Mason also had some advice for Chattanooga.
"You've got the technology infrastructure, you're trying to build an environment that's friendly to early-stage companies and entrepreneurs, you made the investment in your community to create a lifestyle people are going to enjoy," he said. "But you gotta have capital."
He said Georgia has spent a half billion dollars supporting scientific research, but because 92 cents of every venture capital dollar comes from out of state, start-up companies are leaving.
"So for you guys, capital is going to be key," he said. "You've got to figure out: How do we create a financial ecosystem and infrastructure so we can keep the jobs and innovators here?"
"Ross is an extraordinarily experienced entrepreneur who is also the single most inspiring man I've ever met," said Bradshaw. "And he loves Chattanooga. He appreciates the competitive advantage that our innovative spirit gives to this city and the infrastructure that we built as a result of that spirit. He's coming here to share some of his experience with us."
Ross Mason will speak June 25 on "Innovation, healthcare and Chattanooga" at 5 p.m. on the 13th floor of the First Tennessee Bank Building, 701 Market Street. The event is sponsored by CO.LAB and First Tennessee. Admission is free.