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Lee Molette eyes new fund for minority- and women-owned businesses
Lee Molette II
Lee Molette eyes new fund for minority- and women-owned businesses

Nashville entrepreneur's business and social-impact lenses are focused on venture gap.

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Jumpstart Foundry's 2019 healthcare startup cohort listed
Jumpstart Foundry's 2019 healthcare startup cohort listed

Cohort D2C goods, wearables, transportation, diagnostic devices and remote patient monitoring.

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EvidenceCare secures capstone Jumpstart Capital role in $7.3MM Series A
EvidenceCare secures capstone Jumpstart Capital role in $7.3MM Series A

Medical Decisions team believes it has unique offering, propelled by quality-of-care and economics tailwinds.

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Venture Notes - May 14, 2019
Bill Frist MD
Venture Notes - May 14, 2019

News from Frist Cressey, fintechs, Washtopia, Episode Sols, Sphere, Veterans VC, FedEx, Ballast, VendEngine, and many more.

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Briley Administration rolls-out small-biz, economic development moves
Briley Administration rolls-out small-biz, economic development moves

Music City Music Council, which augments Metro ECD, gets new staffer and SMB tools are spotlighted.

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Leadership open as Nashville Fashion Alliance runs out of runway, dissolves
Frmr Chair Bob Antoshak
Leadership open as Nashville Fashion Alliance runs out of runway, dissolves

Alternative routes for developing the Fashion ecosystem could be taken while the industry matures further.

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Venture Calendar - 2019 - Updated
Venture Calendar - 2019 - Updated

[Updated] Entrepreneurial, startup and capital events and activities around Tennessee.

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Remedichain LLC in blockchain drug transfer pilot closely watched by FDA
Phil Baker PharmD
Remedichain LLC in blockchain drug transfer pilot closely watched by FDA

Serial social-impact entrepreneur creates several potentially investable Pharmacy-related startups.

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Venture Notes - April 24, 2019
Robert A. \'Bobby\' Frist Jr.
Venture Notes - April 24, 2019

HealthStream ties-up with early-growth cos, Alphabet-backed Clover hits Music City, a startup's $6MM raise, money for June Medical, HempTenn, BeastBrands, SmartRIA, and much more.

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Click here for ALL VentureNashville stories, listed newest-first
Click here for ALL VentureNashville stories, listed newest-first

To list more than 1,500 stories, in reverse-chron order, click this item. For key-word searches use search functions above.

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Bellhops veterans' startup 'The House' enters Nashville
Bellhops veterans' startup 'The House' enters Nashville

Eat on the House eschews ratings in favor of consumer intercepts at point of decision.

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Venture Notes -- April 8, 2019
Venture Notes -- April 8, 2019

Weaver mulls spinout, Angels active, fintech adds, SiRanch bucks, tech commercialization, Briovation bread on the waters and more...

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Entrepreneur plans entertainment districts in Nashville, the Shoals, NOLA
John Elkington
Entrepreneur plans entertainment districts in Nashville, the Shoals, NOLA

Files for $1.1MM preliminary capraise, ahead of much larger funding for projects in Tennessee and elsewhere.

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WillCo entrepreneurship center eyes advisory board, Placemaker funding
WillCo entrepreneurship center eyes advisory board, Placemaker funding

[Updated] WillCo EC to serve established businesses seeking scale in TN's fast-growing Williamson County.

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Jamari Brown succeeds Wiltshire as Nashville Mayor Briley's ECD lead
Jamari Brown
Jamari Brown succeeds Wiltshire as Nashville Mayor Briley's ECD lead

Matt Wiltshire's successor has led key deals for state economic and community development.

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CEO: Wealth Access aggressive growth options could include strategic-sale
CEO David Benskin
CEO: Wealth Access aggressive growth options could include strategic-sale

Founder says company is ready to make scaleup push, amid active fintech M&A landscape.

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NTC Awards judges disclosed by Greater Nashville Technology Council
GNTC CEO Brian Moyer
NTC Awards judges disclosed by Greater Nashville Technology Council

Nearly 70 judges listed here contributed centuries of relevant experience in choosing 14 Winners.

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Nashville EC: 17 local startups report INFLIGHT takeoff efforts
Nashville EC: 17 local startups report INFLIGHT takeoff efforts

Sure, there's some HIT, but also a wide range of products, apps and services in a variety of sectors.

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Nashville EC's 'Twende' event focuses on Black, Brown founders' funding
Twende - April 11-12, 2019
Nashville EC's 'Twende' event focuses on Black, Brown founders' funding

Unprecedented EC gathering meant to improve minority entrepreneurs' access to contacts, capital and growth.

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Change Healthcare $100MM IPO prep comes out of stealth onto SEC shelf
Change Healthcare $100MM IPO prep comes out of stealth onto SEC shelf

[updated] Its delta symbol for change may prove a harbinger of this tech-centric company.

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Project Music: Musicians Council preps capraise for lead experts platform
Micah Johnson
Project Music: Musicians Council preps capraise for lead experts platform

Earlier successful exit and relo to homestead in Tennessee helped pave the way for latest gambit.

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Fintech: Maxwell leads FINTOP II fund raise
Fintech: Maxwell leads FINTOP II fund raise

FINTOP has drypowder from Fund I, expands team, likes what it sees in non-coastal dealflow.

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Jeff Cohu now leads Center for Entrepreneurship at Lipscomb University
CFE Director Jeff Cohu
Jeff Cohu now leads Center for Entrepreneurship at Lipscomb University

Entrepreneurship, innovation, social impact, blockchain, networking are threads running in parallel.

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Venture Notes - March 13, 2019
Venture Notes - March 13, 2019

[Updated 3/15] 41 items, including SEC $ filings, tech talent, startups, entrepreneurial events, capital formation, exec roles, and more.

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SimplifyASC platform Series A advances as 'people-first' brand emerges
CEO David Howerton
SimplifyASC platform Series A advances as 'people-first' brand emerges

Core enterprise platform expected to have drawn north of $7MM total by summer's end.

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Strategic hire: LaunchTN communications chief now in place
Wendy Malloy
Strategic hire: LaunchTN communications chief now in place

[Updated] Director joins from PwC as tech development and entrepreneurship nonprofit pursues FY20 funding, strategic objectives.

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EC-CMA-backed Project Music announces large Portfolio class
EC-CMA-backed Project Music announces large Portfolio class

Sixteen new startups join Project Music alumni ranks, with first public-facing event in May.

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Nashville startups, market movers due for fresh look at NEXT Awards
Nashville startups, market movers due for fresh look at NEXT Awards

Startups, market-movers and cities, themselves, often seek 'network effects', reputation and visibility -- which makes an inclusive Award program vital.

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Edtech: RANDA Solutions says growth precedes outside-money decision
CEO Marty Reed
Edtech: RANDA Solutions says growth precedes outside-money decision

CEO has deflected suitor interest, but after RANDA expands to more states, investment may get a re-think.

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mobileMed devices: Franklin-based Cardiac Profiles pursues Series A2 raise
Combatting the leading killer
mobileMed devices: Franklin-based Cardiac Profiles pursues Series A2 raise

CEO maps course for Series A-2, Series B raises and views Goggle and Apple moves as reinforcing vision.

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IMAC Regeneration IPO prices with modest target and broader aims
CEO Jeff Ervin
IMAC Regeneration IPO prices with modest target and broader aims

[updated] Completing process, this startup's listing could help with elite athlete partners, banks, investors.

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PE-backed Gotcha Mobility's capraise underway, Nashville entry imminent
CEO Sean Flood
PE-backed Gotcha Mobility's capraise underway, Nashville entry imminent

[updated] Fast-moving Mobility-as-a-Service entrant backed by MSouth aims to add 50 markets in 2019.

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Today's HHS tech regulatory move didn't catch<br>Center for Medical Interoperability by surprise
CEO Ed Cantwell
Today's HHS tech regulatory move didn't catch
Center for Medical Interoperability by surprise

CMI is locked-onto policy and industry developments, as it presses its mission forward.

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Frist-Cressey Ventures in near-$5MM round for Nashville's Monogram Health
CEO Mike Uchrin
Frist-Cressey Ventures in near-$5MM round for Nashville's Monogram Health

VC expands its portfolio with its entrepreneur in residence at the helm.

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CEO: LaunchTN hires tackle Capital requirements, Commercialization
CEO Margaret Dolan
CEO: LaunchTN hires tackle Capital requirements, Commercialization

Commercialization and availability of capital now more fully staffed for a strategic push forward.

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Studio Bank's Shmerling offers reality check for Nashville entrepreneurs
SVP Phil Shmerling
Studio Bank's Shmerling offers reality check for Nashville entrepreneurs

Particularly if you're trying to grow a business that's not in Healthcare or Music, you may need to hear this -- again.

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TokenizeTN names exec director to advance blockchain ecosystem
TokenizeTN names exec director to advance blockchain ecosystem

Fledgling nonprofit adds staff with politics and projects savvy to support advocacy and outreach.

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TN General Assembly, Lobbyists + Clients engage on ed, tech,<br>medicine, taxes, myriad other issues
TN General Assembly, Lobbyists + Clients engage on ed, tech,
medicine, taxes, myriad other issues

As bill-filing deadlines loom, bills that shape TN economy, startups, entrepreneurial momentum are in prospect.

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CEO: Nashville Fashion Alliance may pivot into strategic relationship
CEO: Nashville Fashion Alliance may pivot into strategic relationship

With a merger or other transition afoot, NFA chief and Mayor Briley restate value of supporting Creatives, Fashion entrepreneurs.

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Venture Notes - January 23, 2019
David Perry of DSP
Venture Notes - January 23, 2019

Latest roundup of Tennessee startups, capital raises, economic development and more.

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

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State, Federal partnership spawns 24 grants for Tennessee tech companies
State, Federal partnership spawns 24 grants for Tennessee tech companies

LaunchTN matches have now supported 24 fledgling firms, mainly in energy, materials and health/biomedical.

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Epicenter CEO: Mobilizing Black-owned firms can bring Memphis surge
CEO Leslie Smith
Epicenter CEO: Mobilizing Black-owned firms can bring Memphis surge

With Black-owned ventures front and center, CEO shares playbook for forging just, inclusive, growing regional economy.

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LifeSciences: NashBio in SFO showcase; VUMC + GE Health partner
LifeSciences: NashBio in SFO showcase; VUMC + GE Health partner

Ventures, partnerships accelerate VUMC lifesciences, plus VUMC and VU's independent commercialization programs.

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Venture Notes- 3 Jan. 2019 - Gov.-Elect Lee retains ECD chief,<br>plus updates on tech startup capital raises
Gov.-Elect Bill Lee
Venture Notes- 3 Jan. 2019 - Gov.-Elect Lee retains ECD chief,
plus updates on tech startup capital raises

Lee Cabinet choices affect ECD, LaunchTN, others..plus updates on capital raises.

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SaaS M&A: In wake of Initial State sale to Tektronix, founder<br>makes case for non-healthcare SaaS venture push
Jamie Bailey
SaaS M&A: In wake of Initial State sale to Tektronix, founder
makes case for non-healthcare SaaS venture push

Nashville needs more SaaS startups and talent pool is adequate now for those who engage with ecosystem.

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Venture Notes - December 19, 2018
Soccer in the money
Venture Notes - December 19, 2018

People on the move, capraises for Soccer, healthIT and others -- and maybe a tech employer in play.

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Edtech startup Possip Inc. offers 2-way feedback glue for parents, schools
CEO Shani Dowell
Edtech startup Possip Inc. offers 2-way feedback glue for parents, schools

Education champion + entrepreneur is raising Seed capital, mapping growth

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Milken Institute says Tennessee advances, yet struggles with tech commercialization and venture funding
Milken Institute says Tennessee advances, yet struggles with tech commercialization and venture funding

Biannual Science & Technology Index shows some TN gains, but weakspots among growth factors

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Milken Institute Data 2018
Milken Institute Data 2018

The latest in a series of biannual rankings of the States on science and technology competitiveness.

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Nashville's Black tech entrepreneurs sometimes weigh locating elsewhere
Nashville's Black tech entrepreneurs sometimes weigh locating elsewhere

[Updated] Birmingham among alternatives, as some Women, Blacks and other minorities report struggling for traction.

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Venture Notes - December 6, 2018
Venture Notes - December 6, 2018

Mayor Briley maker-manufacturer initiatives, capital raises aplenty and more.

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Fintech: Acquisitive startup Celero Commerce<br>picks Nashville for headquarters
Fintech: Acquisitive startup Celero Commerce
picks Nashville for headquarters

[updated] CEO sees IPO likely outcome for new platform company, ETA elites to gather in Nashville.

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Venture Notes - November 29, 2018
Venture Notes - November 29, 2018

HealthIT startup winds-down, VC tags talent for Nashville, Angels raising, and more.

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TVA is looking to startups to help solve its big energy problems
TVA\'s Amy Henry
TVA is looking to startups to help solve its big energy problems

Teaming with ORNL + Innovation Crossroads, power producer looks tech targets, maybe some surprises.

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Passings: Celebration of Sal Novin's life set for 12/1 at NTCH Tech Hill
Sal Novin of Cognizant
Passings: Celebration of Sal Novin's life set for 12/1 at NTCH Tech Hill

Those who knew this Nashville new-era software entrepreneur will gather this weekend.

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Entrepreneur preps DOT-Ready trucking tech, mulls partner + capital ideas
CEO Tyna Bryan
Entrepreneur preps DOT-Ready trucking tech, mulls partner + capital ideas

Bootstrapper likes idea of strategic partner or investor with sector savvy -- maybe KeepTruckin?

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Mid-TN biometric ID startup 'Global e-dentity' eyes $38MM Series A
Robert Adams
Mid-TN biometric ID startup 'Global e-dentity' eyes $38MM Series A

Franklin entrepreneur says eventual IPO is only exit option he's focused on, given global demand for ID assurance.

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'Not raining, it's pouring: E&Y + Amazon news means 5,600 jobs in Nashville
'Not raining, it's pouring: E&Y + Amazon news means 5,600 jobs in Nashville

Two solid hits reinforce Nashville economic status.

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Venture Notes - November 12, 2018
Shore Capital\'s Ishbia
Venture Notes - November 12, 2018

New $20MM Angel fund, Shore Capital hoists flag higher in Nashville, and more.

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Blockchain, AI: Capital raises ahead for Hashed Health-partnered ProCredEx
CEO Anthony Begando
Blockchain, AI: Capital raises ahead for Hashed Health-partnered ProCredEx

Startup charts path for Seed, Series A and customer acquisition in healthcare and perhaps beyond.

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Health Velocity Capital's $185MM Fund I invests solely in HC tech + services
Health Velocity Capital's $185MM Fund I invests solely in HC tech + services

Founders with Nashville stripes and strategic partners vow to leverage ties for innovation, growth.

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Healthcare accelerator pact among Company Lab, Erlanger, Unum<br>leverages Chattanooga's broad innovation impulse
CO.LAB\'s Marcus Shaw
Healthcare accelerator pact among Company Lab, Erlanger, Unum
leverages Chattanooga's broad innovation impulse

Months and years of ecosystem development might help make Chattanooga an 'overnight' entrepreneurial success.

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BlueSky Medical stands-up NurseBackPack for credentials management
BlueSky Medical stands-up NurseBackPack for credentials management

Co-founders see sector receptive to Cloud-linked technology and sensitive to search and review costs.

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Relevance Capital pursues Fund IV raise + regional tech-VC leadership
Relevance Capital pursues Fund IV raise + regional tech-VC leadership

Exits may be ahead for Brentwood-Tullahoma firm seeking stakes in early-stage coastal targets, but at Nashville valuations.

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Emerging blockchain-industry is focus of TokenizeTN skull session at ECD
Kristen Johns Esq.
Emerging blockchain-industry is focus of TokenizeTN skull session at ECD

Waller attorney leads prospective not-for-profit advocacy group through private 'summit' at ECD.

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Venture Notes - October 19, 2018
Venture Notes - October 19, 2018

Another batch of entrepreneurial and investment movers, shakers and TBDs.

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Meharry Medical College Data Science Institute to impact<br>health policy, talent pipeline, clinical standards
Meharry Medical College Data Science Institute to impact
health policy, talent pipeline, clinical standards

Years of work have prepared Meharry researchers to play influential role by drawing data from Nashville General Hospital.

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Brookings: TN located in 'Heartland' region<br>with weakspot for entrepreneurship
Brookings: TN located in 'Heartland' region
with weakspot for entrepreneurship

A sobering report from Brookings Institution researchers inevitably shows there's work yet to be done.

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CEO TJ Wilt says E|Spaces multiplies partners as it enters new markets
CEO TJ Wilt
CEO TJ Wilt says E|Spaces multiplies partners as it enters new markets

Entrepreneurial team aims to move from 3 operating units to 25 or more before grow-or-exit decision.

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Margaret Dolan named to succeed Charlie Brock as CEO of Launch Tennessee
CEO Margaret Dolan
Margaret Dolan named to succeed Charlie Brock as CEO of Launch Tennessee

Longtime entrepreneurial consultant and Ingram Industries executive gets the nod.

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Founder: Startup ALECIA maps capital raise, keeps IPO option in its sites
Founder Alecia Vimala
Founder: Startup ALECIA maps capital raise, keeps IPO option in its sites

Content may be king, but this Nashville digital network aims to take the crown.

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Entrepreneur Gordon preps Cloud Range Cyber + Nashville Cyber Range
CEO Debbie Gordon
Entrepreneur Gordon preps Cloud Range Cyber + Nashville Cyber Range

[updated] VU drew her to Nashville, where she cut her entrepreneurial teeth in e-commerce.

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NTC-MTSU Tech Workforce Report 2018
NTC-MTSU Tech Workforce Report 2018

Nashville Technology Council and MTSU demonstrate shortage of tech talent in Middle Tennessee

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HealthStream Q3 earnings ahead, with analysts poised on the sidelines
HealthStream Q3 earnings ahead, with analysts poised on the sidelines

[update] A unique Tennessee business makes its way step-by-step through SaaS growth-company terrain.

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