Bill Hagerty, ex-commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, is rejoining the private equity firm he co-founded.

Hagerty is managing director of Hagerty Peterson & Company LLC, according to the firm’s website. The merchant bank and private equity firm focuses on the health care, information services, entertainment and media industries.

Hagerty announced in November he was stepping down as commissioner of the Tennessee Department Economic and Community Development, a position he filled for four years. His replacement, Randy Boyd, took over when Haslam was inaugurated for a second term on Jan. 17.

Source: Nashville Business Journal


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Israeli venture firm Aleph and Spark Capital has led a $2.5 million in seed funding round for Colu, an Israel-based startup aimed at digitizing the ownership of all your things through the blockchain — the public feed of Bitcoin.

Additional investors are BoxGroup and Bitcoin Opportunity Corp. Spark previously invested in eToro, a startup co-founded by David Ring, who is now co-founder of Colu.

Colu is building out software that it says would allow consumers to securely buy and store digital tokens, akin to and based on bitcoins, that could serve as tickets to events, or as digital keys unlocking online services or physical objects, such as hotel doors. The use of these tokens would be simpler than presenting a printout of an email to a ticketing agent or typing in various credentials to get access to a service, according to Colu.

The goal is to use the bitcoin open-ledger system, where every transaction is recorded and duplicates are difficult to create, in order to validate a variety of transactions.

Bitcoin is “the most secure database on the planet,” said Amos Meiri, co-founder and chief-executive of Colu.

Venture investors such as Fred Wilson, of Union Square Ventures, have talked up the potential of layering new applications on top of the bitcoin protocol or creating similarly distributed digital ledgers. Some have called these applications as Bitcoin 2.0. Union Square Ventures, for example, recently invested in a startup called OneName, that allows users to create a digital identity confirmed by a network.

Source: Wall Street Journal


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