Centrum Equities control shifts amid recapitalization
Centrum Equities control shifts amid recapitalization
A Brentwood firm in turnaround mode several years is now controlled by a Chicago private-equity player
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$800MM: TCRS releases state private equity guidelines
$800MM: TCRS releases state private equity guidelines
Much anticipated guidance for VCs and private-equity investors is likely to galvanize Tennessee fund managers
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New 'Green energy' venture revealed in wake of Vencap legislation
New 'Green energy' venture revealed in wake of Vencap legislation
The governor's signature will soon be affixed to the State's new venture law, but already there are hundreds of new jobs on the horizon
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Venture Capital tax credit approved by General Assembly
Venture Capital tax credit approved by General Assembly
[Updated 5:52 p.m.] The TNSBICCA passed in both House and Senate today, and will next go to Gov. Bredesen. The Senate vote was 30-0. It passed in the full House this morning, 94-0, and in Senate Finance this afternoon 9-0-1PNV. The insurance industry provides the leverage for this economic development and venture-funding move.
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Update: VGT's Yarbrough investing along twin paths
Update: VGT's Yarbrough investing along twin paths
There's a job open at Video Gaming Technologies, where entrepreneur is investing $100MM
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Bredesen's Qualifacts, NC ally push for e-health consortia
Bredesen's Qualifacts, NC ally push for e-health consortia

CEO says despite growth, the specter of failed implementations by any vendors 'keeps him up at night'

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NEWSBITS May 26, 2009
NEWSBITS May 26, 2009
Jacobson's new digs, Universal Robotics' placement, WSJ taps local analysts, Solidus' stake, antitrust cautions and more...
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NEWSBITS May 1, 2009
NEWSBITS May 1, 2009
Digital Reasoning, tech transfer, Metro development, Innotec, nTelagent, Memphis venture forum, ICA, M&A, bankruptcies and more...
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State venture-capital incentive gains traction in Gen. Assembly
State venture-capital incentive gains traction in Gen. Assembly

Legislators want to demonstrate support for smaller ventures, advocates say the CAPCO model has been improved since early adopters found serious flaws

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Nashville execs say they'll launch 'smoke-free cigarette'
Nashville execs say they'll launch 'smoke-free cigarette'
In another push for success, two Euro execs say $20MM will put their innovation over the top
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NEWSBITS April 20, 2009
NEWSBITS April 20, 2009
Goad reported suing former TVA director, Petra and Innova invest, $20MM the number for startup, tech transfer event, views on IPO climate...
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Strategics: Nashville's Emma invests in New Zealanders
Strategics: Nashville's Emma invests in New Zealanders
Rapidly growing e-mail campaigner buys into firm with messaging savvy and its own budding international following
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General Assembly spotlights venture investing
General Assembly spotlights venture investing
The state's new private-equity director debuts and a VC panel gets the lowdown on controversial venture-funding proposal
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Nashville HQ possible for Healthcare Management Partners
Nashville HQ possible for Healthcare Management Partners

[updated] Bracing for 'intense shakeout' and scouting for talent, company now counts HCA, Lifepoint among its clients, playing the upside among distressed properties

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Venture capitalists standing-down from FONCE battle
Venture capitalists standing-down from FONCE battle
A dust-up avoided, the state's venture-capital firms announce they're no longer concerned about certain changes in taxbreak provisions affecting family-owned entities.
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ConnectivHealth divests unit, focuses on key business
ConnectivHealth divests unit, focuses on key business
Evolving Brentwood company focuses fresh capital on latest acquisition, divests once flagship business
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NEWSBITS Feb. 13, 2009
NEWSBITS Feb. 13, 2009
Updates on ICA, iPayment, Tractor Supply, Solar Institute interest, Stimulus, Tech competition, and Med-devices firms...
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TTDC funds bioscience entrepreneurship initiative
TTDC funds bioscience entrepreneurship initiative

With former VC hired to lead program, grant for entrepreneurship helps flesh-out tech-development ecosystem

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Gov. Bredesen:  Talks underway for Solar Institute
Gov. Bredesen: Talks underway for Solar Institute
[UPDATED] The Governor's proposal for a Solar Institute, despite pressing fiscal and economic priorities, is an attempt to seize momentum
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Life Sciences: VC-backed Nodality opens Franklin lab
Life Sciences: VC-backed Nodality opens Franklin lab
By enlisting a squad of scientists based here, this California firm has created a pathway of its own into Nashville's fledgling biotechnology community
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Kisber:  VC says 'Tennessee on map' for Green investment
Kisber: VC says 'Tennessee on map' for Green investment
State official offers tantalizing hints of impending cap-investment announcements, and mentions direct talks with a VC
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CoreTech's 'Green' industries campus advancing here
CoreTech's 'Green' industries campus advancing here
Middle Tennessee's next sci-tech business park may be located in Wilson County
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Petra Capital's Blackburn:  Maybe 'everyone's on-strike'
Petra Capital's Blackburn: Maybe 'everyone's on-strike'
Waiting for the economy's turn, this VC keeps it real by focusing on performance, processes and pairing-up golfers
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Tennessee Pension Fund names private-equity investment director
Tennessee Pension Fund names private-equity investment director
In a much-anticipated announcement, TCRS announces the identity of the man who will be the fund's first private-equity investment director
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Opening gambit:  DisastersNet partners with HealthStream
Opening gambit: DisastersNet partners with HealthStream

The stakes for hospitals are high and rising, amid disasters and other incidents, and two tech-driven Nashville companies respond

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GOP nominee for State Treasurer would impact investing
GOP nominee for State Treasurer would impact investing
UPDATED - A change at the helm of the Treasurer's office could mean changes in management of the state's new private-equity investments
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Some owners wary as Revenue's Farr argues for equity and 'true VCs'
Some owners wary as Revenue's Farr argues for equity and 'true VCs'
Amid an awful economy and with the dust from their last scrape still in the air, the State and some business interests may be squaring-off, once again
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Frontier Capital pushes West toward Nashville
Frontier Capital pushes West toward Nashville

North Carolina deal-flow prospector says his firm is focusing more attention on Music City

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Boon, not gloom?  MB Ventures chief looks forward to '09
Boon, not gloom? MB Ventures chief looks forward to '09
With a nod to Nashville VCs, this Memphis fund manager sees plenty of targets of opportunity
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Vanderbilt CFO retires, Zeppos names interims
Vanderbilt CFO retires, Zeppos names interims
Amid a bear economy and with expensive promises to keep, Vanderbilt relies on continuity in ranks
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Pres-Elect names VC to head Small Business Administration
Pres-Elect names VC to head Small Business Administration
This Maine private equity and LBO executive knows up-close and personal what it takes to survive and innovate
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Gov. Bredesen spies more Energy jobs after Hemlock
Gov. Bredesen spies more Energy jobs after Hemlock
If it were football, we'd say the Governor wants to see what his economic-development team can do with 2 minutes left, in the Red Zone
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Lehman: CFMT needs unrestricted funds for rapid impact
Lehman: CFMT needs unrestricted funds for rapid impact
This is one foundation that's been a venture from the start, 'bringing good people and good causes together'
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Stakes are rising for TTDC, as VC group presses for change
Stakes are rising for TTDC, as VC group presses for change

Tennessee Technology Development Corporation has a great gameplan, but the clock is ticking for policymakers, VCs, scientists and entrepreneurs

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MB Ventures' 3rd fund emerging in time to reap 'Vintage 2009' values
MB Ventures' 3rd fund emerging in time to reap 'Vintage 2009' values
The Pitt Hyde-founded life-sciences investor will soon be on the prowl again, in a target-rich marketplace of down-valued companies
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Council Ventures' portfolio company said closing after a lead investor balks
Council Ventures' portfolio company said closing after a lead investor balks

Nashville-based investor's fourth asset may prove to be a casualty of the economic crisis

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ESPN-backed company buys Nashville ventures
ESPN-backed company buys Nashville ventures
Local transactions players snapped-up by a California firm with private-equity heavyweights. By Milt Capps
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Tennessee Technology Development Corp. sharpens venture focus
Tennessee Technology Development Corp. sharpens venture focus
TTDC presses ahead on numerous fronts, with a deadline looming just over the horizon, amid a rough economy, and political changes
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$27B State pension fund has 18 advisors after competition
$27B State pension fund has 18 advisors after competition
Given the vagaries of global markets, TCRS pension funds and other assets that are managed in service to employers of government workers and educators enjoy close tending by heavy-hitters
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McWhorter-backed coalition, Solidus-backed company are health-reform allies
McWhorter-backed coalition, Solidus-backed company are health-reform allies
Veteran healthcare leader and venture-capitalist joins youthful advocates for a fresh, and aggressive look at health care reform
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Neither Gov. Bredesen nor Volkswagen blinked
Neither Gov. Bredesen nor Volkswagen blinked
Governor's trade mission to broaden ties to German manufacturer and suppliers finds VW resolute in its Tennessee plans
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Health Systems-Emageon deal draws on Bass Berry attorneys
Health Systems-Emageon deal draws on Bass Berry attorneys
Under shareholder pressure, healthcare picture-management firm Emageon finds safe harbor with a health IT firm based in Tampa
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Pharos Capital's flush, but not immune to 'bunker mentality'
Pharos Capital's flush, but not immune to 'bunker mentality'
Even with $600MM, Pharos confronts investors' expectations and portfolio-companies' ripple-down challenges
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Solidus capital morphs Galbraith's M21 into OnFocus Healthcare
Solidus capital morphs Galbraith's M21 into OnFocus Healthcare

This private-equity funded Brentwood firm aims to make healthcare organizations transparent for management teams under pressure for quality and performance

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Update: State Pension fund searches for private-equity director
Update: State Pension fund searches for private-equity director
UPDATED Oct. 9 0925 - For the moment, the Pension fund is proroceeding with recruitment that could improve returns on TCRS portfolio
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Leadership succession at Tennessee Technology Development Corporation
Leadership succession at Tennessee Technology Development Corporation

TTDC lands prominent healthcare CEO, scientist and policy influential to help navigate the shores of business, academe and government

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Bredesen finance chief eyes legislation for eHealth
Bredesen finance chief eyes legislation for eHealth
Bredesen Administration and its allies believe there's no time like the present to push forward with e-health information, encouraging businesses to spawn on the infohighway.
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Tennessee VCs worry they'll be crowded-out of state pension investments
Tennessee VCs worry they'll be crowded-out of state pension investments
Overseers look for 'best proposals', VCs press case for homegrown jobs and investment, while FONCE uncertainty continues
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VC scouts venture talent for The Buffkin Group
VC scouts venture talent for The Buffkin Group
He'll keep his hand in deal flow, but now he's jazzed about finding talent to reinforce venture-backed companies or breathe life into technology players
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Strategy Notes:  LBMC and Entrepreneurs' worst fears
Strategy Notes: LBMC and Entrepreneurs' worst fears
LBMC embraces the rise of private-equity-owned companies by hiring someone with both operating and consulting experience.
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Strength in numbers: Claritas Capital wants more VCs in Nashville's early-stage deals
Strength in numbers: Claritas Capital wants more VCs in Nashville's early-stage deals

Claritas appreciates recognition for its early-stage investing, but the Nashville VC wants more Tennessee funds to join the party

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State to invest $900 Million in private-equity alternatives
State to invest $900 Million in private-equity alternatives

State pension fund is hiring equities director, developing investment policy and will seek advice on targeting a portion of TCRS' $32 billion

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Bredesen eHealth agenda approaches milestone
Bredesen eHealth agenda approaches milestone
Gov. Phil Bredesen's eHealth initiatives have gained some national attention, and several milestones are approaching.
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Liquidity event: Passport Health deal shows power of health-revenue cycle
Liquidity event: Passport Health deal shows power of health-revenue cycle
Angels, VCs from near and far: Nashville gets a look inside another hot health technology sector, which some think will be driven by M&A activity for years to come.
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Nashville VCs have strong views on 'what it takes'
Nashville VCs have strong views on 'what it takes'

There are no 'weathervanes' among these folks. Defining 'institutional', a caution about egos, and a reminder that sounds a lot like 'Dance with the one that brung ya'

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Special Report: Cogent Healthcare and the Big Bang
Special Report: Cogent Healthcare and the Big Bang
While VCs, the Feds and others watch with interest, an industry that couldn't spell 'hospitalist' ten years ago may get its next big lift from a California transplant that's relying heavily on Nashville's healthcare 'DNA'.
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'Secret Sauce':  Debut Broadcasting hopes investors smell what it's cookin'
'Secret Sauce': Debut Broadcasting hopes investors smell what it's cookin'
Are 'Radio Days' back? The capital crunch has hit this Nashville-based media roll-up, which aims to take a page from the consolidation playbook of Clear Channel and other giants
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