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It Takes a Community to Raise a Startup (Community)

By Sheldon Grizzle Just over four years ago, I sent a tweet as a challenge to fellow Chattanoogans: “Chattanooga needs to find ways to restart the entrepreneurial machine it once was in the early 20th century! Let's do it together #rallycry” There are few places [...]

April 30th, 2014|

Gig City and Economic Indicators: What it means to us

 By Mike Bradshaw A recent front page article in the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported on Chattanooga's dramatic decline in an economic index produced by the Milken Institute. The irresistible irony that the Gig City could fall so precipitously in this empirical ranking while also basking [...]

December 18th, 2013|

Time, it’s So Much More than Money

(Guest post by Riley Draper, WeCounsel) A lot of people will tell you that time is money and in a way they are right. But really, it's better than that. Time is something you can give to people to show them they’re important. At WeCounsel [...]

November 22nd, 2013|

Snapshot of Picture Wellness

In case you missed it... One of our Fall Accelerator teams, Picture Wellness, recently made headlines: CEO Maurice Saliba is one of only two people across Tennessee that is providing a CDC pilot program fight diabetes. Picture Wellness, a health and wellness consulting company, provides [...]

October 11th, 2013|

Hackers: Here to Help

Guest Post by Daniel Ryan, GIGTANK Technologist-in-Residence When most people hear the word "hacker," they envision someone illegally breaking into a computer system -- typing away gibberish-looking commands into a computer, a la the cult classic movie Hackers. But "hacker" has another definition: an expert at programming and [...]

June 5th, 2013|

Calling All Civic Hackers!

Guest post by Tim Moreland, Open Chattanooga Hackers, your city needs you. Midsized cities like Chattanooga face a variety of challenges. From under-performing schools to violent crimes to threats toward our beloved natural and cultural resources, there is plenty of work to be done. Civic [...]

May 9th, 2013|

A Riff on Capacity and Platform Development (Part 3 of 3)

Knowledgeable people sometimes question the role of Chattanooga’s gigabit network in the industrial renaissance. And with good reason: they are correct about file size being small compared to other files currently transported over today’s infrastructure. But we must be in touch with the vision of [...]

May 7th, 2013|

The Ultra High-Speed Fiber Networks: From Gig City to Maker City (Part 2 of 3)

While it can be correctly argued that the present state of 3D printing and additive manufacturing doesn't require a lot of bandwidth in the network that connects the pieces, a compelling argument for the central role of ultra high-speed networks can be made. It’s the nerve center [...]

April 16th, 2013|

The Heart of Maker City (Part 1 of 3)

The digital manufacturing revolution has been brewing for decades. Now, it has exploded across the popular imagination in the form of 3D printing. And Chattanooga has a monumental role to play. A successful revolution often requires two things, among others: an event that sparks the [...]

March 27th, 2013|

3D Printing: The Start of a Revolution

Chattanooga is a city of two tales. Home to the nation’s first and only city-wide gigabit network, the Scenic City recently emerged as the high-tech startup hub of the Southeast. Juxtaposed with this new focus on next-generation technology is our enduring legacy as a manufacturing [...]

February 7th, 2013|