Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Attracting More VCs to Nashville

[Related Nov. 28 story here.] Noro-Moseley Partners' Atlanta-based Kathy Harris (at left) had a straightforward answer, when asked what it'd take for NMP or other VCs to set-up shop fulltime in Nashville. "Nothing breeds that sort of interest more than deals getting done," she said, particularly when those deals involve Nashville investors bringing-in VCs from elsewhere to participate in transactions. Harris commented during last week's Tennessee Innovation Conference, convened by Tennessee Technology Development Corporation (TTDC) at the Doubletree Hotel. As NMP's healthcare expert, Moseley is up here frequently, and has previously dealt with WebMD, Senior Whole Health and Valor Healthcare, among others. She has previously been a partner or other exec with Atlanta's Technology Ventures, an early-stage VC in software and e-commerce; as well as playing investment-banking roles with then-J.C. Bradford & Co., where she was involved in more than 100 IB transactions. No stranger to Nashville, she holds an MBA from Vanderbilt's Owen Graduate School of Management, as well as a bachelor's from nearby Murray State. Earlier today (Nov. 25), Harris endorsed InnoVenture Southeast 2009, coming up in South Carolina, next March.

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