Nashville Tech Community is GrowingPosted by Gary Ashton: RE/MAX on Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010 at 4:44pm.
After 10 years in Florida, my main interests here in Nashville seem to revolve around music and real estate. I moved to Nashville to enhance my musical career and soon realized that this city was full of musicians who had a lot more talent than me and were still working for $20 plus tips on Broadway in the Honky Tonks. Luckily, some of my friends have gone on to bigger and better things in the musical world and play for names such as Carrie Underwood, Montgomery Gentry, and Sugarland. Hence my decision to get in to real estate...an area of life that has always interested me.
The real estate market has changed in terms of technology over the years since I became a licensed realtor in 2001. Fortunately for me, I have managed to combine my interests in technology and marketing and apply it to being able to promote myself and my real estate team. What most people are not aware of about Nashville is that not only is it Music City, but it is rapidly becoming Tech City and the interest from people living on the west coast is slowly but surely on the rise.
Scott McIntosh is an entrepreneur who is President of tech start-up, MusikPitch.com, which provides original music for businesses in the form of jingles and other forms of custom created music. McIntosh's latest venture is his new book "Google Juice," which discusses SEO in basic terms so the average person can help promote their website to the top of Google searches. I was invited to the Nashville Writers MeetUp Group recently to listen to his book presentation and as usual, he did an excellent job of explaining to the writers how they could promote themselves and their sites to help reach their potential markets. Here are some pictures from the event.
The location for the presentation was at CoLab in downtown Nashville, conveniently located across the street from the SunTrust building, home to the City Club, where I'm a member. CoLab provides a physical space and resources for the independently working person and entrepreneur who wants to take advantage of a co-working format. CoLab provides a co-working area, offices, and amenities that will hopefully lead to the cross-pollenation and integration of a diverse group of people.
After the presentation I got to chat and meet some members from the writer's audience. One woman promoted healthy vegan food for dogs on her site www.HappyBarker.com . She made me aware of the number of Farmers Markets in the Greater Nashville area and in particular, the one in East Nashville.
This also opened the door to another MeetUp group for developers and entrepenurs at a great little coffee shop called Ugly Mugs. Brian Daley is a well known developer who recently moved back to Nashville from working in New York on high-powered campaigns for companies like Best Buy and Miss Universe. Brooks Bayne was another guest at today's meeting who is originally from Nashville and has spent most of the last 12 years becoming very successful with a number of tech companies, one of which was bought by Amazon!
The end result of this interaction between the tech and business communities will hopefully raise the awareness of Nashville as a viable center for tech developments with a tech community that is here and wants to stay. I'm hopeful this will create lucrative opportunities and attract people to this great city, resulting in a demand for housing and hopefully help add to the growth of the real estate market here in Nashville.
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