How can anyone think with all this down-pouring rain and crazy wind? This is GrepBeat's Social Media Manager Jackie Sizing, and they have trusted me to take over the newsletter this week. Pete, who can't be happy about the rain, is on vacation in the Outer Banks. So, without further ado, let's talk about everything tech in the Triangle!
Anyone, when they were a college freshman, relates to the struggle of finding an internship or job with a basically empty resume—myself included. Duke computer science students Qi Xuan Khoo and Anni Chen experienced this last summer after finishing their first year. During this time, the pair noticed because of the pandemic, small and medium-sized companies in Southeast Asia struggled in recruiting tech talent. That’s when Khoo and Chen came up with the idea of Technify, a digital platform that connects Duke students with nonprofits and social enterprises in Southeast Asia for pro-bono tech consulting projects. Since launching in March, the company has connected 70 Duke students to eight projects headed by organizations in Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines. Read our full story here.
After taking one coding class during my UNC-Chapel Hill undergrad, I 100% believe this next statement: creating a successful software venture requires money, time and expertise. As the former Director of Engineering at Shape Security, Jarrod Overson knows this first-hand. He has helped his fair share of large software companies rebuild their software applications.
Overson founded Cary-based Vino to lower those barriers to entry and make software more accessible with its composable application platform. He believes their platform will change coding and the way companies build applications. Read our full story here.
I don't mean money green; I mean saving the planet green. After raising nearly $1M earlier this year from investors, founder and CEO Alex Lassiter launched Green Places, a company that provides small businesses a program to offset their carbon impact in as little as 60 seconds. So, there are really no excuses now for not adopting more green practices. Currently, over 25,000 tons of carbon emissions have been offset through Green Places. That’s equivalent to taking about 5,400 gas-powered cars off the road. Read more at WRAL TechWire.
(Also, one of those investors is our very own GrepBeat Godfather, Joe Colopy!)
The overwhelming process of starting a business definitely has scared away talented people and their ideas. We can't have that—what would GrepBeat write about?
Today, Startomatic officially launched their new product, Starter Flow, a step-by-step guide to start your new business or help your small business. With one subscription, you’ll have access to business planning, company branding, online presence, and incorporation tools. Read more about the product on their website or this short slide show.
A Durham Exclusive
Another tech hub in Durham? I think yes. FlyExclusive, a private jet charter company, recently announced it will open a new office in Durham that will serve as a technology hub for its employees to develop applications for the company and its clients. The company–which was in a list of best startups in Forbes–employs over 500 people and is seeking to fill four engineering roles and eleven other roles. Read the full story on WRAL TechWire.
NC lawsuit against Google
Google is not playing by the rules. North Carolina, with a dozen of other states, filed a lawsuit yesterday targeting Google’s Play Store, where people download apps designed for the Android software. In a statement, Attorney General Josh Stein said Google is using its monopoly power to increase its power and profits at the expense of North Carolina consumers. Read the full story at WRAL TechWire.
NCTech 2021 Awards
It’s that time of the year again! Let's uplift the tech community in the Triangle and beyond. The NC Technology Association is organizing its annual statewide tech award program dedicated to celebrating growth, innovation and leadership. Summer is nomination and application season—click here to nominate a colleague or company, other than your own! Finalists are announced in mid-late September, and winners are announced at the NC TECH Awards Gala on Nov. 3.
If you’re looking for coworking space, you can always play it safe and glom on to a big chain like WeWork. And hey, they’re perfectly nice. But if you’re looking for something more local, gritty and—dare we say it—cool, then the soon-to-open Durham Bottling Company may be for you. Smashing Boxes CEO Nick Jordan bought the space at 506 Ramseur Street a few years back as a new company HQ but always had grander plans for the 16,000+ square feet. Enter Durham Bottling Company (DBC), which might sound like a new nightlife concept but is in fact a coworking and event space with a stated mission to create a more inclusive and diverse community. DBC offers all the usual amenities you’d expect (free coffee, hot desks, private offices, etc.) but also has a sister nonprofit entity that will help stage a monthly event series. You can get on the waitlist here.
Congratulations to NCSU grad Kamala Subramaniam who was recently named the site lead for the soon-to-be Google engineering hub in Durham!
Check out Momentum’s next installment of their new career-path series, A Day in the Life of a Software Engineer! Their guest speaker dives into one of the many career path options for a code school graduate or just somebody looking for a career change. And guess what? It’s free AND virtual. Click here to register for the virtual talk on July 15th from 12–1 pm.