The Skinny

The Skinny

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

Updated June 2

Premium Lock 'Find your stuff:' Startup WISER turns IoT into real-time locator (+ videos)

Talk about addressing of "pain points." WISER, a Raleigh startup, is helping people and companies improve inventory tracking with wireless Internet of Things technology. It all started when CEO and founder Dr. Elaine Rideout, a professor at NCSU, got tired of constantly misplacing her reading glasses.

Updated June 1

Lenovo, other Triangle tech firms recruit Wake Tech interns for IT jobs

As high-tech and other firms search to fill information technology job openings, Wake Tech is stepping up efforts to place paid interns at Triangle companies. Lenovo is committing to hire 12 per semester - and a former Lenovo exec is leading the charge to place more interns elsewhere.

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May 31

Premium Lock American Underground exec explains why Big Top deal boosts startups

Adam Klein The biggest news in the Triangle's startup economy Tuesday came when The American Underground disclosed the acquisition of Chris Heivly's Big Top reverse job fair and recruiting platform. The AU's top exec talks with The Skinny about why AU made the deal.

May 30

Premium Lock Chris Heivily talks about selling Big Top, his 'new gig'

Chris Heivly "Ring master" Chris Heivily talks to The Skinny about why he decided to sell his "Big Top" jobs platform and events to The American Underground. But don't get your hopes up that the move means new life for The Startup Factory.

Updated May 30

WRAL TechWire Hall-of-Famer: Dr. James Goodnight, from moment of inspiration to building SAS, a global software powerhouse

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.

May 30

WRAL TechWire Hall-of-Famer Dennis Dougherty talks: Overcoming dyslexia, Triangle growth, need for investors, and if Intersouth will raise a new fund

Did you know that Intersouth founder Dennis Dougherty, the acknowledged patriarch of venture funding in North Carolina, overcame dyslexia and hearing problems? What's he think about the Triangle's future? The state of investment capital? And will Intersouth raise a new fund? Our Insiders get the story in an exclusive Q&A.

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May 30

WRAL TechWire Hall-of-Famer Dennis Dougherty: A pillar for southeast VC, entrepreneurs

From the launching of Intersouth Partners, which became one of the premier venture capital firms in the southeast, to helping create the Council for Entrepreneurial development, Dennis Dougherty has been one of the pillars around which the success of the Triangle and North Carolina as a tech and life science hub was built. In an exclusive Q&A, Doughtery talks about Intersouth, its founding and challenges, and much more.

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May 30

WRAL TechWire Hall-of-Famer Monica Doss, part 2: Entrepreneurship 'is North Carolina's future'

Monica Doss In the second part of our exclusive Q&A with longtime CED president Monica Doss, the WRAL TechWire Hall of Fame inductee discusses why she remains involved in startups and stresses that our state's future rests on new and emerging companies - not just in tech.

May 30

WRAL TechWire Hall-of-Famer Monica Doss: first lady of entrepreneurship in NC

No one knows entrepreneurs better than fellow entrepreneurs, so the compliment paid Monica Doss by Doug Speight, a CODEO2040 entrepreneur-in-residence in Durham, after she was named to WRAL TechWire's Hall of Fame last week bears repeating: "Monica Doss is mentor to a whole generation of founders and entrepreneurial support organizations. The Hall of Fame is a well-deserved honor." In the first of a two-part Q&A, Doss talks entrepreneurship, the CED and much, much more.

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May 30

WRAL TechWire Hall-of-Famer Venessa Harrison: The journey from operator to president AT&T North Carolina

Born in Raleigh to a family that included 10 children, Venessa Harrison rose through the corporate ranks at AT&T to become president of the communication giant's operations in North Carolina. A champion for her native state, she pushed for early deployment of AT&T fiber, helped land the North Carolina Next Generation Network, and now is pushing broadband access for all communities in the firm's service area. For her efforts, Harrison is one of the first five people named to WRAL TechWire's Hall of Fame. Here's an in-depth Q&A about her life, career, memories and challenges.

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May 30

WRAL TechWire Hall-of-Famer 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.

May 30

WRAL TechWire Hall of Famer: Dr. Charles Hamner, a creator of NC's life science industry

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.

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Updated May 26

NC budget writers target startups, Biotech Center for cuts

N.C. flag               Budget writers in the North Carolina General Assembly have targeted startups and the N.C. Biotechnology Center for cuts in the near-$23 billion spending plan under debate in Raleigh. But the head of the Commerce Department vows to fight cuts in his department, and the Biotech Center 's "optimistic" it will escape a slashing.

Updated May 26

Premium Lock Durham's PRSONAS holograms take top prize at Silicon Valley showcase

PRSONAS hologram technology makes a smashing debut in Silicon Valley, taking home the top prize at the Silicon Valley Open Doors conference. The win comes just weeks before PRSONAS represents the Triangle at Google Demo Day.

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May 25

Premium Lock Bronto's co-founder gets 'the itch,' launches new venture

Joe Colopy, the co-founder and CEO of Bronto Software who sold the company for some $200 million then left it a year ago, didn't stay unemployed or out of entrepreneurship for very long. He's back with a new venture focusing on software to help companies make better hires.

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May 24

Premium Lock Inside Google's Chapel Hill outpost: A growing success story

As Google continues to evolve as an Internet and technology giant, a David of sorts is emerging at a small outpost in Chapel Hill where some of its most important cutting-edge knowledge is being developed by a team of engineers. Meet the team leader and find out why Google is investing in its Triangle operation.

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Updated May 23

Premium Lock Supreme Court grants SAS hearing in patent dispute

SAS logo   In a patent fight dating back to 2012, SAS earns a hearing at the Supreme Court where attorneys for the Cary-based software firm will argue that all, not some, patent claims must be reviewed in a case. The U.S. Patent Office and lower court decisions had gone against SAS.

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May 22

Premium Lock American Underground's PRSONAS goes for Google Demo Day cash (+ video)

PRSONAS, the Durham- and Wake Forest-based startup developing "interactive holograms that help attract, automate, and analyze customer engagements," will be representing the American Underground at Google Demo Day. Two of the three Demo Day winners came from the AU. And PRSONAS CEO says heading to Silicon Valley is major news as it gains traction will seeking investors.

Updated May 22

Premium Lock The Human Future: A dystopian or utopian one?

From autonomous vehicles to genetics, quantum computing to transhumanism with machine-to-brain interfaces, a great deal of cutting-edge research is taking place in Research Triangle Park. And Moogfest brings many regional thought leaders together to share what they see in our rapidly, constantly evolving world. In a four-part series, WRAL TechWire's Allan Maurer reports on what we're calling "The Human Future" series.

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May 19

Premium Lock Dennis Dougherty talks: Overcoming dyslexia, Triangle growth, need for investors, and if Intersouth will raise a new fund

Did you know that Intersouth founder Dennis Dougherty, the acknowledged patriarch of venture funding in North Carolina, overcame dyslexia and hearing problems? What's he think about the Triangle's future? The state of investment capital? And will Intersouth raise a new fund? Our Insiders get the story in an exclusive Q&A.

Dennis Dougherty, left, and Charles Hamner Dennis Dougherty, left, and Charles Hamner