WRAL TechWire Publisher and Editor Rick Smith dishes out tidbits from the local technology sector.
Cindy Whitehead, the CEO who sold Sprout Pharmaceuticals for $1 billion, is now an unofficial ambassador for the Triangle. She tells people: "Move here!" citing many reasons (quality of life, talent, cost of living.) The Skinny and Whitehead were discussing why RTP is such a hot spot for tech startups and we happened to discuss "Map My Customers," which recently bolted the Valley for RTP. And guess what - Matthew Sniff has posted at LinkedIn why he came to Carolina, citing many reasons Whitehead stresses in her pitches. Here's more.
Dr. James Goodnight, part 2: Advice on overcoming adversity, his proudest SAS memories, and the Triangle's bright future
For all the success Dr. James Goodnight has had in building SAS into a global $3B-plus company, he's also had to overcome adversity (Midway Airlines, a video game startup). So how should people deal with their own setbacks? In the second part of our Q&A, he also offers advice to entrepreneurs about startups, his proudest achievements, and his recommendations on how to keep the Triangle great.
A UNC-Chapel Hill team of aspiring business journalists led by a veteran reporter and editor, three of the people who are among the major reasons why crowdfunding is now the law in North Carolina, and a pointman for Google Fiber's efforts to bring broadband to underserved communities are the recipients of WRAL TechWire's Editor Choice Awards.
Startups, entrepreneurs, executives, investors and several of the Triangle's top tech and life science companies share the spotlight, taking home 12 awards at the fifth WRAL TechWire Awards. Plus, the first five members of TechWire's Hall of Fame are honored as are several Editor's Choice Award recipients.
In the second of our interviews featuring WRAL TechWire's first five Hall of Fame selections, Dr. James Goodnight, co-founder and CEO of Cary-based SAS, talks about the inspiration to create a company, what factors enabled the company's success, and much more.
All the tickets are gone for WRAL TechWire's fifth awards program on Tuesday night, so the event is going to be streamed live by our sister web site WRAL.com. However, if you want to attend you can sign up on our waiting list.
After launching ecommerce services provider ChannelAdivosr (one of the first) in 2001 to becoming an angel investor and much more, Scot Wingo recently returned full-time to the startup world as chair and CEO of fast-growing startup Spiffy. Wingo wasn't sure about the idea but now says he "loves" the venture - and he's got an extra $2.5 million to invest. Plus: Bull City Ventures explains why it's in on the Spiffy play.
He's been called the "biofather" of North Carolina's growing life science industry, and Dr. Charles Hamner is among the first five people selected for WRAL TechWire's Hall of Fame. The former head of the N.C. Biotechnology Center and long a champion of North Carolina, Hamner talks about his distinguished career, achievements and disappointments in an exclusive Q&A.
The first five recipients of WRAL TechWire's Hall of Fame honors for lifetime achievement are well-known contributors to the growing, evolving success of North Carolina's high tech, life science and entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Eric Shander enjoyed working at IBM where he was following in his father's footsteps. But having lived in Raleigh since 1998, he was ready to become a Hatter after reading a book by Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst. In the second part of our Q&A, Shander talks about his feelings for both companies, as well as Lenovo.
Eric Shander is getting a boatload of new responsibilities and a much higher profile as well as a $65,000 pay bump as he moves to Red Hat's chief financial officer from chief accounting officer. In an in-depth Q&A, Shander talks about his new job and the road tour with CEO Jim Whitehurst that helped lead to his promotion - as well as opened his eyes to the new world of investor relations. Plus: Read his full bio.
A datathon taking place at Duke on Friday offers a significant recruiting opportunity for Citadel, a $26 billion hedge fund, and Citadel Securities, says the former Red Hat executive L.J. Brock who is chief people officer at Citadel. He explains the event and what the firms are looking for in an exclusive interview. (Plus, Brock discusses his favorite Red Hat memories.)
The SEC broke major ground last week in a crackdown on "fake news," taking action against 27 web sites and individuals for publishing stories "touting company stocks" that were produced by writers "secretly compensated" to boost the shares. This is "fake news" with real consequences, and you as a reader need to be wary.
Lenovo has lost its four-year-hold on the world's top PC seller mantle, according to a new report. And a significant slowdown in U.S. sales, which have been a bright spot for the tech giant, is a major reason. Overall, PC sales show their first increase in five years.
Lenovo is the top brand for laptops in the annual rankings from Laptop Magazine, replacing Apple which has held the top spot since the tech news publication began rating portable computers in 2010. Lenovo's machines received a perfect "10" for innovation.
The gremlins that infect "auto correct" are one royal pain for people who text in a hurry. Now Facebook is promising a smarter messaging app with an update to Messenger. Called "M," it's an artificial intelligence powered solution. Let's pray it's truly smart.
A new report from International Data Corporation shows that Lenovo's troubled server group is showing signs of recovery - at least in terms of sales targeting cloud information technology spending. Meanwhile, Cisco sales surge, cutting into market share held by leaders HP and Dell.
Vivek Wadhwa's battles with venture capitalists while running Relativity in the Triangle created a lot of headlines as did his warnings about the dangers of VC money. He later moved on to academia after a near-fatal heart attack and found his niche as a writer and accomplished author. As his third book goes on sale, "The Driver in the Driverless Car," Wadhwa talks about what he has learned in evolving from entrepreneur to author.
Chairs of executive boards at nonprofits face no greater challenge that leading efforts to find a new chief executive, especially at groups with records of achievement. Such was the job faced by CED Chair Rich West in finding a successor to Joan Siefert Rose. In an exclusive Q&A, he talks about the choice (Ravila Gupta) and what's coming next for the CED as she takes over.