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Hot Shots - Silicon Nation: Nashville

For the kids: Startup help

by Eleanor Kennedy Brandon Hill

NASHVILLE — Last summer, well-known Nashville entrepreneur Marcus Whitney launched his latest venture, The Unlikely Co., an initiative designed to get more people to embrace entrepreneurship as a means of social mobility. One of the first programs supported by the venture, a youth entrepreneurship program at the Oasis Center, is about to wrap up its first session. I sat down with Brandon Hill,  ...

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Hot Shots - Silicon Nation: Austin

Why Sallie Krawcheck launched her digital investment platform for women in Austin

by Christopher Calnan Sallie Krawcheck

AUSTIN — Sallie Krawcheck realized I was 20 minutes early for our meeting to discuss her latest venture. Instead of waiting for our appointed time, without hesitation she told an assistant, “Let’s do this.”

Such is the high-energy, can-do attitude of Krawcheck, a veteran finance executive who was in Austin earlier this month to debut Ellevest Inc., a digital investment platform for women.  ...

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Intel's Keith Larson on the ‘fun side’ of investing

by Malia Spencer Keith Larson

PORTLAND — Keith Larson intended to be an accountant. Then several run-ins with the venture capital industry while still in school set him on a completely different path.

Today, he is managing director at Intel Capital, one of the most active corporate venture capital investors in the industry. In 2015, Intel Capital invested $514 million in 143 companies globally.

“I migrated from the bean  ...

17 hours ago
Startups - Keeping in touch

Why this business messenger isn't scared of Facebook

by Annie Gaus Eoghan McCabe, CEO of Intercom

SAN FRANCISCO — There's no shortage of messenger products out there, but SF-based Intercom has carved out an enviable niche in the business world.

Since 2011, it's quietly built a popular communications product for business, now with thousands of customers that include tech startups and large public companies. It's grown to a staff of 300 across its San Francisco headquarters and engineering  ...

17 hours ago
Hot Shots - Cybersecurity

'The system is broken': Why this Twitter vet jumped ship for Tanium

by Annie Gaus Rachel Delphin of Tanium

SAN FRANCISCO — High-profile data breaches are accelerating, and Emeryville-based Tanium has emerged as a runaway leader in the white-hot cybersecurity space. With more than $300 million in funding from investors who include Andreessen Horowitz, a new CEO, and some of the world's most influential banks, retailers and governments as customers, Tanium has managed to attract top talent from the  ...

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Loot - Silicon Nation: Kansas City

Serial entrepreneur aims to solve pain point in Kansas City: Early-stage funding

by Leslie Collins John Fein

KANSAS CITY — Serial entrepreneur John Fein has rolled out a new venture fund, and the idea started with a pain point he saw in Kansas City.

For the past three years, the Overland Park resident has worked at the Sprint Accelerator led by Techstars as its managing director. The accelerator, which accepts 10 tech-focused startups each year, is a three-month intensive program that connects  ...

19 hours ago
Innovation - Internet of things

Internet-of-things technology is moving quickly; policy, not so much

by Ashley Stewart U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene

SEATTLE — Puget Sound-area technology companies are pioneers in the development of the internet-of-things technology sector, but that doesn't mean the region doesn't still face a well known problem – a lack of education about nascent technologies in Congress.

U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash, co-chairs the Internet of Things Congressional Caucus to help educate policy makers about the space.  ...

20 hours ago
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