DC To VC: An Inside Look at the Winners of Morgenthaler’s Health Tech Startup Showcase

TechCrunch writer Rip Empson covers the Morgenthaler Ventures’ “DC to VC Startup Showcase” winners including Raleigh-based Axial Exchange. The showcase is a nationwide contest aimed at identifying the most promising young health technology startups. From over 200 applicants, the pool was reduced to eleven finalists, who was presented to an invite-only crowd of VCs, angel investors and entrepreneurs. Axial Exchange was a Series A Finalist for its platform that enables providers to coordinate care and measure clinical quality across disparate settings.

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Argyle Growing in Social Media

Writing for the Triangle Business Journal, Monica Chen profiles the Durham-based social media startup Argyle Social. The company recently completed its $1.24M Series A financing led by IDEA Fund Partners. The company offers a SaaS product that consolidates multiple social media accounts in one place and provides marketers analytics on data such as clicks, conversions and leads acquired. “Customers are using social media tools, and companies want to go where the customers are,” says Lister Delgado, Managing Partner of IDEA Fund Partners. “What is happening now is that companies want to figure out how to best get to these customers. That’s where Argyle comes in.”

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StatSheet Changes Name to Automated Insights, Scores $4 Million

TechCrunch writer Robin Wauters covers Automated Insights’, formerly known as StatSheet, $4M Series A financing. The company decided to change its name to better reflect its broadened focus. Automated Insights’ technology automatically turns big data sets into narrative content and visualizations. The auto-generated content can be formatted as headlines, summaries and long-form articles and can be distributed via mobile applications, social media or the Web.

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ChannelAdvisor and Windsor Circle Partner to Extend Turnkey Email Marketing Integration to Online Retailers

ChannelAdvisor announced today a partnership with Windsor Circle to provide purchase history email integration for ChannelAdvisor Webstores customers.. These customers can no add Windsor Circle’s targeted email marketing capabilities instantly, allowing them to recover abandoned shopping carts, send product recommendations and segment customers based on buying behavior and purchase history. “E-commerce marketers have a difficult time accessing their own sales data because you have to do custom integrations, which are costly, slow and unsupported. These integrations took months to build, but with Windsor Circle‘s solution, a retailer is ready to go in minutes,” said Matt Williamson, CEO of Windsor Circle. “We’re providing ChannelAdvisor Webstores customers with integration to virtually any email marketing provider—now they can personalize emails, build in product recommendations and much more.”

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Research Triangle Entrepreneurs Plan Expansion, Hiring

CED recently released its finding from its annual survey of North Carolina business. According its findings, North Carolina entrepreneurs, most working in companies with fewer than 50 employees, expected to expand over the next 12 months. “These results, while not conclusive, confirm the impression that the entrepreneurial community in the Research Triangle is on the upswing,” said Joan Siefert Rose, CED President. “While many entrepreneurs continue to express uncertainty about government policy and the economic climate in general, they are upbeat about their own enterprises and showing new signs of confidence.”

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NC IDEA Awards $205,000 in Grants and Crosses $2 Million Total Funding Mark

NC IDEA announced today that it had awarded $205K in grants to five North Carolina startups in one of its most competitive grant cycles to-date. Since its inception in 2006, NC IDEA has awarded over $2.1M to 57 companies across the state. The five grant winners – Keona Health, Loyalese, NanoForge, OtherScreen and Sarda Technologies – were chosen after a 4-month application and selection process that drew over 110 applications from 17 counties across the state.

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Social Solutions Announces Change in Leadership

Social Solutions announced today that its board of directors has named Steve Butz to serve as the company’s Executive Chairman. Steve founded Social Solution in 2000 and brings a wealth of experience and passion for advancing the effectiveness of human service organizations. “I understand our customers’ language, needs, and commitment and look forward to continuing to help them celebrate their daily victories of service staff while exceeding their mission’s expectations,” said Steve.

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Email Marketing Leader iContact Introduces iContact Free Edition

iContact announced today it is launching iContact Free Edition. This no-cost version of its flagship email marketing and social marketing tool makes it easy for individuals, community organizations and small businesses to stay in touch with their subscribers without the need for a large marketing budget. “Today, we are announcing a major new product launch for iContact designed to make email marketing and social marketing available to everyone in both their professional and personal lives,” said Ryan Allis, iContact CEO. “We want to provide easy access to free email marketing and social marketing tools backed by world-class service.”

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How will 2012 NCAA Tourney Look? Here’s an Early Look at the Field

USA Today writer Jack Carey takes an early look at what will the 2012 NCAA tournament will look like. Although the NCAA tournament just ended, StatSheet uses its big data analysis engine and algorithms to predict what the 2012 field may look like. “We have a season-preview indicator, which takes into account recent history, and we elminate the seniors that are leaving and players who have declared for the draft, or are projected to be lottery picks” says Statsheet’s Joe Procopio. “We use several sources to rank the top recruits for the upcoming season and look at coaching changes and conference changes, etc.” Based on current numbers, StatSheet projects Kentucky as the overall No. 1 seed, with Kansas, North Carolina and Ohio State as other top seeds.

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Durham American Underground Adds Six New Tenants

Six new tenants will soon be moving into the American Underground, the lower level of American Tobacco’s historic Strickland and Crowe buildings. The American Underground was designed to foster collaboration and provide space for startups and small businesses. The new tenants include IDEA Fund Partners, NC IDEA, Themis Media, Smashing Boxes, Sustainable Industrial Solutions and Zetta Worldwide Tech. “Locating to the Underground and being amidst Durham’s emerging startup scene  will allow us to be even more accessible and collaborative with entrepreneurs,” says David Rizzo, President and CEO of NC IDEA and Managing Partner of IDEA Fund Partners.

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