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Variable Technologies opens Knoxville office

By Carly Harrington Article Source:

Firm based in Chattanooga makes sensors

Variable Technologies founder and CEO George Yu demonstrates his handheld wireless sensors Wednesday. The Node…


Added by Jason Roberts on December 13, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Variable Technologies expands to Knoxville

A Chattanooga-area company is expanding its business to Knoxville.

Variable Technologies held a product demonstration for its device "Node" at its new West Knoxville branch Wednesday afternoon.

The company makes handheld device sensors that work with iPhones and iPads.  Those sensors can measure just about…


Added by Jason Roberts on December 13, 2012 at 2:24pm — No Comments

Node gives your iPhone sensory input ( via @tuaw )

Sensor technologies are all the rage right now, and for good reason. As a kid one of my favorite watches was a Casio with a temperature sensor in it, yet my iPhone 5 has to traverse a network of hardware devices to tell me the temperature, and even then the sensor is miles away. If we want our devices to be smarter, they're going to need more sensory input about our…


Added by Jason Roberts on December 12, 2012 at 8:39am — No Comments

Node: What Every Techie Wants for Christmas ( via Forbes )

What do you get the geek who has everything?

That’s a tough question as the range of techie “toys” nowadays is phenomenal but if there’s one thing I’ve learned from my nearly 20 years of reviewing products it’s that most of them aren't that useful.

You know all of those iPhone controllable helicopters and cars that have become available over the last few months? Yeah, kinda cool but after you've fooled around with them for an hour or two you probably won’t touch them…


Added by Jason Roberts on December 11, 2012 at 9:26am — No Comments

Formula for Entrepreneurial Success

( via )

1. Work with Amazing People

Don’t compromise on who you choose to found your company with and hire. Do not put up with ego-centric personalities or downer attitudes.

2. Take on Big Challenges

It’s pretty simple: Hard things are valuable; easy things are not so valuable. Reaching the mountaintop is rewarding because it is hard. If it was easy, everybody would do it.

3. Focus

Say no to…


Added by Jason Roberts on December 6, 2012 at 4:06pm — No Comments

Innovation and Its Impact on Entrepreneurship

The iPad mini – barely released, yet already the target of tech geeks everywhere for being contrary to Steve Jobs’ wishes, and a retread of the Kindle Fire or the Galaxy Nexus 7. …


Added by Jason Roberts on December 3, 2012 at 10:52am — No Comments

52,000 reasons to start your own business - By Richard Branson

Richard Branson announces an amazing opportunity for budding entrepreneurs

I started my first business as a teenager, so entrepreneurship, particularly in young people, has always been something close to my heart. 

Going into business for yourself is a really exciting and rewarding career option, especially in tough economic times like today.

And that's why we are proud to support the UK…


Added by Jason Roberts on November 30, 2012 at 9:57am — No Comments

EOK: 1st Quarter Workshop 2013

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM…


Added by Jason Roberts on November 24, 2012 at 10:57pm — No Comments

Five Predictions For The Future Of Social Entrepreneurship

What’s the future of social entrepreneurship? On November 29th,Ashoka’s founder, Bill Drayton, isgiving his predictions in an interviewwith David Bornstein from the New York Times. But what do you think? Give your say on Twitter using the hashtag…


Added by Jason Roberts on November 20, 2012 at 11:10am — No Comments

Great article on Startups & Accellerators

This seems to fall right in line with what Leo & Kathryn were talking about this morning.  

Outside of the major entrepreneurial hubs (Silicon Valley, NYC, London, etc.), there's just not enough deal flow to make investors (both Angel & VC) and accelerators as successful as they need to be.  

What the article suggests:  a not-for-profit entity educates the market, instead of tries to profit from it.  I wonder what that sounds like!…


Added by Michael Erwin on November 14, 2012 at 2:18pm — 1 Comment

5 Ways Social Media Can Ruin Your Reputation

Social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Google+ allow us to connect with the players in our market. But, when used improperly, social media can be a dangerous platform for entrepreneurs to ruin their reputations.

Here are five ways social media users can destroy their online rep, and tips for steering clear of these costly…


Added by Jason Roberts on November 11, 2012 at 10:15am — No Comments

Why Am I a Member of EoK? {Part One}

On the first Wednesday of each month Entrepreneurs of Knoxville hosts the Meet & Greet, giving members the opportunity to share, in about two minutes, who they are and what they are doing. It is also a time to let the other members know how you got involved with EoK and how EoK and its members can help them. 

The Meet & Greet is my favorite meeting of the month because I get to learn more about each member and discover new ways to engage them in my own businesses or share…


Added by Lisa Gifford Mueller on November 7, 2012 at 1:22pm — No Comments

Another EOK Startup!!!

Since EOK members began gathering once a week many years ago, we have collectively launched over 40 businesses!  Last night another EOK startup took flight! is the brain child of Augustine Gattuso and provides the best way for "consumers to locate the perfect local mechanic for their next repair need".  Leo Knight and Augustine formed a partnership to bring…


Added by Leonard Knight on November 1, 2012 at 2:21pm — 2 Comments

12 Surprising Signs You Could Be an Entrepreneur


Almost every article ever written about entrepreneurship suggests that it's not for everyone. And yet the articles go on to list attributes that many successful people possess as the traits commonly associated with great entrepreneurs, such as a strong work ethic,…


Added by Jason Roberts on October 30, 2012 at 9:05am — No Comments

Teaching Technology To Tomorrow’s Entrepreneurs


When I received a telephone call in February of 2012 to teach a “social media” class to MBA students at…


Added by Jason Roberts on October 25, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

Eating the Social Media Elephant

I believe we have reached a point in time where most companies that are established have entered the online marketplace. Even the most mom and pop, brick and mortar businesses have a…


Added by Jonathan Foster on October 19, 2012 at 5:36pm — No Comments

Every Entrepreneur Needs to Master Key Disciplines

I have met several young people in business recently who believe that they are natural born entrepreneurs, and actually seem to feel that traditional training and experience may be a detriment to their success in this new world. I concede that natural born components do exist, but more often I tend to agree with Peter Drucker, who said “It’s not magic, it’s not mysterious, and it has nothing to do with genes.…


Added by Jason Roberts on October 19, 2012 at 4:09pm — No Comments

The Rise of the Female Entrepreneur

From time to time we like to share a good infographic and this one seemed perfect!

Women entrepreneurs have come a long way over the last 40 years. Before 1974, banks could require women borrowers to guarantee their loans with co-signatures from husbands, fathers or male business partners. Today, women aren’t only starting small businesses faster than men, but they’re also creating more jobs. And the types of businesses and jobs they’re starting are diversifying workplaces in…


Added by Jason Roberts on October 18, 2012 at 1:10am — No Comments

Are Women Less Entrepreneurial?

There is no doubt that women are incredibly important in business. My mother was and still is exceptionally entrepreneurial and she was largely my inspiration to start my first business as a teenager. However all the stats show that there are significantly fewer female entrepreneurs than male entrepreneurs, with global studies affirming that in some countries the ratio is as unbalanced as 5:1. The question is why? I spent several weeks trying to discover exactly why this is the case,…


Added by Jason Roberts on October 18, 2012 at 1:03am — No Comments

EOK video shoot for

More awesomeness from EOK.  We used the shared space down in Sequoyah Hills to shoot a video for  The video is not ready yet, it's in "post-production."  I don't really know what that means, but it sounds good.  We'll use the video for a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the streaming music site. …


Added by Frank Podlaha on October 15, 2012 at 11:13am — 5 Comments

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