The Skinny

The Skinny

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

Updated 31 minutes ago

Exclusive: New Raleigh Chamber CEO on challenges, priorities, repealing HB2

In an exclusive Q&A interview, new Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce CEO Adrienne Cole talks about the challenges of the new job, her priorities and the fact repeal of House Bill 2 is a Chamber priority.

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Updated 7:54 a.m. today

Community colleges demo their power in workforce development

In a display of community college impact on jobs and the economy, representatives of nine CCs put on a far-reaching display Wednesday in Wilson. The president of Wilson Community College talks about the show, jobs, technology and more.

Edgecombe CC's Patient Simulation Lab Edgecombe CC's Patient Simulation Lab

Updated 57 minutes ago

Windsor Circle's CEO on pivot, layoffs: 'Buck stops with me'

When news broke that Windsor Circle, one of the Triangle's best-known emerging entrepreneurial companies, had laid off nearly half its staff, CEO and co-founder Matt Williamson didn't duck media questions. "Buck stops with me," he says. Some senior staff also were reduced to consulting roles, but Williamson insists the company;s culture hasn't been damaged.

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7:53 a.m. yesterday

Premium Lock SAS steps up analytics talent drive with $3.4M Clemson deal

Noting that "analytical talent is in short supply and high demand in today's business world," SAS is adding Clemson to a growing global university network focusing on creating a larger talent pool of potential data experts. SAS, meanwhile, is looking to fill hundreds of jobs.

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Updated 9:26 a.m. yesterday

Premium Lock After $4M fund raiser, what's next for health data startup Bivarus?

Dave Levin Health data analytics startup Bivarus CEO Dave Levin, a Triangle life science marketing veteran, talks with WRAL TechWire about what his plans are for growing the Durham company after raising $4 million in new capital. The round was led by Hatteras Ventures. And Levin plans to immediately boost hiring by up to 15 people.

7:57 a.m. Tuesday

Raleigh Chamber chair: New CEO reflects commitments to development, diversity

Hiring Adrienne Cole as the new CEO at the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce reflects that group's commitment to a strategic plan calling for more intense economic development and diversity, the Chamber's board chair says.

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8:10 a.m. Monday

IBM's pledge to hire vets triggers mix of reactions, anger

IBM                           IBM's announced pledge Friday to hire 2,000 veterans and its public push about open jobs within the tech giant triggered a wave of reactions - many negative. Thinking about working for Big Blue? Check out what ex-IBMers have to say.

7:17 a.m. Monday

Field set for WRAL TechWire Awards - vote today

WRAL TechWire Awards Voting opens today for WRAL TechWire's fifth annual awards with three finalists named across 12 categories. Six awards go to individuals, six to companies with honors split into two groups: Established and growing enterprise plus startups and emerging entrepreneurial companies.

March 16

Southeast Venture Conference evolves: Fusion set for June

Triangle-based Tech Media is relaunching the Southeast Venture Conference in June under a new name (Fusion) and with a new format. But startups and venture capital will still be a highlight.

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March 16

Premium Lock As Oracle cuts jobs, no discussion in trash-talking earnings call

Larry Ellison Is the parking lot at the former, massive Tekelec headquarters in Morrisville a lot more vacant these days? Oracle is continuing to cut jobs, but in a conference call about its latest earnings report Chair Larry Ellison and other execs skip restructuring while Ellison trashes Amazon.

March 15

Premium Lock New FCC chair stresses 'bringing benefits of digital age to all Americans'

Ajit Pai Ajit Pai, the new commissioner of the FCC, spells out his goals for expanding the "digital age" to "all Americans" in his first major speech. He picks Pittsburgh as the venue, stressing how the steel city "is back," with technology helping revive the former rust belt metropolis. His message: Tech "can revitalize areas that have experienced economic distress."

March 15

Time runs short for TechWire Awards nominations; 100+ nominees so far

WRAL TechWire's annual awards WRAL TechWire will announce its annual TechAward winners on April 25, and more than 100 execs as well as companies have already been nominated. Don't see someone on the list whom you think is deserving? Or a company that should be recognized? Then make your nomination soon. Time is running out.

Updated March 15

Finance execs, Duke economist tell Trump: Stop using Twitter

Corporate financial executives have a clear message for President Trump: Cease and desist with the Twitter tweets. And a Duke economics professor agrees: "They create a lot of noise and uncertainty, which detracts from the positive things that can be accomplished."

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March 14

Time running out for WRAL TechWire Awards nominations

WRAL TechWire's annual awards Time is running out to make nominations for our fifth WRAL TechWire Awards. Plus, we're making some "early bird" tickets available for reservation. Don't miss your chance to nominate a winner - and to attend our celebration, which will be hosted at Google Fiber's new HQ in Raleigh.

Updated March 14

Zuckerberg's face time with Coack K, Williams a slam dunk

Mark Zuckerberg's whirlwind tour of North Carolina takes him to N.C. A&T for a town hall with students then on to personal face time with Roy Williams, Mike Krzyzewski and their basketball teams. It's part of his "are we building the world we all want" tour. And he likes what he hears in our state.

UNC players tower over Mark Zuckerberg UNC players tower over Mark Zuckerberg

March 13

Premium Lock Inside First Flight Venture Center: A different kind of startup hub

Startup hubs are a booming business across the Triangle, but one of the oldest is flourishing despite the competition. It's the First Flight Venture Center. President Andy Schwab, who also is an active angel investor, explains why in an exclusive Q&A.

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Updated March 10

Premium Lock First Flight Venture Center is soaring as RTP startup hub

New data show just how big the impact First Flight Venture Center is having on the Triangle's entrepreneurial community: More than $20 million in funding generated in 2016 by 37 companies who employ more than 160 people. And Andy Schwab, the Center's president, is quite proud. He shares his thoughts about First Flight, its mission, and its uniqueness as a startup hub.

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Updated March 10

Nominations open for WRAL TechWire Awards

WRAL TechWire's annual awards Nominations are now open for our fifth WRAL TechWire Awards. Plus, we're making some "early bird" tickets available for reservation. Don't miss your chance to nominate a winner - and to attend our celebration, which will be hosted at Google Fiber's new HQ in Raleigh.

Updated March 8

Latest Teamworks software wins: ACC tourneys

The lists of leagues, teams and organizations continues to grow for Durham collaborative software firm Teamworks. The latest user is the Atlantic Coast Conference, which is using Teammworks to help coordinate the ACC men's basketball tournament underway in New York. Former Duke athlete Zach Maurides, Teamworks founder and president, talks with WRAL TechWire about the firm's blossoming success.

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Updated March 8

Premium Lock Cofounders Capital rapidly emerging as Triangle VC power player

Looking for investors? There's one VC firm in the Triangle that's making deals with startups at a remarkable pace: Cofunders Capital. Here's an inside look at the firm, what it's looking for in startups, and some advice about how to go looking for cash.

Cofounders Capital's David Gardner Cofounders Capital's David Gardner