Probably the most powerful part of being involved with the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center's MediaWorks program this summer was the unrestricted access it gave us to some of the most brilliant and influential minds in digital media today. Really, they are the heroes of digital media--right here in Knoxville, Tennessee.
It's a little known fact that Knoxville is an unassuming giant in the digital media industry of the United States. For example, did you know that Scripps Networks Interactive--the company behind HGTV, the Travel Channel, DIY, and Food Network--is located right here in our own backyard? For REAL! I mean, they're right down the street, broadcasting some of the most well-known lifestyle content in the WORLD.
One of the things that made MediaWorks so amazing is that we were given one-on-one contact with some of the guys who played a tremendous part in putting Knoxville on the map in the digital media world. And each of these guys, though they have risen to the very top of their fields, felt compelled to give back to the community of Knoxville by volunteering as a mentor for MediaWorks.
Thus, the heroes of digital media.
It really was an incredible honor to spend some time with each of these geniuses, and to share their vision for the future of Knoxville and digital media.
Let me know what you think!