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The Skinny

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

Updated August 28

Premium Lock HP takes lead in sever market as IBM-Lenovo deal waits for approval

HP's Meg Whitman has been throwing around a lot of "FUD" - fear, uncertainty and doubt - about the Lenovo-IBM x86 server deal since it was announced. And guess who now leads in global server sales?

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Updated August 27

Premium Lock Rock this way: Gamers love EDM, so Tilt Music Festival goes electronic

From The White Panda to Ashes of a Martyr, electronic dance music bands are hitting the stages in Durham for three nights for the Tilt Music Festival next week. Gamers will be gathering for the TiltExpo and they told organizers they prefer EDM. So be ready to be rocked in downtown Durham.

Tilt Music Festival Tilt Music Festival

Updated August 26

Premium Lock Startup Factory's warning to Triangle: 'Bar keeps getting higher' for funding

Chris Heivly and Dave Neal of The Startup Factory accelerator have some advice for Triangle entrepreneurs hoping to land a spot there or raising money elsewhere: The competition is getting tougher and "everyone has to keep upping their game."

Chris Heivly, left, and partner Dave Neal Chris Heivly, left, and partner Dave Neal

August 21

Two Toasters celebrates Inc. 5000 by paying it forward: A fundraiser for Girls Who Code

There's no "ice bucket challenge" at the headquarters of mobile apps startup Two Toasters, but the team is cooking. Its rapid revenue growth earned the Durham startup a spot in the Inc. 5000, and the celebration is a fundraiser for Girls Who Code.

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August 21

Premium Lock Clinverse CEO: Pharma industry changes mean more business opportunities

Denis Connaghan, Clinverse's chief executive officer, has $9.1 million in new funding to exploit changes in the pharmaceutical business that mean more opportunities for his clinical trials technology firm. He also talks about the challenges he has faced in his first year on the job in an exclusive Q&A for WRAL TechWire Insiders.

Clinverse Clinverse

Updated August 21

Prediction: Failure to pass crowdfunding, other economic development bills will hurt N.C.

NC JOBS Act   North Carolina had a chance to establish itself as a leader in the emerging trend of crowdfunding for startup businesses. The state also could have had more money to invest in economic development. But the General Assembly failed to pass the bills. And don't be surprised if our state suffers.

August 20

Premium Lock Inside Inc. 5000: Two Toasters' mobile apps deliver 579% growth

Founded in 2008, Durham-based Two Toasters has turned an app development niche into a booming business. The bootstrapped startup ranks No. 787 on the latest Inc. 5000 list with revenue surging 579 percent over the past three years. In an exclusive Insider interview, CEO Rachit Shukla explains why Two Toasters is so hot.

An app built by Two Toasters An app built by Two Toasters

Updated August 20

Premium Lock Clinverse CEO: New venture funding to drive expansion, create new jobs

Denis Connaghan, Clinverse's chief executive officer for a year now, has wasted no time in putting his own stamp on the company. The clinical trials technology company has raised $9.1 million in new venture capital, landed a new high-profile investor, and will be gunning for more business as it aims for profitability in 2015. WRAL TechWire Insiders go inside the latest developments at Clinverse in an exclusive two-part Q&A.

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Updated August 20

Crowdfunding killed in NC; bill backer criticizes Senate strategy

NC JOBS Act   The tweet from WRAL's Capitol news team says it all for crowdfunding in North Carolina: "House votes to KILL H1224 47-54." The NC JOBS Act was part of House Bill 1224, which went down to defeat after some bitter debate. The vote failed despite last-second lobbying from Secretary of Commerce Sharon Decker.

Updated August 19

Premium Lock Exclusive: GroundFloor isn't moving to Atlanta due to NC crowdfunding impasse

Crowdfunding startup GroundFloor is not moving to Atlanta because of the failure of the N.C. general Assembly to pass crowdfunding legislation, co-founder and CEO Brian Dally tells WRAL TechWire. In an in-depth Q&A, Dally talks about why the decision was made, that the firm could have raised more than the $1 million announced Tuesday, and deal flow is good. So good, in fact, that they expect to raise another round of financing later this year.

Groundfloor co-founders Brian Dally and Nick Bhargava Groundfloor co-founders Brian Dally and Nick Bhargava

August 19

Premium Lock Exclusive: In-depth survey helps ChannelAdvisor plot next ecommerce moves

ChannelAdvisor went public just a year ago, but the Morrisville-based provider of international ecommerce services has not let up on new product development. Looking for ways to expand its market, the company hired an outside research firm to conduct an in-depth survey among hundreds of firms utilizing ecommerce. What did ChannelAdvisor find out, and how are the results shaping future plans? WRAL TechWire has the details for Insider subscribers.

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Updated August 19

Premium Lock Crowdfunding, solar, job recruitment at stake in legislative impasse

As the General Assembly enters showdown week over several key bills, entrepreneurs, solar power backers, investors and job recruiters have a lot riding on the fate of "HB 1224." There's much more at stake than crowdfunding as GOP leaders search for a way to reach a truce.

House Speaker Thom Tillis House Speaker Thom Tillis

Updated August 15

Premium Lock New life for crowdfunding bill: House will review Monday

NC JOBS Act   Well, crowdfunding in North Carolina isn't dead after all. The House late Friday afternoon voted to review a bill on Monday that includes the NC JOBS act, reports WRAL's Mark Binker.

August 15

Premium Lock Inside Windsor Circle's new round: Why Comcast as investor, how Steve Case helps, new jobs, expansion

Ecommerce startup Windsor Circle went national in searching for new venture capital. Why? And how is AOL founder Steve Case helping as an investor? How does the Durham firm plan to spend its new cash, and are new offices on the horizon? CEO Matt Williamson goes on the record for WRAL TechWire Insiders.

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Updated August 15

Premium Lock Egad! Crowdfunding bill now caught up in teacher assistant dispute

NC JOBS Act   Backers of the NC JOBS Act, which would permit crowdfunding for startups in North Carolina, may not get their wish for passage as heated political debate drags on in the state's General Assembly. Crowdfunding as well as economic development issues such as a new job development fund are part of a package that still divides House and Senate.

August 14

Windsor Circle's CEO's advice on raising VC: 'Stay hungry'

Windsor Circle's Matt Williamson and his team are showing other entrepreneurs how to grow a successful business and - in these days of tight capital at least locally - the way to land venture capital. Williamson shares his three secrets for raising VC.

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Updated August 13

Premium Lock Report shows growing importance of crowdfunding as driver for future VC funding

money image A new report from CB Insights, which tracks the venture capital industry, documents for the first time the importance of crowdfunding to startups not only for initial capital but also as a way to ignite interest from institutional investors. But in N.C., there's a problem: The state has yet to approve crowdfunding legislation.

Updated August 12

Premium Lock Preview of what's coming to RTP: AT&T ramps to 'gigapower' in Austin

AT&T is in the process of engineering its ultrafast Internet footprint in the Triangle as part of the North Carolina Next Generation Network initiative, and a preview of what's coming began Monday in Texas. Customers in Austin can now get access to gigabit Internet in some areas. Here's a look at what AT&T is offering and what competitors are doing.

AT&T touts its GigaPower    AT&T touts its GigaPower

August 12

Premium Lock Internet speedometer report shows N.C. is s-l-o-w

How fast - or slow, depending on your point of view - is overall Internet access in North Carolina? How about slower than in South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia and especially Virginia? In fact, the tar Heel state ranks 30th, according to a new report. The data shows new fiber networks can't be deployed quickly enough to satisfy net users thirsting for speed.

Caution is out  - yellow - for Internet speed in N.C. Caution is out - yellow - for Internet speed in N.C.

August 4

Premium Lock Crowdfunding bill on ropes but backers refuse to give up

The N.C. House and Senate meet again this week to try to wrap up businesses, and a bill that contains crowdfunding as well as economic development legislation remains in limbo. Backers are calling for crowdfunding to be voted on separately by the Senate but it's "hard to say" if the politicians will go along.

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