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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 May 4, 2016

Premium Lock 'Look, look:' Mira carries Triangle hopes to Google Demo Day

Mira, which translates as "Look, look!" in Spanish, is carrying the hopes of the Triangle startup community to continue its dominance of Google Demo Day. The Silicon Valley showcase is Wednesday, and Jonathan Frangakis, its co-founder, CEO as well as a Marine officer, war-on-terror vet and Startup Factory graduate will be on the stage. But what is Mira, and who is Frangakis? WTW Insiders get the story.

Jonathan Frangakis  Jonathan Frangakis

Updated May 3, 2016

Premium Lock Analyst: Q-IMS merger could trigger more deals; why Street doesn't like Q deal

Tech mergers Tuesday's merger of Quintiles with IMS Health Services might trigger other CRO deals affecting the Triangle, says Chapel Hill-based analyst Andrew Schafer of Industry Standard Research. Also, Wall Street is giving the Q deal the thumbs down as shares tumble 8 percent. Why? Schafer explains. Plus, a Bloomberg columnist weighs in.

Updated May 4, 2016

Premium Lock CEOs' meeting leads to huge $17.6B Quintiles-IMS merger

The merger of Quintiles and IMS Health creating a $17 billion health services company announced Tuesday can be traced back to a meeting between the two CEOs last year. Quintiles' Tom Pike tells analysts the two firms discovered quickly how well they could work together, and the CEO of IMS says the collaboration has already delivered "major wins."

Tom Pike    Tom Pike

Updated May 2, 2016

Premium Lock Meet Carolyn Sparano, a Bronto vet, now its GM

While co-founders Joe Colopy and Chaz Felix have left Bronto, the Durham-based division of NetSuite still has a familiar face at the helm. Carolyn Sparano is the new general manager, being promoted after a decade with the company. In an exclusive Q&A, Sparano talks about the opportunities as well as the challenges she faces as a female executive. She also discusses lessons learned from co-founders Joe Colopy and Chaz Felix.

Bronto's Carolyn Sparano Bronto's Carolyn Sparano

Updated May 2, 2016

Premium Lock Joe Colopy's last Bronto roar: What's next for one of Triangle's best known entrepreneurs?

One last time ... Joe Colopy roars about his experiences at building Bronto into an email marketing powerhouse that he and co-founder Chaz Felix sold a year ago for $200 million to NetSuite. Why did he leave the company? What's next? Will he work with Chaz again?

Joe Colopy Joe Colopy

Updated May 2, 2016

Premium Lock Chaz Felix: Why he left Bronto, what's next, and will he work with Joe Colopy again?

The pioneering tag team of Chaz Felix and Joe Colopy which built Bronto into an email marketing powerhouse is no more. In an exclusive Q&A, Felix talks about his recent decision to leave Bronto, what may be next for him as an entrepreneur, lessons learned, advice for other entrepreneurs, and whether he will team up with Colopy again in the future.

Chaz Felix Chaz Felix

Updated April 29, 2016

Premium Lock Executive Q&A: Practichem CEO talks new funding, hiring plans, benefits of relocating to Triangle

Practichem, a biotechnology instrumentation and software startup based in Raleigh, is a company you may not have heard much about. Until Thursday. Landing $5 million in funding is generating buzz. In an exclusive Q&A, its founder and CEO talks about plans for the funding, hiring, sales, new products, and the benefits of moving to Raleigh from Wisconsin.

Nick DeMarco Nick DeMarco

Updated April 27, 2016

Premium Lock Double winners: HQ Raleigh, Red Hat share Full Steam awards spotlight

Full Steam Ahead awards  HQ Raleigh and Red Hat each captured two awards in WRAL TechWire's fourth "Full Steam Ahead Awards" on Tuesday night. Dave Rizzo, foounder of NC IDEA and IDEA Fund Partners, and Research Triangle Regional Partnership CEO Charles Hayes are among five lifetime service award recipients.

Updated April 27, 2016

Premium Lock Cash for tech: Windsor Circle to invest new funding in development

Fresh from closing on a new round of $4.1 million in venture funding, Windsor Circle CEO explains what he plans to do with the funding.

Matt Williamson Matt Williamson

April 26, 2016

Premium Lock Don't miss your chance to celebrate with Full Steam Ahead Award winners

Time is running out for you to get free tickets to Tuesday night's Full Steam Ahead Awards celebration from WRAL TechWire. We will be handing out 12 awards and five life time service honors - as well as our coveted engineer caps. Check out the list of finalists - and be there to find out who wins. We've also added some door prizes, including Durham Bulls tickets.

Dr. Charles Hamner took home two engineer caps Dr. Charles Hamner took home two engineer caps