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Happenings This Week

Tue, Jul 2, 9-10am. EC Info Session & Tour @ Nashville Entrepreneur Center

Featured Story

Jony Ive is Leaving Apple

After almost 30 years with Apple, Jony Ive, Apple's Chief Design Officer, is leaving later this year. Ive is the design mastermind behind almost everything Apple from the Apple Watch to the iMac.

Ive is leaving Apple only to start his own independent design firm. The firm will be called LoveFrom and Apple will be the primary client. Ive said he'll remain very involved with Apple design.

His sights are set on the intersection of wearable tech and health and wellbeing. He cited the inevitability of gadgets migrating onto our bodies.

Apple itself has a little uncertainty in its future after Ive's departure. A ton of patents are in Ive's name including the iPod's and the wooden tables in Apple stores (wow). Investors will be closely watching the effects of Ive leaving.

Read the full story from Apple here.

Fun Fact

A Shoenicorn was born this week and it goes by the name StockX.

Detroit-based lifestyle goods marketplace StockX just closed a $110 million funding round at a valuation over $1 billion.

StockX is an online resale platform that allows people to trade and sell sneakers and other lifestyle items as if they were stocks.

Read more from TechCrunch here.

Great Reads

Vanderbilt Alum-Founded Capital Confirmation Bought by Thomson Reuters from Nashville Business Journal

VCs Double Down on Data-Driven Investment Models from TechCrunch

TripActions Raises $250M At $4B Valuation In Largest Round To-Date from Crunchbase

Microsoft is Cashing in on the Biggest Biotech IPO of 2019 from CNBC

Secondhand Luxury Retailer, The RealReal, Jumped Almost 50% After IPO from Quartz

Upcoming Events

Mon, Jul 8, 5:30pm-7:30pm. Nashville Women Programmers: Storytelling with Code (and living happily ever after) @ Eventbrite Nashville Cummins Station
Tue, Jul 9, 5-7pm. NashCocktail @ Tech Hill Commons
Tue, Jul 16, 11:30am-1pm. NTC Retail IT Peer Group @ Tech Hill Commons
Wed, Jul 17, 12-1pm. EC Workshop @ Nashville Entrepreneur Center
Thu, Jul 18, NTC Tech Talk @ Tech Hill Commons
Thu, Jul 25, 5:30-7:30pm. Nashville Blockchain Meetup @ WeWork
Thu, Jul 25, 6-8:30pm. Nashville VR Meetup @ Vanderbilt Wond'ry
Wed, Jul 31, 11am-2pm. Nashville Voice Conference @ Thistle Farms
Wed, Jul 31, 4-7pm. Nashville's Startup Shindig @ Nashville Entrepreneur Center

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