15 Tech Companies In Nashville To Watch
While Nashville is primarily known for its music heritage, the city thatbirthed country music is also at the forefront of new trends not only inentertainment but in technology as well. A city full of pioneering creatives,Nashville has seen a huge bump in its technology talent pool as more and morecompanies decide to put down roots in the South. Neighborhoods like Wedgewood-Houston and Rolling Mill Hill are seeing an influx of enterprises looking tocapitalize on Nashville’s booming economy. Music City’s tech companies employa record-breaking 46,000 engineers, IT specialists, and others, with thisnumber growing every day. What makes Nashville a truly special place is itspeople, who hail from incredibly diverse backgrounds and disciplines. InNashville, country music stars perform a few doors down from local open micvenues, and budding startups team up with tech industry leaders to share newideas and projects. Take a dive into this list of 15 tech companies inNashville demonstrating why the city is a special place for tech.
Tech Companies In Nashville to Know
* Cloudvue * Asurion * Campaign Monitor * Sphere Payments * iostudio * Emma * JumpCrew * Syndigo * AptAmigoAptAmigoFounded: 2015Focus: AptAmigo, Inc. adds a personal touch to the apartment search process,helping renters feel right at home while searching for their next abode. Thecompany features technology that can tailor listings to a customer’spreferences, and a world-class team follows up by providing in-person orvirtual tours. With the combination of efficient technology and dedicatedservice, AptAmigo, Inc. will enhance the rental process for any apartmenthunter.Headquarters: 1033 Demonbreun St., Suite 300Cloudvue
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Largest Companies In Nashville 2021Nashville may still be filled with country music superfans and coffee-lovinghipsters, but that doesn’t mean its status as a tech capital is far out ofreach. In recent years, Nashville has become more than a music mecca. The cityhas been cultivating a large ecosystem of tech companies and startups,sparking transformation in areas including fintech, edtech and big data. Intruth, Nashville’s acquaintance with the tech space can be attributed to thecity’s standing as a bustling business center.For decades, Nashville has played an integral role in shaping the nation’shealthcare industry, making it an unsurprising hub for healthtech companies.In addition to healthcare, Nashville has also played host to major retailersand automotive companies, making the city a game changer when it comes toinnovation across a wide range of industries.We’ve rounded up 15 of the largest companies in Nashville to give you aglimpse of the city’s business potential.
The Largest Companies in Nashville You Should Know
1. Asurion – 11,600+ Employees 2. Nissan North America – 35,000+ Employees 3. Change Healthcare – 7,500+ Employees 4. Bridgestone Americas – 11,900+ Employees 5. Tractor Supply Company – 8,500+ Employees 6. Parallon – 6,700+ Employees 7. HCA Healthcare – 54,000+ Employees 8. Louisiana-Pacific – 1,200+ EmployeesAsurion
Founded: 1994Number of employees: 11,600+What they do: Asurion helps consumers protect their home technology. Thecompany’s phone insurance plans provide coverage for issues such as screenrepairs, same-day phone repairs, loss and theft protection, and next-day phonereplacement. Asurion’s uBreakiFix storefronts are located nationwide, allowingcustomers to receive help for things like software updates and battery issues.The company partners with various carriers and retailers including Verizon,Amazon and AT&T.Change Healthcare
Founded: 2005Number of employees: 7,500+What they do: Change Healthcare helps healthcare organizations improveoperational efficiency, optimize financial performance and enhance theconsumer experience. Their digital patient experience platform grantsproviders access to multi-channel patient communications and workflow support.On the other hand, the company’s claims and remittance management softwarehelps providers automate workflows, improve resource utilization, preventdenials and accelerate cash flow. Change Healthcare ultimately aims toaccelerate the transformation of the U.S. healthcare system.Nissan North America
Founded: 2011Number of employees: 6,700+What they do: Parallon provides operational services and revenue cyclesolutions to hospitals, physician practices and healthcare systems. Thecompany’s suite of solutions includes eligibility and advocacy, self-pay,third-party liability, physician billing and debt collections. Paralloncurrently serves more than 4,300 hospitals and physician practices nationwide.Bridgestone Americas
Founded: 1931Number of employees: 11,900+What they do: Bridgestone Americas develops, manufactures, and markets tiresand rubber technologies. The company offers a broad portfolio of productsincluding passenger and light truck tires, motorcycle tires, golf balls, clubsand aircraft and mining tires. In addition to its global headquarters inTokyo, Bridgestone boasts offices in various countries including Mexico andChile.LifePoint Health
Founded: 1999Number of employees: 3,000+What they do: Based in neighboring Brentwood, LifePoint Health is dedicated toproviding inpatient, outpatient and post-acute services close to home. Thecompany owns and operates community hospitals, regional health systems,physician practices, outpatient centers and post-acute facilities across 29states. LifePoint Health’s client base includes Havasu Regional MedicalCenter, Fauquier Health and Clark Regional Medical Center.More from Music City11 Nashville SEO Companies Helping Companies Rank HigherEnvision healthcare
Founded: 1977Number of employees: 2,500+What they do: Envision Healthcare is a clinician-led organization dedicated tooffering customized healthcare solutions. The organization provides a widerange of home health services including infusion therapy and hospice. EnvisionHealthcare also offers surgery center management services and serves more than260 surgery centers nationwide.Genesco
Founded: 1924Number of employees: 6,600+What they do: Genesco is a specialty retailer that operates a portfolio offootwear and accessory brands. The company’s brands include Johnston & Murphy,Journeys, Schuh, Little Burgundy and Dockers. With more than 1,475 retailstore locations, Genesco operates throughout North America, the United Kingdomand the Republic of Ireland.HCA Healthcare
Founded: 1968Number of employees: 54,000+What they do: HCA Healthcare national healthcare services provider driven bythe mission to “advance science, improve patient care and save lives.” Thecompany offers a wide range of technological applications such as a securemobile communication platform, data analytics software and an electronichealth record interface. Operating across 21 U.S. states and the UnitedKingdom, HCA Healthcare partners with hospitals, freestanding ERs, urgent carecenters and physician clinics.Louisiana-Pacific
Founded: 1973Number of employees: 1,200+What they do: Louisiana-Pacific manufactures high-performance buildingproducts. The company offers a wide range of solutions for single-familyhomes, multi-family buildings, light commercial buildings and outdoorstructures. Louisiana-Pacific’s products include exterior siding and trimsystems, engineered wood framing and structural panels. In addition to itsNashville headquarters, the company boasts offices in São Paulo, Brazil, andSantiago, Chile.Acadia Healthcare
Founded: 2005Number of employees: 1,900+What they do: Based in neighboring Franklin, Acadia Healthcare operatesbehavioral health facilities throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the UnitedKingdom. The organization oversees a wide range of psychiatric hospitals,specialty treatment facilities, residential treatment centers, outpatientclinics and therapeutic school-based programs. Acadia Healthcare currentlyoperates 582 facilities worldwide.Kirkland’s
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8 Thriving Tech Cities (That Aren’t San Francisco)Do you dream in code, speak in algorithms, and bask in data? Are you young,eager, and desperate to work in tech? You know San Francisco is Startup City,as well as home to giants like Google and Facebook. But you don’t want to livein a giant city, or pay super high rents, or move far away from your family.San Francisco gets all the tech love but plenty of other cities have thrivingtech communities and municipal infrastructures that supports entrepreneurs.These cities are stocked with startup tech companies and most have excellentuniversities in or around the city that will keep the young, tech culturealive for years to come.
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How Tech Companies Get Richer Than Ever – And Make Everyone Else StruggleSource: iStockOriginally published on Daily Dot and republished here with their permission.This year, the San Francisco Chronicle ran a disturbing article about the direconditions of bus drivers who shuttle tech workers to and from their expensiveapartments to their suburban offices.Many of those workers lack stable housing or even a place to live, whileothers sleep in their cars to avoid the city’s high rent prices.This is what it means to make ends meet while working for some of the richestcompanies in the world.Of course, anyone who has paid even the slightest bit of attention to theincreasing unaffordability in tech-driven towns like San Francisco and Seattleshould not be surprised.When cities no longer offer housing at a rate that people making under sixfigures can afford, people making under six figures either move to anothercity or end up homeless.Those are really the only options, and as I wrote in an op-ed for the DailyDot in July, relocating isn’t an option for far too many workers.VIDEOAnd in these cities, lawmakers are wringing their hands and passingresolutions.This week, the Seattle City Council began a long, slow fight against statelaws which prohibit any form of rent stabilization – as activists, advocates,and even developers gather around to try to come up with solutions to thiscrisis.But in every one of these meetings, someone is missing from the table: thecompanies who have created this climate of high rents, displacement, andgentrification.Where is Apple? Where is Amazon? Why are municipalities expected to solve thisproblem and not the companies who, by and large, have caused it?In Silicon Valley and Seattle and cities like them, it’s easy to point to themoment when rents began spiraling out of control. It was the moment thathighly paid employees of startups and tech giants began moving into town.The city’s spate “luxury” apartments were completely out of reach for averageworkers, while regular apartments started to become priced at luxury rates.The market rose to reflect not the median income of all workers, but rather,the median income for top earners.In Seattle, rents in some areas have gone up as much as 40% since Amazon firstbegan aggressively hiring employees from out of town. And in California, it’sthe same story. The San Jose Mercury News wrote this in July:> About 60% of Mountain View’s residents are renters, and Forest Glen is a> microcosm of the city, where hiring by Google and other tech companies is> ratcheting up competition for a severely limited inventory of rental units.> The result is that new two-bedroom luxury apartments can fetch between> $5,000 and $6,000 monthly, while comfortable but older two-bedroom units –> including the 1970s-era townhouses on Forest Glen and 14 more on nearby> Granada Drive – often cost $2,600-$2,900 and up.”The suburbs, too, are becoming out of reach for many workers.Even neighborhoods that were once the place for middle-class earners havebecome too expensive; Menlo Park, Mountain View, and Palo Alto have all seenrents that go up just as quickly as those in the cities that surround them.In the Pacific Northwest, the biggest rent increases (up to 12% in some areas)are happening in Woodinville and Bothell – traditionally family neighborhoodsfor blue-collar employees of Boeing.This means the issue is beginning to affect everyone within a 100-mile radiusof these tech companies – and a lot of the people who don’t benefit from theirpresence one bit are feeling it.Teachers, service workers, and even public servants are being priced out, andSilicon Valley, often indicated as the cause, has yet to step up and offer asolution. Apple recently announced a plan to expand shuttle transportation forits workers, theoretically creating more jobs. But without housing reform,this will only create more employees who can barely afford rent in the city.Instead of offering to help, tech companies seem to be actively working tostop others from fixing the problems they’ve created in the cities where theyland.Amazon has fought against the unionization of their lower-paid employees andcontractors, and most of the major companies (including Apple and Google) haveremained mum on issues like raising the minimum wage – even as service-oriented companies like Target, Wal-Mart, and Starbucks have stepped up to paytheir employees almost enough to live on.Companies like Apple and Google and Amazon create jobs, we’re told. They hiretalented, educated people at a breakneck pace, offering huge hiring bonuses(reportedly as high as $400,000 over two years) and assistance withrelocation.This is a good thing – but only if you’re one of those people.For the people in the regions where these highly-paid workers move, there islittle to celebrate. It means more restaurants you can work in, but can’tafford to patronize and more traffic as you try to get to your second or thirdjob.VIDEOThe high cost of housing doesn’t seem to be trickling down into more money forservices like education, either.The state of Washington, which has added tech jobs like crazy in the last fiveyears, is currently getting fined $100,000 per day because the state was foundto be criminally underfunding their public schools.It’s not as if they lack the resources to affect change. Apple called theirfourth quarter of 2014 “one for the record books,” posting $8.5 billion inprofits in just that one quarter. Google, meanwhile, saw an increase of almost20% in profits in 2014. Amazon, who has famously suffered to post actualprofits, did so for the first time this year.Tech companies do create jobs, and they do bolster the economies of the citieswhere they open their doors. But they also leave a tornado path of poverty anddisplacement in their wake.To say that they are not responsible – and to not hold them responsible – isthus unacceptable.The truth is that tech companies are taking care of their own (though eventhat is debatable), and no one else. This is not a rising tide that is raisingall boats; it’s a flood that is drowning everyone who was already living inthe flatlands.***To read more from Daily Dot, check out:Hanna Brooks Olsen is a writer, small human, and a millennial. Her interestsare politics, podcasts, Pac-12 football, feminism, and Oxford commas. She iscurious to a fault.