In today’s Bulldog update of technology news: Square 1 Bank participates in $5M Emma funding; NC counties with the most investments; Apple’s Tim Cook new Duke University Trustee; Target installing solar on Triangle store rooftops, Atlanta’s Noro-Moseley adds $6M to its fund.

Nashville-based email marketing firm Emma has raised $5 million in growth capital from NC-based Square 1 Bank and the Nashville Capital Network. Emma more than doubled its headcount in the last year, acquired marketing software firm Boomerang, and drew 650 marketers to Nashville for its first conference, Marketing United.

Emma currently works with more than 45,000 clients around the world, and in the past year has seen increased traction among mid-market brands.

Apple’s CEO a Duke Trustee

Apple CEO Tim Cook and eight other new members have joined the Duke University board of trustees. Other new members include NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, Coca-Cola Foundation chair Lisa Borders, PRM Advisors founder Patricia Morton and ValueAct Capital CEO Jeff Ubben. They’ll serve six year terms on the 37-member board that is responsible for Duke’s fiscal policies and educational mission.

Target installing rooftop solar on Triangle stores

Target Corp. (NYSE:TGT) will spend approximately $7.2 million to install solar panels on eight North Carolina stores, The projects include stores in Charlotte, Raleigh, Holly Springs, Monroe, Asheville, Morrisville and Jacksonville.

The company says it plans rooftop solar projects at 500 stores with a completion date set for 2020. It expects to get from 20 percent to 30 percent of its power for each store from the solar arrays.

NC Counties receiving the most investments

SmartAsset ( reports that Union County garners the most eocnomic investments in NC, followed by Brunswick on the coast and Wake. Mecklenburg is way down at ninth place. The other top ten counties are: 4, Onslow; 5, Chatham; 6, Johnson, 7, Pender, and 8, Cabarrus.

SmartAsset, a financial services company, measured busesiness establishment growth, GDP growth, new building permits and municipal bond investment to rank the counties.

Atlanta-based Noro-Moseley adds $6M to fund

Atlanta venture capital firm Noro-Moseley Partners, which invests throughout the Southeast, has added just over $6 million to its fund, accoridng to a regulatory filing.

In the filing with the SEC, it notes that “Interests sold in Noro-Moseley Partners VII, L.P., including sales identified herein and in prior Forms D, is $46,315,773. Total interests sold in Noro-Moseley Partners VII, L.P. and its parallel fund, Noro-Moseley Partners SBIC, L.P., is $81,596,385.”


Here’s the filing: