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Venture Notes - 6 December 2017
Venture Notes - 6 December 2017

27 short takes on Venture developments statewide, from robots and healthcare, to hair dye and video security.

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Founder Mason: Nashville's StudioNow eyes M&A,<br>capital, global markets and $1BN revenue goal
Founder Mason: Nashville's StudioNow eyes M&A,
capital, global markets and $1BN revenue goal

IPO and other options are on the table and a decision is likely to be taken in 2018.

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Venture Notes - 11 July 2017
Venture Notes - 11 July 2017

Publisher rating VCs!? plus new capital raises, deals, NVille EC scholarships and more.

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Fintech: Ed Braswell's G2Lytics startup targets sales-tax cheats globally
Fintech: Ed Braswell's G2Lytics startup targets sales-tax cheats globally

E-commerce sellers and others will want to know about this startup.

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TwelveStone Health Partners aims to connect acute-, post-acute worlds
TwelveStone Health Partners aims to connect acute-, post-acute worlds

[updated] Company's $3.35MM capital infusion from Claritas Capital to help expand footprint and advance technology.

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Claritas Cornerstone Fund likely to invest in 4 to 6 more companies
Claritas Cornerstone Fund likely to invest in 4 to 6 more companies

Firm's investor-relations director sees great opportunity, great lifestyle in Nashville area.

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LLR Partners' Kemberton Healthcare deal illustrates M&A checkpoints
LLR Partners' Kemberton Healthcare deal illustrates M&A checkpoints

CEO wasting no time in preparing for push with private-equity backing.

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Venture Notes - 17 January 2017
Venture Notes - 17 January 2017

$40MM raise at Claritas, accelerator and startup news, and more from around the state.

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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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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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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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TwelveStone Health Partners to create techco,<br>raise venture capital, add JVs and M&A deals
TwelveStone Health Partners to create techco,
raise venture capital, add JVs and M&A deals

[updated] After sales of specialty pharmacy and other assets to Fred's, Shane Reeves has 100% control.

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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 - February 8, 2016
Venture Notes - February 8, 2016

[updated] Raises by SertintyONE, Lincor, MedPass and others updated here.

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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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Angels: NueCura MP eyes science-driven health-tech startups, sees Williamson County as likely hub for nextgen technologies
Angels: NueCura MP eyes science-driven health-tech startups, sees Williamson County as likely hub for nextgen technologies

[updated] Its Angel ranks could rise to 50 in 2016, and it may do a half-dozen deals.

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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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Claritas Capital-backed PGT entrant Genomind pursues $13MM capraise
Claritas Capital-backed PGT entrant Genomind pursues $13MM capraise

[Updated] Nashville VC continues building its healthcare portfolio.

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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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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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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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Payments entrepreneur Daily completes 8th acquisition,<br>may not need full $100MM raise before considering IPO
Payments entrepreneur Daily completes 8th acquisition,
may not need full $100MM raise before considering IPO

[Update] In 3rd outing, CEO focuses on technology for enterprises that 'don't go out of business'.

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edo Interactive: $20MM Series E, Badran CEO, Braswell exec chairman
edo Interactive: $20MM Series E, Badran CEO, Braswell exec chairman

Venture-backed edo's new CEO is based in Chicago.

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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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Local investors said acquiring Nashville exec-search business<br>as Salt Lake firm drops Nashville from Tech-city list
Local investors said acquiring Nashville exec-search business
as Salt Lake firm drops Nashville from Tech-city list

[Updated] Veteran Nashville search entrepreneur said to be among new owners.

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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'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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Posited: FinTech accelerator idea meets entrepreneurial interest in Nashville
Posited: FinTech accelerator idea meets entrepreneurial interest in Nashville

Serial entrepreneur Joe Maxwell among those enthusiastic about new FinTech focus.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Dobie Media adds Rick Blair; A-round to give EvieSays more to talk about
Dobie Media adds Rick Blair; A-round to give EvieSays more to talk about
He may not yet be a 'media wild-catter', but he's got real startup chops
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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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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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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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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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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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'Populr' decision: Bullpen Ventures corrals CentreSource's Nick Holland
'Populr' decision: Bullpen Ventures corrals CentreSource's Nick Holland
The first young bull into the chute is driving a venture that could benefit a startup, an accelerator and the EC
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Rosen's Atiba creates SLK Digital for acquisitions, starting with FiledBy
Rosen's Atiba creates SLK Digital for acquisitions, starting with FiledBy
An entrepreneur and sometime Angel eases into the Web-media acquisitions mode
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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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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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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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NewsBits, Sept. 20, 2011
NewsBits, Sept. 20, 2011

Executive transitions, capital raises, alliances and innovations.

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Noted: Claritas Capital reports $10 MM raised so far in 2 funds
Noted: Claritas Capital reports $10 MM raised so far in 2 funds

Claritas has been broadening its footprint in a number of ways, not content to be just another regional VC. But, no details.

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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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Entrada ramps-up marketing, products with B-round capital infusion
Entrada ramps-up marketing, products with B-round capital infusion

[Sale updated] Early-stage company has room for further capital recruitment, as it aims to leverage rising interest in electronic health records-related technology

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TNInvestco portfolios: Hapten, ConsensusPoint, iScreen, Cagenix updates
TNInvestco portfolios: Hapten, ConsensusPoint, iScreen, Cagenix updates
Reports from the front lines of entrepreneurship keep trickling in
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NewsBits, August 1, 2011
NewsBits, August 1, 2011
Watching a TNInvestco watcher, Scripps Interactive, Harbert, Solidus, Fresenius, key hires and more.
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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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Kahootzz eyes capital raise to fuel 'opportunity engine'
Kahootzz eyes capital raise to fuel 'opportunity engine'

[Updated capraise] Nashville will be testbed for service matching users with opps to 'work, play, do good'

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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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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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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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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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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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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 7, 2011
NewsBits, February 7, 2011
TTDC chief to Gov. Haslam, IP, Claritas, incubators, Angels, Louisville innovation, HiMSS-TN descends on Orlando and 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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VNC's Top 25 Reads for 2010
VNC's Top 25 Reads for 2010
For Calendar Year 2010, here are VentureNashville's twenty-five most-opened offerings.
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Deep Cuts: <i>Songness</i> discovers 'invisible' performers
Deep Cuts: Songness discovers 'invisible' performers
The man who briefly shared the reins at United Press International presses ahead with confidence in a very crowded field.
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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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NEWSBITS, March 30, 2010
NEWSBITS, March 30, 2010
EMMA.. HMS Tech hire.. Lodge helps for-profits ..Noro and Chrysalis announce staffing ..PerfectServe ..IMI Health and more..
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Venture Notes, March 26, 2010
Venture Notes, March 26, 2010
A Nashville MoonPie? Plus, a Claritas exec on i-couponing and Innova walks away from an interesting technology
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Claritas Capital invests in Entrada Healthcare, eyes EHRs
Claritas Capital invests in Entrada Healthcare, eyes EHRs
Rebranded company attempts to leverage its transcription track-record to provide gateway to increasingly common e-health records
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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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Claritas Capital: Montgomery is now resident entrepreneur
Claritas Capital: Montgomery is now resident entrepreneur
Digital branding and marketing pioneer will help herd dealflow, counsel startups and lend hand at raising funds
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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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UPDATE: Claritas-backed StudioNow a startup again, leaves AOL fold
UPDATE: Claritas-backed StudioNow a startup again, leaves AOL fold

[updated] StudioNow fundraising again, years after being bought by AOL

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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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ISO Capital: Dobie Media sets next capital raise for EvieSays
ISO Capital: Dobie Media sets next capital raise for EvieSays
In a crowded field, Nashville startup is relying on strategy of providing 'free' content to customers among old media
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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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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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Claritas-backed Pace Investment makes acquisition in Payments sector
Claritas-backed Pace Investment makes acquisition in Payments sector
A veteran of Massey Burch and iPayment is in the mix as Claritas and Pace push payments rollup venture
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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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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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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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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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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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VC-backed StudioNow adding capital, clients and creativity
VC-backed StudioNow adding capital, clients and creativity
In the virtual Arms Race to add video as part of companies' online presence, StudioNow is staying atop the wave, thanks to steady flows of capital
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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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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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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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Briefly:  edo Interactive files for $8MM private placement
Briefly: edo Interactive files for $8MM private placement
Early-stage gift-card provider may be building warchest for aggressive rollout in Southeast
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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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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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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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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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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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Nashville tech ventures to pitch at Southeast Venture Conference
Nashville tech ventures to pitch at Southeast Venture Conference
Two very different enterprises - Uloop and Pathfinder Therapeutics - are on the money trail, once again
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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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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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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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VC-backed former Ingram exec launches online business
VC-backed former Ingram exec launches online business
Entrepreneur's new company means fresh links between Nashville and the Creatives
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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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$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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VC panelists:  Entrepreneurs in good standing, please rise
VC panelists: Entrepreneurs in good standing, please rise
They're still paid to invest wisely, but watch-out for VCs wearing neckties. Yesterday's NCN panel provided depth for current outlook
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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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Cybera trims sails to remain on-course
Cybera trims sails to remain on-course

[Sale update] VC-supported venture promises new products, more allies and net hiring

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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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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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$5MM E-Dough:  Edo Interactive re-loads with local VCs
$5MM E-Dough: Edo Interactive re-loads with local VCs
Fresh capital and guerrilla marketing help Nashville firm catch the Gen Y wave, as bigger players wade into the space
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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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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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