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):

Paul Tudor Jones on 60 Minutes

In late 2011, the hosts of CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” discussed a story I had written the previous day about Memphis native Paul Tudor Jones, who today is a prominent hedge fund manager, because of some of his assessments about the economy Jones had given me.

Melissa Lee, one of the three hosts, wondered on air “Why is he talking to the local paper?” Her co-host Carl Quintanilla chimed in, “I think it’s a local-boy-done-good-story.” And finally, Jim “Mad Money” Cramer, piped up – “Yeah, REAL good!”

And it’s true, Jones – the brother of Peter Schutt, president and CEO of The Daily News Publishing Co. Inc. – has “done good.” He’s one of the richest men in America. He’s renowned for reasons that include his correctly predicting the stock market convulsion of 1987.

Jones was on CBS’ “60 Minutes” in recent days to talk about his work with the Robin Hood Foundation, the group he founded that fights poverty in New York City. Twenty-five years after its founding, the organization has given away more than $1.25 billion.

“You cannot have significance in this life if it’s all about you,” Jones told CBS’ Scott Pelley. “The only way to break the cycle of poverty is higher levels of education attract higher levels of income.”

 

Memphis Hop bus service launches

The Memphis Hop bus service, operated by Blues City Tours, provides Memphians and tourists with transportation to a variety of cultural transactions.

Sponsored by ArtsMemphis and Blues City Tours, the service launched this week at the Memphis Hop bus stop on Beale Street. Memphis Hop operates Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., with hourly stops at Graceland, the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, The Children’s Museum of Memphis, Memphis Pink Palace Museum, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis Zoo, Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, Beale Street, AutoZone Park, The Peabody, National Civil Rights Museum, Blues Hall of Fame and the Metal Museum.

One-day tickets to ride cost $20 for adults and $15 for children ages 12-17. The service is free for children under age 12. Tickets can be purchased on the bus, at the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, at the AutoZone Park box office, at Graceland, or at MemphisHop.com.

Sid Selvidge

 

The word came Thursday afternoon that Sid Selvidge has died.

Summing up what he meant to Memphis music is very difficult because his contribution covers so much ground as musician, as an influence, as a counselor on the intersection of music and the lifestyle of making music. And then there was the example of continuing to pursue with dignity and determination something that all too many people believe is neither art nor a pursuit for anyone but the young on their way to some other goal.

Realizing the limitations of trying to encompass all that Selvidge meant to a city with an abundant and ongoing musical firmament, I’ll go for this:

He was an artist with his music in the manner and determination of a painter or a sculptor. And that will be his enduring impact – a body of work that even now is being evaluated and posted on Facebook and YouTube.

Some of the bravest people I know are musicians who take their songs, their voices and perhaps a guitar or a piano onto stages, big and small, temporary and permanent, and connect with audiences night after night.

That is what Sid Selvidge did for a long time in our city and continued doing almost up to his death. He was our troubadour and our portal to the essence of a music that met official resistance and world-wide acceptance and questioned whether either was the point.

Some of us watched much of the journey from the pre-Beatles coffee house days of folk music at places like the Bitter Lemon on Poplar Avenue to the Beale Street Caravan-Levitt Shell residencies.

Others came across him intermittently over the years, a reference point in a city that to those of us who live here doesn’t seem to change fast enough but which has changed tremendously to those who no longer live here.

Still more encountered the old records turned CDs turned digital files in which his voice and his art at first surpassed the technology and then the technology managed to begin to capture what those who saw him live encountered.

The encounter will continue although the body of work is now complete.

 

 

Dansette

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