WRAL TechWire co-founder Allan Maurer is covering the Southeast Venture Conference as it happens, including an in-depth recap from Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Scott Kupor of Andreesen Horowitz. Our Insiders can find out just what Kupor had to say.
For all the demand that is driving Google Fiber and other companies to deliver ultra-fast Internet, there also are people who want downloads to take longer so they can get a cup of coffee. So says Google. The result: Engineers have actually invented a way to slow down fiber - they call it "dial-up mode" - while you get that hot drink or go to the bathroom. Is this a joke? Well, Google announced it March 31 - not on fools' day.
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With family members occasionally shouting "Be careful" and "Watch out for that car," Faith Lennox firmly placed her new hand's bright blue and pink fingers on her bike's left handlebar and took off for a seemingly endless sojourn around the Build It Workspace on Tuesday morning. Inside, just a short time before, that hand had rolled off a 3-D printer that built it overnight.
The Southeast Venture Capital Conference today in Charlotte features 50 of the best emerging companies and startups from across the region. Here's the list of presenting firms who are hunting for business, partners - and investors.
A company that reduces the cost of graphene production from $100,000 a square meter to $30 won the $20,000 grand prize in the 2015 Charlotte Venture Challenge at the Southeast Venture Conference Tuesday. Three other startups and two student ventures also won prizes. WRAL TechWire's Allan Maurer reports the details for our Insiders.
Durham entrepreneur Tatiana Birgisson will pitch her energy drink to Silicon Valley investors Thursday at Google HQ. ExitEvent Editor Laura Baverman offers the backstory about how Birgisson has prepared for her big day.
Note: Allan Maurer, co-founder of WRAL TechWire, is covering the big venture capital and startup events taking place in Charlotte this week. His thirdexclusive report focuses on Tuesday's Charlotte Venture Challenge kickoff. Our Insiders can access this story - and more to come.
Note: Allan Maurer, co-founder of WRAL TechWire, is covering the big venture capital and startup events taking place in Charlotte this week. His second exclusive report focuses on Tuesday's Charlotte Venture Challenge kickoff. Our Insiders can access this story - and more to come.
Thirteen emerging companies from around the Triangle which have received federal grants for product research and development will get an additional $611,000 in matching grants from the state of North Carolina.
Note: Allan Maurer, co-founder of WRAL TechWire, is covering the big venture capital and startup events taking place in Charlotte this week. His exclusive first report focuses on Tuesday's Charlotte Venture Challenge kickoff. Our Insiders can access this story - and more to come.
Quintiles, the world's largest life science services company, is going to get even bigger - but through a joint venture rather than an acquisition. The deal announced Tuesday to partner with Quest to take on No. 1 lab tester LabCorp is seen as the best way for Quintiles to capitalize on a changing market, a Q executive explains.
Praise for SciQuest; BDSI shares tumble; Scynexis loss; Amazon's referrals; PlayStation gets Spotify
In today's Bulldog wrapup of technology and life science news: SciQuest receives good news from a research firm; BDSI stop drops 24 percent on drug trial news; Scynexis posts a $4.2 million loss; Amazon launches its own referral service; and the PlayStation network embraces Spotify.
A spot in the three-month accelerator 500 Startups, along with the $75,000 investment that came with it, is critical to launching the CellBreaker software that promises to get people out of cell phone contracts initially, and other contracts eventually. ExitEvent Editor Laura Baverman has the details.
AT&T is taking the battle for ultra-fast Internet business into Google's own backyard, launching service this week in Cupertino - the hometown of Apple. Coverage of the story in the Valley is quite interesting. Take a look.
A unique public/private partnership that includes 11 Charlotte entrepreneurs, the Charlotte Regional Fund for Entrepreneurship, City of Charlotte and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, raised more than $100,000 to help bring the Southeast Venture Conference back to the Queen City concurrently with the Digital Summit and the Charlotte Venture Challenge Tuesday through Thursday.
IBM is investing $3 billion to build an "Internet of Things" division aimed at harnessing the massive trove of data collected by smartphones, tablets, connected vehicles and appliances and using it to help companies better manage their businesses. And a big part of the launch is factoring in how weather might affect your business today.
Quintiles, the world's largest life sciences services company, is teaming up with Quest Diagnostics to form a joint venture that will provide clinical trial laboratory services. The new group will be taking on Burlington-based LabCorp, which is the largest provider.
Durham-based BioCryst Pharmaceuticals is receiving $12 million from the federal government to fund further development of a possible drug to treat the deadly Ebola virus. Two vaccines are currently being tested in Africa, but no effective treatment exists.