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1.Solidus-SeedHatchery mentees named
Reflecting further momentum spawned by the TNInvestco program and JumpStart Foundry, Solidus and Seed Hatchery announced six new micro-fund mentees in Memphis
Published Wednesday, March 2, 2011 2:26 pm

2.Solidus-TNInvestco LLC
At left, Townes Duncan
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, November 5, 2009 10:30 am

3.Venture File: Solidus Company
Townes Duncan and Vic Gatto now say grace over quite a clutch of portfolio companies
Milt Capps Last updated June 4, 2019 / Published Wednesday, December 10, 2008 9:51 am

4.Solidus, Co-Founders launch JumpStart Foundry for seed-stage investing
Organizer of micro-fund says group will review dozens of deals yearly and make an investment each month
By Milt Capps Updated 9:42 p.m. / Published Wednesday, March 10, 2010 12:35 pm

5.VentureNotes: Council Capital, Solidus at Work
Council doubles-down on mail-order institutional pharmacy startup
By Milt Capps updated 31 August 0719 / Published Monday, August 27, 2012 12:54 pm

6.JumpStart Foundry wants tech-enabled startups by Friday
March 18th is the fish-or-cut-bait date for teams of would-be entrepreneurs who want 90 days worth of rations to tide them over during a push toward launch
By VNC Staff Updated March 14, 2011, 4:56 a.m. / Published Sunday, March 13, 2011 10:41 pm

7.Venture Notebook: Change:Healthcare update
Innovative healthcare technology company has completed an Angel round, and looking ahead to valuation and B-raise
By Milt Capps Last updated 11:11 a.m. / Published Wednesday, October 7, 2009 9:52 am

8.App-deadline April 2nd: Jumpstart Foundry will forge up to 10 new ventures
JSF's second cohort class will experience some new wrinkles in the tech-biz accelerator program
VNC Staff / Published Sunday, February 5, 2012 11:08 pm

9.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
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, January 5, 2010 7:01 am

10.Tennessee Angel Fund
At left, Sid Chambless
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, November 5, 2009 10:30 am

11.[ ! ] TN's JumpStart Foundry aligns with TechStars Net
The news coincides with launch of the Obama Administration's StartUP America program in the U.S. and helps fulfill Solidus' TNInvestco strategy.
By Milt Capps Updated 8:04 p.m. / Published Monday, January 31, 2011 7:54 am

12.Ferrell: After acquisition, changes ahead for some Southcomm properties
[updated] Chris Ferrell will focus on operations, while Cygnus exec takes the company's helm
Milt Capps updated / Published Wednesday, January 7, 2015 1:00 pm

13.VCs hope to avoid 'smoking holes', look for passion
and aim for 'great companies' over jobs-creation

Local investors have honed their instincts for identifying success traits among entrepreneurs seeking capital
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, March 7, 2011 8:04 am

14.Nashville VC: 'Pushover' entrepreneurs need not apply
While waiting for chaos to subside, entrepreneurs should be careful not to overplay their hands, but they should come to bargain hard
Milt Capps / Published Sunday, November 9, 2008 5:43 pm

15.SouthernAlpha changes afoot, as Ayumi Bennett charts new course
CEO Chris Ferrell says plans not firm yet for SA.
Milt Capps edit 10:55pm / Published Thursday, November 12, 2015 4:30 pm

16.Angels on Safari: Gatto, Burcham target startups via Selous Venture Society
Collaboration leverages VC Solidus, Jumpstart, CapitalTN and other allies
Milt Capps updated 7:56 p.m. 26 June / Published Wednesday, June 25, 2014 2:21 pm

17.ISO Capital: American Hometown Media, OnFocus Healthcare sally forth
Hammond and Mason are leading these growth companies' capital raises
By Milt Capps Updated 10:46 a.m. / Published Friday, December 16, 2011 9:23 am

18.Gatto: Jumpstart commercialization ties with VU limited, but promising
Jumpstart Foundry creator offers perspective on expanding Vanderbilt University relationship.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, August 18, 2014 11:00 am

19.TNInvestco pace mounts; Consensus Point next up?
NEST-TN busy adding portfolio companies as the TN capital-formation program enters second cycle
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, April 4, 2011 8:11 am

20.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
By Milt Capps Last updated 10:29 a.m. Nov. 5, 2009 / Published Thursday, November 5, 2009 10:30 am

21.Online Plumgood expiring, but Satz still running
Barring an ardent suitor, Nashville's first free-standing online grocery gambit has played out, but the CEO's staying put
Milt Capps LAST UPDATED 5:58 P.M. / Published Friday, December 5, 2008 8:32 am

22.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
By Milt Capps updated 10:02 a.m. / Published Tuesday, August 21, 2012 8:11 am

23.Entrepreneurs: Jacobson weaves healthcare, technology, ventures
Here, an effort to provide a primer on ventures undertaken by Harry Jacobson
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, November 9, 2009 3:41 pm

24.Media exec Tori Hughes setting-up Events Hatched in Nashville?
With events proliferating in Nashville, NashvillePost exec seems poised to fly.
Staff updated 4:47 p.m. / Published Wednesday, June 25, 2014 3:09 pm

25.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'
By Milt Capps Updated 2:47 p.m. / Published Sunday, June 19, 2011 2:32 pm

26.TNInvestco ranks may grow if idea gets legs
UPDATED The capital pool might grow to $200MM; State officials are said to have held private meetings with group of TNInvestco players
By Milt Capps Last updated 8:35 p.m. / Published Tuesday, November 24, 2009 2:49 pm

27.Solidus-backed Healthcare Learning Innovations plants flag in Nashville
American Sentinel veteran takes the helm in Music City.
Milt Capps updated 5:48pm / Published Tuesday, April 26, 2016 4:15 pm

28.'Voodoo venture valuations', other truths told at Forum
Hopes fired, worst fears confirmed in latest iteration of the art form known as venture panels
By Milt Capps Last updated 1:54 p.m. / Published Tuesday, December 8, 2009 10:35 am

29.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
Milt Capps updated Nov. 18, 2014 3:15 p.m. / Published Friday, October 10, 2008 11:14 am

30.Jumpstart class arrives in a cloud of dust, as Gatto cooks-up Angel move
As entrepreneurial tide keeps rising, accelerators and Angels test their wings
By Milt Capps updated 1:58 p.m. / Published Thursday, May 3, 2012 10:10 am

31.BreatheAmerica B-round hits $22MM with Essex Woodlands in lead
A veteran healthcare entrepreneur takes another stride toward scaling-up his venture.
VNC Staff updated Sept. 6, 2011 / Published Thursday, September 1, 2011 9:09 am

32.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
By Milt Capps Last updated 2:58 p.m. Sept. 17 / Published Monday, September 14, 2009 8:03 am

33.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
By Milt Capps updated May 26, 2012 / Published Monday, May 14, 2012 10:08 am

34.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
Last Updated 2:21 p.m., Aug. 14, 2009 / Published Friday, August 14, 2009 9:31 am

35.Venture Notes, 17 June 2016
[updated] Nashville entrepreneurship 2.0? Capraises, possible startup trouble, Krajicek venture tips and more.
Milt Capps updated 18 June 2016 1110 / Published Friday, June 17, 2016 4:32 pm

36.Jumpstart Foundry creates Healthcare fund, knocks accelerator model
Vic Gatto and Marcus Whitney are creating an important fund, and exit accelerator universe.
Milt Capps last edited 0815 23 Jan. 2016 / Published Friday, January 22, 2016 3:00 pm

37.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'
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, July 29, 2008 6:36 am

38.NEWSBITS, Jan. 19, 2010
OnFocus Healthcare's new cap raise underway, Joe Cook appointment, Inkflip update, Venture Pitch events and more...
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, January 19, 2010 10:13 am

39.Local advisors: Punching Nun's Cecconi has advised 25+ portfolio companies
Her competitive spirit was partly honed by being a standout player in competitive sports.
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, March 5, 2018 12:15 pm

40.TNInvestco finalists named by ECD-Revenue
Ten companies of 25 are advancing toward interviews and a shot at more than $80MM in tax-credit allocations that can be capitalized
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, October 7, 2009 9:53 am

41.Sidebar: Opinions on CAPCO vary among VCs
Tennessee executives see both problems and opportunities in proposal for stimulation of early-stage investment
By Milt Capps / Published Friday, May 1, 2009 8:35 am

42.NEWSBITS, Sept. 28, 2009
Updates on 20-firm TNInvestco roster, TBA board members, Healthways' strategic hire, Bill Frist, Entrepreneurs deadline, StartupWeekend, Universal Robotics, Barcamp
By Milt Capps Last updated 5:26 p.m. / Published Monday, September 28, 2009 10:28 am

43.Investment Scorecard execs are at it, again
Maxwell, Blankenship have nearly completed a raise, according to SEC filing
Milt Capps UPDATED 12:36 P.M. / Published Wednesday, October 15, 2008 6:56 am

44.VC Coleman demands access to TNInvestco records
[Updated] Bill to expand TNInvestco on its way... Meanwhile, dissatisfied investor goes public with grievance against Bredesen commissioners
By Milt Capps Updated 2:45 p.m. / Published Thursday, January 28, 2010 10:43 am

45.Briovation likely to invest in 20+ Health startups outside Nashville in 2018
[updated] Company recently had first close for its targeted $30MM early-growth fund and has invested.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, December 7, 2017 4:45 pm

46.VNC's Top 25 Reads for 2010
For Calendar Year 2010, here are VentureNashville's twenty-five most-opened offerings.
Published Monday, January 10, 2011 2:30 pm

47.Recapitalization at Documentary Channel, after founder-filmmaker cedes CEO role
Neff makes the hand-off to Ackerman, as firm positions for next phase of development
Published Thursday, July 23, 2009 9:26 am

48.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
Milt Capps / Published Thursday, October 23, 2008 2:24 pm

49.Series A: Holland hopes Populr shows Nashville techies can be 'global players'
Founder Holland provides update for Bullpen & Solidus-backed venture
By Milt Capps Updated June 12, 2013 11:35 a.m. / Published Monday, December 3, 2012 11:18 am

50.Clayton McWhorter to chair Nashville Entrepreneur Center
Four business leaders formed the core of group that picked the NEC's inaugural board
By Milt Capps Last updated 3:15 p.m. / Published Wednesday, January 13, 2010 12:21 pm

51.NewBits, March 14, 2011
The fate of Nashville Medical Trade Center.. a new venture from Cromwell & Schmisseur.. a beta invitation.. and much more here.
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, March 14, 2011 8:38 am

52.'Growth advisor' Campbell stays close to the money
Native daughter turns drive and contacts into a series of healthcare-oriented ventures
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, March 9, 2009 2:03 pm

53.Consultant PYA doubles-down with U.S. healthcare data startup
Brentwood sister company is among allies for Oak Ridge-linked startup
By Milt Capps updated 9:01 p.m. / Published Monday, May 6, 2013 9:59 am

54.Briefly: TNInvestco officials will discuss 'shortcomings' of losing bids
State officials who ran the recent TNInvestco competition say they have an open door
By Milt Capps Last updated 1:55 p.m., Nov. 16, 2009 / Published Monday, November 16, 2009 11:46 am

55.Tech2020 venture leadership shifts to entrepreneur John Morris
[Updated: Morris departing, 30 Aug 14] Tennessee's 19-year-old growth advocate transits to new leadership
By Milt Capps Updated 30 Aug. 2014 9:45 a.m. CT / Published Monday, January 30, 2012 8:11 am

56.VC, Techie, Startup speakers pack March 12-17 week
with Nashville entrepreneurship at several venues

More than 40 speakers, panelists, startup pitchers at several venues.
Staff / Published Saturday, March 4, 2017 2:00 pm

57.Dan Hammond whets VCs' appetites
for 'Just A Pinch' media spin-out

The man, the plan, the brand...an energetic entrepreneur with a flair for promotion may typify players who 'leave it all on the field'
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, May 11, 2011 9:22 am

58.Amplion Clinical Comms builds value before considering capital or exit
[Updated] Investors bide their time, to catch the wave they see building.
Milt Capps Updated 23 May 2019 / Published Monday, May 18, 2015 12:45 pm

59.Newsbits, August 29, 2011
McWhorter shepherds EC, JumpStarters wait verdict, a rash of local SEC filings, Collins rides an IPO and more
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, August 29, 2011 8:01 am

60.Summer 2011: Most Popular Articles
'Venture' in our region has been cookin', with Nashville leading the way in many respects. The Top 25 reads of Summer 2011 are here
Published Saturday, September 3, 2011 8:42 am

61.OverDog sale rumor afloat, some announcement said imminent
[Sale confirmed] New money, strategic inflection, or much hubbub about nothing? Time will tell.
Milt Capps 3:38pm 9 May 2016 / Published Friday, April 29, 2016 3:00 pm

62.Eyes on TNInvestco: New funds commit an estimated $30MM+ for TN startups
There's now a small army of TNInvestco portfolio companies loose in the State of Tennessee.
By Milt Capps Updated July 12, 2011, 9:45 p.m. / Published Monday, July 11, 2011 9:33 pm

63.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
By Milt Capps Last updated 7:35 a.m. March 17, 2010 / Published Monday, March 1, 2010 10:50 am

64.Entrepreneurs: If you're still 'thinking about doing a startup', get a job instead
The tough love and lessons learned just keep comin' during the annual Vandy Health Care Conference
By Milt Capps updated 7:25 p.m. / Published Monday, October 31, 2011 9:54 am

65.NEWSBITS May 26, 2009
Jacobson's new digs, Universal Robotics' placement, WSJ taps local analysts, Solidus' stake, antitrust cautions and more...
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, May 26, 2009 10:22 am

66.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
By Milt Capps / Published Friday, January 15, 2010 10:28 am

67.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
By Milt Capps Last Updaed 2:23 p.m. / Published Friday, January 15, 2010 10:29 am

68.VentureNotes: June 25, 2011
Family-backed VC gets traction, Nashville's OZ, kaffee-powered social venture
By Milt Capps edit 10:35 a.m. June 26, 2011 / Published Monday, June 25, 2012 11:12 am

69.The VNC Reader's Guide to the Best of 2008
'Respect must be paid' to 2008, with a sample drawn from nearly 200 VNC stories, setting the stage for 2009
Milt Capps / Published Friday, January 2, 2009 2:15 pm

70.Rick Oliver's American Sentinel launches D-Round capital raise
A supposed transformation of education, plus sustained support from key moneymen seem to have given ALS staying-power
Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, December 3, 2008 10:49 am

71.VentureNotes: Tennessee Venture Council moving to starting-blocks?
Key investment and legislative issues could get a new advocate, after simmering years
By Milt Capps updated 12:30 p.m. / Published Thursday, November 1, 2012 12:14 pm

72.Angel-backed Chattanooga Renaissance Fund launches
Brock of FourBridges joins XMi-linked Lupton executive in finishing-out Chattanooga early-stage infrastructure
By Milt Capps Updated 5:45 p.m. / Published Tuesday, March 15, 2011 9:56 am

73.Gatto exits Selous Venture, doubles-down on Jumpstart, Health:Further
[Updated] Shifting burden allows focus on Jumpstart, where his passion lies.
Milt Capps updated 3:05 pm / Published Friday, August 5, 2016 1:45 pm

74.Senator Ketron would broaden TNInvestco and Institute's mission
Legislator sees synergies not yet tapped in Middle Tennessee, and wants to see discussion of Tullahoma-centered proposal
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, December 14, 2009 8:43 am

75.Entrepreneurship: Nashville's dueling Venture events create quandary
Bootstrapping or pitching Investors? Simultaneous March 31 events may force entrepreneurs to set their learning priorities
By Milt Capps / Published Friday, March 27, 2009 1:12 pm

76.Joe Maxwell & partners launch Cultivation Capital Fintech Growth Fund
Serial entrepreneur shifts to lead VC fund stressing operator experience and regional focus.
Milt Capps / Published Friday, January 8, 2016 11:30 am

77.Tough Love: Local VCs and Silicon Valley
consultant work separately to keep it real

Those who want to broaden entrepreneurship and those who control capital want entrepreneurs to view their businesses realistically
By Milt Capps - Corrected March 14, 2011 1:55 p.m. / Published Sunday, March 13, 2011 5:09 pm

78.Venture Notes 9 December 2015
Here's an update on salient capital raises and related.
Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, December 9, 2015 5:15 pm

79.Fortune's Force Five supports startups' crucial early sales efforts
This serial entrepreneur offers sage advice we might have missed if he hadn't tried Rotier's
By Milt Capps updated 9:12 a.m. 28 November / Published Sunday, November 27, 2011 8:59 pm

80.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
By Milt Capps updated 10:01 a.m. / Published Tuesday, December 6, 2011 8:57 am

81.TTDC predicts venture-cap program will be 'over-subscribed'
There may be fences to mend, but now it's time for the state's VCs to Cowboy Up and make a move
By Milt Capps Last Updated July 17 10:40 a.m. / Published Thursday, July 16, 2009 3:13 pm

82.Southland Update: Pitch winner Sr.Pago in Bay Area this week
Nashville was just this startup's first U.S. stop, now they're after real money
Milt Capps edits 25 July 1807 / Published Monday, July 21, 2014 1:15 pm

83.Angels gas-up Iridium's SmartFuel,
but the venture's trip has just begun

Will Sibble's new venture have the gas to go the distance, launching additional content and social services?
By Milt Capps / Published Sunday, June 19, 2011 10:49 pm

84.Briovation drops Festival V, will instead draw on Health:Further
as it pursues innovation advisory roles + investor entrée

Co-founders Gatto & Whitney keep tacking in healthcare's crosswinds, complete 6th capraise of $21MM, its largest to date.
By Milt Capps 0822 hrs. / Published Tuesday, January 22, 2019 8:00 am

85.3/16: SIIA Strategy & Diligence: MedCare Investment's Ron Ilesco, Brentwood Capital's Cook Wylly, Edgenet's JJ Freitag join speakers
Sign-up: Gatto, Meisner, Perdue, Polk et al on roster for Software companies' financial success.
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, March 8, 2016 3:00 pm

86.Cortac, Hubble Telemed and venture follow-ons get TNInvestco nods
Seven portfolio companies get new or follow-on commitments, plus other updates.
By Milt Capps updated 7:15 p.m. / Published Monday, January 23, 2012 7:43 am

87.VentureNotes: Change|Healthcare, XMi High Growth,
Shareable Ink, StreamWeaver

[UPDATED] A newly created healthcare fund gives the nod to a Nashville startup, plus updates from XMi, Shareable Ink and more
By Milt Capps Updated 19 Nov. 2014 11:15 a.m. / Published Wednesday, October 19, 2011 10:32 am

88.VentureNotes, September 10, 2012
Galen, VentureIncite, LaunchTN, Dobie Media, FamilyVenture Management and more
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, September 10, 2012 7:53 am

89.TrueStartup: 'SourceYourCity' will beta in Frisco waters, then raise capital
Still pre-revenue and facing competitors, Neely Burks continues to execute
By Milt Capps updated 11:37 a.m. / Published Tuesday, January 3, 2012 9:26 am

90.Latest TTDC grants meant to vault Tennessee
startups beyond 'Valley of Death'

Eight ventures are $50K TTDC maturation grant awardees
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, March 21, 2011 8:27 am

91.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
By Milt Capps Last updated March 12, 2012 / Published Monday, December 21, 2009 12:22 pm

92.At 16, Technology 2020 takes innovation challenges in stride
Tech2020 embraces state initiatives, keeps its own counsel in pressing ahead with regional initiatives
By Milt Capps / Published Sunday, July 10, 2011 10:13 pm

93.Selous Venture Society, allies mull investment in VU IP-driven nPhase
[Updated] nPhase CEO identified. Software with global users and a serious track record is a friendly target.
Milt Capps updated 6 March 2016 / Published Tuesday, December 15, 2015 3:00 pm

94.Pandoland June 15-17: Tennessee startups among festival's $100K seekers
Still under wraps, but a startup team you know may be about to get great exposure.
Milt Capps updated 11 June 2015 / Published Tuesday, May 26, 2015 9:00 am

95.Populr's progress attracts potential bidders,
creates fork in road for Nick Holland

UPDATED Entrepreneur aims to win; 'location thing' often a problem when Coastal VCs chat.
Milt Capps updated 28 April 2015 / Published Monday, October 20, 2014 12:30 pm

96.MB Ventures makes its first TNInvestco bet: Veracity Medical Solutions
MB partner says new fund has traction, with more announcements coming soon
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, July 11, 2011 8:38 am

97.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
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, April 4, 2011 8:11 am

98.Condra's Amplion Clinical Communications elevates Grant to presidency
Cisco, Adreima, IBM veteran shoulders growth-stage responsibilities.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, May 1, 2017 9:15 am

99.Bills in hopper: General Assembly, VCs eye TNInvestco expansion
Though factions exist, they all seem to agree they want more TNInvestco funding
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, February 1, 2010 12:19 pm

100.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
By Milt Capps Last updated 12:16 PM, July 28 / Published Monday, July 27, 2009 7:25 am

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