Rich Bailey

Everybody loves a good maker story. From Jobs and Wozniak piecing together the first Apple computer in a garage, to the friend with a side hustle or startup making soap or roasting coffee or printing t-shirts, to Doc Brown turning a DeLorean into ... Read more

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This weekend, 600 leaders of the “maker” movement from around the country arrive for the Nation of Makers conference, or NOMCON. Maker Faires are like public festivals of home-made stuff, from robots to arts and crafts, while NOMCON is a ... Read more

Between The Bridges

It’s been a busy spring and summer in Chattanooga’s technology and startup ecosystem. First of all AOL Founder Steve Case rolled into town with his Rise of the Rest bus tour, showering eight startups in publicity and investing in FreightWaves. Read more

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This Thursday, a bus rolls into Chattanooga bearing venture capitalists with spending money. After stepping down as chairman of AOL Time Warner in 2003 with a net worth of well over $1 billion, Steve Case started a Washington, DC-based venture ... Read more

Between The Bridges

I’m always on the lookout for patterns in the books that appeal to me. Here are three recent technology books that jumped out and made me read them. Douglas Rushkoff was one of the first writers to try to understand digital culture, starting with ... Read more

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During the first years of GigTank, a handful of female business leaders saw a deficit of women founding companies in Chattanooga’s start-up scene. So, naturally they formed a startup themselves to change that. Read more

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Thinking about innovation in Chattanooga, it’s easy for me to get lost in context. How does being in this place nurture this company? How does it work, this set of concrete relationships and abstract power dynamics that we call an entrepreneurial ... Read more

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Inside a quirky little stone building on South Broad Street, with a door framed by Steve Terlizzese’s mosaic art, a young web developer is hatching a project to teach kids in Chattanooga how to use professional grade ... Read more

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A few months ago, I wrote about a pair of MIT grad students in Gig Tank developing a company to make virtual reality experiences available to elderly people living in long-term care communities. This column is an unplanned sequel: the winner ... Read more

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One of our newest startups is actually a reboot of one of the oldest players in the urban design ecosystem. The Chattanooga Design Studio was re-established in 2015 after an eight-year absence and moved into a storefront office on Cherry Street ... Read more

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Two of the Gig Tank teams that presented last night are working in slightly different corners of telemedicine. I interviewed founders of Docity and One-to-One Telehealth a few days before Pitch Night. Telemedicine itself is far from new ... Read more

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More than other Gig Tank startups, Collider is the product of a collective dream. Several dreams, really. Unless you’ve just emerged from a Rip Van Winkle nap of a decade or two, you know the outlines of the 3-D printing dream ... Read more

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What if finding a job was as easy as finding a date online? You enter your criteria, let the algorithm do the heavy lifting, then check out potential suitors. The cute companies get your application, and the others ... Read more

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The buzz around virtual reality has been changing. The potential and the prototypes have been around for decades, but the chatter has evolved from the technology itself—how the experience can be made ... Read more

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What’s in a name? CoLab’s Gig Tank has been rechristened Gig Tank 365 and is migrating from a summer-only accelerator to a year-round program with two additional cohorts of technology startups in the spring and fall. Read more

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Recently I started a conversation with Mike Bradshaw of CoLab about GigTank 365, the new year-round version of what used to be a summer business accelerator for companies that capitalize on Chattanooga’s ... Read more

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“We, like all cities and counties, have an issue of a digital divide,” says Kelly McCarthy. “People throw the term around all the time, but I’m not a huge fan of the term.” And while some people dismiss the idea of a digital divide ... Read more

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Matthew Dutton’s newest artistic report from his personal Bizarro World may be the next step in the mystical merger of Chattanooga and New York City. Wait! Don’t turn the page. Hear me out. I have evidence. Read more

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TEDx Chattanooga made its debut this past weekend, although it was actually the city’s second TEDx event. TED stands for “technology, entertainment, design.” The first one in 2014—known as TEDx UTChattanooga ... Read more

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I need some help. I’ve got an idea for a new technology, and I need the right engineer to build a prototype. Pulse readers, you’re getting the first crack at it. Here’s the pitch. You know the gear an optometrist puts in front ... Read more

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