VOL. 127 | NO. 159 | Wednesday, August 15, 2012
National Tech Media Site Relocating to Memphis
By Andy Meek
Nibletz.com, which bills itself as “the voice of startups everywhere else”, is moving its base of operations to Memphis, after considering a few other cities – and even sweeter incentives elsewhere.
Site co-founder and content director Kyle Sandler said he and co-founder Cameron Wright ultimately were swayed by the startup and entrepreneurship ecosystem that’s coming together here. They also were swayed by a strong courtship from EmergeMemphis executive director Eric Mathews and his team that includes LaunchYourCity co-president Andre Fowlkes and chief branding officer Elizabeth Lemmonds.
Helping with the move is an investment from local entities a-m ventures and Wolf River Partners. Terms of that investment are not being disclosed.
Nibletz (twitter.com/nibletztweets) will be housed in the Emerge facility Downtown, and Sandler said plans include the hiring of a couple of interns, as well as a few writers. The site’s move will be announced at Wednesday night’s party Downtown, at which LaunchMemphis will unveil its fall season.
LaunchMemphis’ party starts at 5:30 p.m. at Grawemeyer’s, at 520 South Main St. The party will be a celebration of Memphis entrepreneurship and innovative, including hors d'oeuvres and specialty cocktails from Chef Michael Patrick, deejay Justin Baker, door prizes, as well as swag and demos from local startups.
Also at that party, Sandler will make another major announcement involving the Nibletz venture’s plans for Memphis.
“Since June, we’ve been back here 10 times,” said Sandler, a 36-year-old native of Baltimore. “We really like it here. Memphis is really a great place. I really like the startup environment in Memphis. While the cash incentive was lower than in other cities, there is just a lot of in-roads being made with entrepreneurs and startups here. And Eric, Elizabeth and Andre did a really good job courting us.”
Sandler said Nibletz also was impressed with the amount of entrepreneurship activity in Memphis which he said doesn't exist in cities of comparable sizes. This week alone, for example, includes the LaunchMemphis party as well as the ZeroTo510 investor day.
The Nibletz guys will barely have time to unpack their proverbial suitcase once they hang out their shingle at Emerge before they’re off again. For several months they’ve been on their “sneaker-strapped startup road trip,” which is exactly what is expected from a site that bills itself as the voice of startups “everywhere else.”
The road trip is intended to cover the startup scene outside of the traditional tech hub of Silicon Valley, and the Nibletz guys are working on a book about what they find.