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Unfortunately, the NC JOBS/PACES Act investment crowdfunding exemption bill (S481) has once again failed to make it through the NC legislature. Mark Easlely Sr. says its a missed opportunity for the state.
Over 135 analysts converged at AT&T's world headquarters in Dallas to hear directly from C-Level and senior executives what the operator is up to in business, technology and go-to-market strategy, and where the operator aims to be in the future. TBR analysts report on the event.
Taxes are always part of discussions about government and public policy, and taxes were clearly a hot topic in the recent session of the North Carolina General Assembly. Debates occurred about taxing services, lowering income tax rates, implementing incentives for business and energy expenditures, and dividing public revenues between urban and rural counties. Legislation was passed for some of these items, but economist Mike Walden says there will be more discussion and debate in future sessions.
NC IDEA has selected 22 semi-finalists from across the state in its 20th grant cycle to-date. These semi-finalists were chosen from the 130 applications received from NC-based startups focused on software, IP-based technologies, consumer products and medical device and diagnostics.
MMA Energy Capital has closed a $55 million financing facility with Coenergy through its joint venture with Fundamental Advisors to be used for the construction of its 36 megawatt North Carolina solar portfolio.
Prevention, detection methods and cybersecurity innovation are on the rise as forward-leaning business leaders focus on solutions that reduce cybersecurity risks and improve business performance. The Global State of Information Security Survey 2016 released today by PwC US examines how executives are looking towards new innovations and frameworks to improve security and mitigate enterprise risk.
Operators will focus on connected devices in 2H15 to gain subscribers in the saturating smartphone market
Mobile carriers are struggling to generate wireless service revenue growth in the U.S. due to the ongoing pricing war and the saturating smartphone market. To offset declining service revenue, operators are focused on expanding their connected device offerings and increasing equipment revenue through unsubsidized device purchases, According to TBR's 2Q15 U.S. & Canada Mobile Operator Benchmark.
Durham has gained repeated national attention for it burgeoning startup culture, fueled by multiple downtown incubators and hundreds of fledgling companies throughout the city. A new report from Thumbtack.com lists Durham as number 9 on a list of the top ten cities for Millennial entrepreneurs.
Technology Business Research, Inc.'s 2Q15 Devices and Platforms Benchmark illustrates how wearables will disrupt the device landscape as consumer mindshare and revenue shift from PCs and smartphones.
Ninety venture-backed M&A deals were reported in the third quarter, 20 of which had an aggregate deal value of $5.1 billion, increasing 39 percent compared to the second quarter and marking the strongest quarter for M&A exits this year, according to the Exit Poll Report by Thomson Reuters and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). Biotech companies accounted for more than three-quarters of the IPOS.
Unisys has been serving the IT industry for a very long time. The commoditization of IT hardware and the emergence of software and services as the growth drivers for the IT industry necessitated many firms, including Unisys, adapt and transform. Is it a comeback in the making? TBR analysts look at its strategy.
The North Carolina State Index, a forecast of the economy's direction four to six months ahead, declined by a modest 0.4% in August, continuing a downward trend that began in mid-2014. However, the reduction in the Index should be characterized as an "easing" rather than a "tumble", suggesting no near term threat of an recession.
Much of the economic news has been rather gloomy recently. There have been wild swings in the stock market, with multi-hundred point losses on some days. The Chinese economy may be in free-fall, while Europe is dealing with thousands of refugees from the war-torn Middle East. Canada is officially in a recession. And although jobs are being created, more than 10 percent of individuals in the labor force either don't have a job, have given up looking for a job or are working part-time because they can't find full-time work. Does this mean another recession?
As North Carolina cuts back on supporting solar energy in its latest budget, the state becomes the fourth to pass 1 gigawatt of power generated by solar energy, according to a report from the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association.
While the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to evolve and expand, moving from the planning stage to execution, the momentum is quantifiable, according to International Data Corp. (IDC). In its new global IoT decision maker survey, IDC says 73 percent of respondents have already deployed IoT solutions or plan to in the next 12 months.
Raleigh is outpacing Durham in GDP growth the last five years, but Durham saw strong growth since 2012. Raleigh racked up a whooping 26 percent GDP growth to $72 million from 2009 to 2014, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). But Durham has done particularly well the last three years.
In light of continuing reports that Citrix seeks a buyer, this TBR analysis of the company report at its industry analyst meeting in September says Citrix will maintain its relevance in end-user computing by delivering solutions for the workspace. Were they overly opitimistic?
Apple is taking aim at enterprise incumbents such as Dell, HP and Lenovo with the iPad Pro. TBR's in depth analysis provides insights on the strategy.
As HP approaches its Nov. 1 split into HP Inc. (HPI) and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), it unveiled headcount reductions as part of its corporatewide restructuring plan that was put forth in 2012, designed to increase the market fitness of HPE. A TBR analyst examines what's next.
Minority-owned businesses saw more positive growth since 2007 than white-owned companies, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The Durham-based InstituteNC says its analysis shows that African American-owned firms expanded their employee numbers at a higher rate than that of white employer firms; with white firms adding employees at a rate of 1.7 percent and black firms adding employees by 9 percent over the same period from 2007 to 2012.