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Entrepreneurs Of Knoxville Presents on November 5, 2013: EOK $1000 Give Away!!! 1st Place $500, 2nd Place $300, 3rd Place $200 Pitch Competition on Market Square Stage and Networking at KEC Sponsored…

Entrepreneurs Of Knoxville Presents on November 5, 2013:

EOK $1000 Give Away!!! 1st Place $500, 2nd Place $300, 3rd Place $200

Pitch Competition on Market Square Stage and Networking at KEC Sponsored by UTFCU on November 5, 2013 at 6pm. Arrive at 5:30pm to mingle with the guests.…


Added by Victoria Caldwell on October 16, 2013 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

EOK YouTube Live Event (Please Subscribe)

Fellow EOK members,

We need your help ASAP.  We are attempting to setup HD-multi-camera broadcasting on Google+ and YouTube.  According to some of our research, we need 2000 subscribers on our YouTube channel to make this happen.

Please subscribe to our channel and get 20 of your friends/contacts to also subscribe.  It's easy, just head…


Added by Victoria Caldwell on October 7, 2013 at 11:06am — 3 Comments

The ACG Judges have chosen the five EOK Pitch Competition Startups

Thank you to our Special Event Sponsor UTFCU - UT Federal Credit Union for providing EoK the $1000 !!! or



Added by Victoria Caldwell on October 6, 2013 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

An Invitation to SEEED's 4th Annual Music Harvest

I want to invite all EOK members to our Music Harvest on October 12 from 4-10 pm on Market Square. It's free and will be lots of fun. We will have an eclectic group of musicians from hip hop to opera to jazz to country. We keep the event family friendly (no alcohol, positive music). We will also be selling raffle tickets with great prizes such as weekend stays for 2 at…


Added by Stan Johnson on October 3, 2013 at 12:45pm — 1 Comment

Free 2 Days of Learning Code

If you're like me, you may have known some code in the past or you've always wanted to at least get a cursory understanding of it.

Code School is a super cool resource from a startup based in Tampa, FL.

I've taken a lot of their free courses, but I came across this "Hall Pass" to get 2 free days of Code School to take unlimited courses.

Course paths include: HTML/CSS, Ruby, Ruby on Rails, Javascript, Node.js, and a few others.

Check it out here: …


Added by Michael Erwin on September 27, 2013 at 10:51am — No Comments

Angel Capital Group Open Pitch

We at Angel Capital Group have started what we call Open Pitch. 

Three local companies will be invited to pitch for 8 minutes with 5 minutes of Q&A in the 45 minutes prior to our normal monthly meeting time monthly.  There is no guarantee of funding, but due to popularity, we have started an internal mentor program to allow these Open Pitch companies to escalate to funding within ACG.  We expect it to figure prominently into the 2014 investment season.  I think you know we will be…


Added by Eric Dobson on September 26, 2013 at 8:47am — 3 Comments

Woo Clients by Showing Instead of Telling

I'm just getting started in the freelance web development game, and I'm happy to say I just wrapped up with my first real client! I've worked in the past for people I knew, but this was the first client who came into the professional relationship cold.

If people already know you and like you, it's easy for them to decide to pay you to perform a service they need. If that prior relationship doesn't exist, they need something else that feels substantial. Many pitches to clients…


Added by Devon Campbell on September 25, 2013 at 9:43am — 1 Comment

Fundamentals of Venture Capital

Despite the lifting of long standing prohibitions on soliciting equity capital, the fundamentals have not changed.  Investors don't invest in ideas, concepts, intellectual property, or even companies.  They invest in people in markets they like and understand.  All those other things must be present and in good standing, but focus first on the team.  In the age of the JOBS Act, marketing and sales come first, not last.  Once upon a time, marketing and sales were the last hires.  Now, with…


Added by Eric Dobson on September 25, 2013 at 8:51am — No Comments

New SEC rules: What's all the fuss about?

We’ve heard a lot in the last couple of days about the SEC revising its private offering rules. Yes, a set of rule changes went into effect on Monday. No, these are not the crowdfunding rules! (Not yet,…


Added by Dave Morehous on September 24, 2013 at 11:22pm — No Comments

Backyard Nuclear Power!

I want one of these!  Electricity and hot water from a small self-contained system!  This sounds amazing.  I just read that Toshiba is working on building these system smaller and smaller.  A "pocket nuke" or "backyard reactor" would be awesome!  Going off the grid with a little battery buried in the ground!

Checkout the …


Added by Leonard Knight on September 24, 2013 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

Please use this site to inquire about speaking engagements.…


Added by Matt Tunstall on September 22, 2013 at 4:51pm — No Comments

What is Entrepreneurs Of Knoxville?

E.O.K. is an educational and charitable organization committed to the success of each member. E.O.K. also benefits its members by providing strategic networking opportunities. E.O.K. is a grassroots organization focused on small business owners and independent contractors. The group ranges from high-tech individuals to those involved in real estate, non-profits, art, services, and more.

Added by Victoria Caldwell on September 16, 2013 at 8:25pm — No Comments

Learning something new every Day! Confidentiality Agreements

As an Entrepreneur you might sign allot of these!

A non-disclosure agreement (NDA), also known as a confidentiality agreement (CA), confidential disclosure agreement (CDA), proprietary information agreement (PIA), or secrecy agreement, is a legal contract between at least two…


Added by Victoria Caldwell on September 16, 2013 at 7:59pm — No Comments

Let’s Stop Focusing on Shiny Gadgets and Start Using Tech to Empower People ( via WIRED )

Even though Red Burns was one of the most influential figures in the tech industry over the past 30 years — most famous for co-founding the groundbreaking Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at NYU, and in a sense, the beginnings of interaction design — it’s not uncommon for…


Added by Jason Roberts on September 8, 2013 at 11:19pm — No Comments

Investor Pitch Guide


Added by Victoria Caldwell on September 5, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

Matt Googe, Esq. Joining ROBINSON IP LAW, PLLC

I wanted to let the EOK community know that Knoxville native and patent attorney Matt Googe will be joining Robinson IP Law, PLLC starting September 1, 2013. He resigned today from Luedeka Neely Group. Matt clerked at Luedeka while in law school and worked there as a full-time attorney since 2011.  A few years ago when I taught trademark law at the UT College of Law, Matt made the highest grade in the class and has been a great attorney to work with while we were at our previous firm. Now…


Added by Roby Robinson on August 26, 2013 at 6:42pm — No Comments

13 Thoughts on Being an Entrepreneur ( Gary Vaynerchuk )

I started this post off wanting to make a list of things entrepreneurs shouldn’t say, or things real entrepreneurs don’t do, but because this isMedium, I’ve come to realize that it feels more like a journal and so it feels more appropriate to talk directly…


Added by Jason Roberts on August 26, 2013 at 12:14pm — No Comments

You are the most valuable resourse of EOK!

Every member brings their unique experience, expertise, and personality to the others. We all have something to contribute and we all have something to learn. Every member is critically important to the success of every other member.

Added by Victoria Caldwell on August 16, 2013 at 6:14pm — No Comments

5 Qualities of Successful Entrepreneurs

A decade ago, I helped found a business dedicated to helping entrepreneurs bring their business ideas to fruition. I've mentored and coached hundreds of entrepreneurs since. Many of my students have licensed their ideas to powerful companies or brought them to market themselves through venturing. I've often wondered what differentiates…


Added by Jason Roberts on August 13, 2013 at 10:37am — No Comments

"Should We Stay or Should We Grow" - Event Topic - Comments & Suggestions Needed

Attention EoK members!

We need your help!

We need members to give their ideas regarding the last quarterly event topic "Should We Stay or Should We Grow". Give us some good discussion ideas and topics for our meetings.

Meeting Topics…


Added by Jason Roberts on August 9, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

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