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SOUTH POD Returns with Amazon, Vivo Connects Seniors, Gates Foundation Invests in RTP’s AgBiome

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South Pod Returns with Amazon Tech Leader

Mark your calendars for next Thursday, Jan. 28 at 8PM on the DIG SOUTH Facebook page as we resume SOUTH POD featuring Amazon Director Brice Brewer. Brewer leads Amazon Nashville as one of the company’s Directors within Worldwide Operations Technology.

An experienced leader with more than 20 years of proven success leading engineering, technology and big data initiatives, Brewer counts an additional 7 years in the healthcare industry. 


  • Overall technology growth and impact in Nashville (Amazon and other companies)
  • Why Nashville is an attractive place to consider for your next move in the tech sector
  • Job opportunities with Amazon
  • Future trends in technology

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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – Next stage. Agtech startup AgBiome, who has already has raised $100 million from several high-profile investors such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has additional equity and a new chair. Read more.

DURHAM – Minimum impact.  Despite a year of upheaval triggered by a global pandemic and racial protests, the Durham-based startup and entrepreneurial hub American Underground raked in their largest fundraising year-end haul to date. Get the deets.

AUSTIN – New HQ. With a new $54 million capital investment in hand, Israeli tech startup Quali is now calling Austin its North American headquarters. Tech it out.

TAMPA – Successful funding. Red Rover, a startup with ties to PODS moving and storage giant, has raised $13.6 million for market expansion “with personnel (hires).” Learn more.

Connecting Seniors to Health with Vivo

With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing in 2021, health is still the top priority for people around the world; especially when it comes to the elderly. 

While most of the concern for senior citizens is placed on protecting their bodies from a virus that is potentially fatal, current efforts for social distancing and at-home quarantines neglect their needs for physical fitness and mobility. 

Fortunately, Eric Levitan, 49, founder and CEO of Vivo, an Atlanta-based online interactive strength program was able to develop a program for adults 55 and over, focusing on helping them to maintain their physical strength and overall functionality from the safety of their own homes.