Former CNET Guru and I.T Entrepreneur Gives Advice In Chattanooga

Reported by: James Mahon
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Updated: 6/28/2013 7:31 pm
CHATTANOOGA, TN, (WDEF)- The speed of Chattanooga's internet is not only bringing new creative minds to the Scenic city, it's bringing old ones back.

Mike Tatum, Former VP at CNET,"I was at my mom's house and was having to download a big file and all of a sudden it just goes zoooooom"

Hixson native Mike Tatum says his hometown has a major role to play in American I.T.

"You will see more companies come out of here, more companies put people and resources here, I think we will continue to grow and I continue to wear that as a badge, a supporter, a participant"

J.Ed Marston of Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce says Tatum's rise and return to the Tennessee Valley is a pattern that others will follow.

"A technology hub, as a place where entrepreneurial activities are going on, and as a consequence many people are coming back, investors are looking at our companies"

One TN Computer Science grad said he chose to avoid California or New York as Chattanooga offered the same career opportunities, closer to home.

Bentley Cook, Sewannee Native and Mobile App Specialist,"People from around the world and especially in US and Tech want to come having these staples that come here do such great things, really draws talent and gifted individuals back to Chattanooga"

Tatum left the Tennessee Valley in the mid 90's, he has a simple message for aspiring I.T and Business minded Chattanoogans.

"The key word in Start-up is Start"

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