Friday, November 21, 2014

Avalara Brings New Facility to American Tobacco Historic Distric

Avalara, Inc., is opening a new facility in Durham's American Tobacco Historic District, bringing one of the nation's leading providers of cloud-based software for compliance solutions related to sales tax to the area. According to the founder and CEO of Avalara, this new facility will initially house new sales and customer support personnel, and will give them access to the deep pool of talent in the Raleigh-Durham area.

Avalara will occupy approximately 40,000 square feet in the Diamond View I building and expects to complete their move in the first half of 2015.

Read the full press release here.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Automated Insights Partnering to Help Keep Families Connected to Aging Loved Ones

Durham-based Automated Insights has just announced a partnership with mobile health company GreatCall that will help keep families informed about the well being of their aging loved ones with a personalized narrative summary of their week. The GreatCall Link app connects families to their aging relatives by providing critical information in an urgent situation and snapshots of normal daily activities.  These snapshots are delivered through AI's narrative-generating technology, in plain English.
The GreatCall Link app gives family caregivers peace of mind by providing both critical information in an urgent situation and snapshots of normal daily activities.  - See more at:

Read the Washington Post's coverage of the partnership: here.  

Read the GreatCall - Automated Insights Press Release: here.

Infina Connect Named Among CIO Review's 20 Most Promising Healthcare Tech Solution Providers

CIO Review has chosen Infina Connect as one of its 20 Most Promising Healthcare Tech Solution Providers. The honor is based on an assessment of Infina Connect's success in providing cloud-based digital health solutions that address specific problems with healthcare costs, outcomes and risks. To recognize and promote technology entrepreneurship, the publication's annual list of top companies is selected by a panel of experts and members of CIO Review’s editorial board. 
"We've had our eye on Infina for some time now as they've continued to make vast headway in addressing the challenges of healthcare today with first-rate innovative solutions," said Harvi Sachar, Publisher and Founder, CIO Review. "We are excited to feature them this year as they continue to bring about real change in the campaign to lower costs and improve care."
"We're thrilled to be chosen by CIO Review's esteemed panel of experts and key opinion leaders," said Mark Hefner, CEO of Infina Connect. "The results we are helping clients achieve by automating their referral process are very significant, and to be nationally recognized for our vision and success is a true honor."
Read the full press release here.

Monday, November 10, 2014

OrthAlign, Inc. Completes $15M Round of Financing

CED member River Cities Capital Funds has added to its investment in OrthAlign, Inc as a co-lead on a $15 million preferred series capital raise.  According to River cities, the growth capital will be used to launch the new hip product OrthAlign Plus®, increase OrthAlign’s sales and marketing activities, and continue OrthAlign’s international distributor expansion. River Cities and the other preferred series shareholders have the ability to provide additional working capital to fund future growth initiatives as strategic opportunities arise 

Read the full press release here.

Monday, November 3, 2014

The Digital World Descends on Raleigh Next Week

Content marketing, social innovation, startups, digital strategies, mobile, search and analytics collide in Raleigh next week at the Internet Summit.

With around 2,000 already scheduled to attend (, firms nationally, regionally and locally will make their way to Raleigh for the southeast's largest gathering around the digital space.

The event will be headlined by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and reps from Twitter, Coca-Cola, Google, LinkedIn, ESPN, Microsoft, Oracle, Citrix, Burt's Bees, IBM, Etsy, Red Hat, The World Bank and more.

For information on topics being discussed ->

For additional information or to join the gathering -> 

IBM, RTP to Host Internet of Things Design Challenge

Catch the 3rd wave of the Internet - the Internet of Things, and join the IoT Design Challenge.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the fastest growing markets today.  According to IDC, IoT technologies and services are expected to generate global revenue of $8.9 trillion by 2020. Want to catch the opportunities from this 3rd wave of the Internet? Think you have the best idea?

You are invited to the IoT Design Challenge sponsored by IBM and The Research Triangle Park to learn how to use the rapid application design tool to build IoT applications, and form a team to compete for the grand prizes. You do not need to be developers to join the design challenge.

Please extend this invitation to your teams as the sponsors want to have a diverse representation of the Triangle ecosystem!

Enrollment & More info here:

This  Friday (Nov. 7),  marks the kick-off event.  December 12 is demo day and the announcement of the grand prize!  This is a huge opportunity to build something truly innovative and connect with other very talented people. You want to make sure YOU will be part of it!

Design Challenge Kickoff & Matchmaking:
: IBM, 4205 S. Miami Blvd, bldg. 500, RTP
: Nov 7, 4:00PM–6:30PM

Design Challenge Workshop:
: location will be announced at the kickoff event
: Nov 14, 12:00PM–4:00PM

Design Challenge Demo Day:

: The Frontier, 800 Park Offices Drive, RTP
: Dec 12, 9:00AM–12:00PM

IoT Design Challenge powered by IBM Bluemix

 IoT Design Challenge Info