The Skinny

The Skinny

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

Updated July 19

Premium Lock Lenovo's big $1.35B China real estate project - any RTP impact?

Lenovo is teaming with big international real estate developer Tishman Speyer for a huge $1.35 billion real estate project just outside Hong Kong. Will there be any impact on the Triangle? WTW talks with a Lenovo executive about the deal.

Rendering of huge Lenovo project Rendering of huge Lenovo project

July 18

CED's Dhruv Patel: Just call him the Matchmaker

Dhruv Patel Dhruv Patel, the CED's Director of Investor Relations, is a very busy man these days as he plays matchmaker between emerging startups and investors from around the country. And he finds the role "extremely satisfying."

Updated July 18

CED's 'Connections to Capital' opens new paths for startups to find investors

CED North Carolina is on a roll when it comes to venture capital funding, having pulled in more than $100 million over each of the past seven quarters. And a year-old program from the Council for Entrepreneurial Development is helping with startups securing some $55 million through the "Connections to Capital" program. Here's an in-depth look at how the program works.

Updated July 15

Premium Lock AT&T, CommScope, Verizon join 5G group; feds pledge $400M to wireless effort

Wasting no time in capitalizing on new FCC rules designed to free up spectrum for high-speed wireless, the Obama administration is pledging $400 million to drive 5G research. An industry consortium is lining up private sector partners for the effort.

Updated July 15

Premium Lock Charlotte economic plan could be a blueprint for the Triangle

RTRP   The departure of three top executives at the Research Triangle Regional Partnership triggered a delay in a new strategic plan for the region. What it will look like exactly is unknown as development continues. But a new plan unveiled this week in Charlotte could be a preview for what to expect in the Triangle, especially given the partners involved and the similar strengths of both regions.

Updated July 15

NC rises to 9th in VC funding after 7th straight $100M+ quarter

Venture Capital     North Carolina startups and emerging entrepreneurial companies are on an impressive roll when it comes to fund raising: After a $124.1 million second quarter, N.C. firms have now secured more than $100 million in each of the past seven quarters. And new figures show the state's growing strength outside the Triangle.

July 14

Premium Lock Industry praises FCC after opening spectrum for 5G

Often at odds with the FCC over such debates as "net neutrality," communications giants AT&T and Verizon as well as two industry groups had only words of praise with the fed regulatory agency after it voted to open up spectrum for the next generation of wireless communications: 5G.

Updated July 14

Premium Lock RTP Google Fiber countdown: Launch dates may come 'soon'

If you are eager to sign up for Google Fiber in the Triangle, you have to be patient at least a little while longer. Plus: More details about GF's fiber offer for businesses.

Google Fiber business plans Google Fiber business plans

Updated July 13

Premium Lock Google Fiber sign-ups begin in Charlotte; RTP next?

Google Fiber is inching ever closer to formal launch in Charlotte, announcing that it's now accepting sign-ups for individuals and businesses in one neighborhood. Plus, GF unveils business and other pricing plans.

Google Fiber installer vans in Queen City Google Fiber installer vans in Queen City

July 12

Premium Lock Analyst: What Lenovo is doing right in US, worldwide

The latest PC sales numbers are in - and Lenovo is continuing to grow its sales in the U.S. while driving up market share worldwide even as overall sales for the industry decline. So what's the world's top PC seller doing right? A top analyst with research firm Gartner explains in an exclusive Q&A.

One of Lenovo's flexible Yoga tablets One of Lenovo's flexible Yoga tablets

Updated July 12

RTI to tackle premise of HB2: Are women, children really threatened?

House Bill 2 Researchers at RTI International are launching a study of a key issue in the continuing controversy over North Carolina House Bill 2: Are women and children at risk if transgender people are permitted to use bathrooms of the gender with which they identify?

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Updated July 12

Premium Lock Lenovo shows growing US strength but international sales fall

Lenovo   Newly released statistics from research firms Gartner and IDC have a mix of good and bad news for global PC sales leader Lenovo.

Updated July 12

Premium Lock More change comes at Research Triangle Regional Partnership

Another executive is leaving the Research Triangle Regional Partnership. He's the third to leave in a month.

Bo Carson Bo Carson

July 11

Failure of economic development bill is a big loss for NC

N.C. flag            Some 50 bills are awaiting Gov. Pat McCrory's signature - or veto. Among them is crowdfunding legislation, which opens up new opportunities for startups and investors. But a much larger economic development bill that could have been big news for the entire state failed, leaving media attention focused on HB2. What a shame.

Updated July 8

Premium Lock Google Fiber adds 'tech partners' to help businesses fiber-up

Google Fiber Tech Partner Plugging in an enterprise network to the fiber business highway is NOT a task for the weak at heart. But if your business doesn't have a full-time IT person, how do you capitalize on gigabit speeds? Google Fiber launches a new program it says will help.

Updated July 8

Vivek Wadhwa joins Carnegie Mellon but 'will be doing many things'

Vivek Wadhwa Vivek Wadhwa, the former Triangle tech entrepreneur turned academic and author, is joining the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University in San Francisco. But he will remain involved with Duke University for a while yet.

Updated July 7

Raleigh going bananas over Amazon's Prime delivery service

Amazon Prime Now delivery service  While remaining fuzzy about the details, Amazon says Raleigh residents are buying lots of bananas and other goods through its "Prime" delivery service. To celebrate Prime's growth here and elsewhere, Amazon is offering a host of specials.

July 6

Premium Lock MCNC: State can achieve universal high-speed net access by 2021

North Carolina's recently announced "Broadband Plan" calls for universal access across the state to high-speed Internet. Is that really doable? Yes, says the exec who runs N.C.'s only statewide fiber network. She explains why in a Q&A.

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Updated July 7

Premium Lock NC Congressman is driving crowdfunding changes in Washington

Congressman Patrick McHenry is one of the important players pushing crowdfunding initiatives in Washington, and his bills lreceive the support of the National Venture Capital Association. More importantly, he's found bipartisan support on a deeply divided government.

Updated July 5

More IBM mass layoffs coming - This time to the Netherlands in a first

IBM layoffs     In a leaked document, executives at IBM Netherlands describe how "Resource Balancing 2016" i.e. job cuts - are hitting that business group for the first time. The resource action, as IBM calls layoffs,could affect "several hundreds," a source tells Watching IBM at Facebook.