Although geographically agnostic in our investment reach, our location affords us access to very interesting software and technology solutions often ignored by coastal venture firms. Nashville ranks 4th for start-up growth according to a recent report by the Kauffman Index. One-third of the U.S. population lives within 500 miles of our headquarters in Nashville, including the cities: Charlotte, Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Louisville, Columbus, Kansas City, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, St. Louis, and Memphis. These markets are traditionally underserved by Silicon Valley and Northeast venture capital.
As a result, we invest in bright entrepreneurial talent with compelling software and technology opportunities unavailable to our coastal counterparts. We are fortunate to support regional growth and development in the software and technology sectors while giving investors a pipeline and deal pricing advantage commensurate with the opportunity. Of course, for the right opportunity that otherwise meets our criteria, we will also work with coastal firms in their own backyards.
Below is a sample of our Scalable Technologies portfolio: