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The Tenn’s California trip wraps up with learning event

Guest blog by Charlie Brock, CEO of Launch Tennessee.
We’re more than halfway through our California trip with The TENN, and so far, The TENN founders have networked with Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, investors and media. They’ve also had a chance to check out some of San Francisco’s co-working spaces and the headquarters of Google.
Thursday The TENN founders had a chance to visit Microsoft and meet with their venture capital arm, Microsoft Ventures. They talked to several Microsoft domain experts, who gave The TENN more information about their various services for entrepreneurs.
Thursday night, we will attend a learning event at Intuit’s headquarters in Mountain View. Intuit has several big-name brands, including QuickBooks, TurboTax and Quicken. The expert for tonight’s learning event is author, educator and entrepreneur Nir Eyal. Nir writes for his personal blog, NirAndFar.com, and is also a contributor to Forbes, TechCrunch and Psychology Today, where he covers the intersection of psychology, technology and business. He has had two successful startups: Sunshine Business Development, which sold in 2007, and AdNectar, which sold in 2011.
During their free time, The TENN founders worked from NestGSV, an accelerator in Redwood City. This was especially exciting because one of the The TENN companies, Nashville-based Gun.io, is working from NestGSV this fall. It was a great opportunity for Gun.io Founder and CEO Teja Yenamandra to show off his digs to the other participants of The TENN.
We’ll be back with one more post about our last day in California before The TENN returns to Tennessee.
Launch Tennessee is a public-private partnership focused on supporting the development of high-growth companies in the state of Tennessee with the ultimate goal of fostering job creation and economic growth.  Brock can be reached at charlie@launchtn.org or @cebrock on Twitter.