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GIGTANK Pitch Night is Tomorrow!

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The crown jewel of the Chattanooga startup world, GigTank, is culminating tomorrow with all 12 teams pitching their ideas and progress. These businesses will get to present and demo their product in front of investors and raucous Chattanooga supporters, all the while, having gained the network, support system, and infrastructure they need to take their ventures to the next level. Come on out to the 5th floor of the Chattanooga Library tomorrow night @ 5:30. RSVP at the link above!


Client Spotlight: Maker Faire Chattanooga

Screen Shot 2014-09-04 at 9.39.48 AM is proud of the fact that we're from Chattanooga. Although our client list has an international reach, we are excited to live, work, and play in Chattanooga, and enjoy working with companies who feel the same way.

The Chattanooga Maker Faire represents exactly what we love about this city: The hand-made, do-it-yourself attitude that has made our mid sized city one of the most exciting and vibrant places to live.  It seems that articles are being written about us nearly every day, highlighting the cool tech movement we've got going on.

The Heart of Maker Faire

Maker Faire can be described as "the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement.  It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning."

We'll definitely be present at the Maker Faire Chattanooga, which is taking place October 11th at the First Tennessee Pavilion. This event will be the culmination of a fantastic StartUp Week planned for our city.  If the the quality of applications to exhibit reflects on the quality of the event, this event is going to be a seriously awesome.

If you are a local maker and are looking for resources to help you get started on some awesome new projects, here are a few:

For more information about the event, click here. For information about Startup Week Chattanooga, click here.

Congrats to Client Global Green Lighting

We'd like to congratulate Global Green Lighting President & CEO, Don Lepard, and the entire GGL team on a successful Grand Opening! We were proud to be a part of such an exciting day and enjoyed celebrating the Grand Opening event with other business leaders and elected officials. Global Green Lighting President & CEO Don Lepard Cuts The Ribbon

Global Green Lighting Grand Opening With Governor Haslam, Mayor Berke And Elected Officials

Governor Haslam Speaks at Global Green Lighting Grand Opening

To read more about the event, see the Chattanooga Times Free Press or stories. For more information about Global Green Lighting, visit


Chattanooga's GIGTANK: Why this matters


You’ve heard the hype surrounding our town and its technological advantage.  We are home to a 600 square mile gigabit grid capable of delivering 1000 Mbps, up and down, to every man, woman, and child in this city.


That being said, this advanced infrastructure isn’t a competitive advantage in and of itself.  It is only as advantageous as we make it, based on how we use the network.

Fortunately, we’ve already got our nose to the grindstone:

GIGTANK is a Chattanooga based tech incubator that allows businesses to pilot their concepts on a living city-wide gigabit grid. Now in its second year, GIGTANK is starting to successfully spin out businesses that are taking advantage of our infrastructure.

Why does it matter that GIGTANK exists?

Because this is the wild west of technological advancement.  No one actually knows what the best uses of large scale gigabit connectivity are.  It is easy to speculate that healthcare or entertainment will be drastically affected by increased bandwidth, it remains speculation until someone actually takes a gigabit application to market.

The lack of a prescribed outcome for gigabit development is what is so exciting about being in this position.  We've got a massive asset, and no one is telling us exactly how we should use it.


Here are a few examples of  businesses being built in Chattanooga using a gigabit backbone:

Aircart - A retail solution enabling grocery shoppers to scan and checkout through their smartphone.

FwdHealth - Progressive Snapshot for the health industry.  Uses available API's to integrate popular wellness applications and trackers into one simple UI.

HutGrip - Aims to enhance product feedback and automate manufacturing processes / facility management for small to medium-sized businesses.

Mira - A tool to revolutionize window shopping by creating an interactive panel that allows retailers to dynamically modify product displays in real time.

Sisasa - A mobile application to help young adults reach their savings and financial goals. - A mobile education tool that makes it easy for anyone within an organization to publish training content for employees, customers, and partners.

WeCounsel - A HIPAA compliant, cloud based platform that connects mental health professionals to their clients and colleagues online.

You can come see GIGTANK businesses on full display during demo day on August 6th, 2013.  Request your invite here

Irony, Man.

Source: By now, you’ve heard about the ‘controversy’ surrounding Iron Man 3’s dubious depiction of Chattanooga, TN as a backwoods hick town with internet so deplorable the world might end.  For any of you actually living in Chattanooga, this is comical (Iron Man is a comic book, afterall), as ‘The Gig City’ is a beautiful, populous town, with a cutting edge broadband infrastructure rivaled by few in the world.   

The chuckles might nervously trail when one considers that that Verizon FiOS, boasting "Internet speeds that will rock the competition", is one of the main promotional sponsors of Iron Man 3.

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Surely it's a coincidence that all the other small towns in Iron Man 3 are fictional except Chattanooga, whose sole plot line contribution is 'slow internet', right?

Surely there isn't some Verizon guy in a suit who thought it would be clever to rip Chattanooga for slow internet, just because he can, right?

If so.... not sure he thought it through, as the publicity has been priceless, and the content flowing fast -- roughly a gig a second.

We love irony, man!

Spotlight: Variable Technologies

Here at Delegator, we’re slightly obsessed with the latest and greatest in geek technology.  Whether its our resident neck-beard painstakingly showing us every single android feature that is better than its iOS counterpart, or our yuppiest of project managers downloading the latest social aggregator on his iPad mini, we pretty much have an epic collection of techy toys. That’s why we are extremely excited about a local tech company that we’re working with: Variable Technologies.

These guys are the real deal.  Led by George Yu, a PhD engineering wiz out of Georgia Tech, Variable Technologies produces a modular sensory device called NODE.

NODE is a sleek and powerful bluetooth device that sends a wide array of data sets to your smartphone.

As illustrated, NODE is comprised of a core unit aptly named Kore, and has 2 open slots at either end which can be configured with any two modules.  Even without two modules attached, Kore is loaded, boasting a motion engine, a gyroscope, accelerometer, and magnetometer.  Combine this with all the module offerings, and you’ve got yourself a powerhouse.

A sampling of the sensory options you have with NODE:

NODE features some differentiators that we think could be game changing:

1. It’s modular

Variable Tech produces a wide variety of sensors, with a ton still in R&D.  All of the module sensors are compatible with the central unit - Kore.  Simply screw on whichever sensor you are interested in using, and you can immediately start collecting data.

2. It’s smartphone based

These days, everyone has a smartphone; especially professionals.  Choosing a widely owned and popular platform lowers barriers to market adoption.  Whether it's for small, niche companies, or massive corporate quality control, it doesn’t take much to equip your team with this device and begin collecting valuable data.

3. It’s cheap

In the realm of handheld sensors, NODE costs a fraction of what other, enterprise level sensory devices cost, and it collects a comparable caliber of data.

Variable Technologies is on a hot streak right now - wrapping up second of two very successful Kickstarters.  They have been all over tech blogs (TechCrunch, Gizmag, and many more), and have recently interviewed with Forbes, Wired, and Popular Mechanics.

Based on current web trends and the rising obsession with mobile, it's hard to imagine that Variable Tech's NODE won't soon be changing the way businesses standardize their field data collection.  Heck, maybe we'll even see NODE on Mary Meeker's 2013 trends summary!

We hope you’ll be as excited to watch these guys evolve as we are!


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Twitter - @VariableTech

Facebook - NODE


Chattanooga, TN - Tech Transformation

The last couple of years have been very kind to our city.  Not too far in the past, we were a broken city that was on the brink of collapse.  Extremely polluted, dangerous, and losing population at a rapid rate, Chattanooga was in need of a makeover.  Little did we know that a makeover would be a huge understatement of improvements to come. Fast forward 35 years, and Chattanooga has undergone a massive transformation to become one of the most cutting edge and beautiful cities in the United States.

One part of the amazing transformation has been Chattanooga’s deployment of a 600 square mile fiber optic grid. This grid provides every Chattanoogan with access to blazing fast 1000Mbps fiberoptic bandwidth, and 40,000 people are taking advantage of the service at various levels (EPB offers 30, 50, 100, and 1000mpbs).  The timeline below shows the years of hard work that made this smart grid possible.

After years of hard work, Chattanooga had a special moment.  A moment that seemed to be a milestone of entrepreneurially epic proportions.

Thursday, August 9th, was a big day for Chattanooga, TN.

The Gig Tank

On August 9th, Chattanooga was on display in front of the world for the first Gig Tank Demo Day.

The Gig Tank was a bold project put together in typical Chattanooga fashion; that is private sector, government, education, non-profit, and other civic sectors working together to collectively do something big.  Part startup accelerator, part think tank, part contest, the Gig Tank brought students and entrepreneurs from around the world to Chattanooga to spend a summer working on next generation gigabit applications.

After a year’s worth of planning and nail biting, the Demo Day culmination of the Gig Tank came together beautifully. In front of a packed house of 470 attendees, a variety of crazy-awesome ideas were pitched in front of venture capitalists, serial entrepreneurs, media, and multi-national companies.  One look at the sponsors and list of judges made one feel that this was NOT the typical Chattanooga event. Likewise, one look at the last year's worth of momentum makes one feel that this will become typical Chattanooga activity.

The top prize went to team Banyan - a cloud based version control system for collaborative research. Think Github, but for researchers.  They scored $100,000 to put towards their business.

Two other prizes were awarded - the $50,000 student prize to Babel Sushi, a real-time translation application, and the $10,000 Warner Brothers Digital Media prize to Iron Gamer, a new social gaming company.

As put by Demo Day judge Glenn Ricart, everyone was a winner at this event.  The teams received mentorship from top southeastern entrepreneurs, and investment.  The audience, made up largely of VC’s from around the country, saw cutting edge ideas and technologies put on full display.  Chattanooga might be the biggest winner of all, as nearly everyone based here has a genuine feeling of, “We will be the next Silicon Valley”.

That sentiment was proliferated around the country in a big way.


Press coverage about the event and Chattanooga’s Gig network can be found here.

Photos of the event can be found here.

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