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Posts tagged “Venture & Innovation”

2:15 p.m. today

Premium Lock Fresh of $25M funding, Spoonflower wants a CFO with IPO experience

Its revenue has skyroccketed over the past three years; it has landed a big Boston investor and $25 million in cash - including money from Bull City Ventures. And now Durham-based Spoonflower is aiming even higher. The company wants a chief financial officer with - you guessed it - IPO experience. "Special bonuses also are available for the right candidate." They'd love to hire someone with Triangle connections, too. This is one very fascinating job description. Plus they have a host of other openings.

Spoonflower's colorful lobby Spoonflower's colorful lobby

7:02 a.m. today

Silicon Valley semiconductor firm buys Raleigh-based Ziptronix for $39M

Ziptronix, a semiconductor firm spun off from RTI International which raised more than $30 million over the years in venture capital, has been sold to a Silicon Valley firm for $39 million. The RTP company has been a pioneer in development of 3-D chip technology.

Ziptronix bonding technology in process. Ziptronix bonding technology in process.

11:31 a.m. yesterday

CED's Tech Venture event draws more than 50 top VC, angel firms

Next month's CED Tech Venture event already has commitments from more than 50 venture capital, angel groups and investors to be on hand looking for possible deals. Durham-based Spoonflower just landed a $25 million investment that its founders link directly to meeting investors at last year's show. Will deal lightning strike for other startups?

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10:45 a.m. yesterday

Uber hails passage of ride-sharing regulation bill in NC

Uber Continuing disagreements about the budget dominate the news from the General Assembly, but there is some movement of interest to the state's technology community. A bill regulating ride-sharing services such as Uber is expected to pass today. But what about crowdfunding and that new state venture fund?

12:03 p.m. Wednesday

Premium Lock Inside $25M Spoonflower deal: 50 new jobs, big plans for growth, 'we've only scratched the surface'

The co-founders of Durham startup Spoonflower are stitching together quite a success story. Focusing on custom fabrics and other products ordered by customers online, Spoonflower has just closed on $25 million. And its co-founders have big plans for the future.

Welcome to Spoonflower Welcome to Spoonflower

Updated 10:47 a.m. Wednesday

Premium Lock Why Bull City Venture Partners invested in Spoonflower

Bull City Ventures is one of two disclosed investors in a $25 million round of financing for Durham startup Spoonflower. Co-founder David Jones talks about why he and partner Jason Caplain did the deal.

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Updated 8:24 a.m. Tuesday

Premium Lock One-on-one with Christy Shaffer: What Hatteras' new $90M fund means, impact of her promotion; and why Triangle life science sector is so hot

In a Q&A, Triangle veteran life science executive turned venture capitalist Christy Shaffer talks with WRAL TechWire about the new $90 million venture fund raised by Hatteras Ventures, what her promotion says about female VCs, and why the Triangle life science sector is so hot.

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Updated 6:30 a.m. Tuesday

Trying to quit smoking? Two NCSU grads have an app for that

From driving directions to managing calendars, people rely on smartphones to make life easier. Two recent graduates of North Carolina State University are hoping their technology could help smokers kick the habit.

Updated 6:23 a.m. Tuesday

Premium Lock North Carolina's Inc. 5000 members - with a Triangle spin

Dollar sign      CEOs at private companies seldom - if ever - openly disclose revenues and profits. But each year thousands open the books hoping to make the Inc. 500/5000 list of fastest-growing private companies. And the latest list offers interesting insight into some of the Triangle's prize up-and-comers.

Updated 6:16 a.m. Tuesday

Groundwork Labs program looking for early-stage startups

Groundwork Labs, the American Underground-based program designed to help boost startups, is accepting applications for its fall program.

The Groundwork Labs system The Groundwork Labs system

Updated 12:12 p.m. Monday

Startup helps smokers snuff the habit with 'smart cigarette case'

Two recent NCSU graduates have developed technology to help people quit smoking. The tech uses both hardware and software to help smokers understand what triggers their craving for a cigarette, and use that information to kick the habit.

Updated 9:47 a.m. Monday

Hatteras Venture Partners closes on $90M for new fund, promotes Christy Shaffer

Venture Capital  Durham-based Hatteras Venture Partners has closed on $90 million for a new venture fund and is aiming for another $60 million. Hatteras also promotes Christy Shaffer, a former CEO of Inspire Pharmaceuticals, to General Partner.

Updated 6:31 a.m. Monday

Steen Kanter, who brought IKEA to North America, talks #TheBigIdea

After years building brands like IKEA, Herman Miller, Everlast and Lord & Taylor, Steen Kanter wants to spend more time mentoring startups in Raleigh. ExitEvent Editor Laura Baverman talks with Kanter about why he's backing #TheBigIdea.

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5:35 a.m. Monday

Triangle tech calendar: Raleigh Startup Crawl, Innovate Raleigh, Jim Whitehurst, WTW's Internet of Things

Social networking August wraps with a bang - Jim Whitehurst of Red Hat's leadership talk - then September brings a host of events: Innovate Raleigh, the Startup Crawl, CED's Tech Venture, WRAL TechWire's Internet of Things event - and much more. Check out the highlights.

5:30 a.m. Monday

WTW news in review: Week of Aug. 16 (Part 1)

Week in review Here's a look back at technology, life science and other related news as reported in WRAL TechWire for the week of Aug. 16, part one.

5:28 a.m. Monday

WTW news in review: Week of Aug. 16 (Part 2)

Week in Review Here's a look back at technology, life science and other related news as reported in WRAL TechWire the week of Aug. 16, part two.

5:25 a.m. Monday

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Contribute to WRALTechWire WRALTechWire is continuously expanding its content lineup, and we want you to participate. We are looking for news and analysis about all things tech and life science from people who know their business.

Updated August 21

Business intelligence startup Factivate lands funding from Cofounders Capital

Venture Capital  Factivate, a startup focusing on development of tools for use of business intelligence by sales and marketing organizations, has landed seed funding from Cofounders Capital.

August 21

Deadline near for Citrix-Red Hat $25,000 grant applications

Entrepreneurs looking for $25,000 to help kick-start a business as well as joining the Citrix-Red Hat Innovators Program are running out of time to apply.

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Updated August 21

CED Tech Venture adds more high-profile speakers, new keynote

Cisco's Rebecca Jacoby David Morken, CEO of Republic Wireless and plus Steve Neff, Fidelity Investments' top technology executive, are the latest additions to the speaker lineup for the CED Tech Venture conference next month. As WTW reported Thursday, the event also has a new keynote presenter.

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