The Skinny

The Skinny

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

Updated August 31

Premium Lock Route travel app Yillio adds Spanish in expansion (+ video)

Yillio, the startup targeting event-focused advertising with its patented travel app technology, is adding Spanish to its capabilities.

August 31

Premium Lock Shortage of skilled talent is now execs' top concern

Help wanted          A shortage of skilled workers is the biggest challenge executives face as optimism continues to rise about the U.S. economy, according to a new nationwide survey. This is the first time a worker shortage has topped the execs' worry list in the AICPA Economic Outlook Survey.

Updated August 30

NC engineers provide tech relief in hurricane-ravaged Houston

Add the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers to the growing lists of volunteers pitching in to help hurricane victims in flood-ravaged Houston. A team that includes North Carolina members is deployed with a huge truck packed with communications gear to help rescue workers - and they have been flooded themselves.

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Updated August 29

Premium Lock Bob Young steps into a big pile of goo with ex-Baylor coach hire (+ video)

Bob Young, co-founder of Red Hat, issues an apology to fans and supporters of his Hamilton Tiger-Cats after hiring and then quickly un-hiring controversial former Baylor football coach Art Giles. Sports Illustrated has labeled Giles as a person 'who doesn't deserve a second chance.' Young tried to give him one.

Updated August 28

Using Slack to build a better NC startup community

Looking to strengthen ties across the state's startup ecosystem, the CEO of Durham-based Adzerk is growing a a better-connected community through the collaboration tool known as Slack. He tells The Skinny why.

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Updated August 30

Hackers, malware, ransomware & you: WRAL TechWire's next Executive Exchange

"Hackers, malware, ransomware & you:" Protecting you and your company will be the focus of WRAL TechWire's Executive Exchange event coming up on Sept. 26. Register today. A top cybersecurity executive from IBM will headline the program.

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August 25

Premium Lock Diversity among investors, Charlotte growth highlight NC startup report

Entrepreneurial and startup companies across North Carolina appear headed toward a second $1 billion-plus year in capital investments in three years. That's good news, of course. But a growing diversity of investors adds to the rosy picture as does a strong showing in Charlotte's entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Tracking NC equity funding Tracking NC equity funding

Updated August 24

AT&T's new Primetime tablet aims to hook you on DirecTV (+ video)

AT&T is taking a page from the winning playbook of Amazon by launching a tablet of its own on Friday, the purpose clearly being to provide HD-quality entertainment virtually anywhere at anytime. Cheaply. Sound like an Amazon device for shopping and streaming?

Updated August 23

Premium Lock Former Semprius execs emerge from stealth with red-hot sensor tech, $3M+ in funding for 9-month-old Sense Photonics

Sense Photonics is no longer in stealth mode, having just landing more than $3 million in equity investments from 12 investors. With proprietary sensor technology, the nine-month-old startup is going after the drones and autonomous vehicle markets. Here's the backstory about the rapid rise of a new firm from the ashes of another.

Scott Burroughs Scott Burroughs

August 22

Premium Lock Longtime board member rips Infosys founder in management dispute

Infosys  The in-fighting among top management at India tech giant Infosys is breaking out in the open with a new letter from a former board member and senior executive lambasting Infosys founder Narayana Murthy for disputes that led to the sudden departure of CEO Vishal Sikka on Friday.

Updated August 18

Premium Lock Startup Grind keeps shaking up Triangle entrepreneurial ecosystem

With a philosophy of "making friends, not contacts," Startup Grind continues to create waves in the Triangle's entrepreneurial community. The next big wave - possibly a tsunami - will come when the "Grinders" put on a big tech conference in October.

Are you a Grinder? Are you a Grinder?

Updated August 17

Premium Lock Adwerx, nCino, NetSertive, others disclose financial strength through Inc. list

Looking for cash? Privately held companies, especially startups, are extremely reluctant to disclose financial information to anyone other than investors. But the annual Inc. 5000 list draws some data into the media spotlight, and this year several N.C. firms disclose remarkable revenue growth. No wonder some of them have landed major investment deals.

Updated August 16

Premium Lock Raleigh rises to No. 4, Durham tumbles in best cities for tech workers survey

North Carolina's capital city, which didn't even make the top 25 in a 2014 study and was No. 25 just two years ago, is now the nation's No. 4 best city for tech workers, according to a new study. Durham, meanwhile, fell to No. 37 from No. 2.

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Updated August 16

Premium Lock Wilmington's nCino plans global expansion with $17.85M in new capital

nCino, the fast-growing Wilmington startup focusing on taking the bank industry to the "cloud," is gearing up for further global expansion and more hiring after raising a new round of venture capital.

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August 14

Premium Lock Dystopia or utopia? Jobs, education, the future and you

Help wanted          What is the future for jobs? Is it dystopian or utopian? Seems technology really isn't giving we humans much of a choice. Unless we continue to fight back. Thus a WRAL TechWire package about the challenges facing us in workforce development.

August 9

Premium Lock ReverbNation lands a gig: Curating talent for a new voice competition

Will ReverbNation help pick the next voice star and create a new idol?ReverbNation is making new vibes in the music industry with a deal to act as the curator for emerging talent in a new music artist competition. Helping lead the effort to support UK-based Salute Music Makers is ReverbNation's Simon Perry, a hit writer and producer himself who leads artist and repertoire for the Durham-based company that is adding as many as 50,000 artists a month.

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Updated August 8

Premium Lock SAS, IBM discuss extreme vetting project with Homeland Security

Three technology companies with deep roots in the Triangle sent representatives to a Department of Homeland Security "industry day" to discuss an "overarching vetting" system for use in immigration, according to documents published by The Intercept news site. SAS and IBM acknowledge participating in the "industry day." Red Hat also is reported to have participated.

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Tags: SAS, IBM, Red Hat
August 7

Premium Lock Epic's latest Fortnite battle: Appeasing early-access players after 'we messed up'

Epic Games' rollout of its latest title "Fortnite" continues to generate a lot of headaches for the Cary-based video game developer. While most fans seem to be understanding about an update error that wiped out some player data, others are pretty irate.

Defending a fort in Fortnite  Defending a fort in Fortnite

August 4

Premium Lock Vivek Wadhwa, outspoken voice on immigration: Trump bill makes 'sense'

Immigration debate Former Triangle tech entrepreneur-turned-academic Vivek Wadhwa, who is an immigrant from India, is no stranger to controversy. He's never been reluctant to speak out in calls for immigration reform, more international entrepreneurs, and more diversity in high tech, especially for women. But he now expects to take heat for speaking out in FAVOR of the President Trump-backed bill calling for changes in immigration policy.

August 3

Premium Lock Tablet, smartphone reports offer few bright spots for Lenovo

A bright spot for Lenovo - its tablet sales - is a great deal dimmer based on sales in the second quarter. Meanwhile, new data on smartphone shipments finds Lenovo remains outside the top five sellers.

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