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ICYMI: Net Neutrality + #MSTech

Christopher Lomax

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Mantle. Founder Pens Op-Ed on Mississippi Startups

This op-ed was featured by The Clarion Ledger and USA Today:

When I set off to start a tech company in Mississippi, I was told that I would have to leave Mississippi in order to pursue such a project. Being hard-headed, that option didn’t feel quite right. I knew Mississippi possessed more creative spirit than any other place in the country—all we have to do is look to Eudora Welty, Richard Wright, William Faulkner, Morgan Freeman, or Peavey Electronics to see the evidence.

I felt that if I left Mississippi behind, I would be continuing the trend of folks leaving Mississippi to make their industry elsewhere.

So I stuck around.

Since, we have gone on to start Mantle., one of the state’s first coworking spaces and the only privately held technology incubator. My company Pearlbend Ventures is starting to explore more routes into investing in seed stage tech companies through more than space and intellectual property as we have seen great enthusiasm and desire in entrepreneurs to build the next big thing right here in Mississippi through events like Sandbox Live in Jackson and CTX in Oxford.

Come to Mantle in Fondren any day of the week and you will see bustling activity among new technology startups like Marketect and Padrick, or Finaius, a Financial Technology Artificial Intelligence company that just held its Beta Launch Party there. You can meet up with groups like Jackson Area Web Developers or JxnTech Entrepreneurs during after hours meetups and get ideas and know-how on how you can start the next big thing.

The future of Mississippi’s tech economy is indeed growing.

We were able to help build this startup community not only because of great local groups and individual entrepreneurs, but most importantly because of the internet. The scale of the internet allows for any coffee shop (or coworking) squatter to be the next Mark Zuckerberg—only a blank screen and the right lines of code standing in their way. When the next “Zuckerberg” in Mississippi launches their product on the internet playing by the same rules of the internet as Facebook, it’s then the consumers who choose who wins or loses.

That’s why I’m concerned and disappointed with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai’s recent proposal to undermine the free and open Internet. The Chairman just announced his plans to eliminate rules protecting ‘net neutrality,’ the FCC’s existing framework for protecting consumer choice and open markets online. This approach is unwise and could decimate our very young, emerging, and vibrant startup and small business-driven community at a time when we can least afford more obstacles.

For example, without basic rules to protect consumers and entrepreneurs, the big Internet access providers are free to make good on their plans to implement pay-to-play fast lanes, meaning that companies who can pay the toll for the fast line get on, and those who can’t are out of luck. So much for Mississippi startups gaining any traction.

So much for David taking on Goliath.

To drive more growth in Mississippi’s economy, the federal government shouldn’t be focused on massive giveaways to the already giant providers. Instead, we ought to be focusing on ways to encourage more startups and small businesses. We need to encourage more entrepreneurship and innovation here in Mississippi, not stand in its way.

The existing legal framework for the internet is working. To quote my dad, “Don’t fix what isn’t broken.”

I encourage everyone who believes in small businesses, entrepreneurs, and building a better Mississippi economy to contact their congressmen and senators to let them know that the existing strong net neutrality rules should stay.

Christopher Lomax is the founder of Pearlbend Ventures and Mantle.

Beta First Thursday

Christopher Lomax

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Beta Launches and Politics... kinda.

Mantle. is more than a great place to work. It's a great place to grow too. Mantle. Inc.ubator is a place where idea-stage app and software businesses can take their idea to reality using Mantle. office space and resources in exchange for equity in the resulting company. Mantle.'s first incubating company was and is a fin-tech artificial intelligence company named Finaius, www.finaius.com.

Mantle. is so very excited to host the Beta launch party for Finaius this Thursday, May 4th. The company is providing beer and apps to its guests and those guests will be the first to see their product go live! The beta party is from 6pm to 8pm during First Thursday with the "launch" at 7pm.

What's more is you may have recently read about Finaius in the news. The incubating team from Millsaps College has been doing more than just building "Siri for Financial Questions". They have also been putting their skills to work to apply software to the race for mayor and to benefit the people of the City of Jackson all at the same time.

Here is what co-founder Veer Singh said about their latest foray in city politics:

My team and I were contacted by mayoral candidate John Horhn’s campaign team to create a search engine for lost money. Senator Horne had learned about our team through our business professor at Millsaps, Dr. Bill Brister.

On our first meeting, the senator informed us that there is currently somewhere in the ballpark of $7 million worth of unclaimed property sitting at the State Treasury Department which was very time consuming and confusing to uncover. Specifically, there were two issues that were present for normal Jackson citizens:

1) Most Jacksonians have no idea about this matter or the procedure in which to recover it, and;

2) There is no easy tool for people to see the exact amount that was owed to them. 

For his campaign, Senator Horne wanted our team to create a search engine that would allow Jackson citizens to find the exact amount of money owed each citizen in a very simple manner. His team challenged us to do deliver for our city. Our team was able to produce a prototype in 10 days that was able to extract the exact amount owed a Jacksonian from the State Treasury database. 

Senator Horhn’s team then challenged us to make it better. They said that the days of Jackson getting a second-class solution a first class problem were over. So we dug in and we think we delivered.

"Get Your Cash Back Jackson" is a database program, which presents public information through an easy to use interface. The user simply inputs their email, name, and zip code and the system presents all instances of their name. If a match is found the user simply clicks the "GET YOUR MONEY NOW" link and the proper form is presented along with easy-to-follow instructions.

Once we finished the www.getyourmoneybackjackson.com website, we were honored to stand beside Senator Horhn at a press conference and a radio interview talking about this fun side project and our main passion, Finaius. Senator Horhn told me that he believes that Jackson needs to know that technology companies, like ours, can make a huge impact to the city of Jackson. I sincerely hope that we can show them that. And, maybe, save get them some of their money back!

I believe that this project will do just that and is the beginning of what Jackson has to offer!

Shine on, Jackson.

Sandbox ReLive

Christopher Lomax

A Mississippi Tech Retro- + Propective

“It’s the People”. 

That was the tag line for the first Sandbox Live, our attempt to seed a South by Southwest type technology, music, and film conference in Fondren. Now after the curtain has fallen, we can say with gusto that it was indeed the people!

Read the full post on Medium.

For us at Mantle., it is always the people. The people are the ones that come to work everyday in our coworking spaces. The people are the ones that are spinning ideas into businesses in Mantle.’s incubator. The people make us tick.

The biggest take away from the first Sandbox Live is this: Mississippi has the people

We are encouraged by the conversations we had in the hours and days following Sandbox Live from people like Eric who helped produced Sandbox Live. Eric thought that it was so cool what all of our startup showcase companies were doing. He simply didn’t know that things like that were happening in Mississippi. He was not the only one.

We are stoked. We hope y’all are stoked! But, we have to keep up the momentum. The gospel is not spread though just one revival weekend. 

So, here are some more things that you can get into if you were inspired by Sandbox Live:


CTX — Oxford + Ole Miss — April 27

If you liked Sandbox Live, you will not want to miss CTX in Oxford on April 27th! CTX is another tech and music focused event driven by the folks at CSpire that will showcase the cool, building tech wave that is swelling in Mississippi.

CTX’s technology focus will help kick-off the 22nd annual Double Decker Festival, set for April 28–29. The two-day Double Decker attracts thousands of visitors and features nearly 200 arts, crafts and food vendors, along with live music and other entertainment. CTX will lead off the weekend on Thursday featuring three nationally renowned speakers: Brian Uzzi, a Northwestern University professor and artificial intelligence expert; Michelle McKenna-Doyle, chief information officer for the National Football League; and Randi Zuckerberg, founder of Zuckerberg Media and former chief marketing officer of Facebook.

There will also be demonstrations for some of the leading technology innovations in the U.S., including virtual reality and artificial intelligence, and a “sneak peek” of C Spire’s forthcoming streaming digital television product are also planned. The VR demonstrations will feature advanced work by faculty and students in the UM School of Engineering and the Haley Barbour Center for Manufacturing Excellence. Entrepreneurial partners for the event include the UM schools of Business Administrationand Engineering, Associated Student Body, the CME and the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

In addition, CTX 2017 includes a music concert that evening at The Lyric Oxford, near the Square. Featured performers include Passion Pit, an alternative indietronic band from Cambridge, Massachusetts; the Weeks and the Lonely Biscuits, both from Nashville, Tennessee.

We will be there and will fill you in on how you can connect with us soon. We hope to see y’all there!

Learn More and get tickets: www.cspire.com/ctx

JAWAD — Jackson — Monthly

The Jackson Area Web and App Developers meetup is for professional web designers and developers looking to network with others in the industry, learn about new or emerging technologies, and for anyone looking to learn web development (beginner to advanced). Meetup discussions center around design for the web, shared experiences with use of different tools & languages, web sites critiques and industry talk, as well as business and employment news, and motivations and inspirations. This group is intended to become a hub for all today’s technologies that make up the Internet.

JAWAD meets monthly in informal settings (usually over coffee, drink and food) to network and socialize with other fellow web development professionals and enthusiasts.

Join the meetup: https://www.meetup.com/Jackson-Area-Web-And-App-Developers/

JXNtech — Jackson — Monthly

The Jackson Tech Entrepreneurs is a monthly Meetup group made up of nearly 500 local entrepreneurs, creatives, and other professionals involved in the tech industry. The purpose of the group is to foster a more tech-driven and creative community in central Mississippi. After a several year hiatus, the group is back meeting monthly featuring companies and speakers as well as beer and food.

Join the meetup: https://www.meetup.com/jxntech/

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