Nashville entrepreneur Marcus Whitney knows what opportunity looks like. He has helped build several successful tech companies — including Emma and Moontoast — and now he invests in other people’s startups. He talked to reporter Emily Siner during WPLN’s live series Movers & Thinkers about discovering the next big idea — and how he’s changed that discovery process over the years.

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Jumpstart president Marcus Whitney gives these statistics: Jumpstart has graduated 37 tech companies, and they’ve gone on to raise $25 million in total. Only seven startups were related to healthcare.

“But those seven companies, about 20 percent of our graduates, have raised more than half of the money and have had a better success rate — meaning they’ve survived more than the average Jumpstart company,” Whitney said.

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