The Skinny

The Skinny

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

3:55 p.m. Thursday

Premium Lock Rose's advice to next CED leader: Listen, keep open mind ...

CED Joan Siefert Rose is about to become a consultant, ending her eight-year tenure as CEO of the Council for Entrepreneurial Development. So what advice would she giver her successor?

Updated 3:43 p.m. Thursday

UNC growing North Carolina Business News Wire effort

BREAKING NEWS! UNC Chapel Hill's School of Media and Journalism is expanding its North Carolina Business News Wire effort to Maryland, adding more students, and increasing the number of stories under the direction of business journalism professor Chris Roush.

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7:35 a.m. Thursday

New exec survey finds 'strong surge' in business optimism

Bullish   A new survey of finance executives finds a "strong surge in optimism" following the election of Donald Trump as president. The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants report, which was taken immediately after the election, mirrors the results of a Duke CFO survey released Wednesday and comes as stock markets hit record highs.

Updated 7:37 a.m. Thursday

Premium Lock Bull City Venture Partners, Cisco team up for startup pitch event

Startups looking for potential investors will have a one-on-one opportunity with Bull City Venture Partners and Cisco at a "pitch" event coming in February.

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Updated 7:59 a.m. Wednesday

Duke survey: Finance exec optimism surges after Trump victory

Chief financial officers' optimism surges in the Duke CFO survey as Donald Trump wins the presidency and begins moving ahead with changes in policy, from taxes to regulation. And such optimism usually means more jobs as well as economic growth are on the way.

Updated 7:08 a.m. Tuesday

Premium Lock Joan Siefert Rose's job: She joins RTP consulting firm in January

Joan Siefert Rose won't have much time off as she steps down from the chief executive officer's position at the Council for Entrepreneurial Development. In fact, she's taking a new job as a consulting effective Jan. 3.


Updated 7:07 a.m. Tuesday

Premium Lock Exclusive: Bob Geolas talks new job, challenges, leaving RTP

Bob Geolas has a new job, signing on as a partner with the economic development consulting firm HR&A. And he says he's excited about the challenge - a "different kind of work. Plus, Geolas talks about leaving the research Triangle Park Foundation as its CEO in September in this exclusive interview with WRAL Tech Wire.

Bob Geolas, left, and Congressman David Price discuss "Park Center" Bob Geolas, left, and Congressman David Price discuss "Park Center"

Updated 7:07 a.m. Tuesday

Former RTP Foundation CEO Bob Geolas joins consulting firm

Bob Geolas, the former CEO of the Research Triangle Foundation, has joined HR&A Advisors, a real estate and economic consulting firm.

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Updated 9:49 a.m. Monday

Premium Lock Exclusive: Joan Siefert Rose talks past, future as she leaves CED

Joan Siefert Rose is nearing the end of an eight-year run as CEO of the Council for Entrepreneurial Development. What are her fondest memories? Her biggest regrets? What message would she give to her successor? Find out the answers in the first of a two-part exclusive interview.

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Updated 8:07 a.m. Monday

Triangle's tech links to President-elect Trump: Blackstone, IBM

The Research Triangle will have the ear of President-elect Donald Trump through two major connections: The Blackstone Group and IBM.

IBM's Ginni Rometty     IBM's Ginni Rometty

Updated 3:46 p.m. Monday

Entrepreneur Steve Malik aims to take Triangle soccer to major leagues

Steve Malik, the founder then seller then re-acquirer of Cary-based Medfusion, is apparently going to announce on Tuesday his next big venture: Taking the Carolina RailHawks franchise, which he owns, to a new level. He also reportedly wants a new soccer stadium.

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Updated December 2

Premium Lock Republic founding CEO: 'David' is 'better armed' to fight Goliaths

David Morken is turning loose the "David" he helped create to take on the "Goliaths" in the wireless industry as Republic Wireless spins out from Raleigh-based Bandwidth. But Morken says Republic's new CEO and the company are ready to fight even more aggressively while he turns his attention to Bandwidth, which is ready for "cleared hot" growth.

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Updated December 2

Premium Lock Triangle Technology Executives Council's new leader spells out group's mission, goals

Marc Montoro, a former long-time executive with the North Carolina Technology Association, is the new executive director of the Triangle Technology Executives Council. In an exclusive Q&A, Montoro talks about the group, its mission, plans and plans for 2017. He succeeds John Crites, who helped found the group, which includes many of the Triangle's top tech companies.


Updated December 1

Premium Lock Exclusive: Republic CEO talks growth, profitability, $100M in revenue and climbing

Did you know that Raleigh-based Republic Wireless is close to a $100 million-a-year company and growing fast? New CEO Chris Chuang talks about Republic's rapid growth, its awards for service, profitability, and how the company plans to defend its WiFi calling technology.

Republic touts support from consumer advocate Clark Howard Republic touts support from consumer advocate Clark Howard

Updated December 1

Premium Lock Exclusive: Republic Wireless plans more jobs, marketing, new products with $30M spinout

Chris Chuang, the CEO of newly spun-out Republic Wireless, has big plans to grow the former Bandwidth company thanks to a $30 million cash infusion and ongoing growth. In the first of a two-part exclusive Q&A with WRAL TechWire, Chuang spells out his goals.

Chris Chuang, left, and David Morkin Chris Chuang, left, and David Morkin

December 1

Group aiming to create 20M jobs partners with NC COIN organization

Job development efforts, including a big emphasis on STEM training and employment, are getting a major boost in North Carolina. Greensboro-based North Carolina Center of Innovation Network is partnering with Jobenomics as part of a national effort to create 20 million jobs.

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Updated December 1

Raleigh-based Republic Wireless spins out as own company

Raleigh-based Republic Wireless, a five-year-old company that at launch was among the first telecommunications providers to offer WiFi-based calling, is spinning out as a separate company from parent Bandwidth. It also is getting a $30 million cash infusion.

More phone choices from Republic  More phone choices from Republic

Updated November 30

Premium Lock Tom Pike giving up millions of dollars in quitting QuintilesIMS

Tom Pike is walking away from millions of dollars in stock and bonuses as he retires "effective immediately" from QuintilesIMS. The former Quintiles CEO, who stepped aside as part of a $17 billion merger with IMS, could have made more than $17 million if he had stayed with the life science giant through 2017. Pike isn't talking, according to the company.

Tom Pike and Dennis Gillings (center) ring in NYSE action Tom Pike and Dennis Gillings (center) ring in NYSE action

Updated November 30

Mobile devices help Cyber Monday sales hit record $3.45B

Cyber Monday Cyber Monday was one for the record books with consumers going online to spend a record $3.45 billion. And a big enabler of all that spending was people using smartphones as well as other mobile devices, says global ecommerce services provider ChannelAdvisor.

Updated November 29

HPE: The Machine has 'potential to change everything' (+ video)

Will future computers rely more on memory than processors? HP Enterprise thinks so. Meet "The Machine," which CEO Meg Whitman touts as the future of computing with machines that are "memory driven" rather than processing. "We believe this has the potential to change everything," she says.