An interview with Mike Rhoades, CEO of Blaze Advisors, LLC Mike Rhoades is founder and CEO of a boutique healthcare consulting firm specializing in supporting healthcare providers across all sectors… Read more »
In the age of the #hashtag, even in high-concept industries like #tech, there’s a constant intersection between intellectual rigor and pop culture tribalism. Virality is all good and well for the advent of new ideas, but #buzzwords can prove superficial, even counterproductive within legitimate discussion. We often mistake new for profound. Don’t let your business fall prey to fashionability. It’s time to check yourself.
Whether you’re a hospital or multinational manufacturer using Lean methods to adapt to new realities, how do you get started? What types of people do you need to put in place? The culture of legacy organizations may not be the best fit for the startup sensibility or vision. Your enterprise team, its structure, its people and culture may not look like anything your organization has seen before.
Make Room, Interoperability and Cybersecurity, Here Comes Cognitive Health IT: Our Top 5 Takeaways from HIMSS17
This isn’t just some glorified LAN party in the basement of a Super 8. If medtech had a Super Bowl, or a WrestleMania, then Health Information Management and Systems Society’s (HIMSS) annual conference is it. Over 40,000 health IT professionals, clinicians, executives, and vendors from around the world converge for…
Every business prefers to run lean. It’s a virtue that seems exclusive to young, agile startups. But what does it look like when an enormous, major corporation adapts Lean methodology for improving the quality and speed of its output? It looks like an oxymoron. Yet major corporations like GE, ING, and Samsung have been implementing Lean strategies for years. Here’s why it will continue.
Democratization isn’t just a buzzword anymore; it’s yesterday’s news. Platform companies like Uber provide us with solid examples of how innovative networks can revolutionize industries overnight. But how does this line of thinking translate to HR Tech? This is the vital question that must be answered by every business in 2017 and beyond.
Nursing informatics is where patient care meets health IT. With the exponential growth in health-care data, the need to reduce health-care costs, the federal mandate for electronic health records (EHRs), and the need to deliver ever-improving care, the field is booming, placing demands on clinicians for specialized training and credentialing. Here’s a run-down of what you need to know.
With the US landing in the middle of the pack when it comes to global standardized testing scores, we often talk about overhauling what we teach and how we teach hit. But now tech is shifting the debate to what we track and how we track it. When we talk of higher education, the need has never been greater to innovate the means with which student tasks and performance are tracked and analyzed. The overhaul begins with ePortfolios, especially in highly-regulated disciplines like nursing. Read on to learn what ePortfolios can do.
An interview with Adam Klein, chief strategist at the American Underground Think about tech hubs in the Southeast, and one that comes immediately to mind is the American Underground. With… Read more »
Our understanding of the entrepreneurial personality is changing. If you’re the type to challenge yourself to do 100,000 pushups and 50,000 sit-ups, you may agree with Inc.com’s Jeff Haden that… Read more »
Despite thousands upon thousands of years on Earth, it apparently wasn’t until the year 2016 became a meme that humans realized that everyone gets old and dies. Even Willy Wonka…. Read more »
You know those how-to blogs filled with tips that make creating your own marketing video as easy as videotaping your sleeping cat? Take a closer look at the well-intended tips, numbered tricks and bulleted techniques, and you’ll notice that the advice falls into recurring patterns but is often thin on substance. What are the blogs leaving out? Which techniques really work? Here’s a glimpse.
This blog post was originally going to be a cut-and-fold printout of a pilgrim hat. Just the printout. Nothing else. But then we decided that, even for a light-hearted article, a little substance and perspective wouldn’t hurt.An old Thanksgiving tradition is to go around the table one-by-one, each person saying what he or she is thankful for. So let’s all join hands and do just that, incubator-accelerator style.
On Friday, November 11, 2016, Wilmington and 28 other cities around the world kicked off SmartCamp 2016, an annual global pitch competition put on by IBM and LAUNCH. With tekMountain as the Wilmington host, six applicants were chosen for a half-day startup bootcamp followed by a live pitch competition. Read on to find out who won!
The expansion and integration of HR technologies is often cited among the major tech trends of 2016. Automated reference checking and employment verification promise huge rewards, provided the solution answers the mandates of the Federal Credit Reporting Act. Here’s how one tech company, aRefChex, is succeeding by fielding “the only HR-compliant reference-checking software out there.”
Which video do you think is more likely to go viral? A 30-second trailer of Brad Pitt running through a burning building, or a 30-second phone video of Brad Pitt dancing at a local bar? It’s Two-Step Brad Pitt all day. But why? One word: intimacy. Read on to see how your company can learn from a less costly, more intimate approach to marketing and ad campaigns.
Wilmington, NC, hosts the 2nd annual Cucalorus Connect Conference, Nov. 9–13If you know what a cucalorus is, then pride yourself for your esoteric knowledge of moviemaking. If you know what the Cucalorus Film Festival is, well, then you’re really on to something unique — what the Huffington Post earlier this year called one of the “10 Best Film Festivals You’ve Never Heard Of.”
Wilmington’s participation in the upcoming IBM SmartCamp 2016, the famed global pitch competition for early-stage startups. It’s what the 2015 SmartCamp winner, Jessika Lora, has called “the American Idol for startups.” From Amsterdam, Austin, Boston and Bangkok to Dallas, Dubai, Seoul and Singapore, plus 29 other major world cities — this is now the playing field for the Port City.
36 cities in, and Paul Singh’s Results Junkies Tech Tour hit Wilmington last week. From talks and panels about building and promoting your company, securing funding, accessing state resources for startups, and advice from successful founders and investors alike, the tour stop was all about cutting the fluff and buckling down for some straight talk. Here are the top 10 Takeaways from Singh’s keynote.
Though computer programming jobs are projected to decline over the next decade, the need for coding skills throughout the general workforce is greater than ever, and will continue to rise. As our economy becomes more digitized, more and more industries beyond just computer programming will require workers to boast an umbrella of skill sets, and coding sits at the top of the list. Read on to see how coding can beef up your résumé.
If necessity — and science — are the mothers of invention, then the latest wave of innovative digital medical devices is giving birth to its most promising offspring. With the launch of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the prospects are nothing less than historic. Here’s a roundup of what we may expect.
On September 13th & 14th at the Raleigh Convention Center, the Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) hosted its annual Tech Venture Conference, where the Southeast US’s entrepreneurial elite mixed with up-and-comers in a 48-hour innovation blitz. From company showcases to product demos, from speeches to customized workshops, it was like speed-dating meets BattleBots at a business seminar.
Have you ever been peeved when your phone can’t retrieve your calendar from the cloud? Imagine your frustration if you were admitted to a hospital with an electronic health-records system that’s incompatible with your doctor’s system back home. Interoperability is the Gordian knot that entrepreneurs and clinicians are striving to untie, to integrate services and devices across the continuum of care.
“The more uncomfortable something is, the more we know we are driving change.”–Harriet Green, CEO, IBM IoT, Commerce and Education Businesses divisionsWhen you’re flying a two-seater prop at 2,000 feet, a 500-ft drop in altitude could be enough to make you a groundling once you’ve been reaquainted with your stomach. But in a jetliner at 30,000 ft, a 500-ft dip is butterflies in the belly and a bit of spilled merlot.So the relative slump in deals for digital-health startups so far this year shouldn’t give you pause. There’s good reason to think it’s a patch of thin air in a big sky. CB Insights not only projects this to be a record year in funding to private companies, they’ve also reported the kind of optimism that calls digital-health disruption the health care industry’s “space race.”
Let’s say you’ve lived in the same house for 30 years. Couches have come and gone. Armchairs and end tables have been rearranged in every thinkable way. The bathroom was blue, now it’s all earth tones. That ceiling fan was once a lopsided chandelier.
In Part One, we used Accenture’s Openness, Infrastructure, and Leadership chart as a template to discuss five major U.S. tech hubs and how their respective public sectors contribute to an innovation ecosystem. Now we’d like to address how Wilmington as a city does or doesn’t fulfill some of these integral…
It was 96 degrees in the shade in Wilmington July 29th. But it was cool as all getout in the ground-floor rec room of tekMountain at CastleBranch as some 350 entrepreneurs, startup founders, investors, tech innovators and tM@CB employees gathered for the first ExitEvent Startup Social held in the Port City, hosted by tekMountain.
Albert Einstein once said, “The only source of knowledge is experience.” But what’s the source of experience? For a student trying to find a way to fill his or her summer months, the answer is an internship.
In our digital world, the next big thing is already old news. Whether it’s a hot product or the latest big-splash startup, give it a week and we’ll already be raving about something else. But before any of these companies even hit the market, chances are somebody from the outside has been helping them along the way.
Imagine you’re an entrepreneur contemplating a new hire. Along with the many stressorsthat new hires pose for startups, you’re faced with the prospect of getting to know everything you can about a complete stranger. Fast. That’s where background-screening companies, a.k.a. consumer reporting agencies, come in. And they can be among your finest allies as you scale up.
Everybody talks innovation ecosystem, but who’s actually doing something about it? For some nascent tech communities, it’s still a pipe dream. For other, more developed regions, this innovation ecosystem isn’t just a buzzword–it’s the way of life.
Early-stage tech startups attempting to scale are vexed by questions about staffing: When should I hire my first employee, and whom? Would hiring a newbie who needs no retraining be cheaper than a seasoned professional? Should I hire on a contractual or salaried basis? What compensation options exist? Here’s a snapshot of the HR implications tech startups face when hiring new staff.
At your next tech conference or event, take a look around you. Chances are you’re in a roomful of mostly men. Even the world’s 11 largest tech companies average only 30% women in their workforce in a nation whose overall workforce is 59% women. But instead of just diagnosing the problem, Emilyanne Atkinson and Audrey Speicher are trying to help solve it with their now year-old nonprofit, Cape Fear Women in Tech.
As your company scales, you need to adapt, to avoid wasteful disruptions while preserving agility. When disruptions occur, the “5 Whys” is a flexible, inexpensive, effective technique you can implement to get to the root causes of the problem. Learn the basics of this method developed as part of the Toyota Production System’s just-in-time production.
With only 24 months gone, Brett Martin Founder to proceed CEO o CastleBranch and tekMountain, along with the Director Sean Ahlum and the rest of the executive team, have transformed a tiny incubator / accelerator into the heart of southeastern NC’s innovation ecosystem. What was once only a few companies is now 24 and counting, with markets as diverse as real estate investment, pet health technology, digital marketing and design, home improvement, and other industries in the life sciences, business services, and technology fields.
In a world where even Hot Pockets can jump on the “artisanal” band wagon, it was strangely refreshing when Domino’s ran commercials about how terrible their pizza was. This mea culpa campaign was hardly the first of its kind, yet why was it so effective? Because it was one word: human. In this second installment of Pitching 101, we’ll talk about how the more customer-centric your brand story is, the less time you’ll spend apologizing.
In the eye of the seasoned venture-capital investor, North Carolina’s Port City of Wilmington has a long way to go before it’s a fully realized startup ecosystem. But the pieces are falling into place particularly across three fast-moving segments: marine & life science, business services, and high technology. Find out what the buzz is all about with Wilmington’s sea-level startups.
So you want to hit it so big that your company name becomes an everyday verb. But before anyone can google your Mission page, there’s some serious soul-searching you might’ve glossed over. You may think it’s time to begin pitching investors, but, chances are, you haven’t asked all the right questions, the same questions that might blindside you in the middle of an incredible pitch opportunity. Here’s how to really make yourself capital-friendly.
Did you know that your future goals for scaling your startup influence the type of legal structure you elect for your business today? … That, chances are, your home state may not be the best place to incorporate? … That oftentimes your startup’s only real protection against competitors is your intellectual property?Find out why specialized legal counsel may be the best money you’ll ever spend.
When most people think of eLearning, they either have no idea what it is, or they remember those fast-food training videos from high school (you know, the ones from back in the ‘80s when every instructor was an overzealous guy with a mustache). Well, things have evolved a bit since then. Read more to find out how online collaboration software and virtual reality are revolutionizing education and workplace training.
Meet Tek. Tek’s ideas are bigger than he is. Tek’s ideas could change the infrastructure on which modern society is built. Tek’s ideas could change the landscape of the future. Tek’s ideas are in reach – hell, Tek is only steps away. But Tek can’t get there by himself. Tek doesn’t have a Daddy Warbucks. Tek needs help. Who can help Tek make the connections that will change Tek’s fate?
GSV LABS, a modern merchant bank, is the biggest name in business investment and innovation in the world today. Having helped incubate and accelerate some of the world’s biggest tech ventures such as facebook, Spotify, and Pinterest, has made GSV best-in-class for business growth.
Coders are to the tech industry what skilled carpenters are to new-home construction: the framers upon whom the entire edifice depends. One way of building the coder base in #Wilmington is to assume responsibility for training a skilled, talented, state-of-the-art work force. Here’s why framing in the coding infrastructure is crucial to Wilmington’s tech infrastructure. #tekmountain #coding
Tek sees his chance. Tek sees his next step. Tek is not living on a prayer, in fact, Tek is halfway there. Tek just needs someone to help bear the beast of burden. Tek is done living like a rolling stone – who can help Tek out of limbo and onto solid ground?
Who’s the real MVP? Not who, but what – your minimum viable product. This is often considered to be a stripped-down version of a new product idea that has just enough features to gather measurable learning about itself and its potential market. But this classic definition can be somewhat restrictive. Which MVP strategy works best for you?
Haven’t gone viral yet? What’s missing from your marketing playbook? Chances are you’re slowly making the move from old-school advertising to more tech-savvy maneuvers. You want to speed up the process, but the mediums and methods keep multiplying, whether it’s the rise of effective mobile ads, or the latest live-streaming app that gives the world a look at your company via product demos, conferences, interviews and much more.
As an edTech entrepreneur who is looking for the best place to harvest your business, you are faced with a tough question: Where will it grow best? On the surface it may seem like there is an endless slate of options, but dig a little deeper and the answer is clear; Wilmington, North Carolina outshines the rest.
You’ve chosen your approach. You’ve clipped in and begun the ascent. Then, with your every fiber scorched, you hit a roof – a horizontal overhang that threatens to block you from summiting. You’re not going to let this stop you. Not now.