Google Fiber Coming to NC

Google Fiber in the Triangle

Morrisville, NC – Last night I attended a TiE event focused on Google Fiber. Morrisville Town Council Member Steve Rao introduced the program and led a Q&A session with J. Erik Garr, Head of Operations for Google Fiber in the Triangle.

Why is Google Fiber Important?

The first question from Steve was from his father, “Why is Google Fiber important for me?”. Erik replied that when you are on a high speed network, all of the communication tools get better, whether or not they are supplied by Google. So Skype, Hangouts and the like become much more reliable. Google Fiber’s importance for a senior is to be able to have a great conversation with their grand kids over high definition video. An example of the high video quality and audio fidelity was a collaborative concert performed by musicians located in Kansas City, Austin and Provo.

From the first time that Google solicited bids for a Goggle network, they knew there were many issues people had with their network connections. ~1,100 applications were received in that first round where Kansas City ultimately became the first Google Fiber City. All that demand pointed to a need for better networks.

The fact that Google has entered the market as a new option will help improve all networks. Competition is a great motivator to provide better service and will also lead to many innovations. The end goal that Erik sees for development of Fiber networks in the area is that the network will become better and better and no one will be talking about it anymore.
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When Will I Get Google Fiber?

Erik Garr is happy to take this question as many times as you want to ask. The answer is that there is still too much to do to be able to project when anyone will get Google Fiber. Google has no existing infrastructure in the Triangle and will first have to build a backbone before they begin to hook anyone up. Only once the first ring has been completed and lit will any connections be able to be made.

Right now, the activity has been to file permits or preliminary permits for the Fiber Hut locations. Google wants to be a good citizen and does not want to push our municipalities into a new process to get their network built. Hopefully the preparation for all the permit activity for the Google Fiber network will make the permitting process easier for everyone that is building in the Triangle. Look for Google permit activity to come soon to your Town or City council.

Can Businesses Get Google Fiber?

Google has an offering for businesses, but really for entrepreneurs with small offices. Google is not building a network to support companies like SAS Institute. Go to the Google Fiber Website for more information

Previous Articles on Google Fiber:

The Frontier at RTP

Welcome to Your Endless Frontier

Research Triangle, NC – Thursday, January 15, 2015 saw the launch of The Frontier at RTP Park Center. Hundreds were in attendance to see the new facility and hear about the promise of this huge new addition to the entrepreneurship and innovation efforts in North Carolina.

What is The Frontier?

The Frontier is a 142,000-square-foot building in the Park Center portion of RTP. It is a mix of offices, co-working spaces and free meeting areas.

The Frontier is designed to create a collaborative “open innovation” environment – Bob Geolas, President and CEO of the Research Triangle Foundation

With the opening of the Frontier, RTP begins the development of the higher density mixed-use regions of the park to make sure RTP is ready for the next 50 years. This is reported to be the largest innovation center in the country!

RTP was created to belong to all the citizens of North Carolina and we now have a new hub for entrepreneurship and innovation in North Carolina.

This is just the beginning of what’s to come at Park Center, and it’s the community’s to use long after today is over. Come back any time!


Here are some pictures from the event which was followed by the acclaimed RTP180 series talks:

The Frontier at RTP Park Center

The Frontier at RTP Park Center

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RTP180 at The Frontier at RTP Park Center

Emerging Tech Hub - Raleigh, NC - Picture by James Willamore

Raleigh – Emerging Tech Hub

Raleigh, NC – Raleigh was just included in a list of the 8 emerging tech hubs. The list originally appeared on the TransferWise blog: Why you should pay attention to these 8 emerging tech hubs (TransferWise is the new way to transfer money between countries and is “from the people who built Skype and PayPal“)

The TransferWise folks “found 8 cities where technology’s influence is growing by the minute, and the world should start paying close attention.”

The List

  1. Eindhoven, Netherlands
  2. Pune, India
  3. Nicosia, Cyprus
  4. Dublin, Ireland
  5. Raleigh, North Carolina
  6. Hong Kong
  7. Malmö, Sweden
  8. Tel Aviv, Israel

The Word About Raleigh

Affordable housing, short commutes and the title of No.1 U.S. city for young families are all triggers for the flock of technology companies and university graduates to Raleigh. Over the past two decades, Raleigh has experienced the third-highest job growth and second-highest population increase in the country. It’s also part of the North Carolina Research Triangle, one of the most prominent U.S. research parks pioneering in IT and biotechnology. The region (known as Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill) is anchored by cutting-edge research institutions from surrounding universities, growing high-tech companies like Bandwith and Yealink as well as Fortune 100 companies IBM, Cisco, Sony Ericsson and many more.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation as an Economic Development Tool

The efforts of everyone in Raleigh pulling together for entrepreneurship and innovation is a powerful economic development tool. The momentum is continuing to build and recognition of Raleigh and the Triangle as a premier Tech Hub will only continue.

What are all the pieces that are building our strong and vibrant Tech community?


I hear people wondering if we have too many things going on in the Tech space and if the market is now getting crowded. I think there is room for many more, companies, programs and meetups. Competition, friendly competition, in the Triangle area will develop even better programs and offerings than we have right now and will ensure our place as a premier Tech Hub.

Featured picture by James Willamor under Creative Commons

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1 Million Cups in the Triangle

Research Triangle, NC –

What is 1 Million Cups?

1 Million Cups is a Kauffman Labs program for entrepreneurs, by entrepreneurs. It takes place in 17 cities around the country every Wednesday from 9 – 10 am. Each week, 1MC offers two local entrepreneurs an opportunity to describe themselves and their ventures in 6 minutes, followed by a 20 minute conversation with an audience of fellow entrepreneurs, advisors, and mentors.

We are fortunate to have this program in the Triangle. To get to the nearest cities that host a 1 Million Cups program, you have to go either to DC, Chattanooga or Orlando.

1 Million Cups in the Triangle

The 1 Million Cups programs in the Triangle are scheduled every Wednesday from 9-10 A.M. and alternate between the RTP Headquarters and Launch Chapel Hill.  Put Wednesday mornings on your schedule to share some coffee, find out about some interesting new ventures and network with some interesting entrepreneurs in the Triangle area.

To find out where 1 Million Cups will be meeting in the coming weeks, you can check the following websites:

Looking at the schedule, January 8th should be at Launch Chapel Hill.

Previous Tech Tank Articles on 1 Million Cups

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RTP180° for 2014

Research Triangle, NC – Erin Monday, the Communications Director for the Research Triangle Park Foundation, has put together another great line-up for the regionally acclaimed RTP 180° series. In 2014, RTP 180° will have a regularly scheduled date of the 3rd Thursday of the month, so you can mark your calendar now so you won’t miss any of these great high energy networking events.

RTP 180° Schedule for 2014

  • Jan 16: The Future
  • Feb 20: Searching for Cures
  • March 20: Biotechnology
  • April 17: Entrepreneurship: Facing Failure
  • May 15: Social Media
  • June 19: It’s Pharmaceutical Time
  • July 17: Art in the Triangle
  • Aug 21: Big Data
  • Sept 18: Health 2.0
  • Oct 16: Haunted NC II
  • Nov 20: Culture of Carolina
  • Dec 18: A Generosity of Spirit

An added bonus: Registration is open for the Jan 16th RTP 180°

Previous Tech Tank Articles on RTP 180°

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Dart Flight School in the Triangle

Research Triangle, NC – Local developer Luke Dary and the Google Developer Group in Research Triangle (GDG Research Triangle) are working with the American Underground to bring the Dart Flight School to the Triangle. On February 8, There will be simultaneous classes at the Main and new Raleigh locations of the American Underground.

What is Dart?

The Dart Language is a new class-based and object-oriented platform for scalable web app engineering. Dart is an open-source project with contributors from Google and elsewhere and includes many tools and libraries to help with the development process. Compiling using Angular Java Script will produce Dart web apps that will run in all modern browsers.

What is Dart Flight School?

Dart Flight Schools are community events run by Google Developer Groups to help developers learn Dart and Angular. Dart Flight Schools can be different in each location based on the organizers, local skill sets and interests. There can be tech talks, code labs or even mini-hackathons. As we get closer to the date, we will see what GDG Research Triangle has finalized as an agenda for the Triangle Dart Flight School.

Dart Flight School Details

  • When: Saturday, February 8, 2014 from 1-5pm
  • Durham: American Underground @ Main, 201 W Main St., Durham, NC 27701 // Durham Registration
  • Raleigh: American Underground @ Raleigh, 213 Fayetteville St. , Raleigh, NC 27601 // Raleigh Registration

Learn Dart and Angular, Get Your Web Development Wings

Sign up for only one of the sessions. The Raleigh location can hold ~20-30 people and the Durham facility can hold ~80 people. Resources for the Dart Flight School can be found on the Dart Website.  Also the GDG Research Triangle will be publishing more details and may conduct some preliminary activities at their normal meet-ups.

If you attend, please let us know what you think of Dart, Angular and the Dart Flight School.

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Dashboard 2030

Research Triangle, NC – RTI International announced yesterday the release of Dashboard 2030, an online tool to track North Carolina’s progress in economic development, business climate and job growth..

About Dashboard

Dashboard 2030 informs dialogue and catalyzes action to address North Carolina’s economic development challenges and opportunities. It provides independent and objective data on leading indicators of state and business competitiveness. It was created by RTI International and funded by the North Carolina Chamber Foundation, to track progress toward North Carolina Vision 2030 – A Plan for Accelerating Job Growth and Securing North Carolina’s Future.

Dashboard 2013 Design

The guiding principals for development of Dashboard 2013 are:

  • Independence
  • Objectivity
  • Transparency

RTI International was selected for objectivity and independence.  Transparency: The data is provided so that individuals can understand the indicators and perform additional analysis if they want.

A Useful Tool

We hope that this tool will be valuable for policy formation in North Carolina.  Check out Dashboard 2030 and let us know what you think.

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Raleigh/Durham Up and Coming City for Entrepreneurs

Research Triangle, NC – On September 25, Patrick Hull wrote in “Here is my list of 10 up and coming cities for entrepreneurs:”

  • Raleigh/Durham
  • Austin
  • Singapore
  • Bangalore
  • Sao Paulo
  • Kiev
  • Moscow
  • Richmond
  • Santiago
  • Sydney

Raleigh/Durham was listed first, but there was no formal ranking. We can infer what we want from this placement…

The list has several great international cities, so Raleigh/Durham is in good company. This article is worth a quick read.

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Triangle Open Data Day Launched

RTP, NC – Technology Tank has launched the Website for Triangle Open Data Day. Mark your calendars for February 22-23, 2014. Triangle Open Data Day is in support of the annual International Open Data Hackathon expected to be on February 22, 2014.

What is the International Open Data Hackathon?

It’s a gathering of citizens in cities around the world to write applications, liberate data, create visualizations and publish analyses using open public data to show support for and encourage the adoption open data policies by the world’s local, regional and national governments.

International Open Data Hackathon is a creation of the Open Knowledge Foundation, the first held in 2010. Cary, NC joined the international event last year with the very successful Cary Open Data Day. [News: Pre-Event, Post Event]

Why Change from Cary to Triangle Open Data Day?

Cary is a part of a the vibrant Technology Ecosystem that is the Triangle, so the name change to encompass the whole Triangle is natural. Our local Wiki was initially launched as Triangle Wiki. Even the local CityCamp, initially branded Raleigh, has become more encompassing with the latest edition of this event named CityCamp NC.

Who Should go to Triangle Open Data Day?

  • Developers
  • Designers
  • Policy Wonks
  • Data Analysts/Statisticians
  • Librarians
  • Citizens

How do I Register?

Registration is not open yet. We wanted to get the information out early so you can hold the date for this important event. There are many details still to be worked out, so keep visiting the Triangle Open Data Day Website. When registration is open we will post the news here on Tech Tank.

Lots of information can be found on the Triangle Open Data Day Website.

Registration Information

Disclosure: Triangle Open Data Day is a production of Tech Tank.

Kauffman Foundation today are releasing a report on Tech startups: “Tech Starts: High-Technology Business Formation and Job Creation in the United States“

Triangle Ranks High in Tech Start-up Density

Research Triangle, NC – Engine in collaboration with the Kauffman Foundation today are releasing a report on Tech startups: “Tech Starts: High-Technology Business Formation and Job Creation in the United States“. The report specifically examines the impact of new, high-tech startups on job creation, finding that high-tech startup formations are way up, and that these firms create jobs at twice the rate of other young private sector firms.

The report looks at both the high-tech sector and the information and communications technology (ICT) segment of high-tech and their important contributions to entrepreneurship in the U.S. economy.

During the last three decades, the high-tech sector was 23 percent more likely and ICT 48 percent more likely than the private sector as a whole to witness a new business formation.

NC has 2 Metros Ranked in the Top 25

NC Metros for High-Tech Startup Density* (2010):

  • Raleigh-Cary, 13th at 1.9
  • Durham-Chapel Hill, 22nd at 1.6

NC Metros for ICT High-Tech Startup Density* (2010):

  • Raleigh-Cary, 10th at 2.1
  • Durham-Chapel Hill, 19th at 1.6

* Density values of one (1) indicate that a region has the same density of startups as does the United States as a whole. Density measures greater than one indicate above average densities. Metro startup density peaks around 3 (with Boulder, CO as an outlier at 6+). Startup density determined by comparing 384 metropolitan areas in the United States in 2010.

Changes Over the Last Decades – High-Tech Startup Density

Raleigh-Cary, NC

  • 1990 – 1.8
  • 2010 – 1.9

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC

  • 1990 – 0.9
  • 2010 – 1.6

Changes Over the Last Decades – ICT High-Tech Startup Density

Raleigh-Cary, NC

  • 1990 – 1.4
  • 2010 – 2.1

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC

  • 1990 – 0.7
  • 2010 – 1.6

The Triangle has a Bright Future

The Triangle has a developing entrepreneurial community anchored by the Research Triangle Park, fueled by our 3 major university centers (NCSU, Duke, UNC-CH), housed in our exploding incubators and accelerators (American Underground, HQ Raleigh, First Flight Venture, etc.) and supported by our great quality of life. Our Tech startup density is increasing rapidly; where it stops, no one knows!

Read the report for all the details.