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1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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. 

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. 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.

13. 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.

14. 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.

15. 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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17. 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.

18. 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.

19. 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.

20. 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.

21. 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.

22. 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.

23. 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.

24. 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.

25. 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.

26. 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.

27. 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.

28. 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.

29. 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.

30. 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...  

31. 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:

32. 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.

33. 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.

34. 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.

35. 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.

36. 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.

37. 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.

38. 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.

39. 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.

40. 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.

41. 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. 

42. 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.

43. 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.

44. 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.

45. 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.

46. 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.

47. 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.

48. 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.

49. 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.

50. 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.

51. 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.

52. 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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55. 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.

56. First Tennessee Steps Up Financial Literacy Efforts -

Along with making loans, offering mortgages and the other banking basics that First Tennessee Bank stays busy with from one day to the next, the Memphis-based institution is in the process of stepping up its financial literacy offerings in a major way.

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58. COGIC, First Tennessee To Offer Financial Counseling -

The Church of God in Christ’s world headquarters at Mason Temple in Memphis will soon be home to free financial literacy counseling for consumers, small business leaders and entrepreneurs, courtesy of First Tennessee Bank.

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60. COGIC, First Tennessee To Offer Financial Counseling -

The Church of God in Christ’s world headquarters at Mason Temple in Memphis will soon be home to free financial literacy counseling for consumers, small business leaders and entrepreneurs, courtesy of First Tennessee Bank.

61. Study: Memphis Among Cheapest Cities for Startup Costs -

A newly published national study focused on the cost of launching a startup in the U.S. has given props to the startup ecosystem in Memphis, ranking it one of the lowest-cost cities in which to launch a startup.

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64. Obscure Midtown Warehouse to Become Company’s HQ -

The warehouse looks like a foreign object that sprouted in the middle of a Midtown neighborhood. Surrounding the two-story warehouse at 802 Rozelle St. are two-story, single-family homes with fenced yards. The adjacent CSX and Union Pacific railyard is the only indicator that this enclave was once an industrial area. After a $2 million renovation, the dated warehouse will emerge as a highly modern neighborhood asset.

65. Last Word: Mike McLean's Campaign, Jimmy Carter and Beyond Disparity Studies -

Mike McLean is running one heckuva campaign for Clerk of the Courts. Some of you are thinking, “Why haven’t I heard of that position before?” “Who is the incumbent?”

66. Memphis Startup Ecosystem Expands With AgLaunch -

Memphis’ startup ecosystem keeps getting bigger. Four startups have been chosen to participate in the inaugural round of a new agriculture-focused accelerator called AgLaunch. And yet another accelerator is launching soon in a partnership between the Start Co. organization and the city of Memphis focused on minority-owned businesses.

67. Agriculture-Focused Startup Accelerator Prepares to Launch -

Memphis is getting another startup accelerator.

AgLaunch, a joint initiative of Memphis Bioworks Foundation and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, has announced the inaugural cohort of a three-month accelerator program. Four startup companies were chosen to receive a $50,000 investment and participate in three months of intense entrepreneurial programming and business development.

68. Business Owner Faces Prison for Not Paying Taxes -

A Germantown resident and business owner has been sentenced to one year in prison and ordered to pay more than $10 million in restitution for failing to pay employment taxes to the Internal Revenue Service.

69. Airline GLO Partners With Kayak for Bookings -

New Orleans-based startup airline GLO has partnered with search engine Kayak to boost its visibility for business and leisure travelers.

The partnership is a first for GLO, which has only been booking directly through FlyGLO.com and by phone since the carrier launched last November.

70. DMC Continues to Adorn Downtown with Events, Art -

A two-block alley will be the latest site for a Downtown art gallery. The Downtown Memphis Commission plans to install up to 10 different art projects along Barboro Alley, which stretches from Second Street to Front Street.

71. Airline GLO Partners With Kayak for Bookings -

New Orleans-based startup airline GLO has partnered with search engine Kayak to boost its visibility for business and leisure travelers.

The partnership is a first for GLO, which has only been booking directly through FlyGLO.com and by phone since the carrier launched last November.

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73. Business Owner Faces Prison For Failure to Pay Taxes -

A Germantown resident and business owner has been sentenced to one year in prison and ordered to pay more than $10 million in restitution for failing to pay employment taxes to the Internal Revenue Service.

74. Self-Driving Car Race Sees Flurry of Partnerships -

Uber announced Thursday that it will partner with Volvo to make autonomous vehicles. The tie-up is the latest between automakers and tech companies hoping to speed driverless cars to market. Here's a rundown of who's working with whom:

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76. Memphis College of Art and EPIcenter Lay Groundwork for More Collaboration -

Piece by piece, organizations in Memphis keep building up and adding fresh elements to the city’s startup, creative and entrepreneurship culture here.

One of the latest examples is a “Creatives-in-Residence” partnership between Memphis College of Art and the EPIcenter organization, an effort this summer that culminated last week but is being planned to live on in a new form.

77. You’ve Raised the Money, Now How Do You Keep It? -

Editor’s note: Part one of a two-part interview with Leland FaustFinancial management and investing is critical to the sustainability of nonprofits. As a board member or trustee you have a fiduciary responsibility. But how do you fulfill that responsibility? What do you need to know as it relates to financial management and investment?

78. Last Word: Candlelight Protest, International Paper Rumors and Ruby Wilson -

Graceland and Black Lives Matter meet again Monday evening, according to the announcement as the weekend began of the Coalition of Concerned Citizens.

The coalition, which includes leaders of the July 10 bridge protest as well as the July 12 protest that briefly blocked traffic on Elvis Presley Boulevard outside Graceland, isn’t too happy with how its meeting with Mayor Jim Strickland went last Thursday.

79. Collaboration Among Accelerators Hailed as Ultimate Startup Move -

Last year’s Demo Day marked the first time that the city’s primary entrepreneurship partners, Start Co. and Memphis Bioworks, combined their separate efforts into one event. This year soared past previous collaborative efforts, with seven different accelerators and three partners participating in Demo Day, the culminating pitch event for Memphis-based companies seeking the next stage of investment.

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81. New Agricenter President Talks About Ag Literacy, Organic Food Research -

When John Butler looks beyond Agricenter International’s 1,000 acres as they exist today, he sees a research and development campus.

82. Last Word: School Is In, It's Rallings and Looking At Our Reflection -

The school year begins Monday across Shelby County – for students.

Teachers have been back for the last two weeks in one way or another preparing for the year. School administrators longer than that including some new principals at several schools.

83. Former Start Co. Company Expands to Help Taxis Take on Uber and Lyft -

Helping legacy taxi cab companies compete against entrenched ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft was always going to be an uphill battle for Cabsolutely, a startup that went through one of the Start Co. accelerators in Memphis in 2014.

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85. In a Sign of Broader Ambitions, Facebook Opens Hardware Lab -

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) – Facebook built its fortune on the internet, that non-physical space where people share updates and digital videos with friends. But deep inside its Silicon Valley headquarters, engineers have stocked a new lab with computerized lathes, industrial mills and tools for making physical goods.

86. A Summer of Ingestion, Part 1 -

It’s been a summer of ingestion: Taking things in. Reading books. Watching movies.

Last week I wrote about “The Lobster.” Which has enjoyed positive review ratings, though it’s not making much money. As of July 10, it had grossed just over $8 million in a couple of months – around twice its budget.

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89. Market with a Startup Mindset -

Having spent the lion’s share of my career marketing national corporations, I would certainly say there is a science to marketing at that level and the better brands market like well-oiled machines. Opening my own business ten years ago, however, and partnering with countless startups through those years, I’ve also learned there’s a thing or two startups can teach the big boys about marketing.

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91. Last Word: A Robust 2nd Quarter, Marshall and Union and the Code Crew -

Last Word is more like First Word because of a blink of the computer overnight at around 11 p.m. that left us able to create and report but not to post. But not to worry, we will resume our night owl habits Sunday into Monday after this brief reminder of the way things used to be when the deadline was when the presses stopped.

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93. Egwuekwe: ‘Expand Your Networks’ -

As a kid growing up in Memphis, Meka Egwuekwe remembers his first computer clearly: It was from Texas Instruments, the kind Bill Cosby was selling on TV. He played games for six months, then, bored, he pulled out the instruction book and began learning to program in a language called BASIC. 

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95. Sharkey: Know Where You Want to Go -

It’s probably not surprising that it took a while to catch up with Neko Sharkey for an in-person interview. Sharkey is a classic multitasker: An engineer by training, he’s the founder and owner of Environmental Advantage Group, which provides risk management for banks, environmental compliance for construction companies, and support for other engineering firms. Sharkey is also a pastor at New Hope Baptist Church, a husband and the father of three daughters.

96. Feds Ban Theranos CEO From Running Lab for 2 Years -

Federal regulators dealt a major blow to troubled blood-testing startup Theranos, banning its founder and CEO from owning or running a medical laboratory for two years.

The sanctions, announced late Thursday by the company, follow months of investigation by government testing regulators at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Theranos, which was reportedly worth $9 billion two years ago, is the latest much-hyped Silicon Valley firm to stumble while trying to enter the health care field.

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100. Changing of the Guard -

Michael Ugwueke’s office at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare is a long way from his childhood years in war-torn Nigeria.

His earliest days in a country ravaged by civil war and the loss of a younger brother are part of the reason he eventually decided to pursue a career in medicine.