Thursday, October 30, 2014

UNC-Chapel Hill Set to Host its 3rd Annual Global Entrepreneurship Week - 11/17-11/22

Events will be held at the University and in downtown Chapel Hill, Nov. 17-22, and include keynote speakers and panelists from the founders of Frontline SMS,, Building Educated Leaders for Life, Old Skool CafĂ©, A10 Clinical Solutions, re:char, EcoScraps, among others, a testament to how entrepreneurship and innovation can change the world in health, food, education, technology, agriculture, climate change, economic development, workforce, sustainable winegrowing, public service, and other sectors. 

Bringing a global leader to North Carolina, one of the speakers at Global Entrepreneurship Week this year will be traveling all the way from England. Ken Banks is internationally recognized as one of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs in the tech space and a thought-leader in using technology for good to democratize opportunities for economic self-sufficiency, rebuild local community, and promote a return to local resource use.

Among the line up of events, GEW at UNC will also include a pitch party hosted by the Carolina Challenge and an exciting entrepreneurship networking event. There will even be a hands-on human-centered design-thinking workshop led by a design thinking expert, offering a chance for the triangle’s community and various campuses to come together to ideate impactful solutions for the aging crisis in NC.

If that wasn’t enough, UNC will also be hosting its first ever Impact Bootcamp, Shark Tank style. At the end of the bootcamp, judges will announce the recipient of an Impact Prize (a cash reward)!  During GEW, there will even be a series of pro-bono office hours offered throughout the week, all open to the public at Launch Chapel Hill - everything from free accounting help to legal and communications support to business advising for both startups and nonprofits - and 1 Million Cups will feature 2 startups at RTP!

Each year, more than 1,000 people participate at the week’s events and organizers say that tickets for this year’s events are running out fast. All events are free and open to the public so get your tickets while you still can! Entrepreneurs, individuals in the community, students from across the triangle, faculty, professionals, alumni, really – anyone is invited to attend and there’s something for everyone! This is an opportunity for the triangle to come together, get inspired, build meaningful connections, and get practical help.

Launched by the Kauffman Foundation, Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world's largest celebration of innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth, and expand human welfare. It's now grown to over 140 countries engaging more than 7 million people every year. (

This year, UNC-Chapel Hill was ranked among GEW USA’s top 2 university partners and 5th place overall from across the country. There is a menu to choose from during Global Entrepreneurship Week - something for everyone - so we recommend you check out the website and get your tickets before they sell out!

Presented by: Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network, Innovate@Carolina, and the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute for Private Enterprise

Information & Tickets: | @GEWatUNC #GEW2014

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Durham Startup ArchiveSocial seeking Sales Superstars

You’re a startup, right? Give us your pitch 

Social media has tons of benefits, but it’s not all fun and games for a business. Many businesses have to deal with legal and compliance headaches such as record keeping, audits, and potential lawsuits. 

ArchiveSocial safely takes away the pain so that businesses can better leverage social media. Today, ArchiveSocial provides the industry’s leading technology for capturing and preserving business-grade records of social media activity. But the archive is just Phase 1. With your help, we will build ArchiveSocial into an autonomous network of globally distributing technology for auto-detecting potential liabilities and protecting businesses as social media happens (sounds cool, eh?). 

But what really makes you special? 

In 2012, we were selected out of 111 nationwide applicants to participate in the inaugural class of The Startup Factory, and were chosen out of 184 NC companies for a grant from NC IDEA. Since then, we've been honored as a Gartner "Cool Vendor", TiE50 Top Startup, and Code for America Accelerator company. We’ve also had our fair share of great press in publications like InformationWeek, Fast Company, and

Accolades aside, we have real customers, and lots of them. Our customers are spread across the world, but If you live in North Carolina, chances are that your city and county are using us in addition to the State of NC itself. Our other customers include independent financial firms and major governments like City of Austin, San Francisco, Orlando, Louisville, and US National Archives.

This is a unique opportunity to join a startup that is proven, yet still at the ground floor. You will be a core member of the sales team responsible for driving a significant percentage of the overall company revenue. 

What are you hiring for? 

Hiring? We're not just hiring! We’re scouring the triangle for sales superstars who fit the following job description:

  • Meet and exceed sales quota goals
  • Skillfully articulate ArchiveSocial’s value proposition across web conferences, phone calls, and emails
  • Become a subject matter expert by staying up-to-date with industry news, seeking out external resources, and collaborating with team members
  • Build and manage a large pipeline of prospects in a manner that is consistent and repeatable
  • Drive new revenue by effectively addressing customer pain points, resolving objections, and creating urgency
  • Prospect for new leads and create opportunities based on qualification requirements
  • Continually refine messaging and process to increase conversion rates; help improve ArchiveSocial’s sale methodology as we scale and grow
  • Document ALL sales activities in an extremely disciplined, comprehensive manner

  • Unstoppable positive attitude with the hunger to always surpass goals
  • Top-notch email and oral communication skills
  • Proficient with software technology and able to relay the associated benefits
  • Extremely organized and detail-oriented
  • Able to make at least one team member laugh daily

  • 2 or more years of B2B SaaS sales experience (this is a firm requirement!)
  • Well-versed with Salesforce CRM
  • Experienced with spreadsheets and other office productivity tools 

Can you control your excitement? 

If not, please send a resume to with a few sentences on why you believe this is the right opportunity for you.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

M2 Optics Announces Ultra-High Density Optical Splitter Modules

With up to 288 optical splitters in a standard 3RU chassis or 48 in a compact 1RU chassis, the modular SplitLight platform offers fiber network operators a new way to save significant rack space and costs compared to traditional approaches. 

(Raleigh, NC) - M2 Optics Inc., a leading manufacturer of customized fiber optic testing and monitoring solutions, announced the general availability of ultra-high density optical splitter modules using their SplitLight platform.  Based on a unique packaging design, the company is able to provide a significantly larger number of optical splitters in a standard LGX-style module than alternative solutions in the market.

Originally, the patent-pending SplitLight platform was designed as a non-modular chassis capable of providing up to an impressive 192 splitters in just a single 1RU chassis.  Despite the quick acceptance and deployment by several of the largest government entities and data centers in the world, M2 Optics realized that many users still prefer a modular, "build-as-you-go" approach to deploying splitters in the network environment.  However, with rack space availability always being a critical concern and the traditional approach having several limitations, they developed a modular solution that enables users to significantly increase density in the same (or smaller) footprint they are used to.

Each module in the SplitLight platform is capable of holding up to 24 optical splitters (1x2, 1x3, or 2x2) in a standard LGX-compatible form factor.  Using their 3RU rack-mount chassis with 12 modules, M2 can provide as many as 288 splitters.  Alternatively, modules can also include higher split counts (1xN) or CWDM/DWDM components for PON and wavelength-specific applications.  In all cases, this solution enables users to significantly increase density across the network, resulting in rack space and cost savings across the entire network.
"By adding this modular approach to the SplitLight portfolio, M2 Optics can now satisfy an even wider range of requirements for optical splitters and WDM components", states Kevin Miller, Founder of M2 Optics.  "Saving rack space is always a critical concern of operators and data centers, so a scalable and customizable platform like SplitLight provides the ideal solution as they continue to grow."

The SplitLight with LGX-style modules are available directly from M2 Optics, or through one of their authorized regional sales partners.  The modules and chassis can be purchased together or independently of one another, with pricing based solely upon the exact requirements of the end user.