Starting a company is often a solitary journey. Until they have enough traction to hire their first employees, founders tend to spend much of their time working alone. A little support for a young startup can go a long way, and that’s where community initiatives and organizations can make a tremendous impact.
Today’s episode of the Igniting Startups podcast takes an in-depth look at how Nashville startups are disrupting industries and scaling quickly. Our two guests are Brynn Plummer and Clark Buckner, staff members at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center in Nashville, Tennessee. (Buckner is also co-founder and chief creative officer of Relationary Marketing). The Nashville Entrepreneur Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting entrepreneurs with the critical resources needed to create, launch, and grow a business.
Following the release of the “Grit and Growth: The 2018 Tennessee Tech Census Report” and the NEXT Awards, hosted by Nashville Entrepreneur Center, honoring local entrepreneurs and companies, my guests and I sat down to hear from the founders of several successful Nashville Startups.
Learn from these Nashville Startups and Entrepreneurs:
- Scott Borchetta — Founder, President and CEO of Big Machine Label Group, the No. 1 independent record label in the world and home to superstars such as Taylor Swift, Florida Georgia Line, Reba McEntire.
- Michael Burcham — An executive coach, entrepreneur, and investor with 30 years’ experience leading healthcare organizations. Currently CEO of Narus Health
- Ron Samuels — Founder of Avenue Bank. An experienced leader, executive and marketer and has been a banker in Nashville for 43 years.
- Betsey McQue, founder of Hurdl — Nashville Entrepreneur Center’s Music and Media Startup of the Year
- Jerry Bostelman, CEO & Founder Vaco — Nashville Entrepreneur Center’s Intrapreneurial Company of the Year
In LIVE episode recorded at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, you’ll learn:
- How entrepreneurial organizations like the Nashville Entrepreneur Center can help founders create winning business models.
- Why interpersonal networks are crucial when it comes to fundraising, and not just for Nashville startups.
- How Nashville startups invest in company culture to gain a strategic advantage.
- The many ways investing in public transportation empowers entrepreneurs.
- How to tap into your city’s unique business landscape for startup success.
- Major forces and circumstances that attract people to tech hubs.
- The kind of content you can expect from the Nashville Entrepreneur Center’s upcoming podcast.
Please enjoy this conversation with Clark Buckner and Brynn Plummer from Nashville Entrepreneur Center!
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Quotes from Nashville Startups and from inside the Nashville Entrepreneur Center:
“The entire backbone of entrepreneurship is knowing how to have a sound business model that scales. That’s the hardest part of all, and that’s what we have to invest more heavily in.” — @michaelrburcham on @PowderkegCo
“We’re trying to make this entire system really equitable for entrepreneurs so that we’re not missing out on the amazing potential of entrepreneurs in every single zip code, neighborhood, and block.” — @BrynnPlummer on @PowderkegCo
“Culture drives who you hire. Instead of hiring for the skill set, hire for an attitude.” — @RonLSamuels on @PowderkegCo
“Healthcare is something everyone can agree needs to be better. People are showing up to make it better, and they’re supporting the next wave.” — @ClarkBuckner on @PowderkegCo
“We’re always just getting started. It’s always finding the next great challenge and being excited about what we’re doing.” — @jerrybostelman on @PowderkegCo
Links and resources mentioned in this episode:
Companies, organizations, and Nashville startups:
- American Marketing Association
- Avenue Bank (acquired by Pinnacle Financial Partners)
- Big Machine Label Group
- Campaign Monitor
- GreenLight Medical
- Hospital Corporation of America
- Narus Health
- Plainview LeanKit
- Relationary Marketing
- Rogers Group
- Teach For America
- The U.S. Tech Census
- Vanderbilt University Medical Center
- Warby Parker
Nashville Entrepreneurial and startup career development organizations:
- Drive to 55 Alliance
- Launch Tennessee
- Nashville Entrepreneur Center
- Nashville Software School
- Pathway Women’s Business Center
- Startup America Partnership
Nashville Entrepreneur Center Award Ceremonies:
Podcasts with with other Nashville startups and entrepreneurs:
- Igniting Startups Episode #29 with Clint Smith
- Igniting Startups Episode #63: Tennessee Tech Census Reveal
- Nashville EC’s Navigate Podcast (coming soon)
Nashville entrepreneurs and other people mentioned in this episode:
- Anne Elizabeth McIntosh (@anneelizabethmc)
- Austin Dirks (@austindirks)
- Betsy McHugh (@betsymchugh)
- Brynn Plummer (@BrynnPlummer)
- Channing Moreland (@ChanMoreland)
- Chris Hefley (@indomitablehef)
- Clark Buckner (@ClarkBuckner and clarkbuck.com)
- Clint Smith (LinkedIn)
- Elon Musk (@elonmusk)
- Gerard Geraghty (LinkedIn)
- Gradi Ellis (LinkedIn)
- Jerry Bostelman (@jerrybostelman)
- Makenzie Stokel (@kenzie_stokes)
- Marc Benioff (@Benioff)
- Marcus Cobb (@jammberceo)
- Michael Brody-Waite (LinkedIn)
- Michael Burcham (@michaelrburcham)
- Ron Samuels (@RonLSamuels)
- Scott Borchetta (@scottborchetta)
- Shelby Brown (LinkedIn)
- Vince Neil (@thevinceneil)
What stood out most to you in this episode of igniting startups?
For me, it’s why interpersonal networks are crucial when it comes to fundraising.
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