A number of common themes emerged from the "Conversation with the Greats - Tech Icons Panel during the opening lunch at the CED's Tech Venture Conference today. Those included what makes the Triangle a great place for companies that grew large here, such as Red Hat, Cree, and SAS, as well as for entrepreneurs just starting out, and the need for continuing investments to keep it that way.
Scot Wingo, co-founder and CEO of ChannelAdvisor, and Andy Schwab, who runs the First Flight Venture Center, are part of a "new wave" of investors that are providing more financial firepower to North Carolina's entrepreneurial community. A new report says that these "undisclosed" investors provided 66 percent of funding in the first six months of this year.
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Red Hat is making another move to support technology startups in the Triangle, announcing Tuesday that it will make office space available at its offices in Silicon Valley to firms associated with the American Underground in Raleigh and Durham.
IBM is cutting pay 10 percent for employees designated for training after they were determined to have "not kept pace with acquiring skills and expertise needed to address changing client needs, technology and market requirements." Union says move is "outrageous."
Big Blue workers - some determined to be deficient in the latest skills and hit by a 10 percent pay cut - lit up the comments board at the website run by the union seeking to represent IBMers. They talked about the move as being "SCAMS" - a play off an IBM term for "Cloud, Analytics, Mobile, Security and Social."
The Council for Entrepreneurial development puts on its annual venture capital conference in Raleigh today and Wednesday. The "stars" will be nearly 80 startups, including 18 that will be showcased specifically for investors. Another 60 will be vying for attention in the "Demo Room."
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ExitEvent, a news partner of WRAL TechWire and a fellow Capitol Broadcasting venture, went live with a new website on Monday. The site, which focuses on startups, features more headlines, is more colorful, incorporates a new logo, and highlights video interviews.
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Keith Collins, chief information officer at SAS, is now part of the speaker lineup for WRAL TechWire's conference "Fiber Transforms the Triangle" on Oct. 13 at SAS. More speakers are being added from MCNC, AT&T, Frontier Communications and other firms.