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Last day for discount rate at Raleigh Internet Summit

Friday, October 12th, 2012

Internet Summit 12Today is the last day for a discount to attend the Internet Summit, which brings 120 thought-leaders to Raleigh, NC, Nov. 6-8.

This year’s lineup is one of the most impressive in the history of the conference. Speakers include Sarah Lacy - Founder & Editor-in-Chief, PandoDaily.com; Brent Herd - Director of Southeast, Twitter; Frederick Townes - Sr Technical Advisor, Mashable; Tim Sullivan - President and CEO, Ancestry.com; Curtis Brown - Chief Technology Officer, AOL; and Ben Huh - CEO & Founder, Cheezburger, among many others.

And this year includes a Pre-conference workshop featuring 16 in-depth sessions led by interactive and marketing pros, a Startup Summit min-conference, and event-closing music festival featuring 12 bands.

From our interviews with participants so far:

Innovative startups you’ll learn about include  ArchiveSocial, which provides a means of truly archiving all of a firm’s social media activity. The founder says, “Don’t wait for trouble to keep records of your business social media.”

Elizabeth Johnson

Elizabeth Johnson, Attorney with Poyner Spruill, is among the 120 digital media experts participating in the Internet Summit, Raleigh, NC, Nov. 6-8.

You’ll also learn that Social Media Can be a landmine for businesses,” from Poyner Spruillattorney Elizabeth Johnson.

Robert Hancock of Smart Online, which has reinvented itself as a mobile app firm, will offer some best practices for mobile app development.

Randy Brown, director of the Virtual Heroes division of Applied Research Associates, will talk about “Serious games now invading the military, medical and corporate worlds.

Matt Peters, co-founder and director of Pandemic Labs, a Boston-based firm that sells social media marketing and analytics services. Peters will present his “Science of Facebook engagement,” and tell you about Two changes that will boost your Facebook numbers, among other inside information based on data. (Peter’s will also speak at the Dallas Digital Summit in December.

Stephen-Wellman

Stephen-Wellman, editor-in-chief at Slashdot and other Geeknet sites.

Stephen Wellman, editor in chief at Geek Media, which publishes Slashdot, will discuss how to engage with online communities such as his. (Wellman also spoke at the recent Digital East event in Virginia).

We’ll be interviewing other thought-leaders who will be appearing at the Internet Summit up until the event, but you can’t capture more than a touch of what they have to offer in brief blog posts. We’re always impressed by the useful take-aways they present at the event itself.

Other top speakers slated for the event include:

  • Jodi Kahn - President, iVillage
  • Duane Forrester - Sr. Product Manager, Bing
  • Scott Calise - Director of Digital Research, MTV Networks
  • Don Hoang - Director of Business Development, Klout
  • Liz Thorington - VP, Ad Sales, The Weather Channel
  • David Perry - Biz Development Executive, Google
And that’s just a sample.

This year’s event includes a new new mini-conference — the Startup Summit – focusing exclusively on digital entrepreneurship.

  • Over 120 top thought leaders & industry innovators sharing insights on topics that matter to you
  • More than 60 presentations & panels covering topics like Customer Engagement, Social Media Trends, Mobile Apps, Analytics, User Experience, Big Data, Gamification, Cloud, Search Marketing and much, much more!
  • Network and connect with around 2,000 of your peers
  • Dedicated Tech Track for IT Professionals, from the cubicle to the C-suite
  • IS Rocks - our new Music Festival at the conclusion of the conference featuring more than a dozen bands to close down IS12 in style!
  • 16 in-depth workshop sessions in our Pre-Conference led by expert interactive and marketing pros.

Register now.

Want to hear from 120 digital thought-leaders? IS discount ends Friday

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012
Sarah Lacy

Pando Daily’s Sarah Lacy is one of the headliners at the upcoming Internet Summit in Raleigh, NC, Nov. 6-8.

If you register by Friday (Oct. 12) you can save up to $100 to hear about the latest in digital marketing, social media engagement, measuring ROI, and bottom-line boosting techniques from 120 thought-leaders at the Internet Summit in Raleigh, NC, Nov. 6-8.

This year’s lineup is one of the most impressive in the history of the conference. Speakers include Sarah Lacy - Founder & Editor-in-Chief, PandoDaily.com; Brent Herd - Director of Southeast, Twitter; Frederick Townes - Sr Technical Advisor, Mashable; Tim Sullivan - President and CEO, Ancestry.com; Curtis Brown - Chief Technology Officer, AOL; and Ben Huh - CEO & Founder, Cheezburger, among many others.

And this year includes a Pre-conference workshop featuring 16 in-depth sessions led by interactive and marketing pros, a Startup Summit min-conference, and event-closing music festival featuring 12 bands.

Ben Huh

Ben Huh, CEO of The Cheezburger Network, will talk about the “Power of Humor” at the upcoming Internet Summit in Raleigh, NC, Nov. 7-8.

The TechJournal interviewed Cheezburger’s Ben Huh a few weeks ago. You can expect to get solid advice on “How to Connect With Humor,” in his presentation, as well as a few laughs. And, he says, you may see some pictures of cats.

Innovative startups you’ll learn about include  ArchiveSocial, which provides a means of truly archiving all of a firm’s social media activity. The founder says, “Don’t wait for trouble to keep records of your business social media.”

You’ll also learn that Social Media Can be a landmine for businesses,” from Poyner Spruill attorney Elizabeth Johnson.

Robert Hancock of Smart Online, which has reinvented itself as a mobile app firm, will offer some best practices for mobile app development.

Matt Peters

Matt Peters speaking at the 2011 Internet Summit in Raleigh. He’ll discuss “The science of Facebook engagement there and at the the Dallas Digital Summit in December.

Matt Peters, co-founder and director of Pandemic Labs, a Boston-based firm that sells social media marketing and analytics services. Peters will present his “Science of Facebook engagement,” and tell you about Two changes that will boost your Facebook numbers, among other inside information based on data. (Peter’s will also speak at the Dallas Digital Summit in December.

We’ll be interviewing other thought-leaders who will be appearing at the Internet Summit up until the event, but you can’t capture more than a touch of what they have to offer in brief blog posts. I’m always impressed by the useful take-aways they present at the event itself.

Other top speakers slated for the event include:

  • Jodi Kahn - President, iVillage
  • Duane Forrester - Sr. Product Manager, Bing
  • Scott Calise - Director of Digital Research, MTV Networks
  • Don Hoang - Director of Business Development, Klout
  • Liz Thorington - VP, Ad Sales, The Weather Channel
  • David Perry - Biz Development Executive, Google
And that’s just a sample.

This year’s event includes a new new mini-conference — the Startup Summit – focusing exclusively on digital entrepreneurship.

  • Over 120 top thought leaders & industry innovators sharing insights on topics that matter to you
  • More than 60 presentations & panels covering topics like Customer Engagement, Social Media Trends, Mobile Apps, Analytics, User Experience, Big Data, Gamification, Cloud, Search Marketing and much, much more!
  • Network and connect with around 2,000 of your peers
  • Dedicated Tech Track for IT Professionals, from the cubicle to the C-suite
  • IS Rocks - our new Music Festival at the conclusion of the conference featuring more than a dozen bands to close down IS12 in style!
  • 16 in-depth workshop sessions in our Pre-Conference led by expert interactive and marketing pros.

Register now.

Early-Bird discount for the Internet Summit in Raleigh ends Friday

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Internet Summit 12Want to know why the Internet Summit returning to Raleigh, NC, Nov. 6-8 packs three large conference rooms at the Raleigh Convention Center? It’s because the event brings speakers from top digital brands, innovative startups, and digital marketing to what has been called one of the most “wired” cities in the nation.

This year’s lineup is one of the most impressive in the history of the conference. Speakers include Sarah Lacy - Founder & Editor-in-Chief, PandoDaily.com; Brent Herd - Director of Southeast, Twitter; Frederick Townes - Sr Technical Advisor, Mashable; Tim Sullivan - President and CEO, Ancestry.com; Curtis Brown - Chief Technology Officer, AOL; and Ben Huh - CEO & Founder, Cheezburger, among many others.

The Early-Bird discount for the event ends this Friday, Aug. 31, so if you’re going, you might want to register now for substantial savings.

Ben Huh

Ben Huh, CEO of The Cheezburger Network, will talk about the “Power of Humor” at the upcoming Internet Summit in Raleigh, NC, Nov. 7-8.

The TechJournal interviewed Cheezburger’s Ben Huh a few weeks ago. You can expect to get solid advice on “How to Connect With Humor,” in his presentation, as well as a few laughs. And, he says, you may see some pictures of cats.

Innovative startups you’ll learn about include  ArchiveSocial, which provides a means of truly archiving all of a firm’s social media activity. The founder says, “Don’t wait for trouble to keep records of your business social media.”

Other top speakers slated for the event include:

  • Jodi Kahn - President, iVillage
  • Duane Forrester - Sr. Product Manager, Bing
  • Scott Calise - Director of Digital Research, MTV Networks
  • Don Hoang - Director of Business Development, Klout
  • Liz Thorington - VP, Ad Sales, The Weather Channel
  • David Perry - Biz Development Executive, Google
And that’s just a sample.

This year’s event includes a new new mini-conference — the Startup Summit – focusing exclusively on digital entrepreneurship.

  • Over 120 top thought leaders & industry innovators sharing insights on topics that matter to you
  • More than 60 presentations & panels covering topics like Customer Engagement, Social Media Trends, Mobile Apps, Analytics, User Experience, Big Data, Gamification, Cloud, Search Marketing and much, much more!
  • Network and connect with around 2,000 of your peers
  • Dedicated Tech Track for IT Professionals, from the cubicle to the C-suite
  • IS Rocks - our new Music Festival at the conclusion of the conference featuring more than a dozen bands to close down IS12 in style!
  • 16 in-depth workshop sessions in our Pre-Conference led by expert interactive and marketing pros – add it to your registration for only $95 through 8/31

The early-bird rate of $245 is only until August 31.

 

Triangle Startup Factory launches six startups at Pitch Day

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

By Joe Procopio

Joe Procopio

Joe Procopio

Back in March, when I wrote about the five companies that had been selected for the first class of Triangle Startup Factory, my theme was that in the startup world, nothing happens overnight. It took a long three years and some pivoting to get TSF to the place it is now, and each of the companies, for the most part, had been in the trenches for a while.

Today, those five — Archive Social, RxAnalyticsArcametricsRuzukuBerst, plus late arrival Entasso will hop on stage in Bay 7 of American Tobacco and show you, and a number of potential investors, what they’ve created. Five of the six will ask for money (not from you, you’re cool).

Half of the Factory

I sat down with half of the TSF management team this week — serial CEO, board member, advisor, and mentor Dave Neal — to talk about the class, the semester, and what everyone learned.

Dave sees the pros and cons of the Triangle as a startup hub. The pros are many, and they start with the ideas, which are big, and extend to the talent pool, which is vast. The cons are few and, played right, can be strengths.

The Who and Where

We talked about the class. It’s a class with lots of potential. Having known Anil from Archive Social and Rick and Abe from Ruzuku for a while, and having met Alison from Entasso and Deepak from RxAnalytics shortly before they were selected, I can honestly and definitely say that they started with a great group of entrepreneurs.

We talked about the geography. TSF got a very diverse group of applicants for their first run, and even so, the strength of the RTP led to five of the six being local, with Berst coming down from Chicago.

The Other Side

Dave had a blast, and from what I’ve heard, everyone involved got a lot out of the time they spent at the Factory, from the speakers to the advisors and so on. Dave has been involved in angel-backed, VC-backed, and bootstrapped startups, as well as advising some 18-24 companies over the last two years, so for him, being on the other side of the table was eye-opening

Lessons Learned

I asked him if he’d do anything differently the next time around. He mentioned the application process and changing a few things there. Some of that is already in place – for example, there was no early application process last cycle, so when this cycle’s early application period ended on May 31, TSF found they had a healthy amount of startups already. The final deadline is June 30th, so there will be several more, if not many.

He also talked about amping up the feedback. Like the process any god startup goes through, there’s usually a great deal of feedback and learning and testing and adapting up front, then a heads down period for execution. TSF startups went through much the same process Dave sees feedback being applied to the teams more strongly and through the entire session for the next run.

What’s Next

Obviously, today’s festivities are big, and there will be a lot of follow up for the teams, but they aren’t getting tossed out of the nest tomorrow. All six plan to stay in the TSF space in the Underground until the next cycle begins on August 27th, as the TSF directors provide more connections, more mentoring, and more advisement to the teams in their next crucial fund-raising stage.

TSF has established itself now with two programs per year and a financial offering that ranks in the top four nationwide, but Dave and Chris know they’re not done, not by a long shot. What happens with these startups over the next three months, even the next three years, will reflect on TSF and the validity of its program.

Dave knows this, and he’s tweaking while he extends that runway, even as they ramp up for the next class.

Joe Procopio (@jproco) heads up product engineering for automated content startup Automated Insights, which is also StatSheet. He founded and runs startup network ExitEvent, consulting marketplace Intrepid Company, and writers network Intrepid Media. You can read him at http://joeprocopio.com

Triangle Startup Factory names inaugural class

Monday, March 19th, 2012

By Joe Procopio

Joe Procopio

Joe Procopio

There really is no such thing as overnight success in the startup universe.

Just as it’s been a long road for Triangle Startup Factory, going back to the conversations I first had with Chris Heivly some three years ago, when the idea of an accelerator in the Triangle seemed so crazy that it just might work, it’s been a haul for the five companies that make up its inaugural class.

ExactByte makes Archive Social, a software-as-a-service solution for automatically keeping business-compliant records of an organization’s social communication (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn). I first started following CEO Anil Chawla’s entrepreneurial exploits while he was still with IBM a couple years ago, and finally wound up covering him, ExactByte, and Archive Social when he presented at Launch Days back in January.

As I mention in that column, Anil has been on the startup scene for years, he’s been a fixture at ExitEvent since the first one (he even let me beat him at ping pong back in December), and he was at Startup Happy Hour Wednesday night looking all smiley and what not.

Ruzuku has been at it just as long if not longer. They allow creation of online courses and learning communities for instructors – anyone from bloggers to coaches to speakers who want to put structured instructional material online. I first met Rick Cecil over a decade ago when he was building UX for clients at hesketh.com (almost before anyone knew what web UX was). Abe Crystal first told me about Ruzuku early in 2010, and they also presented at Launch Days in May of that year.

Making athletic training more productive

RxAnalytics uses machine learning algorithms and data analysis to make athletic training more productive, resulting in maximized performance. When I last saw Deepak Gopalakrishna, it was via Skype in February when he pitched to the Carolina Challenge from a coffee shop somewhere in DC. He was in DC because he had been pitching in person earlier that day. RxAnalytics was also a Startup Stampede company in mid-2011.

Arcametrics has created a data engine that allows financial and healthcare marketing professionals to pool relevant customer data across from multiple sources without compromising privacy. Admittedly, this is the company I know the least about and there is little information online, but I found some stuff on them dating back to 2008, which is exactly two forevers ago in startup time.

Berst is an app that lets you communicate with groups of people at specific locations where you share a common context. Matthew Ramsden and Caleb Foster developed the app as a side project and then took it to Chicago’s bi-monthly Technori Pitch event in October where they demoed the app to 500 people.

Yes, they are the youngest company of the bunch, but remember, this is an accelerator, not an exit.

I caught up with Heivly on Wednesday (surprisingly, not at any of the three startup events that took place that night) and he was genuinely excited about the class. It also means good things for the region, with TSF having pulled a much greater pool of applicants from the area, 55% local as opposed to 25% local during the late 2010 LaunchBox Digital application process.

The class is mostly local too, and it’s that way on merit, with absolutely no preconceived desire to pull local startups into the accelerator.

It bodes well.

 Joe Procopio heads up product engineering for automated content startup Automated Insights. He also founded and runs startup network ExitEvent, consulting marketplace Intrepid Company, and the Intrepid Media writers network. You can read him at http://joeprocopio.com and follow him at http://twitter.com/jproco.

 

Entrepreneurs aren’t born, they’re launched

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

By Joe Procopio

Joe Procopio

Joe Procopio

I see Anil Chawla everywhere I go. And while my ego told me he was probably stalking me, it turns out he’s been an entrepreneur for a long time, even though it’s only been a year since he let everyone know.

That was the day Anil left his posh job pushing code at IBM, where he had been for over six years, to hop on the roller-coaster ride of full-time founder.  Anil had been working under wraps to polish his product, TweetyMail (yes, I’ve spoken to him about the name, but you’ll remember it when you’ve finished reading this column). It’s a framework for accessing Twitter via email.  He later expanded to TheFriendMail, which accomplishes the same for Facebook.

Anil Likes Email

But on Thursday, January 12th, Anil will be one of the five startups launching new products at the third version of Launch Day, which gets started at 5:00 p.m. in Bay 7 of the American Tobacco campus in Durham.

In fact, Launch Day will be a reunion of sorts for me. I’ve known co-host Jake Finkelstein for about 10 years since we worked at a startup together, and I met co-host Sarah Wechsberg at last year’s Triangle Entrepreneurship Week, where she is a co-founder.

Launch Day will also have music provided in part by Argyle Social’s Danny Olinsky, who was the winner at last year’s StatSheet Pongageddon .

Names… Dropped

But back to Anil. On Thursday he’ll roll out Archive Social, which helps companies that are under strict communication regulations (think financial and healthcare), monitor and capture social media activity and preserves the data in a way that those businesses need to remain in compliance.

But Archive Social isn’t just about compliance, the product will capture and store social media communication in an automated way for any company that needs that data stored.

This sets is up as potentially disruptive. We’re all using social media, we apparently can’t get enough of it, and we all know that there’s a social paper trail out there, but we’re not archiving it, even our own personal communication like we would with email.

All That Interest in Email Paid Off

Anil actually got the idea for Archive Social while working on another product during Durham Chamber’s Startup Stampede. And like the four other companies at Launch Day Thursday night, he’ll be on stage making his pitch to the public for their participation. In his case, the ask is for companies to participate in the pilot.

Why archive your social? Businesses have been largely cavalier about their social media usage, but ultimately they may find that they have to trust that said data will be there when they need it.

Those companies in Archive Social’s sweet spot, the ones that are under compliance, find the storage regulations far more stringent. But if we’re all going to start storing our social media communication, which we likely will soon, then won’t we want the same protection that the most stringent archivers are using? Like maybe something that will hold up as evidence in a court of law?

Some of you care about this more than others, and I think we both know who you are.

The Accidental Entrepreneur

Anil isn’t what you’d think of as your traditional entrepreneur. He wasn’t selling lemonade when he was four years old. In fact, he had very little entrepreneurial background at all. He went to school like all the other kids, knew he had to get grades, go to college, get a job, and kick ass at it.

But from day one he couldn’t escape feeling like he was not living up to his potential. He said to himself that if he spent the next year doing what he was doing, at the end he wouldn’t be fired up, he’d be disappointed.

Most people think that someday they’re going to leave their job and start their own business, and ultimately most people do not. When Anil left IBM, he wasn’t far enough along to live on the income from his startup, but he had gained the confidence that this would happen down the road.

Everyone Has to Jump

TweetyMail and TheFriendMail do well, continue to grow, and currently process about 1 million emails a month through the service. A chunk of his customers are paying, and it’s profitable.

Archive Social is a pivot. He’ll look to do a public launch in the middle of the year as a small/medium business play. The product will be his flagship… for now. If he finds something else that has the same kind of potential, he’ll build that, but like the other products that came before, he’ll continue to grow what he’s got.

Launch Day III: The Launchening

Like previous Launch Days (and most public pitch formats), each founder gets 3-5 minutes to drop knowledge followed by another 1-2 minutes to answer questions. It isn’t meant to be a contest, but rather a public request for help, whether that help comes in the form of pilot customers, testers, employees, or the old standby, investment, that’s up to each founder as they take the stage.

Launch Day founder Scott Kelly has also expanded, so to speak, and created a series of programs this year, including Startup High, a mentoring and educational program for local startup CEOs to show the ropes to high school students over two weeks this summer, and Startup Madness, an all-ACC program that pairs a local executive and a local student from each of the ACC schools. He’s even working on Pittsburgh and Syracuse, even though they aren’t official until 2013.

The four other presentations are Pruvop, who will be rebranding, INRFOOD, the latest from GoToAid maker Jaargon, Pengo  working on peer-to-business loans for emerging markets, and Pasplore , a browser extension grabs data and brings it into a workable format.

Joe Procopio heads up product engineering for automated content startup Automated Insights. He also founded and runs startup network ExitEvent, consulting marketplace Intrepid Company, and the Intrepid Media writers network (http://IntrepidMedia.com). You can read him athttp://joeprocopio.com and follow him at http://twitter.com/jproco.

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