Posts tagged “Venture & Innovation”

Updated 7:32 a.m. yesterday

Score one for RTP: CEO explains why he bolted Silicon Valley for Triangle

Cindy Whitehead, the CEO who sold Sprout Pharmaceuticals for $1 billion, is now an unofficial ambassador for the Triangle. She tells people: "Move here!" citing many reasons (quality of life, talent, cost of living.) The Skinny and Whitehead were discussing why RTP is such a hot spot for tech startups and we happened to discuss "Map My Customers," which recently bolted the Valley for RTP. And guess what - Matthew Sniff has posted at LinkedIn why he came to Carolina, citing many reasons Whitehead stresses in her pitches. Here's more.

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Updated 7:31 a.m. yesterday

Premium Lock MATI Energy lands $2.5M, expands energy beverage reach, plans more hiring (+ video)

MATI Energy is expanding its reach into Texas, adding a national distributor and is planning to hire additional employees with $2.5 million in additional financing. Plus: Watch a video, and what is MATI Energy drink?

Updated 2:43 p.m. Thursday

First WRAL TechWire Hall of Famers: Five pillars of NC's tech success

The first five recipients of WRAL TechWire's Hall of Fame honors for lifetime achievement are well-known contributors to the growing, evolving success of North Carolina's high tech, life science and entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Updated 2:43 p.m. Thursday

TechWire Awards go to six individual, six corporate Triangle tech, life science leaders

Startups, entrepreneurs, executives, investors and several of the Triangle's top tech and life science companies share the spotlight, taking home 12 awards at the fifth WRAL TechWire Awards. Plus, the first five members of TechWire's Hall of Fame are honored as are several Editor's Choice Award recipients.

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Updated 2:43 p.m. Thursday

NC Biz Wire, PACES team, Google Fiber advocate land WRAL TechWire Editor's Choice Awards

A UNC-Chapel Hill team of aspiring business journalists led by a veteran reporter and editor, three of the people who are among the major reasons why crowdfunding is now the law in North Carolina, and a pointman for Google Fiber's efforts to bring broadband to underserved communities are the recipients of WRAL TechWire's Editor Choice Awards.

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Updated 11:51 a.m. Thursday

Premium Lock Dr. James Goodnight, part 2: Advice on overcoming adversity, his proudest SAS memories, and the Triangle's bright future

For all the success Dr. James Goodnight has had in building SAS into a global $3B-plus company, he's also had to overcome adversity (Midway Airlines, a video game startup). So how should people deal with their own setbacks? In the second part of our Q&A, he also offers advice to entrepreneurs about startups, his proudest achievements, and his recommendations on how to keep the Triangle great.

Updated 11:51 a.m. Thursday

Premium Lock Dr. James Goodnight: From moment of inspiration to building SAS, a global software powerhouse

In the second of our interviews featuring WRAL TechWire's first five Hall of Fame selections, Dr. James Goodnight, co-founder and CEO of Cary-based SAS, talks about the inspiration to create a company, what factors enabled the company's success, and much more.

10:31 a.m. Thursday

Premium Lock Opinion: Trump tax plan is silent on boosting productivity, competitiveness

Innovation The Trump administration released [on Wednesday] the outlines of the president's proposal for tax reform. While some of the provisions are critical for boosting U.S. economic growth, like a lower corporate tax rate and a so-called "territorial" system for taxing companies' foreign profits, the plan is silent on many other key measures that are necessary to boost productivity and competitiveness

7:04 a.m. Thursday

NCSU's Lulu eGames is turning into a startup generator

LuLu eGames, run by NC State's Entrepreneurship Initiative (EI), began in 2009 with the goal of encouraging entrepreneurship and new business formation on campus and providing early stage capital to the most promising teams and ideas. This year, a record 192 teams applied. Over the years, numerous participants have produced emerging startups. Here's a look at the program.

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6:39 a.m. Thursday

Durham medical device company Physcient hopes to raise $1 million

North Carolina Business News Wire Physcient is hoping to raise $1 million in a private stock offering, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing. It has raised $344,862 thus far.

9:30 a.m. Tuesday

Premium Lock K4Connect hires WebAssign exec to serve as CFO

K4Connect K4Connect, the F. Scott Moody-founded startup focusing on Internet and tech services to assist older people and those living with disabilities, has hired WebAssign CFO Ellen Grantham to serve as its chief financial officer.

Updated 7:26 a.m. Tuesday

With all tickets gone, TechWire Awards to be streamed live at

All the tickets are gone for WRAL TechWire's fifth awards program on Tuesday night, so the event is going to be streamed live by our sister web site However, if you want to attend you can sign up on our waiting list.

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Updated 7:21 a.m. Tuesday

Premium Lock As Scot Wingo's new gig Spiffy lands extra $2.5M, he 'loves' being back with a startup

After launching ecommerce services provider ChannelAdivosr (one of the first) in 2001 to becoming an angel investor and much more, Scot Wingo recently returned full-time to the startup world as chair and CEO of fast-growing startup Spiffy. Wingo wasn't sure about the idea but now says he "loves" the venture - and he's got an extra $2.5 million to invest. Plus: Bull City Ventures explains why it's in on the Spiffy play.

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7:03 a.m. Tuesday

Laura Baverman: Inside Gridworks, Durham's newest coworking space (+ video)

American Underground targets non-tech workers for newest coworking option in Durham. ExitEvent Editor Laura Baverman takes a look.

2:20 p.m. Monday

Chris Heivly: Here's what makes a great startup CEO

Chris Heivly You know that your vision for the company is critical but you also know that you have to do this CEO thing as well. Chris Heivly takes a look at the qualities make for a good chief executive.

Updated 7:59 a.m. Monday

Premium Lock Dr. Charles Hamner: A creator of NC's life science industry

He's been called the "biofather" of North Carolina's growing life science industry, and Dr. Charles Hamner is among the first five people selected for WRAL TechWire's Hall of Fame. The former head of the N.C. Biotechnology Center and long a champion of North Carolina, Hamner talks about his distinguished career, achievements and disappointments in an exclusive Q&A.

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Updated 7:14 a.m. Monday

Joe Procopio: Here's everything you should know about startup

Veteran entrepreneur, author and blogger Joe Procopio talks about "The Book That Wasn't Meant To Be a Book," or "Everything You Should Know About Startup."

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5:36 a.m. Monday

WTW's week in review: 56 headlines not to be missed, part three

Triangle headlines Here's a look back at technology, life science and other related news as reported in WRAL TechWire for this past week, part three.

5:30 a.m. Monday

WTW's week in review: 56 headlines not to be missed, part two

Week in review Here's a look back at technology, life science and other related news as reported in WRAL TechWire over this past week, part two.

5:24 a.m. Monday

WTW's week in review: 56 headlines not to be missed, part one

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

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