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The Skinny

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

Updated August 10

Uber now offering 'scheduled rides' in Triangle

Instead of yelling "Taxi! Taxi!" or sending a text for a ride on demand, Uber is now offering customers a pre-scheduled booking service in the Triangle.

Updated August 10

UNC-CH launches new NC business news service

NC Business News Wire North Carolina Business News Wire, created by UNC-CH business professor Chris Roush, is a newly created service that seeks to augment coverage of public companies - especially smaller ones - across the state. Many "go uncovered" and the UNC service "wants to change that." UNC students are the reporters.

Updated August 9

Premium Lock Jobs, big pay trigger surging global demand for SAS certifications

Want a job? Want a bigger raise? A Money Magazine survey earlier this year found that SAS certifications for data scientists meant big bumps in pay and average salaries of $93,250 for college graduates. And as demand for analytics has grown in recent year, so too has demand for SAS certifications. Annual numbers have doubled in just four years. And now SAS is offering a discount on certification testing.

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Updated August 8

VC research firm: WedPics a top wedding industry disruptor

Venture capital research firm CB Insights lists Raleigh startup WedPics among entrepreneurial, venture-backed firms that are disrupting the wedding industry. It's just another sign of growth for the photography-focused firm.

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Updated August 8

Report: Artificial intelligence drives 'fintech;' NC startups cash in

Dollar sign      Financial technology, better known as fintech, startups account for 10 percent of the some 90 companies chosen to present at the upcoming Council for Entrepreneurial Development's annual venture conference. Why so many? A new report cites the plunging costs and advances of artificial intelligence as key drivers.

Updated August 5

Want ultra-fast Internet service? AT&T offers another service locator map

A new interactive map from AT&T shows where apartment and condo residents can receive ultra-fast Internet access. The map joins an earlier offering that tells home owners and renters if service is available for specific addresses.

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Updated August 5

Venture conference lineup reflects our state's growing startup, tech muscle

N.C. flag  Anyone reviewing the lineup for the annual venture capital conference put on by the Council for Entrepreneurial Development will discover the growing spread and strength of startups and emerging companies from Manteo to Murphy.

Updated August 4

Innovators Program: A new business for Venture Toolkit founder, HQ Raleigh

The relaunched Innovators Program Raleigh could actually turn into a much larger program based on a partnership and new venture formed by the CEO of Venture Toolkit and HQ Raleigh. In fact, "program assets" from a closed down Citrix accelerator program have been "transferred" to the new venture.

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Updated August 4

Premium Lock Inside NC's crowdfunding law: How it will work, an expert's view

Crowdfunding  Gov. Pat McCrory signed crowdfunding legislation for North Carolina last month, so what's next? How can startups and investors cash in on potential fundraising and investment opportunities? A Raleigh attorney has plenty of helpful answers.

Updated August 3

Premium Lock Investor: Spoonflower 'in great shape' despite layoffs

David Jones Just a year ago, Bull City Venture Partners invested in fast-growing Durham startup Spoonflower as part of a $25 million round. The company recently cut 18% of its work force. But BCVP's David Jones remains a big Spoonflower advocate.

Updated August 3

Durham startup Spoonflower lays off 18% of its work force

Spoonflower, one of the Triangle's highest profile startups which raised $25 million last year and hired a top executive with IPO experience, has laid off 18 percent of its work force, the firm's president confirms to WRAL TechWire.

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Updated August 3

Innovators Program Raleigh returns with Citrix, Red Hat support

An accelerator program for startups backed by Citrix, Red Hat and HQ Raleigh is returning, offering startup teams within those two companies as well as five other "external" ventures $10,000 grants. But there have been some changes.

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August 2

Premium Lock Drone data report advocates 'privacy by design'

Future of Privacy Forum In all the hype and amid the explosion of demand for drones from hobbyists to racers to giants such as Amazon seeking to create package delivery via unmanned aerial vehicles, an overlooked subject is data. What happens to all the information gathered by these high-tech systems? Raleigh-based PrecisionHawk isn't overlooking data security and privacy.

Updated August 2

Premium Lock PrecisionHawk offering privacy report, line-of-sight data in White House drone extravaganza

PrecisionHawk, the Raleigh-based startup that's quickly emerging as a leader in the booming drone industry, is receiving plenty of publicity White House style today.

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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.

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July 18

Premium Lock 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

Premium Lock 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

Premium Lock 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.