RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK — Local Tech Wire is launching a revised and greatly expanded regional event calendar today, providing what we believe is the best place for members of the technology, venture and life sciences community across the Carolinas and Georgia to find out what’s happening when and where.

The calendar already includes 30 events for January and well over 100 listings through the spring. It will be updated as more events are announced.

LTW also welcomes Maverick Marketing as the sponsor of the calendar.

“Maverick Marketing is sponsoring the LTW Events Calendar because we are convinced it is going to be a fantastic resource for LTW readers,” Scott Place, who runs Maverick, says. “LTW serves as an information hub for what’s going on in the local technology community…adding the calendar will further serve its readers by keeping them current on upcoming events.”

Events range from regional conferences to seminars of interest to entrepreneurs.

Check out the Calendar here:

(By the way, send calendar items related directly to the tech and life sciences community to

Adding Some ‘Sanity’

LTW, which was launched on Jan. 25 of 2002, is also revamping and adding to its editorial content.

Terri Grauer joins our Guest Opinion column is lineup today with her “Sanity Check” commentary about yearend technology deals. Sanity Check will be a regular feature on Mondays.

This is the fourth standing column for LTW, the others being “The Human Factor”, which resumes on Tuesday; “TechLaw” on Wednesdays; and “The Entrepreneurial Spirit” on Thursdays.

Members of the law firm Daniels, Daniels & Verdonik write TechLaw.

Senior staff at HumanCentric Technologies contribute to “The Human Factor”.

LTW partnered with the Council for Entrepreneurial Development to create “The Entrepreneurial Spirit.”

William Dunk, an international business consultant based in Chapel Hill, is another regular contributor. He and other writers will be featured on Fridays — or on other days as events warrant.

LTW is implementing other changes, as you will see in coming weeks.

But, back to the calendar.

Reaching Across Borders

LTW and Maverick discussed the re-launching and expansion of the calendar since it’s a time-consuming and frustrating process coordinating events and travel schedules. LTW’s focus on the Carolinas and Georgia was designed to address the needs of a technology community that reaches beyond state borders.

“From the beginning, LTW has been one of the best sources of news about regional technology and life science companies,” Place says. “The information is straightforward, pertinent and timely. Aside from being an excellent source for the latest news, LTW delivers insightful opinion pieces and guest columns that provide perspectives on and give insight to the various issues facing the tech community.”

One way LTW has tried to address those needs is to accent what we have called “Regional Beats”. The list has included:

  • RTP Beat

  • Atlanta Beat

  • Charlotte Beat

  • Triad Beat

  • Mountain Beat
  • Plus, we have focused attention on venture capital (VentureWatch) and life sciences (BioWatch).

    Last week, we introduced Telecom and Networking since so much industry activity is taking place in the Southeast — and as the economic recovery continues telecom news is flowing almost like it did in the boom years at the turn of the decade.

    On Tuesday, we launch our SCBeat.

    By the time LTW’s third birthday arrives the week of Jan. 24, we’ll have a revamped daily lineup in place.

    As always, LTW welcomes Guest Opinions, suggestions on how we can be of better service, story ideas and feedback. You can reach me via email (

    Rick Smith is a founder and managing editor of Local Tech Wire.