The Skinny

The Skinny

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

Updated March 31

IBM confirms new layoffs as part of a talent 'remix'

IBM layoffs     A Facebook page set up to give voice to IBM workers lit up Thursday with employees reporting another round of layoffs. An IBM spokesperson confirms that some jobs are being cut but affected workers "are being offered jobs" elsewhere within the company.

Updated March 30

Elon University remains at forefront of Internet research in new disturbing Pew survey

Researchers at North Carolina's own Elon University remain deeply involved in some of the world's best Internet research as a partner with the Pew Research Center. And the collaboration of the two has produced a disturbing view about the future of free speech on the net.

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March 30

Balloting is tight in WRAL TechWire Awards - so vote!

WRAL TechWire Awards 2017 Don't miss your chance to vote for your choice in the WRAL TechWire Awards. The balloting is very tight across most of the 12 categories as we count down to the deadline of 11:59 p.m. Friday. Plus, register for free tickets. They are going fast.

Updated March 27

Cindy Whitehead will keynote WRAL TechWire Awards

Cindy Whitehead. the CEO who sold Sprout Pharmaceuticals for some $1 billion in 2015, will be the keynote presenter at WRAL TechWire's upcoming Tech Awards event. Plus, we have more news to announce very shortly. You don't want to miss this party, the biggest and best we've thrown to date.

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Updated March 24

Premium Lock New Raleigh Chamber CEO wants HB2 repeal, to stress eco development

In an exclusive Q&A interview, new Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce CEO Adrienne Cole talks about the challenges of the new job, her priorities and the fact repeal of House Bill 2 is a Chamber priority.

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Updated March 23

Premium Lock Community colleges demo their power in workforce development

In a display of community college impact on jobs and the economy, representatives of nine CCs put on a far-reaching display Wednesday in Wilson. The president of Wilson Community College talks about the show, jobs, technology and more.

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Updated March 23

Premium Lock Windsor Circle's CEO on pivot, layoffs: 'Buck stops with me'

When news broke that Windsor Circle, one of the Triangle's best-known emerging entrepreneurial companies, had laid off nearly half its staff, CEO and co-founder Matt Williamson didn't duck media questions. "Buck stops with me," he says. Some senior staff also were reduced to consulting roles, but Williamson insists the company;s culture hasn't been damaged.

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March 22

Premium Lock SAS steps up analytics talent drive with $3.4M Clemson deal

Noting that "analytical talent is in short supply and high demand in today's business world," SAS is adding Clemson to a growing global university network focusing on creating a larger talent pool of potential data experts. SAS, meanwhile, is looking to fill hundreds of jobs.

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Updated March 22

Premium Lock After $4M fund raiser, what's next for health data startup Bivarus?

Dave Levin Health data analytics startup Bivarus CEO Dave Levin, a Triangle life science marketing veteran, talks with WRAL TechWire about what his plans are for growing the Durham company after raising $4 million in new capital. The round was led by Hatteras Ventures. And Levin plans to immediately boost hiring by up to 15 people.

March 21

Premium Lock Raleigh Chamber chair: New CEO reflects commitments to development, diversity

Hiring Adrienne Cole as the new CEO at the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce reflects that group's commitment to a strategic plan calling for more intense economic development and diversity, the Chamber's board chair says.

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March 20

Premium Lock IBM's pledge to hire vets triggers mix of reactions, anger

IBM                           IBM's announced pledge Friday to hire 2,000 veterans and its public push about open jobs within the tech giant triggered a wave of reactions - many negative. Thinking about working for Big Blue? Check out what ex-IBMers have to say.

March 20

Premium Lock Field set for WRAL TechWire Awards - vote today

WRAL TechWire Awards Voting opens today for WRAL TechWire's fifth annual awards with three finalists named across 12 categories. Six awards go to individuals, six to companies with honors split into two groups: Established and growing enterprise plus startups and emerging entrepreneurial companies.

March 16

Premium Lock Southeast Venture Conference evolves: Fusion set for June

Triangle-based Tech Media is relaunching the Southeast Venture Conference in June under a new name (Fusion) and with a new format. But startups and venture capital will still be a highlight.

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March 16

Premium Lock As Oracle cuts jobs, no discussion in trash-talking earnings call

Larry Ellison Is the parking lot at the former, massive Tekelec headquarters in Morrisville a lot more vacant these days? Oracle is continuing to cut jobs, but in a conference call about its latest earnings report Chair Larry Ellison and other execs skip restructuring while Ellison trashes Amazon.

March 15

Premium Lock New FCC chair stresses 'bringing benefits of digital age to all Americans'

Ajit Pai Ajit Pai, the new commissioner of the FCC, spells out his goals for expanding the "digital age" to "all Americans" in his first major speech. He picks Pittsburgh as the venue, stressing how the steel city "is back," with technology helping revive the former rust belt metropolis. His message: Tech "can revitalize areas that have experienced economic distress."

March 15

Premium Lock Time runs short for TechWire Awards nominations; 100+ nominees so far

WRAL TechWire's annual awards WRAL TechWire will announce its annual TechAward winners on April 25, and more than 100 execs as well as companies have already been nominated. Don't see someone on the list whom you think is deserving? Or a company that should be recognized? Then make your nomination soon. Time is running out.

Updated March 15

Premium Lock Finance execs, Duke economist tell Trump: Stop using Twitter

Corporate financial executives have a clear message for President Trump: Cease and desist with the Twitter tweets. And a Duke economics professor agrees: "They create a lot of noise and uncertainty, which detracts from the positive things that can be accomplished."

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March 14

Premium Lock Time running out for WRAL TechWire Awards nominations

WRAL TechWire's annual awards Time is running out to make nominations for our fifth WRAL TechWire Awards. Plus, we're making some "early bird" tickets available for reservation. Don't miss your chance to nominate a winner - and to attend our celebration, which will be hosted at Google Fiber's new HQ in Raleigh.

Updated March 14

Premium Lock Zuckerberg's face time with Coack K, Williams a slam dunk

Mark Zuckerberg's whirlwind tour of North Carolina takes him to N.C. A&T for a town hall with students then on to personal face time with Roy Williams, Mike Krzyzewski and their basketball teams. It's part of his "are we building the world we all want" tour. And he likes what he hears in our state.

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March 13

Premium Lock Inside First Flight Venture Center: A different kind of startup hub

Startup hubs are a booming business across the Triangle, but one of the oldest is flourishing despite the competition. It's the First Flight Venture Center. President Andy Schwab, who also is an active angel investor, explains why in an exclusive Q&A.

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