Dowd’s Cloud

StartUp Memphis editor James Dowd shares the latest local news.

Memphis to be EPIcenter of entrepreneurship

The idea is audacious, innovative and perhaps a little crazy, but if it works, brilliant. A coalition of Memphis leaders propose to recruit 1,000 entrepreneurs to launch 500 new startups in Memphis over the next decade. Sounds great, but how? … Continue reading

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SBA and NWBC Host Twitter Chat for Women’s History Month

If you’re a female business owner or if you’ve considered or are considering jumping into the entrepreneurship pool, then you’ll want to check out a Twitter chat next week sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The live forum will target … Continue reading

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Innovative Miami program could serve as template to boost Memphis entrepreneurial ecosystem

With the news that the Greater Memphis Chamber and more than 100 area business leaders are joining together to promote and support entrepreneurship in this region, hopes are high that hundreds of creatives will flock to the Bluff City to … Continue reading

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Ignite forum gets Memphis creatives all fired up

Several years ago — 2010 to be exact — a group of Memphis creatives huddled together and organized what would be the first-of-its-kind event here in the Bluff City. Modeled on a concept first staged in Seattle in 2006 and … Continue reading

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Your Strategy Earned You the Opportunity – Don’t Let Your Personality Kill It

Here’s a quick heads up and a not-so-gentle nudge to folks who maybe sitting on the fence and waiting until the last minute to register for the upcoming forum sponsored by the Sales and Marketing Society of the Mid-South. Don’t. … Continue reading

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Start Co. featured on podcast

Lots of startup and tech news swirling around these days – check out reports from myriad news outlets on SXSW in case you doubt me – and good to know that Memphis is in the mix. Case in point: Local … Continue reading

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Memphis is not only a great place to start a business, it’s also an affordable place to operate one (and live in)

Here’s something that folks in these parts have long known: Memphis a great place to start a business. And the word is spreading.  Social media network WalletHub.com places Memphis at No. 5 on its 2014 “Best Cities To Start A Business” list, … Continue reading

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Launch Tennessee seeking specialists for entrepreneurial accelerators

Calling all creatives: Tennessee Wants You. That’s the message from Launch Tennessee via its statewide “Specialist Program” that aims to attract young professionals for summer internships. The concept, launched a couple years ago in Chattanooga, is now being expanded to … Continue reading

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Automotive Sector a Key Driver of Tennessee Economy

How important is the auto industry to Tennessee’s economic development strategy? Very. That’s the word from Launch Tennessee leader Charlie Brock and others, who argue that our burgeoning automotive industry creates significant job numbers and attracts other companies and workers … Continue reading

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Interactive Expedition is ON for March 5

The first Wednesday in January was also the first day of the new year, so the Interactive Expedition breakfast that would normally have been held on that date was cancelled and folks planned to meet back up in February. So … Continue reading

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