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Innovation Blind Spot: Why We Back the Wrong Ideas & What to Do About It

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Nashville Entrepreneur Center

41 Peabody Street

Nashville, TN 37210

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Join us on November 28 from 5:30-7:00. Ross Baird will share briefly and then moderate a panel of Nashville leaders.

Panelists Include:
Hannah Pechan, Director at Social Enterprise Alliance-Nashville
Turner Nash, Senior Vice President at Global Tel*Link
Eller Mallchock, Platform Director, Jumpstart Foundry


While big companies in the American economy have never been more successful, entrepreneurial activity is near a 30-year low. More businesses are dying than starting every day. Investors continue to dump billions of dollars into photo-sharing apps and food-delivery services, solving problems for only a wealthy sliver of the world’s population, while challenges in health, food security, and education grow more serious. In “The Innovation Blind Spot”, Mr. Baird argues that the innovations that truly matter don’t see the light of day—for reasons entirely of our own making. A handful of people in a handful of cities are deciding, behind closed doors, which entrepreneurs get a shot to succeed. And most investors are what Baird calls “two-pocket thinkers”—artificially separating their charitable work from their day job of making a profit.

Ross Baird is the founder and CEO of Village Capital, a unique investment firm that finds, supports, and invests in entrepreneurs solving real-world problems globally. Since 2009, Village Capital has supported over 600 ventures worldwide through its peer review model. To date, Village Capital entrepreneurs have created over 11,000 jobs and served over 5 million customers.

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