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1. Events -

Tennessee Shakespeare Company will stage Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot” Thursday, Dec. 7, through Dec. 17 at Dixon Gallery & Gardens’ Winegardner Auditorium, 4339 Park Ave. Visit tnshakespeare.org for showtimes and tickets.

2. Events -

The 16th annual Toy Truck toy drive for Porter-Leath will be open Wednesday through Friday, Dec. 6-8, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Bud Davis Cadillac, 5433 Poplar Ave., and Saturday, Dec. 9, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at WMC Action News 5, 1960 Union Ave. The drive collects new, unwrapped toys that promote early childhood learning (dolls, puzzles, balls, blocks, etc.) and cash, check and credit card donations to benefit children 6 weeks to 5 years old served by Porter-Leath’s preschool program. Visit porterleath.org.

3. Events -

The UniverSoul Circus Big Top Christmas visits Memphis Tuesday through Sunday, Dec. 5-10, at Hickory Ridge Mall, 6075 Winchester Road. The Christmas-themed circus production features contortionists, motocross stunts, dancers, animal acts and more. Tickets start at $16. Visit universoulcircus.com for details and showtimes.

4. Events -

Starry Nights at Shelby Farms Park hosts Run, Walk, Bike Night Monday, Dec. 4, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the park, 6903 Great View Drive N. Starry Nights will be closed to cars; Hyde Lake Wheel House will be open for bike rentals. Admission is $5. Visit shelbyfarmspark.org for a list of Mistletoe Village activities and other details.

5. Events -

The St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend races take place Saturday, Dec. 2, starting at Second Street and Monroe Avenue. Race registration is closed, but spectators are welcome to bring signs and cheer for runners. Some streets will be closed or have limited traffic access during the race. Visit stjudemarathon.org for a street closure list and other details.

6. GM to Launch Self-Driving Vehicles in Big US Cities in 2019 -

DETROIT (AP) – General Motors Co. expects to carry passengers and deliver goods with self-driving vehicles in big cities sometime in 2019, telling investors it's moving quickly and plans to be ahead of other automakers and tech companies.

7. Uber Facing Federal Probe on Allegations of Espionage -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Federal prosecutors are investigating allegations that Uber deployed an espionage team to plunder trade secrets from its rivals, triggering a delay in a high-profile trial over whether the beleaguered ride-hailing service stole self-driving car technology from a Google spinoff.

8. Startup Wants to Bring Back Vioxx for Hemophilia Joint Pain -

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Could there be a second life for the once-popular arthritis pill Vioxx? A startup pharmaceutical company hopes so.

Merck & Co. voluntarily pulled the blockbuster drug in 2004 amid evidence that it doubled the chances of having a heart attack or stroke.

9. Officials Talk Bioscience Research Partnership -

Three major Memphis health care institutions including the University of Tennessee Health Science Center have established a formal partnership to help spur the commercialization of bioscience and technology breakthroughs.

10. Sports Betting Isn't Legal, But Firms are Jockeying Already -

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) – Some gambling technology companies expect the U.S. Supreme Court to legalize sports betting and are jockeying for position in the new industry months before a decision is even rendered.

11. Ignite Memphis Coming to New Ballet Memphis Digs -

If it was possible to create a mixtape of Memphis creativity, it might look like an event set to take place this week at Ballet Memphis.

The 11th edition of Ignite Memphis moves to Ballet Memphis’ new Overton Square space on Thursday, Nov. 16, bringing its signature slideshow-based presentation format to the ballet company’s Midtown digs. Organizers look for spaces like this – big enough to hold a crowd of around 300, and buzzy enough that people want to go there, be there and absorb what Ignite has to offer.

12. Memphis Hosts 15th Musculoskeletal Industry Conference -

The annual Musculoskeletal New Ventures Conference returns to Memphis this week for the 15th time, bringing together venture capitalists and industry leaders from around the country to give them a “target-rich environment” in which to network and potentially make deals.

13. Microsoft Touts VR Headsets That Pair With Windows 10 -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Microsoft is touting virtual reality headsets made by other companies in hopes of establishing personal computers running on its Windows 10 operating system as the best way for people to experience artificial worlds.

14. Wunderlich Preparing Downtown Space for HQ Move -

By this time next year, Memphis-based investment firm Wunderlich Securities Inc. will have a prominent new headquarters space Downtown,

15. AP Sources: Feds Probe Uber's Tracking of Lyft Drivers -

DETROIT (AP) – The Justice Department in Manhattan is investigating whether Uber illegally used software to track drivers for Lyft, its main ride-hailing competitor, to gain an advantage in attracting and recruiting drivers, according to two people familiar with the probe.

16. Deciding When to Expand is Tricky For Food Industry Entrepreneurs -

Memphis historically has been a great place to birth a food business concept. From Perkins to Corky’s to Back Yard Burgers and everything in between, Memphis has seen many successful restaurant concepts expand beyond the city limits.

17. Macy's, Best Buy Expanding Same-Day Delivery Service -

NEW YORK (AP) – Macy's and Best Buy are expanding their same-day delivery offers as they try to be more competitive with online leader Amazon.

The nation's largest consumer electronics chain, Best Buy, says it will expand to 27 metropolitan markets from 13 starting next week. That number should reach nearly 40 cities by the winter holidays. In a separate announcement, Macy's Inc. says it will offer same-day delivery in 15 additional markets for a total of 33 areas.

18. Delivery Without Drivers: Domino's, Ford Team Up for Test -

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) – No ring of the doorbell, just a text. No tip for the driver? No problem in this test, where Domino's and Ford are teaming up to see if customers will warm to the idea of pizza delivered by driverless cars.

19. Memphis Meats Startup Raises $17M in Funding -

A San Francisco-based startup with local connections and which is developing methods to produce meat directly from animal cells – without the need to breed or slaughter animals – has raised $17 million in funding from some big-name investors.

20. Sneed Insurance Takes Aim at Growth Under Third-Generation Owner -

In March, Tommy Sneed Jr. bought out his father, three uncles and an aunt, and became the owner of 60-year-old Sneed Insurance.

Previously, he did not have a stake in the family business. Instead, he had gone out on his own and for four years been the owner of Sneed Insurance Advisors. That experience taught him the “grind of a startup business,” the reality of working to build it every single day, ideas always swirling, and nowhere to look but in the mirror in those moments when you have worries.

21. Memphis Meats Startup Raises $17M in Funding -

A San Francisco-based startup with local connections and which is developing methods to produce meat directly from animal cells – without the need to breed or slaughter animals – has raised $17 million in funding from some big-name investors.

22. Last Word: Crosstown & Forrest, Eclipse Day and The Problem With Day Care -

As an organizer of Saturday’s “Take Them Down” rally at Health Sciences Park walked toward Union Avenue where Memphis Police had taken one of the protesters arrested there, he looked at another organizer and said, “It’s time to make the call.” The call was bail money for the five, soon to be six people arrested. These were the first arrests of the last week of new momentum for an issue that has risen and subsided for decades now in our city.

23. Leaders: Memphis Startup Ecosystem Needs More Funding to Grow -

In the days following Memphis’ latest startup Demo Day event, after new startup funding announcements, after former U.S. chief technology officer Megan Smith even gave Memphis’ startup community a shoutout on Bloomberg TV, it might seem like the startup scene here is having a moment.

24. Judge Orders LinkedIn to Stop Blocking Data-Scraping Firm -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A federal judge in San Francisco has ordered LinkedIn to stop blocking a startup company from scraping LinkedIn personal profiles for data.

U.S. District Judge Edward Chen has sided with hiQ Labs, a San Francisco company that analyzes workforce data scraped from public profiles.

25. Last Word: Night in the Park, Hattiloo Goes Bigger & Cohen on the Republican Soul -

A gathering in Health Science Park a little before 11:30 Monday evening by a group of protesters who Facebooked that their intent was to take down the statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest. Memphis Police showed up quickly and the police supervisor told those around the statue that the park is a private park and that no one can be in the park after 8 p.m. No arrests but the police did ask for identification from those in the park.

26. Countercultural Secrets of Successful Innovators -

Successful innovators may seem cavalier, but really they are vast and complex beings. As the great American poet Walt Whitman said of the prophetic role of a poet, “They contain multitudes.”

27. Local Startup Ecosystem In Focus At Seminar -

During an interview with Bloomberg TV anchor Emily Chang earlier this month, former U.S. chief technology officer during the Obama administration Megan Smith gave a shout-out to Memphis’ startup ecosystem.

28. Last Word: Charlottesville Reaction, Stax & Atlantic Together Again and MEMFix -

The violence in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend will be on a lot of minds in a lot of other places including Memphis as this week begins. And the discussion here in Memphis is already underway. The gathering point Saturday just hours after a suspected white supremacist drove his car into a group of counter protesters in Charlottesville really didn’t even need a lot of billing or explanation.

29. Funding Announcements Cap Startup Demo Day -

Funding announcements have already started rolling in for some participating startups in this year’s “Summer of Acceleration” following Demo Day. The demo pitch to investors caps annual programming for the consortium of accelerators.

30. Getting Started -

Every journey of a thousand miles begins with that first single step. Every song, that first note; every long-lasting relationship can trace back to that first hello.

The countless business startups in Memphis, many maturing thanks to the city’s myriad accelerators and entrepreneurship programs, likewise all unfold the same way. They all start, no pun intended, with that first idea that leads to the creation of an enterprise – hopefully a successful, money-making one.

31. Ex-Fox News Star Bill O'Reilly Launches Daily Online Show -

NEW YORK (AP) – Ousted Fox News Channel star Bill O'Reilly has launched an experimental video comeback with a daily online show.

The initial half-hour was posted on his website Wednesday for premium subscribers, originating from what he called a "new prototype studio." He requested input from viewers for what he characterized as a "sneak preview."

32. Grocery Delivery Service Instacart Rolling Into Memphis -

On-demand grocery delivery service Instacart is expanding into the Memphis area, offering same-day deliveries from retailers such as Whole Foods Market, Costco, CVS, Petco and Kroger in as little as an hour.

33. After Many Decades of Change, Why Haven’t Our Methods? -

Cities have to be in a constant state of problem solving in today’s world, especially when you consider that the shelf life of leading industries is shortening in dramatic fashion. Consider that it took 55 years for the automobile to spread to a quarter of the country, 35 years for the telephone, 22 years for the radio, 16 years for the personal computer, 13 years for the cellphone, and only seven years for the internet.

34. Last Word: Gentrification, ServiceMaster's New CEO Speaks and Gateway Resolution -

Gentrification in Binghampton? The g-word is a term that can start a real debate in Memphis these days. But those leading the hard fought redevelopment in Binghampton say a tax increment financing district there would mean an immediate capital infusion of $332,000 that would help to ward off the possibility of gentrification.

35. Nashville Friends Launch Medical Device Startup in Memphis -

Sinead Miller is the kind of entrepreneur that stakeholders in Memphis’ business ecosystem are hungry to see more of.

After finishing her Ph.D. in biomedical engineering at Vanderbilt University a few months ago, she decided to forgo Nashville and come to Memphis to launch a medical technology startup here. PathEX is the company she co-founded with friend Alex Wieseler. They are creating a device that can capture bacteria from blood that allows for the diagnosis and treatment of sepsis.

36. Bioworks, ZeroTo510 Team with Smith & Nephew -

The Memphis Bioworks Foundation and its ZeroTo510 medical device accelerator, have teamed up with Smith & Nephew to create a new executive-in-residence program for the medical device startup accelerator.

37. Bobby Meeks Innovates With a Sense of Purpose -

“When you’re looking for a new outcome, you’ve got to change some things up,” says Bobby Meeks as he walks a loop of the GroundFloor @ ServiceMaster, an innovation hub opened last month in the former Peabody Place mall.

38. Bioworks, ZeroTo510 Team With Smith & Nephew -

The Memphis Bioworks Foundation and its ZeroTo510 medical device accelerator, have teamed up with Smith & Nephew to create a new executive-in-residence program for the medical device startup accelerator.

39. UA-Little Rock to Study Football Program, Marching Band -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – The University of Arkansas at Little Rock says it will conduct a study on whether the school should add a football and marching band program.

The university says it will collaborate with the city and the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism on the study, which is expected to take about six to seven months.

40. ‘Great Streets’ Experiment Opens Between River and FedExForum -

The sun umbrellas are on the way for the tables and chairs on the northern side of Peabody Place between Front and Main streets, and so is a temporary mural wall and some kiosks for a marketplace.

A Times Square-meets-Broad Avenue experiment at the southern end of Downtown’s Main Street Mall got underway this week with reggae music, popsicles and, of course, bicycles.

41. Downtown Core Attracting More Corporate Tenants -

Hamida Mandani, who with her husband Sunny owns City Market at the corner of Main Street and Union Avenue, is anticipating lots of potential new customers soon for her small grocery and deli enterprise.

42. Last Word: Bar-Kays & ConFunkShun, Suburban Politics and Tom Bowen's 5 Years -

The Bar-Kays and ConFunkShun -- there’s a double shot of the deepest funk from the 1970s and 1980s. And they are together again Friday at the Cannon Center for the Juneteenth Urban Music Festival. It is also Larry Dodson’s last hometown show fronting The Bar-Kays.

43. The Case for Ground Floor Innovation -

ServiceMaster wanted to open an innovation center partly for “self-serving” reasons, the company’s chief information officer said during a panel discussion Thursday, June 15, that marked the inaugural event in ServiceMaster’s new innovation space the “Ground Floor.”

44. ServiceMaster Opens ‘Ground Floor’ Innovation Center Downtown -

The Ground Floor, ServiceMaster’s 20,000-square-foot innovation center located in the former home of Tower Records, formally opened Thursday, June 15 – marking the first completed phase of the Memphis-based company’s Downtown relocation.

45. ServiceMaster Almost Ready for First Employees to Occupy Downtown HQ -

By mid-June the first wave of employees will move into the new ServiceMaster Global Headquarters at 150 Peabody Place, bringing to fruition what many city leaders believe is one of the biggest wins for Downtown Memphis in a decade. 

46. Last Word: Three Gs React, More CA Changes and the Forrest Controversy Defined -

The day after Germantown leaders offered his school system $25 million for Germantown Elementary, Middle and High Schools, SCS superintendent Dorsey Hopson was fielding calls from parents of students at the schools – the “three Gs” as they are known.

47. Eighteen Startup Teams Set to Begin ‘Summer of Acceleration’ in Memphis -

Eighteen startup teams this week have kicked off the “Summer of Acceleration,” the season of joint accelerator programming across six startup accelerators overseen by the EPIcenter, Memphis Bioworks and Start Co.

48. Events -

The Memphis chapter of the American Marketing Association will meet Thursday, May 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Loflin Yard, 7 W. Carolina Ave. Dan O’Brien, partner at inferno, will present “Digital Marketing 101: What to know, how to navigate and why there is nothing to fear.” Cost is $15 for AMA members and $25 for pre-registered nonmembers. Visit amamemphis.org.

49. House GOP Takes First Steps to Undo Financial Law -

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Republicans worked to undo former President Barack Obama's law overhauling the nation's financial rules, arguing that it is undermining economic growth. Democrats countered that the GOP effort risked a repeat of the 2008 meltdown that pushed the economy to the brink of collapse.

50. Events -

Indie Memphis and Church Health will host the premiere screening of “The C Word” Wednesday, May 3, at 7 p.m. at Malco Paradiso, 584 S, Mendenhall Road. This bold documentary about how we view cancer features Church Health’s Dr. Scott Morris and Memphis cancer survivor Chris Wark. Panel discussion will follow. Tickets are $12 at events.indiememphis.com.

51. Events -

The Professional Network on Aging 2017 Senior Expo will be held Tuesday, May 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Road. Attracting more than 2,500 seniors and caregivers, the annual expo highlights services, programs and goods that cater to the senior market. Visit pnamidsouth.org for details.

52. Events -

The Professional Network on Aging 2017 Senior Expo will be held Tuesday, May 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Road. Attracting more than 2,500 seniors and caregivers, the annual expo highlights services, programs and goods that cater to the senior market. Visit pnamidsouth.org for details.

53. Choosing a Donor Management System, Part Two -

The complaints associated with using technology to support fundraising are many and varied. Unfortunately the “human factor” plays a large role in how well a specific database or tool performs. 

54. Events -

The Professional Network on Aging 2017 Senior Expo will be held Tuesday, May 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Road. Attracting more than 2,500 seniors and caregivers, the annual expo highlights services, programs and goods that cater to the senior market. Visit pnamidsouth.org for details.

55. Events -

Indie Memphis and Church Health will host the premiere screening of “The C Word” Wednesday, May 3, at 7 p.m. at Malco Paradiso, 584 S, Mendenhall Road. This bold documentary about how we view cancer features Church Health’s Dr. Scott Morris and Memphis cancer survivor Chris Wark. A panel discussion will follow. Tickets are $12 at events.indiememphis.com.

56. Economy In Flux -

With apologies to Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities,” for the professionals who follow economics for a living this is very much the best of times and the worst of times.

The moment is one of abundant optimism and rampant uncertainty. “Directionally,” they like to say, things look positive. And yet so much could still go very, very wrong.

57. Z-Muffins Raise Lilee’s Gourmet Business -

Just in time for National Zucchini Bread Day on April 25, locally owned Lilee’s Gourmet Bakery is expanding into more Memphis-area retail locations. The fresh food bakery’s staple – zucchini bread muffins, or “Z-muffins” – are now sold in 18 area Kroger stores as well as Miss Cordelia’s Grocery, the Curb Market, Cash Savers, Superlo, Whole Foods and Fresh Market.

58. Crews Center Director Hoffmeyer Finds Success in Helping Students -

Before directing the Crews Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Memphis, before working his way through two startup businesses with Seed Hatchery, before spending years as a technologist for online payment companies, business was the furthest thing from Mike Hoffmeyer’s mind.

59. Q&A: Front Door CEO Sees Opportunity Knocking in Real Estate Technology -

Two years ago, Front Door co-founder and CEO Jessica Buffington took her startup business idea to the next level when she began working with Start Co., participating in its Upstart accelerator program in May 2015.

60. Accelerator Programs Keep Memphis Starting Up -

The mantra is “never stop starting.” The constituency it applies to is entrepreneurs in Memphis and those who come here flush with ideas and creativity. And for Memphis’ startup community – from the sixth floor of Start Co.’s 88 Union Ave. hive of activity to the Memphis Bioworks Foundation and points in between – that exhortation to “never stop” is as much a rallying cry as it is a marker highlighting one of the more dynamic and fledgling sectors of the city’s economy.

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62. Editorial: Accelerators, Startups And the Fear of Failure -

Opening a business isn’t easy; keeping it open is even more difficult. The extensive education and mentoring available from startup accelerators and incubators helps prepare entrepreneurs for success, but the prep work must end at a certain point. And then the accelerator alumni – like all small-business owners – discover whether their venture will fall or fly.

63. Starting Up -

Scott Vogel is part of a small but scrappy band of entrepreneurs in Memphis focused on building and launching startups. Some have come here from around the country to participate in any of the area’s startup accelerators. They’ve founded everything from innovative medical devices to enterprises built around new twists on old challenges.

64. Davis to Lead Next Phase of Development at Active Implants -

Ted Davis was happy to be able to stay in Memphis when he took over his newest leadership role as president and chief executive officer of medical device company Active Implants Corp.

65. Trump's Budget Priorities Set Small Businesses Strategizing -

NEW YORK (AP) – The priorities laid out in President Donald Trump's budget message have some small business owners strategizing how they might benefit from a big boost in defense spending, and others thinking about how to make up for revenue they could lose to cuts in grant programs and subsidies.

66. Genetic Code -

While the anachronistic farmer trope may be a common pop-culture perception, these stewards of the land have in fact been on the cutting edge of technology for thousands of years.

And every milestone since the Neolithic period, from the first plows to today’s automated tractors, has allowed farmers to increase their yields and support a perpetually growing population.

67. Fowlkes: Startups Create Most Net New Jobs -

Start Co. president Andre Fowlkes thinks most people in Memphis and communities like Memphis either ignore or misunderstand where most net new jobs are coming from these days.

68. Wal-Mart Launches Incubator Lab to House Startups -

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart is launching an incubator lab focused on projects in robotics, virtual and augmented reality, and artificial intelligence as it aims to compete more aggressively with Amazon.

69. Intel Drops $15B on Mobileye in Race for a Driverless Future -

DETROIT (AP) – Intel will buy Israel's Mobileye in a deal valued at about $15 billion, instantly propelling the computer chip and technology giant to the forefront of autonomous vehicle technology.

70. Google's Self-Driving Car Company Escalates Battle With Uber -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A self-driving car company founded by Google is presenting new evidence to support allegations that a former manager stole technology sold to Uber to help the ride-hailing service build its own robot-powered vehicles.

71. Busy Season for Start Co. Ramps Up -

The Start Co. organization is continuing its busy start to 2017 by playing host to a group of military entrepreneurs later this month, as part of a tour designed to introduce veterans to entrepreneurship resources.

72. Regional Innovation Underutilized in Memphis -

In San Francisco, the Bay Area Economic Council developed the Innovation Driven Economic Development Model to address shifts from old economies of the industrial age to new, creative economies. With this approach, economic growth sits at the intersection of expertise, interaction or collaboration, diversity, and application with innovation all working in concert.

73. Two Highlights From the Back End of Innovation -

“A Systems Approach to Creating an Innovation Funding Board,” Craig Wirkus, Cisco. Cisco’s five-pillar strategy for innovation: Build, buy, partner, invent and co-develop.

74. Ag Shark Tank Joins Memphis Farm & Gin Show -

The Memphis Farm & Gin Show opened its annual two-day stay at the Memphis Cook Convention Center Friday, March 3, with something new – a business “shark tank” of sorts amidst the towering farm machinery and other agriculture technology.

75. The Week Ahead: February 28-March 6 -

It's Monday, Memphis – time to peek at this week's (very busy) dance card, from the opening of Graceland's $45 million entertainment complex to a showcase of the latest high-tech ag innovations to a celebration of some local "hidden figures." Check out what else you need to know about in The Week Ahead...  

76. The Week Ahead: February 20-26 -

Enjoying that spring-like weather, Memphis? It’s another week of politics and music in the Bluff City, highlighted by the anticipated announcement Wednesday of acts that will be playing the Beale Street Music Festival in May. Here are some other highlights:

77. Networking Helping Propel Women-Owned Businesses To New Heights -

When Memphis middle schoolers and sisters Madison Star and Mallory Iyana went on “Shark Tank” and secured $60,000 and partnerships with both Mark Cuban and Daymond John, they took their place among the ranks of female entrepreneurs who, in large numbers these days, are showing the business world that they are a force to be reckoned with.

78. Local Soul Taking the Pain Out of Fundraising -

For Local Soul founder Cade Peeper, keeping things as “hyper local” as possible is a big focus heading into the company’s launch year into the Greater Memphis market.

79. New Prescription: Doctor Offices That Look Like Apple Stores -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – After a relative suffered a heart attack a few years ago, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Adrian Aoun got an unsettling look at a health-care system that he diagnosed as an inefficient and outdated mess.

80. Here Come 'Smart Stores' With Robots, Interactive Shelves -

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Tomorrow's retail stores want to take a page from their online rivals by embracing advanced technology – everything from helpful robots to interactive mirrors to shelves embedded with sensors.

81. New Technology Gives Everyone a Personal Assistant -

If you’re a small-business owner or running a startup, you might dream of having a personal assistant to help you manage your calendar or do inventory of the office supply closet. Luckily, Amazon and Google have developed technology that offers many of the benefits of an assistant for a fraction of the cost.

82. Change Defines Education Landscape in 2016 -

By the time Rhodes College trustees made their choice in December of Marjorie Hass as the college’s new president, higher education in Memphis had been through quite a few changes.

Hass succeeds William Troutt, president of Rhodes for the last 18 years.

83. Online Sites Court Procrastinators With Speedy Shipping -

ATLANTA (AP) – Forget ordering online weeks in advance or dashing out to the drug store for a gift card on Christmas Eve. Procrastinating holiday shoppers are finding a haven online as retailers ramp up expedited shipping and same-day delivery services.

84. Start Co. Accepting Applications for 2017 Accelerators -

The Start Co. organization in Memphis is once again looking for a few good startups.

The entity that oversees a collection of startup accelerators is taking applications now for the next 100-day program that kicks off May 1 and runs through Aug. 10.

85. Memphis is Startup USA -

Umer Adnan, founder and CEO of Cowlar, came to Memphis from Pakistan to continue to grow his startup, which is a wearable device in the form of a collar for dairy cows. This aids farmers by providing health and wellness data and recommendations to improve the overall health of cows, thereby increasing milk yields.

86. The Innovation Trajectory Leads To Collaboration -

Talk by Tamara St. Claire, CIO, Xerox Healthcare. We use three key methods at innovation in my group, started St. Claire:

1. Lean Startup model: Based on a non-conventional approach to management to act more like a startup, not assuming you know what the market wants. Build. Measure. Learn – this is the cycle of Lean Startup. Then, build MVP, minimally viable product, which is a way to test customer reactions. Develop criteria for success. Should you pivot or persevere? This process manages the chaos and uncertainty of new product development. 

87. Olympic Hero Michael Phelps Looks to Dip His Toes in Tech -

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – Michael Phelps wants to dive into Silicon Valley's investment opportunities as he tries to make the transition from Olympic swimming star and product pitchman to entrepreneur.

88. On-Demand Storage Offers Seasonal Space Relief -

With popular companies like Uber and Airbnb redefining their industries, it’s no surprise that other sectors are starting to tap into the country’s growing interest in on-demand services.

89. Back End Of Innovation Is The Hard Part -

The Back End of Innovation Conference this year was in the perfect setting: New Orleans. The dynamic culture that gave the world Jazz and a North American culinary culture continues to inspire innovation and serve as a model for how to pivot and re-launch itself more powerfully than before after an epic tragedy, such as Katrina.

90. Arkansas Lawmakers Weigh Launch Delay, Taxes for Medical Pot -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas lawmakers are considering delaying the launch of the first medical marijuana program in the Bible Belt as well as an effort to impose taxes on the drug, as they work on legislation for next year's session spelling out how pot would be made available to patients.

91. Audit: TNInvestco Program Not Producing Much ROI -

A performance audit from the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office has found the state of Tennessee has only recovered $5.3 million of its initial $200 million investment in the TNInvestco program.

The TNInvestco program, which is a few years old now, is a public-private venture capital program intended to help startup companies create jobs and for the state to eventually receive a return on its investment.

92. Audit: TNInvestco Program Not Producing Much ROI -

A performance audit from the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office has found the state of Tennessee has only recovered $5.3 million of its initial $200 million investment in the TNInvestco program.

The TNInvestco program, which is a few years old now, is a public-private venture capital program intended to help startup companies create jobs and for the state to eventually receive a return on its investment.

93. Arkansas Governor Proposes $50M Tax Cut in 2 Years -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Gov. Asa Hutchinson proposed cutting Arkansas' income tax by $50 million in two years, setting up a fight with fellow Republicans who are pushing for a deeper reduction the day after the nation's voters injected uncertainty into the future of the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion.

94. New Restaurant Concept Lands at Crosstown Concourse -

A new startup organic vegetarian restaurant concept is launching in Memphis, debuting at Crosstown Concourse in early 2017.

The concept is Mama Gaia, from restaurateurs Philipp and Cru Peri von Holtzendorff-Fehling. It’s a fast-casual dining experience offering an exclusively organic vegetarian menu. The restaurant signed a lease for its debut location at 1350 Concourse Ave., Suite 137, with plans to open early next year.

95. Musculoskeletal Conference Back for 14th Year -

The annual Musculoskeletal New Ventures Conference set to take place in Memphis next week for the 14th time is a confab that brings together surgeons, venture capitalists and other industry leaders from around the world to network and pursue a bit of deal-making.

96. Samsung Joins Digital Assistant Race With Acquisition of Viv -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Samsung Electronics is joining the race to create the smartest digital assistant by acquiring Viv, a Silicon Valley startup launched by the same entrepreneurs who sold Siri to Apple.

97. Morgan Promoted to CFO At Pyro’s Fire Fresh Pizza -

Marty Morgan has been promoted to chief financial officer at Pyro’s Fire Fresh Pizza amid the Memphis-based company’s expansion into other regional markets. In his new role, Morgan will oversee corporate functions at the Memphis headquarters and continue to build out the personnel and technology infrastructure needed to support regional growth while making sure financial performance stays on track.

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100. Startup Confidential: 15 Interviews Later -

“Should I be doing this? How do I know I’m on the right track? What does success look like? Um … should I be doing this?” Those were the questions I woke up with nearly every day in the months after I launched my own business in March of this year.