Nashville Health Care Council Hears from Two Healthbox Startups


The Nashville Health Care Council is a partner of Healthbox Nashville. They met to share with the community the plans of Healthbox and a few of their companies, Clariture and eClinic. Healthbox founder and CEO, Nina Sharif told their history including the ways they are revolutionizing the health care market by bringing an accelerator model to it. [View Original Post...] … [Read more...]

Julia Polk Joins W Squared


One of Nashville’s premier entrepreneurial advisors is taking on a new role. Julia Polk today announced her new post as the Senior Vice President of Early Stage Ventures at W Squared. Based in Brentwood, Tennessee, W Squared currently offers a wide range of outsourced back office operations for technology and healthcare companies. The company has had great success in the last year with rapid growth, making the recently released Inc 500|5000. With this momentum, W Squared is now offering its services to early stage companies to ensure the right path from the beginning. “We intend to create a … [Read more...]

Why Google Chose Nashville’s Entrepreneur Center


Google for Entrepreneurs has built a seven part network of entrepreneurial hubs across North America. The Nashville Entrepreneur Center gains great value from being included within that network, including to access to the resources of Google and the other hubs around the nation which each bring expertise across a variety of industries. [View Original Post...] … [Read more...]

The “Entrepreninjas” Fly Tomorrow!


EC Director of Partnerships, Jared Marquette, on why the EC wants to be a part of Red Bull's Flugtag Event: “Here at the EC we ask so many people to take big risks and put everything out there working hard to make things happen on a daily basis, and because they are successful we here in the office are successful. I get to stay safe in the office because of they are out risking everything everyday. This is my risk.” [View Original Post...]   … [Read more...]

Open Letter to Students of the Nashville Entrepreneur Community


This letter was originally published on as a guest post, pushing the students of Nashville to engage in the entrepreneurship community earlier. There are a wealth of connections to be made, students just have to make the first step. Be bold. [...View Original Post] We need to start plugging business students into the entrepreneurship community beginning their first and second years. The day after graduation isn’t the time to start learning what problems actually need to be solved. Many students come here for a great program at one of the local universities, but … [Read more...]

From Music City to the Mile High City


When I worked with Luke and Kathryn last summer, they were just starting their new company, Blue Ivory Creative. A top client from the beginning was Jefferson Santos, a sales professional and world traveler. Blue Ivory has traveled extensively with Jefferson to develop his brand. In this post, we highlight our trip to Denver, Colorado where Jefferson spoke to thousands of people before leaving for Mexico with him and his wife the following week. Be sure to check out the motivational highlight video in the full post. [...View Full Post] … [Read more...]

The Value of Interning in a Coworking Space

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Students must begin getting out into their intended industries earlier. For business students, there really isn't any better way to meet professionals from various industries than to be involved in a coworking space. Whether a student gets a membership to go do school work, decides to intern there, or begins and then runs a new company from their space, the connections that happen will prove vital to their future success. Simply being involved early means the student is opened up to a whole new world of opportunity while still in college. [...Read Full Post] … [Read more...]

Blue Ivory Creative Looks For Its First Home in Nashville


Coworking is a growing trend in Nashville. It gets entrepreneurs around a group of peers and a collaborative environment. In this post, Luke, Kathryn and I explored the idea of moving their company, Blue Ivory Creative, into a coworking space like CoLab in Nashville. They were growing quickly and with their love of positive energy, they knew a fast paced environment would keep them moving and keep the juices flowing. [...View Full Post].   … [Read more...]

What’s Next Watson? A Millinnial’s Take on IBM’s Latest Innovation


This post originally appeared on Digital Biz Wire and was written for IBM after their May, 2013 Smarter Commerce Global Summit in Nashville, TN. During Smarter Commerce, Ben McIntyre was hired as a part of a team of live social media reporters for IBM through Served Fresh Media. [...View Original Post] In the first session of IBM’s Smarter Commerce Global Summit at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, Manoj Saxon got on stage to speak about Watson. He spoke of it uses in healthcare and customer service, and while those were impressive, one ability jumped out at me even … [Read more...]