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1.Tech strategist joins Tennessee economic advocate
Tennessee Technology Development Corporation continues to assemble its team to drive tech-centered economic development.
Milt Capps / Published Friday, June 6, 2008 2:19 pm

2.Analysis: Cromwell still pushing for traction at TTDC
Venture advocate's latest activity recalls earlier attempts to ignite technology in Tennessee
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, April 8, 2008 9:02 am

3.TTDC says it plans no funding for TN Bio Assn.
Technology-enterprise advocate believes life-sciences sector cannot advance without stronger leadership
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, October 21, 2009 12:37 pm

4.Launch Tennessee gameplan may eventually include $50MM Fund of Funds
There are similar models in Georgia and other states, some involving a mix of public and private funds.
By Milt Capps / Published Friday, January 26, 2018 5:21 pm

5.2010 Economy: Kisber, Cromwell both face reckoning
For perhaps the next six months, the pace of development of Tennessee's emerging New Economy will be largely in the hands of elected officials
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, January 6, 2010 2:47 pm

6.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

7.Policy: Innovation & Startups Equity Investment Program draws TN interest
Proposed federal funding could rekindle TN entrepreneurship and innovation, much as during the earlier Haslam Administration.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, June 9, 2020 5:30 pm

8.State's TechDevCorp adapting to threats and opportunities
Warning TNInvestco's not enough, TTDC hopes to keep its mission alive, maybe by spinning-off new ventures
By Milt Capps Updated 6:27 AM Oct. 27, 2009 / Published Monday, October 26, 2009 1:50 pm

9.Tech Economy: TTDC targets Angels and Entrepreneurs
Local Angel net and Mercury Labs shoulder high-profile assignments for the state's tech-driven economic development leader
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, March 11, 2009 3:19 pm

10.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

11.Leadership succession at Tennessee Technology Development Corporation
TTDC lands prominent healthcare CEO, scientist and policy influential to help navigate the shores of business, academe and government
Milt Capps / Published Monday, September 29, 2008 8:04 am

12.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

13.TTDC grants $100K to Nashville Entrepreneur Center, names two board leaders
Tech economic development group also funds entrepreneurs network and appoints vice chairperson as it heads into legislative fray
By Milt Capps Updated 3:44 a.m. Jan. 22, 2010 / Published Thursday, January 21, 2010 4:34 pm

14.Growing TN: Hagerty chairs ECD-funded TTDC development group
Leadership shift was accomplished August 19, with Hagerty now chairman of TTDC
By Milt Capps Updated August 19, 2011 3:38 p.m. / Published Thursday, August 18, 2011 2:24 pm

15.TN TechDev's life running through financial hourglass
Tennessee Technology Development Corp. faces the proverbial 'Valley of Death' in its own funding, and looks to the Bredesen Administration for a liferope
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, October 21, 2009 12:37 pm

16.NEWSBITS, Feb. 18, 2010
TTDC forum, TNInvestco website, VU tech transfer, PureSafety, Tricycle, Memphis leadership, and more...
By Milt Capps Last updated 8:52 a.m. / Published Thursday, February 18, 2010 7:15 am

17.Bionic Woman: Exec perseveres, while biotech struggles for momentum
While critics sound off and Biotech targets General Assembly, an economy-shaping executive keeps pushing education and innovations
Milt Capps / Published Sunday, September 14, 2008 4:45 pm

18.Tennessee Biotechnology Association wrestles with leadership and priorities
TBA is apparently regrouping, and still dealing with basic organizational and strategy issues as it confront a crisis of opportunity, because of the growing importance of the life sciences
By Milt Capps Last updated 1:43 p.m. / Published Thursday, September 17, 2009 12:08 pm

19.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

20.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.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, March 20, 2019 3:45 pm

21.TTDC-as-LaunchTN gets vital runway extension from Haslam Administration
With fingers crossed and funds in-hand, the tech-centric nonprofit forges ahead
By Milt Capps edits June 9, 2012 8:50 a.m. / Published Thursday, June 7, 2012 2:55 pm

22.Modeling TNINVESTCO 'fraught' with challenges, but maybe worthwhile
Some would like to see a bold, rigorous assessment of TNInvestco that would better assess value and improve the model.
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, March 2, 2020 3:00 pm

23.'We are Music City' Entrepreneur Campaign launches
[Updated] The Nashville Area Chamber and its allies are unleashing an Entrepreneur Center, brand and marketing campaign
By Milt Capps Updated 10:20 a.m., Sept. 26, 2009 / Published Wednesday, September 23, 2009 1:49 pm

24.TTDC's Stover is departing for Diagnovus venture backed by TNInvestco's
Scholar and entrepreneur will co-found molecular diagnostics startup in Nashville
By Milt Capps Updated 10:23 p.m. / Published Friday, September 30, 2011 3:00 pm

25.LaunchTN CEO search draws 900 resumes, dozens of qualified candidates
Rolfe and Brock doubtless plan a smooth transition to maintain momentum, but there are vagaries to ponder.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, July 17, 2018 4:45 pm

26.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

27.LaunchTN eyes capital access, SBIR matches, possible renewed Fed funding
Against the backdrop of the pandemic, Launch Tennessee and Life Science Tennessee look to maintain momentum.
By Milt Capps / Published Friday, February 26, 2021 5:30 pm

28.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

29.Entrepreneurs, VCs, TTDC mobilize for venture funding
Spring 2010 may go down in the annals of modern Tennessee history as a period of innovation breakthroughs
By Milt Capps Last update 11:05 p.m. / Published Wednesday, March 3, 2010 3:06 pm

30.NewsBits, December 7, 2010
News and notes from around Tennessee on science, technology, innovation and related policy.
By Milt Capps Updated 1:11 p.m. / Published Tuesday, December 7, 2010 9:00 am

31.Exec: LaunchTN embraces discretionary role in IMPACT Fund investing
Applications for investment consideration are being taken now.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, October 18, 2017 4:45 pm

32.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

33.New LaunchTN CEO Brock cites innovation 'momentum', surveys challenges
First permanent CEO in three years begins a stem-stern review as he wades-in
By Milt Capps updated 11:17 a.m. / Published Tuesday, January 8, 2013 11:11 am

34.State venture-capital incentive gains traction in Gen. Assembly
Legislators want to demonstrate support for smaller ventures, advocates say the CAPCO model has been improved since early adopters found serious flaws
By Milt Capps Last Updated 4:09 p.m. May 1, 2009 / Published Friday, May 1, 2009 8:37 am

35.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

36.Gordon-Wamp give fresh push to Mid-TN Tech consortium
Although slow to crystallize, the Mind2Marketplace technology initiative has won support from a growing number of participants, as it attempts to become a formal organization
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, September 2, 2008 6:57 am

37.Roy Dano: Sports & Entertainment focus for NVille entrepreneur-investor
Relocated New Yorker says Nashville and SEC territory are prime sector launchpads
Milt Capps edits 1:46 p.m. / Published Monday, August 25, 2014 10:30 am

38.TNInvestco 2.0 prospects uncertain, entrepreneurs
and investors begin charting path forward

Since opinions are hard to monetize, leaders statewide seek new sources of momentum
Milt Capps addendum 8:18 a.m. Oct. 17, 2014 / Published Wednesday, October 15, 2014 2:03 pm

39.People: LaunchTN's Denenberg preps NourishWise startup
Agency's entrepreneurship director seems to have caught the bug.
Milt Capps updated 24 July 2014 10:50 a.m. / Published Monday, July 21, 2014 1:45 pm

40.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

41.Health IT Roundup: Executives comment on Nashville's leadership options
Energy and ideas abound among a sample of Nashville healthcare, investment and technology executives rounded-up in just the past few days
By Milt Capps Updated 4:05 p.m. / Published Monday, January 25, 2010 3:31 pm

42.Venture Capital tax credit approved by General Assembly
[Updated 5:52 p.m.] The TNSBICCA passed in both House and Senate today, and will next go to Gov. Bredesen. The Senate vote was 30-0. It passed in the full House this morning, 94-0, and in Senate Finance this afternoon 9-0-1PNV. The insurance industry provides the leverage for this economic development and venture-funding move.
By Milt Capps Last updated 5:52 p.. June 18, 2009 / Published Thursday, June 18, 2009 10:12 am

43.High on Nashville, tech startups 24/7 Sports,
Comicbook.com mull growth strategies

[updated] CBS Sports Digital buys 24/7 Sports, led by Shannon Terry.
Milt Capps updated 8:05pm Dec. 16, 2015 / Published Monday, June 23, 2014 12:55 pm

44.Partnership 2010/Chamber call for 'Virtual Entrepreneur Center'
With an eye toward the long haul, and against a backdrop of economic crisis, Co-Chairs Frist and Shmerling (L-R) release Entrepreneur Project recommendations
Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, October 8, 2008 3:34 pm

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