Taylor Berger is about to start holding office hours.
The restaurateur – who recently launched a group called Make Memphis as a kind of city improvement launchpad – has decided to start something he’s calling the Buena Vista Business Club.
What is it? I asked him.
“Basically an excuse for me to go to a couple places once a week and see if anybody shows up and wants to talk about stuff.”
Those places would be Republic Coffee on Friday mornings and The Four Way for lunch on Tuesdays.
The purpose? Berger says people frequently want to bend his ear about various business and civic ideas.
“I just figured it would be nice to show up and be available for anybody.”
Got to hand it to a guy who wants to make Memphis better and who’s willing to show up.
The Memphis Talent Dividend and Graduate Memphis have a new director.
She’s Bernice Butler, who’s joined Leadership Memphis as director of those two efforts following nearly two years as a Fellow with the city of Memphis’ Strong Cities, Strong Communities program.
Those efforts are working to increase college attendance among the city’s high school graduates. Graduate Memphis ,funded by a grant from The Plough Foundation, is focused on increasing the rate of return to college by local adults who started college but never finished.
Kroger has bought a leading Silicon Valley-based digital coupon and promotions company.
The grocery chain has purchased the assets of YOU Technology Brand Services Inc., the network of which already includes Kroger’s digital coupon platform. YOU Technology, based in San Francisco, will remain an independent company within Kroger.
As context for the deal, Kroger started offering digital coupons in late 2009 and reached 500 million digital coupon downloads about 3 years later.
The Eyewear Gallery in Memphis has been chosen as one of 1,400 sites worldwide allowed to test Google Glass, the wearable computing device from Google expected to see a launch this year to the general public.
Dr. Warren Johnson of The Eyewear Gallery, which is at 428 Perkins Ext., will be specifically exploring things like ways to pair Glass to designer frames and sunglasses as well as looking at the possibilities of pairing glass with high definition custom prescription lenses and using glass in the exam room for helping with diagnosis and taking and sending images to patients and other doctors.
The version of Glass he’s using features a 640 x 360 heads-up prism display that Google claims is “the equivalent of a 25-inch high definition screen from eight feet away.” Glass is also equipped with a 5 megapixel camera that is capable of capturing high definition video at 720p resolution.
The Eyewear Gallery version of Glass also is equipped with custom ear buds and a sun shield.
The Blackstone Charitable Foundation has awarded a $100,000 grant to Launch Tennessee.
The money will support the creation of the Launch Tennessee Specialist Program, which will try to bring talent from across the country to Tennessee’s network of nine regional startup accelerators.
The program will recruit university students studying things like technology and management to be in-house subject matter experts at the state’s regional accelerators.