Posts tagged “Startups”

December 6, 2013

Premium Lock Silicon Harbor Ventures launches $5M fund with S.C. tech investment focus

Looking for cash? Silicon Harbor Ventures is now accepting applications from South Carolina tech startups looking for capital. Read more about the fund and its goals.

Updated December 6, 2013

Premium Lock GoGown deal shows power, necessity of networking for startups

If there is anything more valuable to an entrepreneur launching a new venture than the idea driving a new company, it is networking - not financing. As the potential big hit story of GoGowns - a creation of a registered nurse in Durham - clearly shows, making the right connections can open the doors of success. Just ask Ginny Porowski.

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Updated December 6, 2013

Premium Lock Inside N.C. Commerce report: State not positioned 'to be a leader in innovation'

High tech growth by itself won't be enough to kickstart North Carolina's economy. What the state needs is innovation across the broader state economy. WRALTechWire takes an in-depth look at the new "Tracking Innovation report" from the N.C. Department of Commerce.

University R&D figures from Tracking Innovation 2013 University R&D figures from Tracking Innovation 2013

December 5, 2013

Premium Lock Fighting hospital infections: A Durham nurse's dream produces the GoGown

Ginny Porowski, a registered nurse turned entrepreneur, is meeting a true pain point for hospitals and patients with her "GoGown," a disposable gown designed to protect patients and staff from infections. She recently landed a licensing deal for GoGown after signing on to work with Edison Nation Medical, a medical device incubator in Charlotte. Porowski met Edison through John Austin at Groundworks Labs in Durham. In the first of a three-part story, WRALTechWire offers its Insiders a detailed account of how GoGowns went from dream to reality.

Ginny Porowski, right, demonstrates a GoGown Ginny Porowski, right, demonstrates a GoGown

December 5, 2013

Premium Lock From photos to out-of-this-world art: Raleigh firm's software transforms images

How can photographs be turned into a painting even a professional artist might admire for a full palet of color and swirling brush strokes? Alien Skin in Raleigh offers new software designed to help turn amateur shooters into a Monet or Picasso - with a few strokes of the keyboard and a mouse. WRALTechWire talks with the mastermind behind the new program in an exclusive interview.

Alien Skin's software transforms photo, left, into art. Alien Skin's software transforms photo, left, into art.

December 3, 2013

Premium Lock Apple buys analytics firm for real-time Twitter feed access

Apple     Apple pays more than $200 million for Topsy, said people with knowledge of the deal, who asked not to be identified because the information is private. The San Francisco-based startup's service is used by companies to analyze consumer sentiment on Twitter, be it responses to TV shows or politics.

December 2, 2013

Premium Lock Silicon Valley-backed Scioderm names two board members

Scioderm Durham-based biotech startup Scioderm, which in April disclosed $16 million in venture funding and was awarded fast-track status for its lead drug candidate, now is adding veteran executives to its board of directors.

December 2, 2013

Premium Lock Inside Appia's latest funding deal: Debt beats dilution

When Jud Bowman decided to further ramp up his global expansion efforts at Appia, the veteran entrepreneur chose to do so by raising another round of debt financing rather than sell some equity. Bowman says he wants to avoid getting "really diluted." With the new funding, he plans additional hiring as Appia expands locally and internationally.

The bar at bottom of screen shot shows Appia's growing business The bar at bottom of screen shot shows Appia's growing business

December 2, 2013

Premium Lock Innovation Fund North Carolina to accept applications for startup loans, grants

Dollar sign       IFNC will award $25,000 in grants and up to $100,000 in non-recourse loans to startup applicants in technology in agriculture, advanced manufacturing, health care and IT/communications.

December 2, 2013

Premium Lock Looking back: What made headlines last week in WRALTechWire

Week in review A look back at technology, life science and other related news as reported in WRAL Tech Wire for the week of Nov. 25-Dec. 2.

Updated November 27, 2013

Premium Lock Entrepreneur lesson #345 from Barley Labs: You can't prepare for everything

My background is in public relations and as any PR person can tell you, we basically live our work lives with the following rule: Plan for the worst, hope for the best. I've trained executives to be camera ready. I've prepped key messages. I've created crisis plans. But at the end of the day, I can't plan for everything.

The Barley Labs team The Barley Labs team

Updated November 27, 2013

Premium Lock Tech guru Mossberg changes gears, praises Republic Wireless

In a new review of Raleigh-based Republic Wireless, which blends Wi-Fi and cellular technology to make calls, Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal gushes with praise. That contrasts sharply from a more somber review back in February.

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Updated November 27, 2013

Premium Lock Can Barley's bark win Super Bowl gold for Durham startup?

Jet-black Barley developed a taste for home-made treats made by Scott Beaudry and Theresa Chu. The couple, which lives in Durham, decided to turn those treats into a company - named in Barley's honor. And now Barley's Labs is a finalist for a 30-second spot in advertising's biggest event: The Super Bowl. WRALTechWire has the story - and a video interview of the Barley team.

The Barley team The Barley team

November 26, 2013

Premium Lock Valencell lands partner for wearable fitness monitoring technology

Valencell Valencell and partner Scosche Industries will unveil the wearable fitness products at the CES 2013 electronics show in Las Vegas in January.

Updated November 26, 2013

Premium Lock Survey explodes myth of the poor VC-backed entrepreneur

The next time some VC-backed startup executive complains to you about having to live off the $1 items in the fast-food menus, fork over a dollar, smile, and suggest he or she leave that as a tip. A new salary survey about the state of compensation for executives at southeast-based venture capital-backed companies is out. And you will see green - lots of it. The myth of the downtrodden entrepreneur trying to make his business a go is just that - a myth.

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Updated November 25, 2013

Premium Lock Carolina Challenge shows startups how to play new 'pitch' game

The Inside Story from WRALTechWire columnist Joe Procopio: Making pitches to investors have changed due to SEC requirements. The Carolina Challenge is showing entrepreneurs how to succeed at the new game. How? WRALTechWire Insiders can access the whole story.

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November 25, 2013

Premium Lock News in review: What made headlines last week in WRALTechWire

Week in review A look back at technology, life science and other related news as reported in WRAL Tech Wire for the week of Nov. 18-24.

November 22, 2013

Premium Lock Triangle newcomer Sapheon goes after another $10M in funding

The medical device firm, which moved to Morrisville two years ago, recently raised nearly $20 million and applied for FDA approval of its technology for treating varicose veins. Now it's seeking to raise another $10 million.

Sapheon targets varicose veins Sapheon targets varicose veins

November 21, 2013

Premium Lock Biologics firm Bioventus names veteran exec as new CEO

Bioventus Anthony Bihl, a former executive at Bayer Healthcare, Siemens Medical Solutions Diagnostics and American Medical Systems, will take over as CEO at Bioventus in December.

Updated November 20, 2013

Premium Lock Quintiles, Vietnam partner to improve clinical trials and find new tropical disease drugs

Quintiles Under the two-year deal, Quintiles and Vietnam will work on improving the scope and breadth of clinical trials in that country.

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