The Skinny

The Skinny

WRAL TechWire Publisher and Editor Rick Smith dishes out tidbits from the local technology sector.

10:23 a.m. today

Report: Pentagon warns against use of Lenovo gear, citing cybersecurity, China

Lenovo    A recent report from the Pentagon's "intelligence directorate" warns against Defense Department use of Lenovo gear, citing cybersecurity concerns. That's according to a story today in the Washington Free Beacon by author and intelligence expert Bill Gertz. A N.C. Congressman says he is concerned about the report.

Updated 8:14 a.m. today

Inside Charlotte's startup scene: Surging - but with growing pains

WRAL TechWire traces its 15-year-old heritage to Charlotte where a group of entrepreneurs came together in 2001 to launch in 2002 what was then called Local Tech Wire. Last week, Allan Maurer - one of LTW's founders - returned to the Queen City to report on its booming entrepreneurial community. But as he found out, there are growing pains.

Big City Charlotte Big City Charlotte

Updated October 17

Premium Lock Veteran lawyer: Venture capital 'becoming increasingly irrelevant'

Jim Verdonik Jim Verdonik, a long-time Triangle technology-focused attorney from startups to IPOs and other exits, says the investment landscape for new and emerging companies is undergoing substantial changes. In other words, the VC business is far from what it used to be.

Updated October 17

How to grow a gigabit ecosystem - The Wilson story: A WRAL TechWire event

Turning a former tobacco town into the first gigabit Internet ecosystem in North Carolina - that's the evolution taking place right now in the city of Wilson. And WRAL TechWire is highlighting the transformation with its next Executive Exchange event with broadband expert Blair Levin delivering the keynote.

Growing the Gigabit Ecosystem Growing the Gigabit Ecosystem

Updated October 14

Premium Lock A downer: NC's $100M per quarter in VC deals ends

The MoneyTree logo North Carolina's streak of eight consecutive quarters with more than $100 million in venture capital deals is over - at least according to the latest statistics from PWC's Moneytree report.

Updated October 13

Premium Lock Triangle fiber wars intensify: Lightower expands Raleigh network

The fiber wars in the Triangle continues to intensify. Lightower, a fiber network operator, is beefing up its operations in Raleigh and expanding to Charlotte. Lightower sees the North Carolina markets as attractive despite the growing presence of more fiber competitors such as AT&T and Google Fiber. And the help wanted sign is up.

Lightower's fiber backbone Lightower's fiber backbone

Updated October 13

Premium Lock NC venture deals dip below $100M in CB Insights report

In the second major report about venture capital financing across North Carolina reviewed by WRAL TechWire, this one from CB Insights, there are substantial differences from the data reported last week by the National Venture Capital Association. Fewer deals, fewer dollars. Plus: Why WTW is reviewing all these VC reports.

Tracking NC deals via CB Insights Tracking NC deals via CB Insights

October 12

Premium Lock Analyst on PC wars: Don't underestimate Lenovo or overestimate HP

HP nearly caught Lenovo to take the No. 1 spot in worldwide PC sales, but a research analyst deeply involved in the report analyzing the battle says it's too soon to see a pro-HP trend. At the same time, the analyst warns, Lenovo could gain further strength in U.S. - the biggest bright spot for the company.

Updated October 12

Interim Research Triangle CEO's goal: Make sure Park 'does not miss a beat'

Liz Rooks, the interim CEO at the Research Triangle Foundation which oversees RTP, says she is determined that the RTF will continue to push ahead with its strategic development plan while the search begins for a replacement of recently departed CEO Bob Geolas.

Elizabeth Rooks   Elizabeth Rooks

Updated October 12

Premium Lock As Fujitsu acquisition talk swirls, Lenovo keeps faith in PCs

Gianfranco Lanci The continuing decline in global PC sales has gone on for so long and gotten so bad that research firm Gartner says a lot of people may never buy a PC again. But Lenovo, the world's sales leader, still believes in a PC future, its No. 2 exec says, even as an industry-rattling shift to smartphones and other mobile devices continues.

Updated October 12

Premium Lock Lenovo still No. 1 in PCs - barely - thanks to US growth

Lenovo's lead in the world PC market is so thin it could be called angel-hair pasta thin. The tech giant stretches its No. 1 PC seller in-the-world-streak to three years - but just barely. Hard-charging HP nearly topples Lenovo from the top spot in the third quarter, new statistics show. Only growth in the U.S. keeps Lenovo ahead as its overall sales decline.

Lenovo's halo keyboard Lenovo's halo keyboard

Updated October 11

Premium Lock AT&T, Verizon top US 'investment heroes' list; Duke Energy is No. 10

Economy AT&T leads the new "U.S. Investment Heroes of 2016" report that ranks non-financial companies by investment in the American economy. The top 25 is dominated by technology and energy companies with AT&T leading for the fourth consecutive year.

Updated October 11

Google Black Founders startup event draws near capacity crowd in Durham

Twelve startups from across the country, including two in Durham and one in Raleigh, will be participating in the Google for Entrepreneurs Black Founders Exchange program this week in Durham. On Friday, the mentored teams will pitch for investment.

Black founder startups journey to Durham Black founder startups journey to Durham

Updated October 10

Building a gigabit ecosystem - Wilson's evolution: A WRAL TechWire event

Turning a former tobacco town into the first gigabit Internet ecosystem in North Carolina - that's the evolution taking place right now in the city of Wilson. And WRAL TechWire is highlighting the transformation with its next Executive Exchange event with broadband expert Blair Levin delivering the keynote.

Blair Levin  Blair Levin

October 7

Premium Lock From $50M to $10,000: Ranking NC's 36 VC deals in Q3

Here they are: Ranking from largest to smallest - and two "amounts not disclosed," the 36 venture capital deals reported in North Carolina for the third quarter 2016.

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October 7

Premium Lock AT&T to trial ultra-fast Internet via wireless outside its 'footprint'

AT&T                     In another possible way to extend ultra-fast Internet service without having to install fiber and thus further stepping up the battle with Google and other providers, AT&T is la launching a trial of high-speed access through point-to-point fixed wireless. Plus: The technology could take AT&T connectivity beyond its 21-state "wireline" network. Plus: AT&T explains how the technology works.

Updated October 7

Premium Lock 3Q venture deals reflect state's growing diversity across regions, business types

Venture Capital     A review of the first venture capital data provided by new partners PitchBook and the National Venture Capital Association reflects as two other recent indicators have some impressive indicators for North Carolina: The state's entrepreneurial reach continues to broaden - and deepen.

Updated October 6

Premium Lock $168M: Another $100M+ quarter for NC venture deals

North Carolina is bucking the national venture capital trend - and an updated look at new data pushes the state's total even higher. The first VC report from the National Venture Capital Association and PitchBook has some good news for North Carolina: Another $100 million-plus quarter.

National VC deals, dollars decline National VC deals, dollars decline

Updated October 6

Premium Lock Lenovo in talks to buy Fujitsu PC business

Lenovo    Fujitsu says it's talking with Lenovo about a sale of its PC division to the world's top computer manufacturer. But there are other options on the table, Fujitsu adds. Shares in both companies rally on the report.

Updated October 5

Premium Lock AT&T brings fiber to Wilmington, rebrands GigaPower

AT&T is adding 11 more metros to its fiber network, including Wilmington. It's also tossing the GigaPower brand in favor of a new name: AT&T Fiber.

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