Welcome to E.O.K.

Who:  We are a very diverse group of successful business owners and entrepreneurs and those working to achieve their goal of becoming an entrepreneur. The FIRST Entrepreneurial Collective chapter!

Why:  We believe we all learn something from each other...no matter if you're on your 1st startup or your 101st.  We believe no one person has all the answers...it is impossible to build a company without help.

How:  We use multiple tools to identify where each member needs assistance. We connect mentors/resources/capital with members. We provide accountability and support for reaching goals.

What:  Members focused on helping each other build successful startups.  

Please check the FAQ section if you have Questions. Your Board of Directors is made up of volunteers with a passion for seeing entrepreneurs succeed!

When:   Every 2nd Thursday 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Where: Rodefer Moss 608 Mabry Hood Road, Knoxville, TN 37932

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Robert Scoble, known as The Scobelizer a few years ago, is the master of tech networking.  From Davos to hobbyist clubs in San Francisco, from Facebook to one person startups you never heard of (but will be big news next year), Robert has amazing tech radar that finds out what is happening, who is doing it, and what is worth watching before it becomes the Next Big Thing.  People pay big money for newsletters on material like this, but you can benefit from Robert's hard work and talent for free.…See More
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Indirect Patent Infringement and Component Manufacturers

Component manufacturers beware:  You may be on the hook for patent infringement. Even if a component product does not meet every limitation of a patent claim, the component product manufacturer may still be liable for patent infringement under a theory of indirect patent infringement. Find out more here:  http://www.robinsoniplaw.com/blog/  See More
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May 11

I had the most interesting experience last night. I was DM'd (privately messaged on Twitter) a few days ago and asked to attend a special Social Media event at Blue Coast Burrito downtown. At first I was a bit skeptical, but curiousity got the best of me (and they offered free food and margaritas!) and so I went.

Several active tweeters were there (probably 20-30), along with some other people, and we were told to mingle and enjoy the treats for a while. Long story short... Blue Coast Burrito initiated a crowdsourcing moment and tapped into a room full of marketing and tweeting professionals to discuss how social media can be used in social business. We had some great discussion with several opposing views, and the restaurant got some great ideas.

THEN they brilliantly tapped into our resources once again to help promote the restaurant. They asked us to compete with each other to spread the word about restaurant specials. We were all tasked to tweet specials and ask our friends to retweet us. Anyone who retweets us tweeting the special while in Blue Coast Burrito restaurant gets the special!

For example, if you get seated at Blue Coast Burrito and tweet:

Doing now! RT @cleverkibitzer: One free appetizer @MargaritaLoft if you RT this while dining there (good Dec 2-11) #BCBApp

You get a free appetizer. If you tell your friends about it, they can retweet it too and get the special. 

Blue Coast Burrito took crowdsourcing to a whole notha level (SNL reference) with this one. I'm sharing this with you not only because it is a great story in being resourceful, creating, and smart, but because it reinforces how valuable EOK's crowdsourcing is. WE should be doing things like this.

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Thanks Kathi for being a part of our experiment!  Our Margaritas go to 11 (Spinal Tap) (big smile)

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