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Some random Robert Pera-related news

Here are a few recent tidbits related to Grizz Nation’s favorite Photoshopper-in-chief:

Robert Pera’s company, Ubiquiti Networks Inc., is still moving forward with installing some of its wireless Internet products at FedExForum. In response to a tweet last week asking whether that’s still happening, Pera tweeted in response: “Yes! Installations and testing going on as we speak. SSID [blog note – the public name of a WiFi network] should be “FedExForum WiFi Test.” It will be perfect before next season.”

Meanwhile, CNBC’s Jim “Mad Money” Cramer gave a shout out to Pera’s company on a recent episode of his TV show. Cramer, during one of his recent “Lightning Round” segments on the show, said of Ubiquiti – “I happen to like this kind of company.”

Ubiquiti’s stock has been on an upward trajectory over the past couple of months, climbing from $13.88 a share March 1 to $15.06 May 1. It stood at $19.75 at the end of the day on May 20.

Pera also recently rejoined the list of U.S. billionaires, according to Forbes.

Amro honors music educators

Amro Music is filling out the walkway to its Poplar Avenue store with a permanent “Walk of Fame” honoring music educators.

Nominations will be made by the public and chosen each year by a committee based on the educator’s impact, years of service and other contributions. For the tribute, a large granite centerpiece will be surrounded by bricks engraved with the names of each inductee.

No more than 10 candidates will be chosen each year. Click the photo below to make a nomination.

Haslam Vetoes Ag-Gag

 

Just tweeted this a few minutes ago. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has issued his first veto and it is of the bill nicknamed the “ag-gag” law, which made it a crime to record alleged animal abuse of livestock and conditions that violate animal abuse laws and not turn it over to law enforcement within 48 hours.

Here is Haslam’s veto message in its entirety.

“Agriculture is the No. 1 industry in Tennessee.  Farmers play a vital role in our state’s economy, heritage and history.  I understand their concerns about large scale attacks on their livelihoods.  I also appreciate that the types of recordings this bill targets may be obtained at times under false pretenses, which I think is wrong.

Our office has spent a great deal of time considering this legislation.  We’ve had a lot of input from people on all sides of the issue.  After careful consideration, I am going to veto the legislation.  Some vetoes are made solely on policy grounds.  Other vetoes may be the result of wanting the General Assembly to reconsider the legislation for a number of reasons.  My veto here is more along the lines of the latter.  I have a number of concerns.

First, the Attorney General says the law is constitutionally suspect.  Second, it appears to repeal parts of Tennessee’s Shield Law without saying so.  If that is the case, it should say so.  Third, there are concerns from some district attorneys that the act actually makes it more difficult to prosecute animal cruelty cases, which would be an unintended consequence.

For these reasons, I am vetoing HB1191/SB1248, and I respectfully encourage the General Assembly to reconsider this issue.”

 

 

ZeroTo510 program chooses six new teams

The ZeroTo510 medical device accelerator program has chosen the six new teams that will participate in the program’s 2013 cohort.

They are AIS Inc., a local team led by a biomedical engineer student from the University of Memphis. It’s building a leadless, single surgery GPS- and Bluetooth-enabled hybrid cardioverter defibrillator. Better Walk is led by a team of biomedical engineering students from Georgia Tech that’s making a redesigned crutch that eliminates a common crutch complaint – the discomfort in the underarm due to axillary nerve damage.

Cuff-Gard is led by a nurse from West Memphis and has designed a disposable skin barrier to protect and extend the life of blood pressure machine cuffs. Health and Bliss is led by a team from Baltimore and is attempting to revolutionize the way people detect strep throat by introducing a patented self-contained screening test. Mobilizer has a device that’s modeled after a wheeled walker but includes shelves and attachments that help carry around other things like IV drips and oxygen tanks, and SurgiLight is led by a team that’s designed an LED light for use in surgeries.

Starting today, the companies will go through a mentorship-driven, 12-week program of instruction and hands-on activities. Each company will get $50,000 in initial seed capital from co-investors Innova and MB Venture Partners.

The 12-week program will culminate in Demo Day on Aug. 8, when the participants will pitch to a group of investors. Finalists could receive as much as $100,000 in additional capital and the opportunity to further develop their businesses in Phase II of the program. And, there’s the potential for additional funding from investors.

The most interesting basketball player in the world

Memphis Grizzlies owner Robert Pera has been having fun with Photoshop. Here’s an example from among several he tweeted out this weekend (check his Twitter account @robertpera for more):

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