These local companies will be showcasing at the CED Tech Venture Conference! I have included links to their individual twitter feeds below and have added them to my StartupWatchlist to track them all.
|Durham||@adzerk||We empower developers to build revenue generating products. Check out our ad serving API.|
|Durham||@AnyCloudCo||all your photos in one amazing place. Find, manage, & enjoy your photos from any photo service, cloud storage, social network, or email on one site.|
|Durham||@CrowdTunes||Putting the power in the palms of the people and providing venues a better music management solution.|
|EyeScribes, Inc.||Durham||@EyeScribes||Virtual medical scribing utilizing Google Glass|
|FilterEasy.com||Raleigh||@FilterEasy||We deliver your air filters to your home or business when it’s time to change them, for a cost that’s less than the store’s. 800.308.1186|
|Guerilla RF||Greensboro||.||Our high performance RF and Microwave IC products enable new levels of range and coverage area in wireless systems.|
|inMotionNow, Inc.||Morrisville||@inmotionnow||A workflow automation solution for enterprise creative teams, combining project management with creative brief management and online proofing.|
|KnowledgeTree, Inc.||Raleigh||@knowledgetree||KnowledgeTree’s Content Selling software accelerates buyers from prospect to customer. Right content, right time, right in #salesforce|
|nCino, Inc.||Wilmington||@ncino||A revolutionary Bank Operating System providing significant ROI and competitive advantage.|
|Royalty Exchange||Raleigh||@royaltyexchange||The official investment marketplace for buying and selling royalties from music, books, TV, film, patents, trademarks oil/gas, and energy.|
|Stealz, Inc.||Raleigh||@getstealz||Stealz is the mobile app that rewards you with awesome deals for sharing photos with your friends.|
|Tethis, Inc.||Raleigh||Tethis creates and sells novel high value polymers made from low value renewable biomass such as corn starch and hemicellulose. Our first platform Tethex™ is a series of products that are ground-breakingly effective in the removal of ions from water or as a Superabsorbent polymer (SAP).|
|The Produce Box||Raleigh||@TheProduceBox||We deliver locally grown, sustainable, farm-fresh produce & local artisan goods to our members’ homes and offices throughout North Carolina.|
|Valencell||Raleigh||@Valencell_Inc||Valencell develops performance biometric data sensors and licenses its patent-protected technology to consumer electronics manufacturers, mobile device and accessory makers, sports and fitness brands and gaming companies for integration into their products.|
|WedPics||Raleigh||@WedPicsApp||WedPics is the #1 Photo & Video Sharing App for Weddings! No more disposable cameras!|
|Windsor Circle||Durham||@windsorcircle||Get More from your Customers with Retention Automation Platform: Instantly Connect eCommerce to Email, Analyze Order Data, Automate Lifecycle Marketing.|
The City of Raleigh, NC has dedicated resources and leveraged the brainpower of citizens to push forward with increasing transparency. Open data and open government is on the minds of many now, and Raleigh was ahead of the bandwagon. Visit the Raleigh Open Data website to learn all about the effort and to explore the data. This data visualization uses Tableau to connect via the OData connection.
Amazon’s leadership principles are pretty solid and specific:
Whether you are an individual contributor or the manager of a large team, you are an Amazon leader. These are our leadership principles and every Amazonian is guided by these principles.
I’ve no doubt watched as much #ACC Basketball as most of the voters for player of the year. Keep in mind that while they were covering a game at a time, I was watching the next two. I was Little Deac of the Week before some of the voters were born. I’ve been to Seven World’s Fairs, six sheep shearings, and a handful of Hillsborough hikes that included Sadlack’s. I’ve pulled for Duke in the Dean Dome after camping for tickets there in the cold. I’ve pulled for the Tarheels every time they’ve played Russia. I’ve been on Franklin Street after a National Championship. I am most certainly biased. If you’ve watched this much college basketball and you aren’t passionate enough to have strong opinions about the schools, the colors, the uniforms, the cheerleaders, the fans, the arenas, the coaches and your league – well, you are probably a terrible lover and a horrible person. You also shouldn’t be voting for player of the year in the ACC. But if you are…
Tableau worked with AllRecipes.com data to create a Regional Thanksgiving Recipe visualization. Knowing that sweet potatoes are popular here in North Carolina – that got me hungry for more data on sweet potato production. I grabbed some data from the USDA, learned a bit about sweet potatoes, a bit about measuring crop production – and bam, I noticed something that wasn’t immediately clear to me. At risk of showcasing my ignorance of farming, I opted to go ahead and publish this viz at that point. Often data visualization is about accidental discovery. Often visualizing the data helps you see the questions that should really be asked of others that are closer to the subject matter. I didn’t see this dip in the raw data when it was buried in that USDA archive, but as soon as I used a tool to visualize it – something jumped out. Something changed abruptly in 1950. Did sweet potato production really drop? Did we change incentives / policy on production quotas? Is there something odd with how the production was tracked? Did new health information curb interest? Data will always tell you something. In this case it may tell us that I was sleeping in US History class. Regardless, this is exactly how data analysis works in the real world. Sometimes you have to gather the family and appreciate the insights from others as you recall your fortunate history you turkeys. Enjoy some sweet potato pie. Happy Thanksgiving!
Sports. Data. If you are here, you probably know that these are a few of my favorite things. This is a Sample NBA dashboard that I built using Tableau and a host of data sources that I pulled together. The About page has some of the components / notables. There are a couple of imperfect pixels that got introduced in Tableau Public. (they weren’t there on my desktop) I will reach out to my Tableau friends and work with them once I have a chance to investigate a bit more.
Throwback Thursday Who’s with me? #backtothefuture
Triangle Startup Weekend – EDU style. Finally a 2 day weekend with the first signs of spring weather. So after a full week of work inside away from the cold, what could be better than to put on a pair of shorts and log another 40 hours inside? To be fair – I was standing on the shoulders of giants and the view from up there was worth every second. And by standing, of course I mean that I was chilling inside of a super posh space, on a beanbag at @HUBRaleigh . As for these massive giants – were they scary? They were scary smart. These giants were my new found Triangle Startup Weekend @coursefork teammates, three of which I had never met until Friday night. One of them, Elliott Hauser @hauspoor came with a brilliant concept. He is an impressive, passionate educator at the University of North Carolina. You won’t get that sentence from me but once, ever. In fact, I just lost 20 years of Wolfpack street cred – so that tells you how impressive he is. After his pitch attracted two developers that seemed to gel immediately – it was like watching a jam session as they banged out and merged code.
Triangle Startup Weekend brings out familiar Triangle entrepreneurial giants every time, but this specific TSW was focused on education. The focus on that niche brought out additional giants from distant fee-fi-fo-fiefdoms for the event. Educators came from Raleigh, Durham, Chapel-Hill, and from counties throughout NC that I had never even heard of. Ok, I had heard of the counties, but that was a long time ago and I can blame my NC education for not making all 100 county names stick. (Too soon?)
Educators were not only there to provide subject matter input, they were there to pitch their startup *solutions* to problems they see firsthand. They brought passion from the daily front lines of helping students succeed. There were K-12 teachers, workshop builders, professors from UNC, NC State, Davidson, Duke, and even one from Western Michigan. There were students from as far as California, and there were NCState students, and many UNC students and graduates participating throughout the weekend too. (Let’s go Wolfpack family for TSW later this year!) These people were excited enough about the possibilities and potential for innovation in education that they were willing to drive many hours to an event to contribute. It was powerful to see roughly 1/3rd of a room filled with educators that were essentially risk-seeking investors. While they weren’t necessarily “VC” investors, there is no doubt that the investments they made were substantial. They seeded us all with inspiration and further recognition that we have some of the most amazing educators in the world here in NC – and especially here in the Triangle. I was left with little doubt that we have the ability to create innovative systems, processes, and tools to help these passionate educators and ultimately their students – thrive.
More on the weekend events coming soon…
Including more on our winning team of giants @coursefork – and a startup that is about to fork with your collective minds: