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Mod I Lunches, 2014

Tuesday, August 26, 1:00 to 2:00, Dean’s Conference Room

Yiaweh Yeh , Co-Chief Innovation Officer at Metro Government of Nashville and Davidson County.  Yiaweh has an interesting background:  Before coming to Nashville he served as Mayor of Palo Alto in California.  He was the second youngest mayor in Palo Alto history and the first Chinese American to hold the office.  He was appointed to the Office of Innovation in Nashville in 2013 and has created a variety of projects to make the city work better.

For example, he has worked jointly with the Nashville Entrepreneurship Center to build programs that take selected City departments through an intensive weeklong program to generate new ways of providing services to the citizens of Nashville.  He held a hackathon to create aps for smart phones that city employees and citizens can use to provide and access city services.  He is a very creative thinker who has already had an impact on Nashville in the short time he has been here

Some stories about Yiaweh:


Tuesday, September 2, 1:00 to 2:00, Dean’s Conference Room

Chris Redhage  Chris is a serial entrepreneur who has started three companies in his career.  His first company (The Semeion Group) focused on the health care where he developed innovative solutions for problems in the technology and healthcare industries.  Next he founded Bluesky Medical Staffing Software, an SaaS application for the healthcare staffing industry to streamline recruitment, accelerate nurse placement, reduce overhead, and maximize efficiency and profitability.  Finally, in 2010, he founded Provider Trust, a company that uses innovative technology to revolutionize professional credentialing through the simplification and management of relevant information.

Web site:

P.S. Chris is also a pretty good soccer player.


Wednesday, September 8, 1:00 to 2:00, Dean’s Conference Room

Nick Yaeger  Nick is the CEO of, a company that brings data monetization products to revolutionize the entertainment and media industries.   Customers include companies like Viacom, Sony Music, epic, and Universal Music plus many others.  The company plans to apply its technology and systems to markets outside the music and entertainment markets.  Outside of music and entertainment, the company plans to work with markets that attract “very passionate” consumers like faith-based groups, nonprofits, and similar groups of customers.


On one of his trips through Nashville, Steve Case, founder of AOL, invested $100K in the company, and Solidus, a local VC firm, is also an investor in the company.  Checkd-in currently has ten employees.



Additional information on the company and Nick:


Wednesday, September 17, 1:00 to 2:00, Dean’s Conference Room

Debbie Gordon  Debbie Gordon received her undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University.  She founded Snappy Auctions in 2003.  This company handles the process of selling items for retail customers on eBay.  After building this into a successful nationwide franchise business (and she has franchisees in Japan), she started Snappy Sales Service.  This company handles the sale of surplus assets for businesses by making them available for sale with eBay and other online auctions.  When Vanderbilt upgrades computers, Snappy Sales Service handles the disposal of the computers for Vanderbilt.  She now has three employees working full time on the Vanderbilt account.  She has a network of people throughout the country  who identify assets that can be sold through her system. 

A very impressive lady who has made a mark in the entrepreneur world.

Web site:

Story about Debbie in Nashville Business Journal:


Thursday, September 25, 1:00 to 2:00, Dean’s Conference Room

Rick Apple (Owen 2012)  Rick received his MBA and his Law degree from Vanderbilt in 2012 and he immediately began working at Council Capital, a Nashville based private equity firm.  It is very unusual for a student to graduate from an MBA program and go straight into a private equity position.  So if you are interested in private equity, be sure to attend this lunch to hear how you can enter this industry straight out of an MBA program. 

This article tells about the legal training Rick received at Vanderbilt.