The Skinny

The Skinny

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

Updated October 11

Google Black Founders startup event draws near capacity crowd in Durham

Twelve startups from across the country, including two in Durham and one in Raleigh, will be participating in the Google for Entrepreneurs Black Founders Exchange program this week in Durham. On Friday, the mentored teams will pitch for investment.

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Updated October 10

Building a gigabit ecosystem - Wilson's evolution: A WRAL TechWire event

Turning a former tobacco town into the first gigabit Internet ecosystem in North Carolina - that's the evolution taking place right now in the city of Wilson. And WRAL TechWire is highlighting the transformation with its next Executive Exchange event with broadband expert Blair Levin delivering the keynote.

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October 7

Premium Lock From $50M to $10,000: Ranking NC's 36 VC deals in Q3

Here they are: Ranking from largest to smallest - and two "amounts not disclosed," the 36 venture capital deals reported in North Carolina for the third quarter 2016.

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October 7

Premium Lock AT&T to trial ultra-fast Internet via wireless outside its 'footprint'

AT&T                     In another possible way to extend ultra-fast Internet service without having to install fiber and thus further stepping up the battle with Google and other providers, AT&T is la launching a trial of high-speed access through point-to-point fixed wireless. Plus: The technology could take AT&T connectivity beyond its 21-state "wireline" network. Plus: AT&T explains how the technology works.

Updated October 7

Premium Lock 3Q venture deals reflect state's growing diversity across regions, business types

Venture Capital     A review of the first venture capital data provided by new partners PitchBook and the National Venture Capital Association reflects as two other recent indicators have some impressive indicators for North Carolina: The state's entrepreneurial reach continues to broaden - and deepen.

Updated October 6

Premium Lock $168M: Another $100M+ quarter for NC venture deals

North Carolina is bucking the national venture capital trend - and an updated look at new data pushes the state's total even higher. The first VC report from the National Venture Capital Association and PitchBook has some good news for North Carolina: Another $100 million-plus quarter.

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Updated October 6

Premium Lock Lenovo in talks to buy Fujitsu PC business

Lenovo    Fujitsu says it's talking with Lenovo about a sale of its PC division to the world's top computer manufacturer. But there are other options on the table, Fujitsu adds. Shares in both companies rally on the report.

Updated October 5

Premium Lock AT&T brings fiber to Wilmington, rebrands GigaPower

AT&T is adding 11 more metros to its fiber network, including Wilmington. It's also tossing the GigaPower brand in favor of a new name: AT&T Fiber.

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October 5

Google exec: Nov. launch in US for Lenovo 3D augmented reality phone

Lenovo is getting ready to Tango, if you will, in the U.S. smartphone market. A Google exec says Lenovo is rolling out its Lenovo Phab2 Pro equipped with Google-developed Tango 3D augmented reality technology next month.

Updated October 5

Premium Lock American Underground launching program for consumer product startups

Funding by a $100,000 grant from NC IDEA, the American Underground is rolling out a new incubation program for startups in the consumer product space. Adam Klein, chief strategist for the AU, explains what the program is all about in an exclusive Q&A.

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October 4

Premium Lock Google Webpass: Fast wireless net coming soon to a building near you? (+ video)

It's official. Google Fiber has closed on its acquisition of Webpass, a provider of point-to-point wireless high-speed Internet access for multi-dweller and business buildings. As GF builds out in the Triangle, a planned hybrid fiber-wireless network could mean high-speed Internet as simple as plugging into a wall outlet. Don't forget, AT&T has its own "Air Gig" in development.

September 30

Seven of top nine senior execs are out at SciQuest, including CEO

Stephen Wiehe  Stephen Wiehe, CEO of SciQuest, had plenty of company when he departed the eprocurement services company's new owners. In all, seven of nine members in the Morrisville company's leadership team are gone.

Updated September 30

Premium Lock Personal pivot: From venture capitalist to CEO at ShiftWizard

Joe Velk, a veteran investor with career stops at Intersouth Partners, Contender Capital and a co-manager of the North Carolina Enterprise Fund, has made a personal career pivot: From investor to CEO, taking over as the top exec at Morrisville startup ShiftWizard. In an exclusive interview, Velk talks with WTW about his career change, how it came about, and how his experience as a VC will help him as a CEO.

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Updated September 29

The AI future: Utopian or dystopian ... that is the question

Five of the world's tech giants - Google, Amazon, Facebook, IBM and Microsoft - are teaming up in an effort to persuade us that artificial intelligence is our friend, not a threat to our jobs or a human future. The Partnership on Artificial Intelligence to Benefit People and Society, they call it. Will this be education or brainwashing?

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Updated September 28

Premium Lock RTP's Cloud Pharma tries crowdfunding for Zika, ALS research

Cloud Pharmaceuticals, which is using the collective power of the cloud to research and develop new drugs, is turning to crowdfunding in an attempt to generate capital for research into ALS and the Zika virus.

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Updated September 27

From wearables to drones: How RTP tech firms might save your life in 2021

Let's say you are working in your yard in the year 2021 and you suffer what should be a "widow maker" heart attack. Somehow, you're saved - through the grace of God and technology developed right here in the Triangle. How so, you ask? Let's share a vision into a possible future.

Updated September 26

Premium Lock Former SAS exec Jim Davis leaves Informatica

Jim Davis, the former chief marketing officer at SAS who left the company last year, has stepped down from Informatica, which recruited him for a similar role. In an exclusive interview with WRAL TechWire, Davis explains what led to the latest career move - and what he might do next. Could he return to SAS?

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Updated September 26

Premium Lock Long-time SAS CTO retires, in 'stealth mode' for startup

Armistead Sapp, a long-time senior executive and chief technology officer at SAS, is launching his own startup focusing on "radically open source" with a likely Internet of Things angle after stepping away from the Cary software giant. So who replaced him at SAS?

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Updated September 26

Premium Lock WRAL mobile health event focus: Growing importance of mData to your health

Future of Mobile Health event Axial Exchange CEO Joanne Rohde is delivering the keynote at WRAL TechWire's Executive Exchange event on Tuesday about mobile health - and she's going to be providing a load of statistics that point to the increasing importance of mHealth to consumers as well as businesses and healthcare providers. In fact, several RTP mHealth leaders also are part of the program. You don't want to miss this event.

Updated September 23

Premium Lock AT&T-Google Fiber fiber fight gets nastier in utility pole case

AT&T GigaPower       Having lost a fight with the city of Nashville over hanging fiber on utility poles, AT&T has filed suit seeking to stop the so-called "One Touch" ordinance. A similar battle is being waged in Louisville.