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Growth Story: Eric Fish of Lacuna Diagnostics

Where are you from? Are you a Tampa Bay native, transplant, or boomerang?  I’m originally from upstate New York and transplanted to Tampa. However, since New York, my wife and I have been all over the place. We’re both veterinarians and both recently accepted jobs in Tampa. We’ve only been here a few weeks!

Tell us more about your role at Lacuna Diagnostics. What does a day in the life look like?

At Lacuna Diagnostics, I’m the Chief Medical Officer and as an early stage startup founder I wear a lot of hats. Much of my job involves reading pathology cases and reviewing the reports from the other digital pathologists on our team. We have a total of 18 pathologists in 4 different countries on our team that I help manage. My main goal is to provide quality assurance and that the pathology cases, received from customers, are completed in a timely fashion. I often review our case notification system to manage surges and urgent cases to ensure we get back to customers as quickly as possible, essentially managing the supply and demand. I also serve as the case management system expert and provide any technical support to both our team and customers.

Aside from those tasks, I also help weigh in on product development, research and development. Originally Lacuna Diagnostics started with one product, now we have three. While similar, they each have different iterations and hardware to operate. My goal is to work on streamlining these products to become less hardware dependent and more scalable with internet technology, as well as to innovate new products and revenue streams. When I’m not doing those tasks, I will support our marketing efforts by writing copy for our blogs and posting on social media. On the sales side, I talk with customers from a technical standpoint and as a medical professional on our diagnostic practices and the functionalities of our product. In turn, I’m involved in most client install calls and company meetings.

How did you get your career started and what challenges did you face along the way?

My career in business started in an interesting way because I had planned a career in academia doing veterinary research. I went to California to study to be a veterinarian and received my DVM in 2012 which was quickly followed by a pathology residency and PhD training in Auburn, Alabama. I joined the faculty at the Auburn University vet school and was dedicated to being on their research team. Through a series of connections, a consulting business fell in my lap in 2017.

One of my colleagues in Canada that I had worked closely with, Dr. Norm Lowes, owned a consulting business called CytoVetStat where he would provide pathology consultation to veterinary health professionals. His structure at the time was very ad-hoc. He would have clients scan or take pictures of their pathology results and other lab results to send to him via email or phone. He would then review them quickly and send back his findings through the same method. He approached me once his health began to decline and he was unable to keep the business afloat and asked if I would carry the torch. I was very passionate about the business he was doing, but had no idea how to run a business. Either way, I told him I’d do it.

From 2017 to mid-2018, I worked on CytoVetStat and grew it by 900%, servicing clients in Taiwan, Singapore and the US — some of which have now converted over to Lacuna Diagnostics. In late 2017, my work with CytoVetStat had caught the eye of the Lacuna founders, and they asked for my help on a proof-of-concept research study. At the time, the company had the bare bones of what Lacuna Diagnostics is today. They were still navigating product-market-fit, looking for seed funding, and fine tuning their business model.  And ultimately the business I was working, was projected to move towards the tech innovation and integration they were working on. After helping out with an early proof-of-concept, I sold my company to Lacuna Diagnostics and joined as a co-founder.

How has this region shaped your career or startup journey?

I’m excited there is a diverse and vibrant startup community in Tampa Bay. I got plugged into this community by Vikas Bhatia, founder of JustProtect. He mentioned he was moving from Manhattan to Tampa and that he was connected with people here. He also mentioned how great the startup community was here and how organizations such as Tampa Bay Wave and Embarc Collective are here to support startups. Not only is the cost to start a business here lower than other established startup regions, but I believe resources like these provide a competitive edge and infrastructure to help startups go to market, get funding and succeed. Overall, I’m excited to have a community I can learn from, events I can go to and people I can commiserate with over the lows and celebrate the highs.

What tactical advice can you share from building your startup or career?

I think a basic principle is to be open to any opportunity that comes across your door. I certainly didn’t plan to be an entrepreneur or a founder, but it found me and has been an amazing journey. I believe I’m a small part, by way of Lacuna Diagnostics, of the change happening in pathology in veterinary medicine. A lot of big companies see what we’re doing, which is taking a traditional process and making it digital, and want to acquire us. It’s exciting but also reassuring that we’re moving in the right direction. What we’re doing is changing the way pathology is done now and innovating the way it will probably be done going forward. Everything is digital now and being a part of this transition in veterinary medicine and pathology is amazing. I wouldn’t be where I am if I had said no. Be willing to say yes and embrace the uncertainty, risk and fun.

Where do you see Tampa Bay next? How do you play a role in this future?

I would love to have a role in connecting the human health care companies in this region to other vet health care companies. There is a One Health movement that wants to holistically look at the health of all species to correlate similarities or differences in illnesses, diseases, prevention and treatment. I think we have a lot to learn from each other. IT has been slow to develop in the vet industry but advancing in human health care. Vet health care uses similar tech to human health care but ends up being much more expensive because of limited availability. Sometimes there are findings in each industry that can help the other. I think bringing them together would help close a lot of those gaps and allow us to improve care for both people and animals. I would love to connect with human health care companies in Tampa Bay.

Lacuna Diagnostics is headquartered in Fort Collins, Colorado. Coming to Tampa, I have the opportunity to build our virtual second headquarters here. I feel that being here and making Tampa Bay a home base, with the connections and community to support us, we will be super charged to get things done.

Story Courtesy of Embarc Collective accelerator Tampa FL,


New Vets STRIVE Course Smash Hit.

 After 7 years of hosting an annual veterans entrepreneurship symposium, Dr. Andy Gold and his team took the next step. Forming a partnership with IVMF, Institute for Veterans and Military Families from Syracuse University, HCC, Hillsborough Community College Tampa used it lean, evidenced-based entrepreneurship skills to launch STRIVE -“Startup Training Resources to Inspire Veteran Entrepreneurship”. The five-week program teaches veterans and their spouses how to design, plan a model, and launch a new business through guest speakers, mentoring, and a “hybrid” course (half online Canvas course with half in-class instruction). This 7-year old method of planning a new business venture uses a target market to assist the entrepreneur solve a problem or validate a need. Each student has the opportunity to use legal, insurance, marketing, and eCommerce tutoring in their process of tweaking an idea as they test its viability. Compared to the old, obsolete traditional business plan, “lean” lowers the risk (no funding or employees until validated) and doubles the chance for success (by determining a market does or does not exist for the concept).

From the very start, IVMF has approached the challenges faced by veterans and their families through informed and strategic evaluation and analysis. A simple and profound idea — entrepreneur training boot camps for veterans — has been the catalyst for an entire series of highly effective and life-changing programs.These are programs that are driven by scientific research and designed to work through the help of generous donors. Whether it’s no-cost career training and professional certifications for a competitive edge in the job market, or choosing from an arsenal of programs designed to meet business owners where they are on their entrepreneurial journey to coordinating care and services for military families in local communities, the IVMF and STRIVE are committed to enhancing the lives of our nation’s military after they return home.

The STRIVE program is offered through a partnership between the IVMF and HCC to expand the reach of effective veterans small business training, condense an intense version of “lean”, and hopefully duplicate its own educational model in other rural and lesser known colleges. STRIVE is a 3-phase program that provides Veterans that have a nascent (budding) early stage business, or idea for a business with an opportunity to take action. By stress testing the business with a rigorous business modeling, design thinking, effectuation, and cohort-based curriculum, participants will develop their entrepreneurial competency and interact with an array of subject matter experts that help support aspiring entrepreneurs. This program will help to identify, overcome and mitigate trouble spots within the business model, leading to increased potential for success.

The course is designed to increase entrepreneurial competencies, while at the same time works through business modeling, lean start framework. Whether you enter the program with an idea for a business, or you are already in business, but at a budding stage of business enterprising journey you can expect to achieve the following objectives:

  • Assess and develop your personal entrepreneurial capacity.
  • Differentiate between entrepreneurial and managerial thinking.
  • Play with idea generation techniques to help you better create and shape ideas into bold opportunities.
  • Evaluate opportunities using a rigorous feasibility and experimentation processes.
  • Develop, define, and clearly communicate a business concept to determine its feasibility.
  • Gain confidence to use entrepreneurial thinking and action with future opportunities.
  • Identify myths associated with entrepreneurship.
  • Develop internal operational structure for your business.
  • Expand your network
  • Develop a cogent business pitch presentation

Throughout this course, veterans develop a mindset that enables them to build a toolkit to create and evaluate entrepreneurial opportunities, marshal resources, and form teams driven by creativity, leadership, and smart action. This course is a journey through the front-end of early stage entrepreneurial activity and an immersion experience for finding, creating, and advancing early stage opportunities. The next STRIVE cohort (class) will be in Tampa in HCC’s new InLab incubator on April 24th through June 6th 2020. Here is the contact website InLab is room 204 or 210, 2nd floor of the DSSC/Social Sciences building on HCC’s main Dale Mabry campus.


STRIVE is truly a wonderful, free opportunity for any Florida active duty or military veteran.   Photo to left Dr. Andy Gold, STRIVE creator and terrific teacher of entrepreneurs.  His team includes Professor Beth Kerly, Greta Kishbaugh, MBD & Clint Day, MBA.

Entrepreneurs create most new jobs: Why aren’t we talking about them?

While talk of the economy swings from a possible recession, to protecting American workers, to income inequality, tax cuts and tax incentives, Kauffman President and CEO Wendy Guillies brings it back to what’s missing almost entirely from the conversation – entrepreneurship. “Entrepreneurs, not big businesses, are responsible for almost all net new job creation,” she writes in The Hill. “For too long, many policymakers have pushed entrepreneurship to the side, prioritizing support for big business over new and small business.”

While talk of the economy swings from a possible recession, to protecting American workers, to income inequality, tax cuts and tax incentives, Kauffman President and CEO Wendy Guillies brings it back to what’s missing almost entirely from the conversation – entrepreneurship. “Entrepreneurs, not big businesses, are responsible for almost all net new job creation,” she writes in The Hill. “For too long, many policymakers have pushed entrepreneurship to the side, prioritizing support for big business over new and small business.”

In recent weeks, there has been talk about a possible recession and tools policymakers should use to protect American workers and the domestic economy. Some are talking about protection of jobs from global competition. Others talk about addressing income inequality. Still others refer to a menu of options, calling for interest rate cuts, tax cuts, and increased tax incentives.

Missing almost entirely from the national discussion is entrepreneurship. This despite the fact that entrepreneurs, not big businesses, are responsible for almost all net new job creation.

For too long, many policymakers have pushed entrepreneurship to the side, prioritizing support for big business over new and small businesses.

Too many have ignored the troubling trends that show a stubborn 20-year stagnation in the rate of new business formation, which jeopardizes our entire economy. And too many have been indifferent to disparities in access to entrepreneurship for women, people of color and rural residents.

Today, there is a hole at the center of our economic discussion where hope should be. But there is a glimmer of hope ahead.

On Tues. Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.), co-chairs of the first-ever bipartisan Senate Entrepreneurship Caucus, will convene a caucus roundtable discussion to highlight a neglected segment of America’s entrepreneurial community — women entrepreneurs — and to talk about barriers to entrepreneurship that need addressed. 

At the roundtable, I expect entrepreneurs to tell the Senators what all the available data on entrepreneurship backs up: that if you don’t live on one of the coasts, it’s very difficult to access the capital and resources needed to make an idea a reality.

That if you don’t have access to significant personal wealth, your idea — no matter how viable — is far more likely to die on the vine. That unless you’re a big, established business with lobbyists and an army of attorneys to do your bidding, navigating all the red tape will make it a whole lot more difficult to get traction.  If you aren’t white and male, all these challenges will be that much more difficult to overcome.

The newly formed Senate Entrepreneurship Caucus will help shine a light on the unique needs of those who are denied equal access to entrepreneurship today. While women make up half the population, and people of color soon will, these constituencies are vastly underrepresented in American entrepreneurship.

Most new businesses don’t get bank loans or venture capital, but among the small percent who do get VC funding, just two percent goes to businesses launched by women and just one percent goes to businesses launched by people of color.

Given that the discussion takes place in Congress, perhaps the most relevant question is: what can government do to help promote new businesses? How can governments at every level — federal, state and local — create the conditions where women can start more new businesses?

How do we increase access to capital for women entrepreneurs?  What about safety net programs like health care, family leave and housing? Given that women are the primary caregivers for children — and often for aging parents — can we do more to give women entrepreneurs the support and confidence to take risks?

In the coming months we will hear a lot of debate on topics like taxes, tariffs, and interest rates. There will likely be strong partisan differences on these issues.

Entrepreneurship, on the other hand, should appeal to people of every political stripe. So, let’s seize this chance to come together and launch a new golden age of entrepreneurship in our country. Next week’s Senate Entrepreneurship Caucus roundtable with two-dozen remarkable women entrepreneurs is a great start.

Written by Wendy Guillies is president and CEO of the Kauffman Foundation  and published in The Hill 9/23/19.

Entrepreneurs create most new jobs: Why aren’t we talking about them?



inLab@HCC STRIVE Ribbon Cutting


The InLab@HCC hosted an amazing ribbon cutting ceremony (video highlights below) on September 12th recognizing a first of its kind partnership between Hillsborough Community College’s (HCC) Operation Startup and Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families’ (IVMF). The Startup Training Resources to Inspire Veteran Entrepreneurship (STRIVE) program is a multi-phase entrepreneurship program for veterans, military members and their families with a golden opportunity for funding as well for participants that meet the requirements.  STRIVE will expand veteran entrepreneurship and grow IVMF’s number 1 nationally ranked veteran’s entrepreneurship program locally here at HCC!

 HCC’s Operation Startup’s Beth Kerley and Dr. Andy Gold hosted the event acknowledging with pointed gratitude everyone that helped create this day of celebration. Recognition covered everyone that pitched in from both higher learning institutions and the supportive Hillsborough County officials and South Tampa Chamber of Commerce. Speakers included HCC President Dr. Ken Atwater, Syracuse’s IVMF Chief Operating Officer Maureen Casey and South Tampa Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Kelly Flannery. Kelly spoke to the future by stating that while she is proud to help with this milestone ribbon cutting ceremony, she will be even more excited to help host ribbon cutting ceremonies for each future business that is created in the Tampa Bay area because of this amazing opportunity.

The STRIVE program offers Veterans, active duty, Reserve/Guard, and their spouses with an opportunity to take an early stage business, or business idea through a rigorous 6-week training program. Outstanding instruction led by Beth Kerly, Dr. Andy Gold, Greta Kishbaugh and Entrepreneurship Resources, Inc. Founder & CEO Clinton E. Day (Vietnam Veteran). During the period of August 30 – October 6, 2019 participants access course materials and complete assignments attending in-person training at the InLab@HCC and online through the learning management system called Canvas.

As a CPA, I volunteered my time for financial cash flow statement questions during the Monday night September 19th class.  I came away very impressed at the amount of information, support and speakers curated for each participant. Speakers included Zig Ziglar certified Dave Kauffman, entrepreneur Sharon Fekete and a full panel of heart centered Hillsborough County officials. Dave questioned how far everyone is willing to reach with our imagination pointing out every product once started as an idea. Sharon provided an authentic look into how important connecting with a community is. She credited her Dad for setting such a wonderful example in her life when he made sure to as a young girl introduce her to each person he worked with. The three Hillsborough County officials covered every aspect of business and support an entrepreneur could dream of. Business best practices are shared in abundance for each STRIVE participant.

Here are some highlights of both September 12th and 19th:

Our military and their families are some of the best prepared to take on the startup challenge! God bless the service of these participants and the future jobs they will create for our Tampa Bay community!!!

Apply Now for the 2020 Cohort; here:

by Clinton D. Swigart, CPA, MA
Entrepreneurship Resources, Inc.

Coming Workforce Crisis and Need for Entrepreneurship.

Only lean startup entrepreneurship allows the art of entrepreneurship to be taught and learned so that a person can use their hobby or passion as a backup for self-employment if and when they loose their job.  It also equips an individual to survive in the Gig Economy.

Photo – Yang with colleague Bruce Bachenheimer, Entrepreneurship Professor, Pace University, New York.  Yang was quite an entrepreneurship himself having worked in various startups  and  as a founder or executive from 2000 to 2009.  He was Obama’s  “Global Entrepreneurship Ambassador” in 2015.

Importance of Entrepreneurship Now

The world economy faces a massive disruption of labor.  Jobs are going to machines at an alarming rate, and ramifications will alter everything we know  about work. Three forces have been at work since 1990, but will soon go to warp speed.  First is the Gig Economy, which is an environment in which temporary positions are common and organizations contract with independent workers. A study by Intuit predicted that by 2020, 40 percent of American workers would be independent contractors.

Second is the automation of anything that is repetitive and can be replaced by robotics; most automobiles are now made by robots.  Third is the combination of Artificial Intelligence and Big Data. Artificial intelligence (AI) makes it possible for machines to learn from experience, adjust to new inputs and perform human-like tasks.  Deep learning is a type of machine learning that trains a computer to perform human-like tasks, such as recognizing speech, identifying images or making predictions.

Because Big Data has been growing exponentially, AI and deep learning have much to work from.  In 2013 SINTEF estimated that 90% of all information in the world had been created in the prior two years.  Lots of data is exactly what machines need in order to learn to learn.  Google’s DeepMind AI has learned how to read and comprehend what it reads through thousands of annotated news articles.

McKinsey research says that up to one-third of U. S. workers and 800 million globally could be displaced by 2030.  They recommend businesses and policymakers act now to keep people employed.  The single most impactful solution is to empower one and all with entrepreneurship whose innovative and creative skills can allow laborers to transit to self-employment (or to thrive as a freelancer in the Gig Economy).          —USA Today Editorial Sept. 17, 2019 —

Getting to “No”

Leaders love to be work heroes.  But that can come at a hidden cost.  Oftentimes, the most valuable thing you can do is say no –and here’s how.

Mary was doing well at VP of business development at a San Francisco tech company.  She’d been hired to create goodwill within the community, and she was a perfect fit.  But here work had started suffering.  Her CEO has asked her to take on a new project in Brazil, which would require here to spend at least a third of her time there.  Her instinct was to say yes; she didn’t want to lose her CEO’s approval, and the opportunity was an honor.  But realistically, she couldn’t be in South America and do what she’d been hired to do in San Francisco too.

When I met with her, I recognized the problem immediately.  I’ve been an executive coach for more than 25 years, and Mary had made one of the biggest mistakes I see among top executives and founders: They’re always saying yes.  Leaders want to grow business, please people, avoid conflict, and keep a job. But accepting every request or business proposition can render leaders overloaded and overworked.  Since this prevents them from thinking clearly, it can also keep them from focusing on their –and the organization’s–most important work.

With another client of mine, the founder of a company who agreed to every merger and acquisition that came his way, I put on a whiteboard all the costs of saying yes –his health, barely knowing his daughter, his COO constantly rotated.  When he looked at the board, he cried. I get it; telling someone no feels selfish.  But when you learn to say it artfully and strategically, everyone is wins in the end.  It’s all in how you deliver that important, critical word.  Consider one of these approaches:

1.  The flat-out ?No”.  It’s best for a reason.  Consider, “I appreciate your request.  Since it comes from you, I’ve given it a lot of thought.  But, I have to say no because I’ve already committed to X and Y.                                                                                                                                                                       2.  Tinker with the timing.  Offer to tackle the request at a later date.                                                   3.  Accept with conditions.  After the request, alter the conditions –“If you assigns a project manager who can assure time and budget, I’ll be happy to handle X.”                                                                4.  Become a problem solver and offer an alternative solution.

The thing about saying no is that it enables you to say yes in a much more collaborative way.  We often think people don’t want to hear “No”, but CEOs get frustrated when people accept and then can’t deliver.  They generally have more trust in somebody who is assertive –who can either push back or provide a new way to deal with the situation.  My client’s boss saw that in her and thought Wow, she understands the business.  In his eyes, she’s not a naysayer –she’s a business strategist.

by Nadine Greiner in Stress-Less Leadership available at bookstores and excerpted in Magazine July-August 2019.



A slowdown in US business formation poses a risk to economy

Despite a decade-plus of economic growth, Americans have slowed the pace at which they’re forming new companies, a trend that risks further widening the gap between the most affluent and everyone else.

The longest expansion on record, which began in mid-2009, has failed to restore entrepreneurship to its pre-recession level, according to a Census Bureau report based on tax filings.

Between 2007 and the first half of 2019, applications to form businesses that would likely hire workers fell 16%. Though the pace of applications picked up somewhat after 2012, it dipped again this year despite President Donald Trump’s assertion that his tax cuts and deregulatory drive would benefit smaller companies and their workers. App

Business formation has long been one of the primary ways in which Americans have built wealth. When fewer new companies are established, fewer Americans tend to prosper over time. In addition, smaller companies account for roughly 85% of all hiring, making them an entry point for most workers into the workforce. Even with the unemployment rate at a near-record-low of 3.7%, a decline in the creation of new companies means there are fewer companies competing for workers, a trend that generally slows pay growth. The pace of pay growth has stalled for the past five months even as hiring has remained healthy.

“What you see is reduced social and economic mobility,” said Steve Strongin, head of global investment research at Goldman Sachs. “It means that most of the growth is occurring in the corporate sphere, which keeps wage growth down and improves profits.”

Smaller companies and startups were generally cautious about expanding as they emerged from the Great Recession, in many cases choosing not to hire. The 2008 financial crisis delivered a warning to many would-be entrepreneurs that scaling back their ambitions might help them survive another recession.

Goldman Sachs on Thursday is releasing a survey of business owners who took part in its “10,000 Small Businesses” program, which has provided management training to several thousand small companies since 2010. The survey concluded that entrepreneurs typically struggle to find qualified workers and to navigate complex regulations. Both factors tend to slow the formation of new companies.

Among the business owners who were surveyed, nearly eight in 10 said they favor a higher local minimum wage well above the federal baseline of $7.25 an hour. Focus groups conducted as part of Goldman’s survey indicate that smaller companies believe wages have failed to keep pace with the costs of living and the retention of employees.

Just 20% of the surveyed business owners said they felt that Trump’s 2017 tax cut would increase their companies’ growth, according to the online survey of 2,285 alumni of the Goldman program.

Social and demographic forces are also thought to be limiting opportunities for entrepreneurs and smaller companies. America is aging, many young adults are weighed down by student debt and larger retailers have used their scale to offer lower prices than smaller companies can afford to do so.


Questions Are the Answer.

Alexander Osterwalder, co-founder of the Business Model Canvas (BMC) used to design a new business under the lean method, hosted a webinar today interviewing Hal Gregersen, world authority on questioning. His topic is critical to success when building a business model canvas  (BMC) and a founder/entrepreneur attempts to elicit revealing answers from an end-user, potential buyer. The process of interviewing is both an art and a science much like entrepreneurship, but critical to the validation or no-go of a product or service idea.

Two main takeaways were creation of an uncomfortable quiet and use of “catalytic” questions.  For example, Intuit was turned back to innovation by the founder Scott Cook changing from dropping long “to-do” lists on subordinates desks to walking into the person’s office and asking, “what are you wrestling with today”, waiting a pregnant minute for an answer, and then asking, “what can I do to help”.  In Hal Gregersen’s own words:

“As disruptive innovators, from Albert Einstein to Jack Dorsey, put it, “Question everything!” Engage in pure question talk, with one team member writing down each question verbatim. This gives everyone the chance (especially introverts) to see each question, reflect a bit, and then create even better ones. Don’t give preambles to the questions and don’t devote any time or energy to answering them. Just ask. Ask as many questions as you can. Go for at least 50, perhaps 75. But don’t give up when your mind goes blank around question 35. Savor the momentary dead space and continue the search for even better, more provocative questions, which will come with patience and persistence. It usually takes 10 to 20 minutes to exhaust a group’s questioning capacity. Push for exhaustion.

At a recent World Economic Forum workshop, this five-step Catalytic Questioning process took 24 minutes. It rapidly engaged the group, turbocharged a subsequent brainstorming session (conducted right after by Tim Brown from IDEO), and helped identify several intriguing new areas of potential industry disruption. During the debrief, most participants agreed that asking nothing but questions was a surprisingly powerful tool for revealing innovative solutions. They left the session highly energized to become even better question catalysts within their everyday work.

Across the globe, I have seen the same process—and success—occur with thousands of executives and entrepreneurs, including Ahmet Bozer, president of Coca-Cola International, who realized, “if your questioning muscles have atrophied, it’s time to start exercising those muscles.” Catalytic Questioning ensures this essential leadership skill improves over time to unlock even better, more creative solutions. What you discover in this questioning quest might not only surprise you, but may also unearth an entirely new direction for your team, organization, or career.”

Hal wants the questioner to create a condition of awkwardness to embrace silence, working off answers to new questions and “operating on the edge of uncertainty”.  Somehow the questions become the answer!

Hal Gregersen is Executive Director of the MIT Leadership Center, a Senior Lecturer in Leadership and Innovation at the MIT Sloan School of Management,



36|86 Entrepreneurship Festival

The annual 36|86 Entrepreneurship Festival located in Nashville, Tennessee (named for latitude 36 and longitude 86) engages the startup ecosystem in substantial ways! Launch Tennessee creates the perfect balance of venues, speakers, sponsors and volunteers. Launch Tennessee CEO, Margaret Dolan helps transform Music City into an Entrepreneurship destination friendly for all startups.

Two bright summer days, engaging conversations and southern hospitality like you would not believe, create an environment that earns its national presence. Across entrepreneurship disciplines, both successes and failures are shared for the attendees benefit.

Both days, the agenda is packed with options to explore with amazing Pitch Competitions and networking events like Live on the Green concert capping each day off with a win for everyone. A keynote chat includes Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, US Senator Bob Corker and Commissioner Bob Rolfe discussing the importance of their startup friendly state and lessons learned. A main event discussion showcases Apple Machine Learning & Accessibility Research Leader Jeffrey P. Bigham. Jeffrey’s conversation reveals how carefully Apple approaches Machine Learning to ensure that it will continue to improve accessibility for all their users. He focuses on the iPhone as an example to point out each way a user engages with device covering Vision, Hearing, Mobility and Learning. One ambitious panel covers the importance of art and the creative economy with the agreed upon passionate statement, ‘Artists are Independent but Not Alone!’ in a call for community and support. Andrea Zieher, Contemporary Art Director, is leading the way on a major statewide contemporary art event in 2021 named the Tennessee Triennial.

The unique 36|86 agenda spread across venues allows for an immersive learning experience for each attendee. Entrepreneurs in need of funding are even supported with ‘Investor Speed dating’ to pitch their companies during the event and build their network!

Take a look at this two minute highlight video clip to see 36|86 for yourself!

Thank you to the amazing Launch TN team for their contribution to the startup Entrepreneurs of your great state and beyond!

Overall, 36|86 captures the essence of why Entrepreneurship Resources, Inc. believes in offering the Entrepreneurship products and trainings we do!

Save the Date for 36|86 August 26-27 2020!

by Clinton D. Swigart, CPA, MA
Entrepreneurship Resources, Inc.