The Skinny blog is written by Rick Smith, editor and co-founder of WRAL Tech Wire and business editor of

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – WRAL Tech Wire, the chronicle of high-tech, entrepreneurship and innovation in the Triangle for more than 10 years, is looking to raise a pint to the titans of tech.

Join us Thursday, May 24, at the Fullsteam Brewery in Durham, for the first annual Full Steam Ahead Awards!

Our panel of judges (entrepreneurs, executives, investors – i.e. people who really know the business) will name winners in these categories:

  • Mogul – Top investor/owner
  • Conductor – Board chairman
  • Engineer – CEO
  • Fireman – COO (operations)
  • Brakeman – CFO (spending)
  • Signalman – CIO/CTO (technology/information)
  • Rookie – Top entrepreneur
  • Steward – Mentor/advisor to startups
  • Yardmaster – Developer/visionary driving regional development and/or a type of technology
  • Inventor – Creator/mastermind

We also will name five corporate winners:

  • The Express – Non-stop on way to success
  • The Turnaround – (The railroad turntable, turning engines around to run in opposite direction) – A rebuilt company
  • The Golden Spike – A solid, grind-it-out day to day company
  • The Subway – A company emerging from stealth mode
  • Riding The Third Rail – A company achieving success on a deadly “third rail” where other companies have tried and failed

Finally, we also will have a “people’s choice” winner – someone nominated and selected by Tech Wire readers.

Reserve your space at the bar today!