Start Co. graduate sees growth with divorce

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A little more than a month after completing Start Co.’s Seed Hatchery accelerator program, Hirsch Serman is facing a new challenge: trying to meet demand for his product.

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Serman’s DivorceSecure is an online program that aims to streamline the divorce process. Since completing Demo Day in August, DivorceSecure is averaging around one new sign up a week. On Demo Day, the company had verbal commitments from 16 attorneys, while four were actually on the platform. Now, nine are on the platform and three more have been signed.

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Local startup pioneers social media marketing intelligence

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Social marketing tools can analyze a company’s followers and fans but it fails at determining which of those followers are their actual users. That’s why Aaron Fitzgerald, Kelly Schricker and Morgan McCullough, a team of entrepreneurs, data scientists and marketers, set out to develop a marketing automation tool that could provide real-time insights about customers’ social behaviors, along with recommended content sharing actions.
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As Rhodes alumni, this team was familiar with Memphis and they selected Start Co. to launch their idea because it gave them the opportunity to give something back to the city.

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A new pipeline for tech talent

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In Memphis, IT directors are struggling to find tech talent, with over 1,000 openings going unfilled. At the same time, many people are desperately seeking to change to high-paying careers. Start Co, the leading entrepreneurship development organization, founded Capital C as a bridge between the two situations. Capital C is a code school for adults who are serious about landing jobs as entry-level software and web developers.

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Memphis Poised to Become Regional Anchor for Entrepreneurs

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A federal agency’s attention to Memphis’ entrepreneurial ecosystem could bring stronger investment and resources for startups.

Of the 16 startups that presented, SweetBio, LendMed, MyCollegeSTREAM and FrontDeskConnect were selected to be fellows in the DRA’s Delta Entrepreneurship Network. The DRA was so impressed with the field that it selected four businesses instead the original plan of three, according to Christopher Masingill, DRA’s federal co-chairman.

SweetBio is a graduate of Memphis Bioworks’ ZeroTo510 accelerator, and LendMed and MyCollegeSTREAM are graduates of Start Co.’s accelerators. Musistic, also a Start Co. graduate, was selected as an alternate.

Read the full article at The Daily News

Memphis-Based Cabsolutely Expands Into Nashville

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Cabsolutely, a 2014 graduate of Start Co.’s Upstart accelerator, has reached its first regional market. Now a partner with Nashville-area Kwik Cab, the service platform provides cloud-based dispatch software and an app for cab drivers to better compete with tech-savvy ridesharing platforms. Cabsolutely currently is accepting beta testers for its upcoming passenger app, which will allow smartphone users to hail, pay for and rate a cab experience. It also has partnered in Memphis with Premier Transportation.

Read the full article at The Daily News