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1.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
By Milt Capps Updated 1:25 p.m. / Published Thursday, January 22, 2009 11:19 am

2.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
Milt Capps / Published Sunday, August 24, 2008 6:32 pm

3.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
By Milt Capps updated 5:37 p.m., Feb. 11, 2012 / Published Friday, February 10, 2012 2:30 pm

4.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
By Milt Capps Updated 3:50 p.m. / Published Tuesday, March 9, 2010 3:13 pm

5.Startups, Buyouts: TNCRS nears $2BN PE mark
with Charlesbank, Khosla commitments

TCRS PE program seems to be maintaining its investment pace.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, August 4, 2014 2:15 pm

6.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.
Milt Capps / Published Friday, February 6, 2015 9:17 am

7.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.
Milt Capps Updated Sept. 16, 2014 6:50 p.m. / Published Monday, September 8, 2014 9:30 am

8.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.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, May 26, 2011 9:50 am

9.TCRS private-equity commitments approach $700MM, agency says
A pension-fund program underway three years takes another step forward
By Milt Capps edits 4:14 p.m. / Published Monday, July 16, 2012 12:14 pm

10.Tech targets: TCRS PE program makes $25MM nod to Gen. Catalyst Group VI
This Massachusetts fund is partial to Internet plays and other technologies.
By Milt Capps Upudated 9:25 a.m. / Published Wednesday, December 21, 2011 8:36 am

11.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
Milt Capps UPDATED Oct. 9, 2008 0925 / Published Tuesday, October 7, 2008 8:26 pm

12.Private equity: State pension fund commits $150MM
Heavy-hitters among the threesome of fund managers chosen to handle the state's inaugural PE investments
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, August 19, 2009 8:47 am

13.TN Treasurer names investment deputy, updates private-equity weight
Treasurer and CIO elevate former Avondale analyst, Owen grad.
Milt Capps / Published Thursday, December 3, 2015 4:45 am

14.TCRS makes $25MM private-equity commitment
Well connected Sand Hill firm gets nod, as State pension fund continues implementation of first-year investments
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, November 19, 2009 8:32 am

15.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
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, December 28, 2011 9:05 am

16.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
By Milt Capps Updated 3:35 p.m. / Published Wednesday, April 6, 2011 8:46 am

17.$800MM: TCRS releases state private equity guidelines
Much anticipated guidance for VCs and private-equity investors is likely to galvanize Tennessee fund managers
By Milt Capps Last updated 12:15 p.m. / Published Wednesday, June 24, 2009 12:02 pm

18.TCRS private-equity commitments reach $900MM as Villere departs
[updated] Crews PE role formalized after months as interim at TCRS.
By Milt Capps Updated 28 January 2014 / Published Monday, May 13, 2013 6:44 am

19.$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
Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, November 5, 2008 9:51 am

20.Tennessee CRS private-equity Venrock play
weighted toward Technology, Healthcare

The state retirement fund's venture capital allocations seem to be gaining momentum
Milt Capps updated 3:25 p.m. 2 July 2014 / Published Monday, June 30, 2014 1:29 pm

21.No leg-up? TCRS pension-assets 'Set-aside' for TN firms uncertain
Chief Investment Officer Michael Brakebill reiterates his open-door policy
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, May 13, 2013 6:44 am

22.TN State Treasurer demurs on petition of SEC on PE fees transparency
Questions about institutional GPs' reporting get fresh attention in some quarters.
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, July 28, 2015 3:30 pm

23.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
Milt Capps / Published Friday, September 19, 2008 9:21 am

24.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

25.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
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, September 2, 2008 6:42 am

26.ECD's Kisber reasserts State authority for venture-capital push
With the leverage of the game-changing TNInvestco program becoming more apparent, Bredesen Cabinet officials move to establish control, for the long-haul
By Milt Capps Last updated 3:51 p.m. / Published Thursday, July 30, 2009 1:01 pm

27.Venture Notes - 24 July 2017
LaunchTN's 36|86 bet, Van Beke promo, Steve Hau's gambit, P/E & TCRS, CoLab CEO and more.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, July 24, 2017 4:30 pm

28.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
By Milt Capps updated 20 February 2012 4:40 a.m. / Published Wednesday, October 26, 2011 10:55 am

29.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
Milt Capps Last Updated Jan. 15, 2009 - 1555 / Published Tuesday, January 13, 2009 7:26 am

30.Claritas Cornerstone Fund likely to invest in 4 to 6 more companies
[updated] Firm's investor-relations director sees great opportunity, great lifestyle in Nashville area.
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, June 20, 2017 4:35 pm

31.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
By Milt Capps Last updated 8:55 a.m. April 6, 2009 / Published Monday, April 6, 2009 12:22 am

32.Venture Notes -- May 31, 2019
Heritage pops new fund, plus raises for healthcare, crypto, CBD, Growth Fund model notes and more.
By Milt Capps / Published Friday, May 31, 2019 2:30 pm

33.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

34.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
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, April 5, 2010 4:28 am

35.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.
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, August 8, 2011 2:58 pm

36.LaunchTN to ask 5-year, $44MM State support for maturing action plan
Brock steams ahead, with a successor CEO likely to be tapped before year-end.
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, July 23, 2018 4:45 pm

37.Venture Notes, May 11, 2015
Steve Case, Jim Lackey, Sal Novin, Marc Guthrie, PE gig -- and the late Dave Chapman.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, May 11, 2015 2:00 pm

38.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
Milt Capps / Published Friday, November 28, 2008 2:50 pm

39.NewsBits, January 10, 2011
Lots of stuff bubbling-up from Genera, Skoodat, Satz (at left), plus the Cable and Broadcast folks, and more.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, January 10, 2011 2:27 pm

40.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
Milt Capps / Published Friday, November 7, 2008 10:56 am

41.NewsBits, May 3, 2011
Speaker Harwell's tech agenda.. Schulz on ECD strategy.. new TN tech jobs.. Chattanooga Ventures.. Dream CS, DigiChart and more..
By Milt Capps Updated 9:14 a.m. / Published Tuesday, May 3, 2011 8:06 am

42.Venture Notes - March 13, 2019
[Updated 3/15] 41 items, including SEC $ filings, tech talent, startups, entrepreneurial events, capital formation, exec roles, and more.
By Milt Capps updated March 27, 2019 / Published Wednesday, March 13, 2019 5:00 pm

43.Venture Aug. 2, 2018
[updated] 36 alerts in today's summary as mid-summer Venture energy brings multiple new funds, capraises, and more.
By Milt Capps updated 17 Sept. 2018 / Published Thursday, August 2, 2018 4:45 pm

44.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

45.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
Milt Capps Updated 14 August 2016 / Published Tuesday, September 2, 2014 12:22 pm

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