Get Help Anytime!


Posted by Leonard Knight | Posted in Neighborhood Nerds | Posted on 20-11-2022

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I’ve been using Neighborhood Nerds to get more done. I assign all kinds of tasks to the Nerds. A membership with the Nerds is similar to Fancy Hands but isn’t limited to just virtual tasks. The Nerds can go shopping, drop off dry cleaning, let the dog out, in addition to helping with every kind of consumer tech products and services.

The easiest way to get tasks into the hands of the Nerds? You can call/text 865-622-2422 but I prefer adding a link to my Home Screen on my iPhone. Just save the Help link as a shortcut on your phone.

Weekly visit with Mom


Posted by Leonard Knight | Posted in Outdoors | Posted on 27-10-2022

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This week we were joined by Christine (Aunt Chris). We had a great visit, hike, lunch and a beautiful drive in East Tennessee.

Morristown, Tennessee Visit

Vols win 52-49!!!


Posted by Leonard Knight | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 23-10-2022

The University of Tennessee Volunteers defeat Alabama 52 to 49!

The Reaction is AMAZING!

Latest litter of bunnies


Posted by Leonard Knight | Posted in Homestead Life | Posted on 04-10-2022

I bred our Flemish Giant, John Travolta, to our CG/New Zealand mix doe, Sandy. Here’s the litter of 7. They are three weeks old.

My new “toy”


Posted by Leonard Knight | Posted in Outdoors | Posted on 25-09-2022

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This air bow is serious about putting bolts on target! $145 on Amazon. This thing is very satisfying to shoot. This is just 10 yards to get the scope adjusted but it’s silly accurate. This one operates on paintball CO2 cartridges. So, it’s not legal in TN for hunting but it’s big brother is! They make a PCP air bow that’s supposedly even more impressive than this Air Javelin. I guess I’ll be ordering one of those soon.

Homesteading (Chickens)


Posted by Leonard Knight | Posted in Homestead Life | Posted on 25-09-2022


In May I ordered four Rhode Island Red chicks from tractor supply company. We recycled some pallets into a nice covered roosting area. The chickens prefer roosting on the top step of our deck. This will need to change. I’m now doing more work on their coop to make them feel more safe in it. hopefully we can work out a deal so they begin roosting in their coop. We should get farm fresh eggs every day as soon as they hit five or six months old.

Doing what I love!


Posted by Leonard Knight | Posted in DBR Systems | Posted on 24-02-2017

So, when people ask me what I do, I always answer I’m an Automation Engineer. I have an electrical engineering degree from the University of Tennessee and have been building automated solutions for manufacturing clients since 1991! I do wear lots of hats…I own a software company, a technical support company, and do a little real-estate developing but my true love is designing, building, and starting up control systems.

Over the last 16 years, I’ve been doing 4-5 projects a year in my “free time”. Recently, I asked myself what I love to do and I kept coming back to Industrial Automation. So, I’m working hard to get my other companies on autopilot so I can focus most of my effort back on DBR Systems. I’ve also reached out to a buddy of mine about building a world-class systems integrator together. He already has a great start with his packaging company, DasPac! I’ll be joining the team to add engineering and integration to the mix. I’m looking forward to spending more time in the automation world.

ACG Knoxville President!


Posted by Leonard Knight | Posted in ACG | Posted on 20-04-2015

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2012-Annual-Report-817x525You may recognize these two fine looking gentlemen as Jeff and Sam McCamy. Sam invited me to Angel Capital Group back in 2008 and I’ve loved every minute of being involved with this organization. I’ve seen many presentations and had the opportunity to invest in many startups via ACG! ACG is kinda like the TV show, Shark Tank, except there’s no camera and we’re much kinder to the entrepreneurs. Early stage investing is more akin to gambling. Members of ACG are accredited investors, enjoy helping entrepreneurs with their startups, and don’t mind losing money on these VERY risky investments. It’s more about the ride. Instead of being a shareholder in Apple today and hoping for some growth, it’s like you were hanging with Steve Jobs and Woz in the garage and they hit you up for $50k for 25% of the company. It’s like a backstage pass. It’s much cooler than just investing and making money.

So, how did I come to be President of the Knoxville Chapter? Well, I met with the CEO, Eric Dobson, and provided some constructive criticism. Eric responded, “Leo, those are great observations and even better suggestions for making improvements. How would you like to take the role of Chapter President and make sure those items get addressed?”. So, if you don’t like the way I’m running the Chapter, just tell me and maybe you could be the next President.


Neighborhood Nerds Update


Posted by Leonard Knight | Posted in Neighborhood Nerds | Posted on 21-02-2015

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gizmo_cmyk_flippedG’day mate! Well, It’s been a wild few years! I started Neighborhood Nerds with a dream of helping people use their technology to improve their lives. It was slow going at first since the model was foreign and very different from any other Technology companies out there. We are a very different animal…hence, Gizmo (our platypus mascot). We aren’t like other IT companies. Other IT companies use a “break/fix” model. Your stuff breaks and they get paid to come fix it. We use a membership model which allows us to make sure your technology is ALWAYS working for you and you’re always HAPPY!

In just three short years, we have grown to 300+ clients (both home and business) and six Nerds (Linda, Leo, Mark, Tommy, Tyler, and Joshua) in our Sequoyah Hills office. Also, we turned a profit in 2014! 2015 is going to be a great year!

Our plans are to continue growing the Sequoyah Hills family of clients and open additional shops around Knoxville. The next shop will be in West Knoxville near Gettysvue, Whittington Creek, Montgomery Cove, Jefferson Park, or Turkey Creek since we have many Neighbors in these neighborhoods already. Now, more than anything we need Nerds…but…good platypuses are hard to come by. If you know any young, energetic, renaissance type entrepreneurs, please send them our way. We are now hiring our future shop owners. We plan to have 9-10 shops in Knoxville with each serving around 1000 clients (home and business).

Traits of a Platypus… Platypuses are patient, Platypuses are kind. Platypuses do not envy, Platypuses do not boast, Platypuses are not proud. Platypuses do not dishonor others, Platypuses are not self-seeking, Platypuses are not easily angered, Platypuses keep no record of wrongs. Platypuses do not delight in evil but rejoice with the truth. Platypuses always protect, always trust, always hope, always persevere.
Platypuses are renaissance people… outstandingly versatile and well-rounded. The expression alludes to such Renaissance figures as Leonardo da Vinci, who performed brilliantly in many different fields. Platypuses have a passion for technology and experience utilizing it in a variety of situations and circumstances to accomplish real-world goals and objectives.



Posted by Leonard Knight | Posted in Entrepreneurs of Knoxville | Posted on 24-04-2014

Networking People

Lots of people networking

I learned something today and would like to share with you.

I’ve always been eminently opposed to the idea of “networking”.  I’ve always associated networking with “fake” or a “false sense of value”.  You’re forcing a relationship…just doesn’t feel right.

BUT…members of EOK keep saying this is the best “networking” organization they’ve ever experienced.  So, I say…hmmmm…maybe networking isn’t a bad thing.  Maybe there is a right way to network.  For EOK, it happens VERY organically and over a long period of time.  You meet someone, you see them again at a pub night, you see them at a crowdsourcing event and hear some of their ideas, then you see them at a member spotlight.  All of the sudden, they become a real person with great ideas and an interesting story.  And you think…this is someone I’d like to spend more time with and perhaps do business with.  The RIGHT way to network.

So, as you might guess, I’ve always been opposed to referring to EOK as a networking organization.  It just makes my skin crawl when I hear “EOK” and “Networking Organization” in the same sentence.  Mainly, due the to the fact that I’ve attended many “Networking Organization” meetings over the years.  Chamber events, BNI, REO, etc. and have always thought it just felt forced and a little useless.  I launched my first company back in 1995…I have worked my whole life but launched a real business in 1995.  None of these meetings, events, or other “networking” did me any good…or…did it.  Everyone who meets me comments about how outgoing I am and how I seem to know everyone.  It seems that through my opposition to “networking” for the sake of networking, I’ve been doing something right.  I’ve spent time getting to know a lot of people.  I’ve also learned to listen a little more.  I’ve been networking my entire life…I just didn’t know it.  I network at my kid’s sports, my Church, my Rotary club, and even EOK meetings and events.

I’ve learned a few things over the years and want to share them with you.

  1. Listen more than you talk (you’ll learn a lot more about the other person)
  2. Care about what the other person is saying (Seriously, this helps)
  3. Be the conduit (Connect the people you just met to people you know)

So, LISTEN, LEARN, CONNECT…that’s my advice for events, parties, church, civic clubs, etc.

Another aspect of speaking to new or existing contacts; Speak in terms of benefits to them and their clients.  You know…bring value to the conversation.  So, when you’re not listening…and the other person has just asked your opinion on something or for your input, share something valuable with them.  Give away as much as you can in those next few moments.  Something they can walk away with and be better for having met you.  A tip, tool, referral, quote, etc.  I always have some software tool I’ve been experimenting with to share…just ask.  Believe me, they will remember you and seek you out at the next event.

Anyway, I started into this latest rambling in an effort to tell you I learned something today.  One of my recent startups is Neighborhood Nerds.  Yes, they’re a sponsor of EOK…that’s just how we roll.  Anyway, one of my contacts I’ve made through EOK, Dan Rawls, reached out to me about a week ago.  Dan, if you didn’t know, is the Executive Director of BNI TN.  I have always respected Dan but have never seriously considered joining a BNI chapter…until now.

Dan had never strong armed me or given me much of a sales pitch for BNI.  He sings its praises if you ask but NEVER pushes it.  Dan said BNI was starting a new chapter in Bearden and thought Neighborhood Nerds would be a great fit.  He quickly explained BNI at a high level.  Since I do respect Dan, I agreed to attend this first meeting.  To my surprise, I very much enjoyed the meeting and learned a great deal about how BNI isn’t “fake” or “forced”.  Their vetting process is serious.  You don’t get in unless you’re good and you’re going to play by the rules.  Also, they are intent on you getting to know your fellow BNI members.  They do this through “One-to-One” meetings.

So, Neighborhood Nerds is completely onboard with joining BNI and we’re VERY excited about this new chapter!  If you’ve looked at these organizations in a negative light like me but want to try again, let me know…maybe this new chapter is just what you’re looking for?

You know…I may even go to a Chamber event sometime…maybe I have them all wrong.