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1.XMi High Growth Development Fund, LLC
At left, Mike Shmerling
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, November 5, 2009 10:29 am

2.Nashville entrepreneur Mike Shmerling offers Seed Capital reality-check
State-backed programs like TNInvestco 'have a place', but capital complaints seem exaggerated.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, January 11, 2016 5:00 pm

3.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.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, February 6, 2019 3:36 pm

4.Shmerling's XMi will offer free offices to startups
XMi venture unit's plans are revealed on the eve of the launches of a local Entrepreneur Center and TNInvestco venture funds
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, September 21, 2009 9:59 am

5.'Idea 67': Shmerling offers entrepreneurial concept for Nashville
If Nashville wants to keep good businesses here, it should leverage untapped ideas that abound in local companies
Milt Capps UPDATED 4:40 P.M. / Published Monday, September 29, 2008 4:17 pm

6.NVille's InCrowd Capital adds Angels + investments, seeks SE partners
[Updated 15 June 2015] With nearly 40 investors aboard, Shmerling's Angel network gains traction.
Milt Capps updated 6:36 a.m. 15 June 2015 / Published Monday, November 10, 2014 12:00 pm

7.XMi Holdings' XMi High Growth & Opportunity Fund sets $20MM fund raise
XMi unit is sector agnostic, but expects to see plenty of healthcare.
Milt Capps / Published Thursday, April 30, 2015 4:00 pm

8.Judges like 'Nashville: Where Innovation Sings' for city branding
The annual Accelerator endurance and innovation test produces much food for thought.
By Milt Capps Last Updated 9:01 a.m., June 13, 2009 / Published Friday, June 12, 2009 2:20 pm

9.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

10.Jim Phillips CEO of relaunched XMI backed by Engelbrecht's SCI of Evansville
[updated] Former XMi executive holds minority stake, in wake of entrepreneur Shmerling's peel-off.
Milt Capps updated 4:55pm 2 May 2017 / Published Tuesday, May 2, 2017 9:56 am

11.CEO: XMi Acquisition has $15MM dry powder, more M&A moves likely
With access to funds that have total $50MM AUM, XMi believes it can complete 1-2 deals per year.
Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, October 25, 2017 4:55 pm

12.Nashville Entrepreneur Center appointments heavy with longtime advocates
Experience, expertise and continuity seem reflected in selections.
Milt Capps updated 30 Oct. 2015 6:12 a.m. / Published Tuesday, October 27, 2015 4:45 pm

13.Strategy notes: Family advisers shape investments
Entrepreneurs are slow to think of family-office managers, like entertainment-industry accountant Mike Vaden, as gatekeepers in raising capital.
The VN Blog / Published Thursday, August 14, 2008 12:47 pm

14.VentureNotes: Mike Carroll licenses PYA tech; Joy Fisher eyes UT assets
VTC Commercializing the UT brand, localizing entertainment with streaming audio
Milt Capps / Published Thursday, December 3, 2015 11:00 am

15.Legal-services entrepreneur Freedman tackles more startups
A serial entrepreneur continues to embrace Nashville, even tho its investors are 'too damn nice'
By Milt Capps Last Updated 6:51 p.m. / Published Wednesday, October 14, 2009 2:12 pm

16.Startup AVVAY taking the Oy! out of briefly using venues, talent, services
[updated] With capraise underway, Techstars grad says knowledge of painpoints, plus discipline and data are crucial.
By Milt Capps updated 13 Sept 2018 / Published Thursday, August 9, 2018 2:30 pm

17.Smartvue receives suitors, next raise likely a multiple of $15MM Series B
[Updated] About 16 years into his mission, CEO Renkis gears for Internet of Things video leadership.
Milt Capps Updated 2 April 2018 1046 / Published Tuesday, April 5, 2016 1:00 pm

18.VentureNotes June 29, 2016
Updates on InCrowd Capital, VRTIFY, Arkis, Addiction Campuses
Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, June 29, 2016 5:05 pm

19.Entrepreneur, Angel investor Freedman still has eye for startups
after selling majority of tents-events biz to PE funds

CEO has fresh powder for growing leasing biz, while still helping fund or drive startups.
Milt Capps / Published Thursday, July 21, 2016 2:45 pm

20.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

21.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

22.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

23.Lackey: Entrepreneur Center shows city
putting 'money where mouth is'

Another 'complaining' serial entrepreneur is having trouble retiring, as one venture happily leads to another
By Milt Capps Updated December 17, 2012 1:59 p.m. / Published Monday, February 28, 2011 8:43 am

24.Entrepreneurs' advice for 'Best of Times, Worst of Times'
It seems like more than mere whistlin' in the dark, as these entrepreneurs discussed opportunities and sources of confidence
By Milt Capps Last updated 3:31 p.m. / Published Tuesday, November 17, 2009 3:05 pm

25.Nashville Entrepreneur Center gains Galen Partners as lead Healthcare sponsor
Galen-Burcham alliance goes back years; other firms had a shot at top-billing in NEC healthcare work
By Milt Capps / Published Friday, October 7, 2011 8:06 am

26.Video as a Service: Smartvue seeks Angels, gives Hapner new wings
Marty Renkis isn't backing-off his $100 million goal, as he works to finesse his B Round raise and adds a veteran IT exec to push sales
Milt Capps Updated 0827 June 19 / Published Wednesday, June 18, 2008 10:25 pm

27.Consensus Point sets B-round, reveals Euro partnership
Tech-marketing veteran Linda Rebrovick looks to create a crowd around SaaS predictive marketing provider
By Milt Capps Updated 11:25 a.m. / Published Monday, March 8, 2010 8:42 am

28.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

29.CEO search: Nashville Entrepreneur Center to seek Brody-Waite successor
Brody-Waite plans to leave the decade-old entrepreneurship center.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, July 1, 2019 3:56 pm

30.Venture Notes, April 5, 2010
TNInvestco.. Gibson Guitar.. Medical Trade Center.. $5MM private placement.. ICGLink.. Green VC.. VW and more
By Milt Capps Last Updated 12:33 p.m. / Published Monday, April 5, 2010 4:27 am

31.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

32.'Creative Nashville' may lure high-growth ventures
Tonight, NBC provides another test of Nashville's brand-image -- while the Entrepreneur Project confronts 'lagging innovative capacity', inadequate capital and slow tech commercialization.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, June 9, 2008 6:46 am

33.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

34.VentureNotes
Fred Goad, Eric Satz, Beth Seigenthaler: entrepreneurs older and newer are hard at-work
By Milt Capps updated 9 July 2014 10:52 a.m. / Published Thursday, August 16, 2012 10:36 am

35.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

36.'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

37.Reporter's Notebook:
Ralph Schulz on tackling Brookings initiative, Charlie Martin eyes HealthIT

Response to Brookings Institution researchers will require deep knowledge.
Milt Capps / Published Saturday, September 3, 2016 3:15 pm

38.Venture Notes - 24 February 2017
A healthcare disrupter's latest move, Accelerators updates and much more.
Milt Capps / Published Friday, February 24, 2017 1:00 pm

39.$26MM+: EdTech consolidator LTG buys Rustici SW, stake in Watershed
[updated] Performance payments could reach $11MM, all hands benefit, says co-owner.
Milt Capps updated Nov. 15, 2018 / Published Friday, January 29, 2016 8:00 am

40.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

41.Mike Muhney, Harry Jacobson team on VIPOrbit's $2.7MM capital raise
Another rodeo: Partners target evolving team/interpersonal relationship- and project-management market.
Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, July 27, 2016 4:45 pm

42.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

43.Sohr's Powered Health wraps key Growthwright services around startups
President Mike Cerino is leading the business push.
Milt Capps / Published Friday, January 15, 2016 2:15 pm

44.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

45.New $100MM venture fund creator retains 2nd Generation
Entrepreneur who hit jackpot in technology for gambling is establishing a rigorous process for targeting his investments
Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, October 1, 2008 8:40 am

46.Silicon Heartbeat: Comments from NTC Award speakers set the tone
Execs from Digital Reasoning, Rustici and State Economic Development are highlighted.
Milt Capps / Published Friday, January 23, 2015 9:01 am

47.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

48.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

49.Noted: Gibson Guitar $3.8MM SEC filing notes Tek Group
The big-brand Nashville manufacturer may be picking-up its M&A tempo
By VNC Staff / Published Monday, February 6, 2012 9:37 am

50.Memphis VC-allied MB Innovations eyes medical-devices development
VC and industry veteran Mike Sherman will leave work, starting with Spine Wave
By Milt Capps updated 9:31 a.m. / Published Thursday, December 22, 2011 8:58 am

51.SIIA: C-levels eye Software-cos' finance, performance 3/16 at the EC
More speaker announcements, with event just a month away!
Published Wednesday, February 17, 2016 2:45 pm

52.InvestTennessee: State launching biz-development site
The State and its public-private partners are launching a website to advance economic-development objectives
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, September 2, 2009 12:44 pm

53.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
By Venture Nashville Staff Updated 5:30 p.m. / Published Friday, October 23, 2009 3:18 pm

54.Frist-Cressey Ventures in near-$5MM round for Nashville's Monogram Health
VC expands its portfolio with its entrepreneur in residence at the helm.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, February 7, 2019 4:59 pm

55.Charlotte's Frontier Capital eyes Nashville market for investments
With the closing of its Fund IV, Frontier activity here may rise.
Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, June 24, 2015 12:30 am

56.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

57.Bizplans: Churchill asks no equity from Young Entrepreneur Contest entrants
Winners - Mortgage company's anniversary may fund a birthday for a startup
By Milt Capps Updated 12 March 2013 / Published Thursday, December 20, 2012 12:22 pm

58.Bandbox, RedRovor founders sell to Social Chutes
Digital-music entrepreneurs exit a crowded field; new owners plan a 'bigger umbrella'
By Milt Capps Updated May 23 4:44 p.m. / Published Sunday, May 22, 2011 10:16 pm

59.People: Phil Gibbs' Disruption Lab hits the road to Chattanooga
[updated] Veteran entrepreneur and exec educator proves his story has wheels.
Milt Capps / Published Thursday, November 12, 2015 4:45 pm

60.LaunchTN details INCITE investment tallies, investors, portfolio companies
As INCITE comes to halt, we take at look at the ground that's been covered.
Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, February 17, 2016 3:00 pm

61.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

62.Jammber CEO eyes capital raises, confirms buyout approaches
[Updated] Chicago-bred Project Music grad may find Series A dough outside Nashville.
Milt Capps updated 3 July 2019 / Published Wednesday, November 1, 2017 4:45 pm

63.Venture Notes - 6 December 2017
27 short takes on Venture developments statewide, from robots and healthcare, to hair dye and video security.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, December 6, 2017 4:00 pm

64.Internet, broadband providers join Arts creators in Nashville briefing
AT&T, the Songwriters Guild and other interests brought their roadshow to Nashville this morning, to highlight industry and consumer interests
Milt Capps / Published Thursday, September 25, 2008 11:16 am

65.Venture Notes - 8 June 2017
Dart Music bankruptcy buyers step up, startup, PE and Fund news, and more.
Milt Capps / Published Thursday, June 8, 2017 4:45 pm

66.Local FiledBy startup asks authors to claim 1.8 million webpages
Former Ingram exec aims to enable authors to market their goods independently
By Milt Capps UPDATED 2:22 PM / Published Wednesday, March 25, 2009 12:41 pm

67.Maptic eyes capital raise for mapping, analytics platform
targeting the Consumer Packaged Goods industry

CEO Hulsey outlines steps toward market and investors.
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, January 3, 2017 8:45 am

68.NewsBits, March 7, 2011
VU porfolio co goes elsewhere, TNInvestco company, startup ecosystem spreads, PdCamp, ORNL, MyOutdoorTV and more
By Milt Capps updated 3:15 p.m. March 8, 2011 / Published Monday, March 7, 2011 8:04 am

69.Venture Notes - February 24, 2021
[updated] 37 items on startups, PE-VC-Angel-Crowd-Seed raises, entrepreneurs, events, deadlines, resources and more.
By Milt Capps updated April 19, 2021 / Published Wednesday, February 24, 2021 4:45 pm

70.VC-backed former Ingram exec launches online business
Entrepreneur's new company means fresh links between Nashville and the Creatives
Milt Capps Update 10:55 a.m. / Published Wednesday, December 17, 2008 10:37 am

71.Nashville Technology Council honors 9th Annual NTC Awards winners
Standouts in 14 categories are singled-out for techcentric leadership.
Staff / Published Friday, January 26, 2018 2:13 pm

72.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

73.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

74.NEWSBITS Feb. 13, 2009
Updates on ICA, iPayment, Tractor Supply, Solar Institute interest, Stimulus, Tech competition, and Med-devices firms...
Published Friday, February 13, 2009 8:00 am

75.Anthem Healthcare Intelligence capital raise underway with NEST-TN aboard
[Updated] Agilum, fka Anthem Health Intelligence, updated its $5.5MM capital raise.
By Milt Capps updated 7:53 a.m. 21 Sept. 2012 / Published Thursday, September 20, 2012 6:46 pm

76.Nashville's Axios LLC builds platform for Tech, Logistics companies
Capital raise considered, and a fifth venture may tackle custom IT talent development
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, July 22, 2014 7:44 pm

77.Beachy CEO vows to keep finger off cap-raise trigger until late 2020
Mergers and acquisitions requirements likely to factor into decision on another raise by autumn 2020.
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, January 27, 2020 3:15 pm

78.Accelerators: Boring, Rip-roaring or somewhere in between?
Tennessee execs comment on Jumpstart Foundry founders' criticism of accelerator model.
Milt Capps / Published Friday, January 22, 2016 2:45 pm

79.Bunker Labs Nashville startups on firing line in June 28 event
[updated] Local Bunker Labs crew is gaining momentum, enjoying network effect.
Milt Capps Updated June 24, 2016 2:20pm / Published Tuesday, June 21, 2016 5:15 pm

80.Venture People - Sept. 21, 2020
A batch of updates on executive moves, appointments, roles and other ties to Tennessee
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, September 21, 2020 12:27 pm

81.Nashville's VideoBomb welcomes former Apple CEO and a serial entrepreneur to board, maps capital raises
Founder-CEO Chad Marcum broadens AR startup industry reach and tech footprint.
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, November 16, 2020 4:16 pm

82.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.
By Milt Capps updated April 2, 2019 / Published Wednesday, February 13, 2019 11:25 am

83.NEC's Project Music & Entertainment inducts 14 teams for latest cohort
Four teams based in Tennessee, plus businesses from Canada, Illinois, Boston and elsewhere get the nod.
By VNC Staff / Published Tuesday, May 4, 2021 12:55 pm

84.AeroWALL Dynamics: NVille startup to leverage TN's transportation sector
Healthcare veteran finding more 'fun' in Transportation startup.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, June 6, 2016 2:15 pm

85.NEXT TN: Research-industry-capital links are key
to state's intellectual-property commercialization

An overhaul of Tennessee connections, communications and capital is prerequisite to strong gains in commercialization
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, May 10, 2011 7:54 am

86.MedPass Health data-workflow startup aces Seed round, eyes Series A raise
[updated] This immunization data-collection startup is being accelerated via a university alliance.
Milt Capps Updated Nov. 14, 2016 / Published Tuesday, March 24, 2015 12:45 pm

87.Drug-discovery linchpin PMI BioPharma Solutions hoists flag in Tennessee
The word is just getting out about new entrant in Tennessee biopharm ecosystem.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, September 19, 2018 5:00 pm

88.PassAlong dies, Jaworski lives, Bandbox bets on boom
As Nashville's startup ecosystem matures, wisdom from failures nourishes new digital ventures
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, July 1, 2009 1:41 pm

89.Anquiro market-intel startup in Nashville acknowledges Angel conversations
Helping incumbent retailers adjust to signals of new entrants in their markets.
Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, April 27, 2016 4:35 pm

90.People: TuneCore's Kennedy sees Nashville as 'heaven for creators'
Nashville Creatives use vision and talent to produce important things, out of nothing.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, September 29, 2014 12:45 pm

91.Startup Garage Coffee enters E. Nashville,
Garage Leathers widens accessories line

GC's new location choice seems to suggest a preference for Creatives
Milt Capps updated Aug. 6, 2015 / Published Monday, October 20, 2014 12:42 pm

92.Vanderbilt CFO retires, Zeppos names interims
Amid a bear economy and with expensive promises to keep, Vanderbilt relies on continuity in ranks
Milt Capps / Published Monday, December 29, 2008 6:53 am

93.'Secret Sauce': Debut Broadcasting hopes investors smell what it's cookin'
Are 'Radio Days' back? The capital crunch has hit this Nashville-based media roll-up, which aims to take a page from the consolidation playbook of Clear Channel and other giants
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, June 3, 2008 10:35 am

94.Kimberlin: Nashville EC's UAV/Drones event may be pivotal for TN industry
Nashville Entrepreneur Center panel comes at key juncture for new industry.
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, November 3, 2015 10:45 am

95.Venture Notes: EO-Nashville, Back Porch Group,
Sagents, PBM365, Frontier Capital, Tandum

Updates on Endorsee, Sagents, Tandum, EO Nashville, PBM365, Back Porch Group, Exile.
Milt Capps updated 31 Oct. 2015 / Published Monday, October 6, 2014 8:26 am

96.Cell Journalist says it's expanding clientele
Startup in video content say it's doing well, despite plenty of competition
Milt Capps UPDATED 2:45 P.M. / Published Monday, December 22, 2008 11:51 am

97.'One Vanderbilt': VU retains recruiters for leadership searches
Headhunters dispatched to find executives to breathe further life into Chancellor Zeppos vision of unity
By Milt Capps Updated 11:18 a.m. March 17, 2010 / Published Wednesday, March 17, 2010 8:38 am

98.HealthIT: Both hard realities and major opportunities are C4MI targets
Center for Medical Interoperability begins ramping-up its architectural and assessment work.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, April 11, 2016 2:45 pm

99.BeachyApp: Nashville's Beach Chairs pursues $2MM Angel raise
Entrepreneurs have their eyes on the prize, and future investment in other startups.
Milt Capps / Published Thursday, March 31, 2016 9:15 am

100.Launch Tennessee 36|86 capital-centric sessions, Pitch finalists listed
VNC is here highlighting sessions tied to capital and scale-up. 36|86 also has many other valuable elements.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, August 5, 2020 5:02 pm

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