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12:15 p.m. yesterday

NCSU Entrepreneurship Initiative: How to hit a homer in product pitching

Startups   The North Carolina State University Entrepreneurship Initiative regularly posts blogs about what's happening in the world of startups and how to succeed as entrepreneurs. In this blog, Moaad Benkaraache talks about how to succeed with product pitches.

10:58 a.m. yesterday

Premium Lock Researcher: Exploding sharing economy driving growth in mobile payment tech

Trying out Apple Pay As Uber, Airbnb, Lyft and other startups in the sharing economy ($335 billion by 2025, says PwC) continue to grow, their success is driving growth in mobile payment technology so consumers can take advantage of "sharing" opportunities. So believes an expert in the field at the Warwick Business School.

Updated 11:27 a.m. yesterday

$43B Syngenta sale to ChemChina could benefit North Carolina

"ChemChina has demonstrated a strategic and pragmatic approach with other investments the company has made in U.S. operations," says N.C. Biotechnology Center exec. "We expect that as a result, it will continue to value the advantages provided within North Carolina, as the largest cluster of high-tech agriculture in the world."

Syngenta's new lab in RTP Syngenta's new lab in RTP

7:26 a.m. yesterday

Premium Lock CEO: ChannelAdvisor's remix is paying off - 'I feel pretty good'

ChannelAdvisor Ecommerce services provider ChannelAdvisor's CEO David Spitz delivers a spirited pep talk to Wall Street analysts after the Triangle born-and-grown to IPO company grew revenues 21 percent in 2015. After a shift in focus to larger companies, a retooling of the firm's sales force and with an acquisition paying off, Spitz is very bullish entering 2016.

6:38 a.m. yesterday

NC Commerce chief renews push for crowdfunding

Commerce Secretary John Skvarla told a legislative panel Thursday that North Carolina needs to help small businesses find investment capital so they can grow, and one way to do that is to legalize crowdfunding.

John Skvarla wants crowdfunding John Skvarla wants crowdfunding

Updated 6:15 a.m. yesterday

Apple faces $626M patent loss; Comcast comeback; 15-second thriller series; WhatsApp, Gmail, Apple top 1B

Bulldog In today's Bulldog wrapup of technology news: Apple faces a huge loss in a patent case; Comcast mounts a comeback; a 15-second trhiller series at Instagram; and WhatsApp, Gmail as well as Apple top 1 billion mark in customers or devices.

Updated 2:42 p.m. Thursday

NC IDEA names former Kauffman Foundation exec as CEO

Thom Ruhe, a former senior executive with the entrepreneurial focused Kauffman Foundation, is the new CEO of NC IDEA, an economic development group based in Durham.

Thom Ruhe Thom Ruhe

Updated 6:20 a.m. yesterday

NC Biotechnology Center awards $1.6M in grants, loans

Biotech     ​The North Carolina Biotechnology Center awarded more than $1.63 million in 18 loans and grants to propel the life science sector statewide during the last quarter of 2015. Among the total is almost $600,000 awarded through the new Biotechnology Innovation Grant program.

9:37 a.m. Thursday

Quintiles exec on immunotherapy: 'It's working'

Cancer research  In observance of Feb. 4 as "World Cancer Day," Terry Murdock, the head of the Oncology Center of Excellence at Quintiles, writes in a blog that "there is much to celebrate" this year in the fight against cancer.

9:09 a.m. Thursday

Premium Lock 'State of Technology' report shows NC's numerous strengths, also weaknesses

Information Technology         North Carolina, the nation's ninth largest state, meets or tops that rank in six of 22 statistical categories for technology, according to a report from the North Carolina Technology Association. But there is plenty of room for improvement since in 10 categories the state ranks 21st or lower.

5:47 a.m. Thursday

Credit Suisse, which has big Triangle presence, is cutting 4,000 jobs

Layoffs        Swiss financial services giant Credit Suisse is cutting 4,000 jobs. The layoffs were disclosed Thursday after the bank disclosed a massive pre-tax loss for the fourth quarter. Credit Suisse employs some 1,700 people in the Triangle.

Updated 5:21 a.m. Thursday

Premium Lock Cisco pays $1.4B in cash for IoT unicorn Jasper - Why make the deal?

Cisco Systems is buying Jasper Technologies for $1.4 billion in cash in a move to help its customers connect, automate and manage billions of Internet-connected devices ranging from cars to jet engines to implanted pacemakers. Jasper is a "unicorn" - a venture capital-backed startup valued at more than $1 billion. Why make the deal?

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Updated 5:54 a.m. Thursday

Startup Weekend, Future Work events highlight tech calendar

Social networking Triangle Startup Weekend: Social Impact and the Institute for Emerging Issues' "Future Work" program highlight events coming up on the region's tech event calendar.

1:49 p.m. Wednesday

Premium Lock FDA trial 'hold' triggers 25% dive in Heat Bio stock

Heat Biologics Shares in Heat Biologics plunged 25 percent Wednesday after the company disclosed that the FDA put a "partial clinical hold" on a recently launched clinical trial. However, Heat says its "timelines" for the treatment "remain materially unchanged."

Updated 10:43 a.m. Wednesday

Premium Lock 'Rapid fire:' IBM acquiring third digital marketing agency in a week

IBM iX Digital marketing agencies are the hot acquisition target for IBM these days. On Wednesday, Big Blue said it was buying Germany-based Ecx.io. It's the third digital agency the tech giant has moved to buy in the past week.

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10:21 a.m. Wednesday

Premium Lock Inside Lenovo: Enterprise Group, cost discipline keys to weathering challenges

Earnings    Analysis: Lenovo disclosed revenues today that fell below analysts' expectations, triggering an 11 percent drop in its stock. But the company did report a bigger-than-expected profit, something the world's No. 1 PC seller attributed largely to cost cuts. So what's happening to Lenovo? Our Insiders get an in-depth analysis.

Updated 8:20 a.m. Wednesday

GSK posts $616M loss for 4th quarter; CEO sees 'substantial progress'

GSK in Zebulon  British-based drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE: GSK) posted a loss of $616 million for the fourth quarter of 2015 - compared with a profit of over $1 for the same period a year earlier- as the company moved to integrate new businesses. Its top exec says GSK is making progress.

7:56 a.m. Wednesday

Joe Procopio: Why there's so much startup buzz about Wilmington

Joe Procopio After spending eight hours in Wilmington for a speaking event, entrepreneur and prolific blogger Joe Procopio talks about why there's so much buzz about Wilmington as a startup hub.

Updated 10:24 a.m. Wednesday

Big drop in revenue triggers 11% plunge in Lenovo shares

Lenovo is doing well in India Lenovo, which is fighting a global downward trend in PC sales and has seen its smartphone sales fall sharply, is taking a beating in the stock market today after reporting an 8 percent drop in revenues for 2015's year-ending quarter. Layoffs and cost-cutting helped improve profits, however, the company notes.

Updated 7:57 a.m. Wednesday

Syngenta, which has big RTP presence, is being sold for $43B

After saying "no" to a $46.5 billion bid from Monsanto, the board of crop giant Syngenta has said "yes" to a $43 billion acquisition by Chinese chemical giant ChemChina. Syngenta has a big presence in RTP.

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