WRAL TechWire Publisher and Editor Rick Smith dishes out tidbits from the local technology sector.
Gigabit Internet to the desktop and to the home is about to hit the Triangle. Are you ready to cash in for your business -and for your own entertainment? Have questions? Need answers? Then you need to attend WRAL TechWire's "Fiber Transforms the Triangle" conference at SAS on Oct. 13.
When venture capitalists and investors such as Marc Andreessen warn that Silicon Valley and other tech firms are at implosion risk - again - then everyone in the startup crwod had better listen. A rant from Andreessen on Twitter caps VAPORIZE three times and warns the easy money raising of today "WILL NOT LAST."
Over the past several years, IBM has dramatically cut the size of its work force in North Carolina - some 60 percent - through sales of business units and job cuts. But its RTP campus remains the company's largest physically and IBM still employs an estimated 7,500 people in the state. Big Blue also remains committed to its RTP operation as shown by Monday's announcement opening a new data "resiliency" center. In an exclusive Q&A, a senior IBM executive explains the RTP location decision and reiterates Big Blue's support for the site.
Incubators, accelerators, oh my! Raleigh gets another with I-Labs at Sageworks. And the financial data analytics firm is hoping its investment will lead to new companies as well as more products. WRAL TechWire Insiders get the full story.
Remember the "Heartbleed" security scare earlier this year? Well, just in time for Halloween, an even bigger nightmare has surfaced - and it threatens the "Internet of Things" from cameras to networks, a security expert warns. Red Hat disclosed the "bash bug" on Wednesday.
Novartis dedicates $1B vaccine plant with VIP flu shots as NC exec who recruited the firm will watch
It's probably a safe bet that Gov. Pat McCrory has already received his flu shot for the 2014-5 season, but he and other VIPs can line up for vaccinations today as Novartis formally dedicates production at its mammoth $1 billion plant in Holly Springs. But there's also an interesting back story to the event: The N.C. Biotechnology Center exec who helped recruit Novartis to N.C. way back in 2006.
While Google Fiber mulls where to deploy its gigabit Internet network in coming months, its project in Austin, Texas, is well underway with machines burying cable and technicians stringing more fiber from utility poles. But what has WRAL TechWire been told about Google Fiber in the triangle? Our Insiders find out.
Leaders from across the Queen City are gathering today for the Charlotte Chamber's "Technology Summit" at which it is sharing new jobs data that shows the region is "no doubt ... quickly making a name for itself."
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.
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."
Startups looking to maximize "cloud computing" to help grow and sustain their businesses just received a big boost through Google for Entrepreneurs. And the Triangle could be at the head of the crowd looking to cash in. One Durham entrepreneur certainly hopes so.
The latest high-tech job openings report for North Carolina shows a slight gain in the daily average of vacant IT positions in August. But the better news is that the IT Job Trends report forecasts an expected improvement in hiring this fall.
A roundup of tweets from the Triangle Entrepreneurship Week's 2014 Women in Power panel on Thursday provides snapshots of advice for those aspiring to rise through the ranks of business - politics, too.
Communications veteran Steve Hinkson certainly pulls no punches, and he brings a strong resume to the Council for Entrepreneurial Development's latest executive addition and an important one: Communications director. If startups need help building their business beyond the basics it's getting the word out about who they are, what they do, and why they are unique. So what makes Hinkson unique and the right man for the CED job? Find out in this WRAL TechWire Insider exclusive Q&A.
Most media attention and venture funding in North Carolina goes to tech and life science firms in the Triangle. But a new round of grants from the U.S. Small Business Administration shows the growing muscle of entrepreneurial communities in Wilmington and Charlotte.
Former Triangle entrepreneur Vivek Wadhwa, a U.S. citizen born in India, has fought for gender and cultural equality in the technology industry, over the past two decades. He takes his battle to a new level today with the release of a new book, "Innovating Women." And his second book is already receiving critical praise. A humbled Wadhwa is thankful for the support he is receiving, but his 'fury" over discrimination remains.
One of the primary drivers for the North Carolina Next Generation Network is to make high-speed Internet access available to a wider community of users. On Friday, another step in broader access will be taken as 250 computers are refurbished for donation.
Facebook's massive data center in western N.C. hasn't delivered thousands of jobs on site, but it has provided a substantial boost to the state's economy of $680 million. Some 4,700 jobs were created. So says RTI International in a new report.
I confess with pride that I'm a seasoned citizen - just turned 61, actually. But I still love rock 'n roll. However, EDM isn't on my iPod. Maybe that will change after the Tilt Music Festival and Tilt Expo starting tonight in Durham.