Tag Archives: San Francisco

Networking in San Francisco helps Knoxville startups

Guest blog by Charlie Brock, CEO of Launch Tennessee.
As you may have read in my posts earlier this week, Launch Tennessee has taken The TENN – our inaugural master accelerator program for 10 of Tennessee’s top startups – to California this week to network with entrepreneurs, investors and media.
It’s already been a busy week. The TENN founders have visited two San Francisco co-working spaces and had a tour and meeting at Google. Wednesday, we gave the teams a chance to experience San Francisco on their own with a free day for them to set up networking meetings with investors, entrepreneurs and thought leaders in Silicon Valley – a chance to begin fostering relationships that could prove very valuable in the coming months and years.
Wednesday night The TENN teams will reunite at Barrel House, an invitation-only venue catering to the creative community, for “Southland in San Francisco,” which will bring together Silicon Valley investors, entrepreneurs and tech media for a Southern-flavored event celebrating a great year in Tennessee entrepreneurship, as well as the recent announcement about Southland 2014. Complete with BBQ and Tennessee whiskey, this is the perfect chance for The TENN founders to show some of San Francisco’s startup leaders what Tennessee is doing.
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.

High gas prices a matter of perspective

Just got back from a few days in San Francisco visiting my daughter, Julia. Beautiful weather, lots of fun and too much rich food. But glad to be home and not paying California gasoline prices.sutro.jpg

Even though Knoxville pump prices are high — today’s average for a gallon of regular unleaded is about $3.65, up more than a $1 gallon from this time last year — I saw prices as high as $4.29 in San Francisco over the weekend.

muir woods.jpgHigh fuel prices are a matter of perspective, but four bucks a gallon is high no matter where you live. Which probably explains the large number of hybrids on SF streets.

Photos: (right) View from a cave at Sutro Baths ruins,  San Francisco Bay; (left) Coastal Redwoods in Muir Woods, north of San Francisco.