HUNTSVILLE - It doesn’t take much imagination to be swept up in the enthusiastic way Terry Taylor, Manager of the Technology Transfer Office at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, communicates his love for what he does. An excellent storyteller, he sets a jarring stage for the listener, explaining the rocket-related issue which spurred his favorite (and most recent) Marshall Space Flight NASA patent to be commercialized for public use ... READ MORE
THE HARK PROFILE
All startups begin with an idea. Those who have actually acted on the idea, however, quitting their gainful employment, rolling up their sleeves, seriously questioning their sanity, and then thankfully scaling to something beyond a minimum viable product have a very different relationship with these things called ideas...READ MORE
See|Talk|Act is a new Hark column addressing Diversity and Inclusion topics in startup and tech culture. We’ll include editorial perspectives on data, initiatives, conversations, and report on companies and organizations who are prioritizing and acting on Diversity and Inclusion from the top down.
For a long time I had a career in a corporate field, with c-level executives almost exclusively male and a fundamental industry-wide resistance to change in any area, including technology. The notion of inclusion, of top management recognizing unconscious biases and trying to address them through education or initiatives, would have been construed as the inmates taking over the asylum ... READ MORE
LITTLE ROCK - RasorNET – Rural Arkansas Strategic Optical Resource Network – longstanding champions connecting rural regions to their more metropolitan counterparts via fast, efficient and consistent broadband internet connectivity throughout regions across Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas, announce today their partnership with Little Rock’s Broadband Development Group. The strategic partnership promises to allow even more broadband connectivity options for customers in Arkansas and surrounding regions ... READ MORE
LITTLE ROCK - RaftUp has announced the launch of its namesake mobile application in the iTunes App Store (an Android version is in development and will be available soon). The RaftUp app allows boaters to connect with each other on waterways and provides a key “Social SOS” feature that can minimize downtime in the case of a breakdown or maximize response times for first responders in case of emergency ... READ MORE
CHATTANOOGA - Grantees in Chattanooga and Kansas City are getting $134,000 from the Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund for nine projects in their areas.
"Grantees will leverage the awarded funds to build, pilot, and scale gigabit-enabled applications and curricula that have immediate impact on classrooms and informal learning organizations," Katie Hendrix, who heads Mozilla gig work in Chattanooga, said ... READ MORE
CHATTANOOGA - It might sound like an odd name for a company, but what's in a name when the startup has revenue that is growing at triple digit rates?
Skuid is both the name of the Chattanooga-based business and a customizable user-experience platform that allows businesses to build their own app, portal or website...READ MORE
LITTLE ROCK - The Venture Center, now two years into its establishment as a central Arkansas hub of startup and entrepreneurship support, launched its inaugural Venture Center FinTech Accelerator May 16, 2016, at a press conference held at their facility in downtown Little Rock. Among attendees were Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin, LR Mayor Mark Stodola and FIS President & CEO Gary Norcross ... READ MORE
NEW ORLEANS – 365 Connect, a leading provider of award-winning marketing, leasing and resident technology platforms, were recently awarded a gold Hermes Creative Award for their Marketing Syndication Platform. 365 Connect remains on the cusp of technology through vision, creativity and keeping a constant eye on what comes next ... READ MORE
CHATTANOOGA STARTUP WeCounsel LANDS $3.5 MILLION INVESTMENT TO PROVIDE SOFTWARE TO FACILITATE VIRTUAL INTERACTIONS BETWEEN CLIENTS, MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS
Chattanooga startup WeCounsel provides software that allows mental health professionals to connect virtually with clients.
CHATTANOOGA - Chattanooga startup Text Request launched in November 2014 with the goal of disrupting the customer service industry; now the company that allows customers to text employees at businesses continues to move forward with the goal of connecting consumers and companies.
The current team of seven people work to provide an easy signup process for businesses who want to connect with clients...READ MORE
ROGERS, AR - Since 2009, Collective Bias has grown into one of the largest influencer marketing firms in the Southeast. The Rogers, Ark.-based social media property contracts with about 7,000 bloggers and social media standouts to create content that ultimately drives sales for major retailers and consumer CPG brands like Mars, P&G, Unilever, Coke and Pepsi. The company, which three years ago received $10.5 million in Series A funding, has opened six satellite offices stretching from London to San Francisco...READ MORE
NEW ORLEANS - Startup Weekend New Orleans (SW NOLA) is in its fourth year. If you’ve never been to a Startup Weekend, they are a 3-day hackathon for startup ideas, run via city chapters all over the country. The NOLA SW is held in October, but this year, through a Startup Weekend partnership with 4.0 Schools, the New Orleans chapter added an Education Track, which is going on this very weekend at Loyola’s Center for Entrepreneurship - Miller Hall - familiar to some as that bastion of Startup Week grinds and Tech Week talks ... READ MORE
More than 50 startup founders and students will build businesses in downtown core
MEMPHIS – EPIcenter, hub of the greater Memphis entrepreneurship movement, and Start Co., a member of the Global Accelerator Network, together with ZeroTo510, have today announced the teams that will participate in this year’s groundbreaking ‘Summer of Acceleration.’ This will be the first time in the region that six industry-specific startup accelerators and one student accelerator will journey together through rigorous entrepreneurial startup programming led by the region’s top accelerator experts to grow and develop their business ... READ MORE
GREENVILLE - ChartSpan Medical Technologies, Inc. is pleased to announce plans to bring 300 new healthcare jobs to downtown Greenville, South Carolina. Following the recent closure of $3,200,000 in venture funding, ChartSpan has signed a lease for nearly 100,000 square feet of office space at 2 North Main Street. The company will run its clinical support operations from this location, making ChartSpan one of the largest employers in the downtown area ... READ MORE
KNOXVILLE --- Knoxville Entrepreneur Center and Scripps Networks Interactive are teaming up to launch The Works, a startup accelerator for coders and lifestyle content developers. The program will bring national attention to Knoxville’s role as the hub of digital media and content creation in the South...READ MORE
Software development company reveals name of first platform at premier cocktail event
MEXICO CITY – New Orleans-based software development studio Concierge Solutions, LLC., has announced the official name of their first platform at the 6th Annual Tales of the Cocktail® on Tour in Mexico City ... READ MORE
IDILBI NAMED CEO; COMPANY PLANS REMOTE STUDENT OPTIONS, HIRING OF ADDITIONAL STAFF
CHARLOTTE - Charlotte-based tech education company, Tech Talent South (TTS), has announced an exciting shift for the company. North Carolina native and TTS co-founder, Betsy Hauser Idilbi, has officially taken on majority ownership of the coding bootcamp. Tech Talent South promptly named Idilbi the company’s first Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Charlotte as its official headquarters ... READ MORE