Two hours between Nashville and Atlanta is a surprising — but not that surprising — hub for entrepreneurship. Chattanooga may not have a signature yet like Austin or Columbus but that also may be its greatest strength.
I met an unbelievable hot sauce maker Hoff Sauce, an outdoor tent and apparel company that won Shark Tank investment from Richard Branson called Sierra Madre, and an analytics company FreightWaves that uses trucking data to inform Wall Street and large businesses on how to make decisions. They also won investment from Rise of the Rest, Steve Case's national spotlight on startup cities.
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