Paul McNeil

Paul McNeil, Phd



First, why are you lovin’ Nashville right now::

I love Nashville’s accessibility. It has an amazing “little big town” vibe. The city is growing but you can still access industry leaders for mentorship like it is a small town.

Tell us a little about your business::

Skrunchd Technologies specializes in developing software tools for biomedical research and cybersecurity in Nashville, Tennessee.  Skrunchd Technologies leverages the fields of human-computer interaction and machine learning to promote innovation. We are currently developing a token-less multi-factor authentication product, ScrappyLock. ScrappyLock’s goal is to maintain enterprise security standards while making it easier for end users to access information. We are currently collecting information on our website from small businesses and start-ups who would like to be a part of the first ScrappyLock beta testing cohort. We plan on giving approved beta testers certain incentives in addition to early access to ScrappyLock.

How did you get started::

I got the entrepreneurial itch while working on my Masters at Vanderbilt.  During my doctoral research at Tennessee State, I was introduced to the Nashville Entrepreneur Center (EC) in hopes of learning how to commercialize my dissertation project. I eventually chose to pursue a personal business idea over commercializing my project. At that time, the EC was launching its Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship Program (DISP). I applied to each scholarship I thought I qualified for and was named the Student Ambassador for the EC’s first DISP cohort.  The scholarship included a year of Launch membership to the EC and tuition for the EC’s PreFlight program. I took the best advantage of both that I could while finishing my degree. PreFlight and EC mentors helped me to develop what is now Skrunchd Technologies.

Our community loves living local, what makes your local business different::

Creativity and innovation are not part of our business model, they are our business model.  Skrunchd Technologies has diverse, formally trained, and highly technical talent. Our team has a strong research background. It also has a unique blend of high quality execution in government, academic and industrial sectors. Each Skrunchd team member has experience providing practical, relatable training across various age demographics. More specifically, each member has experience training local youth and minorities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Skrunchd Technologies is developing plans to continue exposing local youth and minorities to STEM careers. By doing so, we hope they will consider a STEM profession.

Quote and/or Scripture you live by::

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

In Nashville we love to brunch, happy hour or coffee/tea it up. What do you prefer and why::

I prefer brunch. I would rather have a whole meal than a snack and I love breakfast food.


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