|Beyond the Numbers|
These CEOs took VC Money, but why?
Believe it or not, it’s not the first time a bootstrapped, profitable company chose to take VC money after a number of years in operation without it. The writers at crunchbase news decided to talk to a few of those companies to find out why they chose that path and what came out of it. Click here to find out what those CEO’s said.
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Check out these events in and around the Triangle!
CHARLOTTE INNOVATION WEEK – 1/21-1/24: CLT’S first ever startup week!The Charlotte ecosystem is banding together—bringing investors, innovators and startup supporters together for a week filled with the opportunity to connect, pitch, invest and raise. Local companies and collectives are hosting events throughout the week
2020 NC TECH OUTLOOK FOR TECH – 1/24 (8:30am-2:30pm): Annual kick-off event with leading insights on trends + innovations shaping technology. The event includes a Pre-Event Shindig, Exhibit Showcase, Panel Breakout Sessions, and an information packed Luncheon Program.
2020 NC STIR BRIEFING – 1/30 (8:30am-10:00am): NC TECH releases an annual North Carolina State of Technology Industry Report & Tech Directory, which provides a snapshot of North Carolina’s facts, statistics, trends, narratives and insights into NC’s tech industry and includes a directory of all NC TECH members.
TECHSTARS STARTUP WEEKEND DAVIDSON – 1/31 – 2/2 (6:30pm-4:00pm): Join for a three-day, hands-on, startup event: Form a team, create a prototype, validate
e your idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.
NC IDEA SPRING 2020 GRANT PREP SESSION – The session will provide tips and best practices for writing a successful grant application, covering the anatomy of the grant application with specifics on what the reviewers are looking for in each section. (2/3 – 5:30-7:00pm – Wilmington) (2/4 – 3:00pm-4:30pm – Raleigh) (2/5 – 6:00pm-7:30pm – Winston-Salem) (2/6 – 6:00pm-8:00pm – Charlotte)
C-SUITE PERSPECTIVES – 2/14 (7:30am-9:00am): Don’t miss the opportunity to hear from Donald Thompson, CEO of Walk West. He will share the story of his professional journey and the story of Walk West, a digital marketing firm recognized by Inc 5000 as the fastest growing agency in North Carolina in 2018 and 2019.
RURAL NC PLACE-BASED ENTREPRENEURSHIP ROUNDTABLE – 2/18 (9:30am-4:00pm): This roundtable will focus on place-based entrepreneurial centers and programs, such as incubators, co-working spaces and accelerator programs in counties of less than 200,000 people.
CODE FOR DURHAM: CIVIC HACKING SESSION – 2/18 (5:30pm-8:30pm): Code for Durham is a bi-weekly project night for technologists, designers, developers, data scientists, map makers, and activists who are working on “civic technology” projects.
TECH TALENT SOUTH CHARLOTTE DIVERSITY IN TECH PANEL – 2/20 (6:30pm-8:30pm): Diversity isn’t just something you should consider when growing your business; it will cause your business to grow.Did you know that racially diverse teams outperform non-diverse teams by 35% or that teams where men and women are equal earn 41% more revenue?BUNKER BREWS RALEIGH-DURHAM: NAVIGATING THE ENTREPRENEUR ECOSYSTEM – 2/20 (5:30pm-7:30pm): We all know the NC entrepreneur ecosystem is strong, robust, and powerful. Come hear insights from Arden Rosenblatt as he shares tips to navigating the resources that are available.
STARTUP SALES & MARKETING: WHY EVEN THE GREATEST PRODUCTS DON’T SELL THEMSELVES – 2/29 (11:00am-3:00pm): MEDx’s Entrepreneurship Workshop, Startup Sales and Marketing, Why Even the Greatest Products Don’t Sell Themselves.
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