We may be just a little biased, but we at Ten Fast Feet think Nashville is a pretty fantastic city.
And no, it’s not just because of that little primetime soap opera TV show you may have heard about.
Suddenly, Nashville has become an "it" city.
It’s been named as the 14th best city in the country to host a meeting or conference, according to Cvent marketing.
Business Insider thinks Nashville is one of the 15 up-and-coming cities for the future, ranking it among other hot spots like Austin, Seattle and Portland, citing its rapidly growing job market.
Heck, even the Grammy Awards, more accustomed to the bright lights of Los Angeles than the neon glow from the honky tonks of lower Broadway, brought the Grammy nominations concert to the Bridgestone Arena earlier this month.
But Nashville has also become a technology center ... an "IT" city, if you’ll pardon the poor attempt at humor.
That technology boom is something we’re obviously excited about. And the growth continues this week, as several new startup companies make their pitches to potential investors ... in yet another celebration of Nashville’s growing geekiness.
The Nashville Entrepreneur Center will hold Investor Day for its third cohort of companies on Dec. 13.
"Going through the EC’s program forces you to realize and address any holes that you have in your business," Jaime Bailey, the CEO of cohort company Initial State Technologies, told SouthernAlpha. "For us, we are leaving the program with a stronger team, stronger business model, and a validated value proposition for our customers."
Strong business models for new technology companies launching in Nashville? That’s music to our ears.
And that’s good news for all of us in Nashville. Especially for those of us who don’t mind being a little geeky.