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What do @theRTP’s Bob Geolas, Grammy & Academy Award winner @GiorgioMoroder & Futurama writer David X Cohen have in common?
They’re all speaking at Moog Fest 2014 in Asheville, NC.
The annual music and arts festival has expanded in 2014 to include an eclectic lineup of speakers. Kicking off the festival at 3pm on Thursday, April 23rd is the panel ‘Wiring Silicon Mountain: Nurturing Innovation Through Technology in Western North Carolina.’ Joining Geolas on stage will be: Gov. Pat McCrory, the CEO of Moog Music, Mike Adams, Asheville Mayor Esther Mannheimer, Casey Steinbacher, President and CEO of the Durham Chamber of Commerce, Professor Mike Walden of NC State and Hickory Mayor Rudy White.
Economic development in North Carolina is something all of these people take very seriously, yet implement in different ways. And while Geolas and Steinbacher are based in the Triangle, both are cognizant that a strong tech presence in Western North Carolina will strengthen the state as a whole. Geolas regularly reinforces this message when explaining the statewide mission of RTP. He often says that the Park wasn’t created to be an economic engine just for the Triangle, but rather was meant to uplift the state as whole. Discussing these efforts and sharing plans in front of Moog’s highly educated, global audience, is a smart move for all parties involved.
Moog Fest moved from Brooklyn to Western North Carolina in 2008 and has recently undergone some changes. Originally held over Halloween, the program shifted organizers after the 2012 festival and took the 2013 season off to regroup. Now they’re back with an expanded lineup of five full days of programming.
Organizers refocused the event to create an environment to highlight music, technology and art. Scientists from the MIT Futures Lab, world renowned musicians and tech art installations will round out day events. If that doesn’t butter your biscuit, the Pet Shop Boys, Kraftwerk and Flying Lotus will start up at night. Asheville boasts enough natural beauty to woo anyone, a burgeoning beer culture and a nationally recognized food scene. And, in keeping with the statewide theme, a free job and tech fair dubbed Synthesis@Moog is being hosted by the North Carolina Technology Association.
Bob Moog adopted Asheville as his home after moving there in 1978 from New York City. By this time, he had created multiple synthesizer instruments, one of which was already being used by Giorgio Mororder to produce songs for Donna Summer. (Almost all the music we hear today has been influenced in some way by one of his instruments.) Today, Moog Music is headquartered out of Asheville and hand crafts all of their instruments from a facility located in downtown. The company lives in that grey territory of “is it art?” and “is it tech?” With products loved by artists and technologists alike, Moog Music is a great example of the type of company that can grow and thrive in today’s North Carolina.
It might at first seem odd that a bunch of suits like Geolas, McCrory and Walden are scheduled to appear on stage at such a funky festival. But consider: The panel of politicians and economic development experts will speak to a vision very similar to the one Bob Moog brought to life in Asheville, and in the festival that bears his name: igniting creativity at the intersection of music, science, history and innovation.
The National Humanities Center is located on the campus of the Triangle Universities Center for Advanced Studies, Inc. (TUCASI) at Research Triangle Park. TUCASI is a section of land, about 400 acres, within RTP that was set aside by founders to be a physical representation of the three flagship universities in the Triangle. Over the next few months we hope to tell you more about the organizations located within TUCASI, or as we like to call it, our “park within a park.” The press release below was posted on the National Humanities Center website. Over the past 35 years they have brought over 1,300 fellows to North Carolina to study topics spanning a wide breadth of subjects. Congratulations to their staff and many fellows on all their hard work over the years!
Research Triangle Park, N.C. The National Humanities Center, one of the world’s leading institutes for advanced study, is celebrating 35 years of success in bolstering the strength of the liberal arts and affirming the importance of the humanities in American life. Since its launch, the Center has welcomed nearly 1,300 scholars representing the full scope of the humanities from throughout the United States and 37 countries worldwide. As a result of their time at the Center, these scholars have produced over 1,500 books as well as other significant contributions to their fields through countless articles, reviews, talks, and other scholarly efforts.
To commemorate its anniversary, the Center will host a reception on April 10 for trustees, friends, and Fellows from the past 35 years. The evening will also include a talk by eminent historian of science Janet Browne of Harvard University. Browne, who was a visiting scholar at the Center last spring, is known for her acclaimed two-volume biography of Charles Darwin that appeared in 1995 and 2002.
Charles Frankel, founding director, at the dedication of the Archie K. Davis building, April 7, 1979
“We are honored to welcome Janet Browne back to the Center as part of the celebration of our 35th anniversary,” said National Humanities Center president and director, Geoffrey Harpham. “She is one of the latest in a long line of brilliant scholars who have made the Center their home for a time and we are pleased to have been able to support all of their many contributions to the humanities over the past three and a half decades.”
During the evening’s events, the Center will also celebrate the approaching conclusion of its capital campaign, “Where the Humanities Take Root, The Campaign for the National Humanities Center.” Launched in July 2010 with an initial goal of $13 million, the campaign has raised over $18.8 million to date to endow new fellowships, extend the Center’s award-winning online seminars and resources for high school teachers, and create opportunities for sharing advances in the humanities with the greater public.
The Center began operations in the fall of 1978 with its first class of Fellows and celebrated the dedication of its facility, the Archie K. Davis building, at a dignitary-filled ceremony on April 7, 1979 as that first fellowship year drew to a close. The Center’s building is named in honor of Archie K. Davis, the former chairman of Wachovia, who was instrumental in the creation of the Research Triangle Park and in bringing the National Humanities Center to North Carolina.
About the National Humanities Center
The National Humanities Center (nationalhumanitiescenter.org) is one of the world’s leading institutes for advanced study and the only one dedicated exclusively to the humanities. Privately incorporated and governed by a distinguished board of trustees from academic, professional, and public life, the Center was planned under the auspices of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and began operation in 1978. It provides a national focus for the best work in the liberal arts, drawing attention to the enduring value of ancient and modern history, language and literature, ethical and moral reflection, artistic and cultural traditions and critical thought in every area of humanistic investigation. By encouraging excellence in scholarship, the Center seeks to ensure the continuing strength of the liberal arts and to affirm the importance of the humanities in American life.
Tesla. Facebook. Twitter. Google. These are the companies celebrated as the pinnacles of entrepreneurship. But for those who venture into the unknown, failure is always a possibility; and these are the stories that are rarely told.
For April 17’s “RTP 180: Facing Failure” we’re going to hear from successful entrepreneurs that had to face failure before they could reach success.
Come talk ‘trep with RTP’s Erin Monday and FanBase’s Will Hardison, from 6:00-7:30, at RTP’s headquarters (12 Davis Drive, Durham, NC). Our doors open at 5:00 so you can stop in right after work to grab a snack; a catered reception will follow after the event.
There will be tasty catering and Fortnight Brewery will be serving up local, craft, draft seasonals.
There are no suits, no ties, and definitely no hats allowed, unless they’re red fedoras.
This is the future of RTP. And it’s a loud one.
Topics & Speakers
- TBD – TBD
More information about RTP 180 events is available over at www.rtp.org/RTP180.
About RTP 180
At “RTP 180°.” speakers from our three founding universities, local companies and the community at-large will be called upon to don their finest Chucks and take to the stage to speak passionately about what matters to them.
On the third Thursday of every month, come join us and partake of free food, beer and smarts — our doors open at 5:00 if you want to come test the taps. The show starts at 6:00.
Tickets are free and all 300 seats are usually claimed. All segments are recorded professionally and posted to our YouTube channel over at www.youtube.com/TheRTPNC.
The hashtag for this event is #RTP180 and we’ll do our best to livestream from our YouTube channel over at www.youtube.com/user/TheRTPNC. Afterwards, professionally edited video segments of our speakers will be posted there.
Our events are selling out. Please RSVP.
Windsor Circle, a startup based at The American Undergound@Main, took top honors today at the inaugural Google for Entrepreneurs Demo Day in Mountain View, CA. The company will receive $100,000 from famed investor Steve Case as well as a Google for Entrepreneurs prize pack (tbd). Around 100 top drawer investors gathered for Demo Day voted Windsor Circle’s pitch the best.
Automated Insights, a Durham company moving to the American Tobacco Campus, also scored funding from Case. The competition took place at the headquarters of Google Ventures on Google’s Mountain View Campus.
Earlier this year, the two startups earned an all expense paid trip to pitch investors alongside teams from six other Google for Entrepreneur Tech Hubs around the country. Having duel teams selected to represent the region was a special honor for the Triangle. Only teams associated with a Google for Entrepreneur Tech Hub were eligible.
“Our team went head to head with the very best from startup communities around the country and came out on top,” says Underground Chief Strategist Adam Klein, who accompanied Windsor Circle execs to Silicon Valley. “In addition to being a huge boost for Windsor Circle, this win sends an unmistakable signal to investors around the world that Durham and the Triangle are a hotbed of innovation and an unparalleled destination for smart investments.”
Windsor Circle is aggregating the world’s transactional data to make it “push-button simple” for marketers to drive more value from their existing customers. Windsor Circle’s Retention Automation Platform is used by leading global retail brands such as Billabong, Bonobos, CafePress, NPR and Guideposts Magazines; by partners such as Salesforce.com, Silverpop and MailChimp; and by ecommerce powerhouses such as Magento, Demandware and Shopify. Windsor Circle is also backed by IDEA Fund Partners.
For more, please contact Billy Warden (919.412.0630) or Greg Behr (919.272.5621).
About the American Underground
Beginning in the basement of what was once an abandoned tobacco factory, the American Underground is now a thriving startup campus featuring 130 companies in three locations that unite North Carolina’s renowned Research Triangle region: The American Underground@American Tobacco, The American Underground@Main and The American Underground@Raleigh. One of just seven Google for Entrepreneurs Tech Hubs, the American Underground features a full array of work space; robust corporate, nonprofit and university partners; and dynamic programming.
Our excellent Julie Terry & Corey Liles have been hard at work compiling a directory survey straight from the heart of the Research Triangle Park.
And here’s the data from 2014.
Total Number of RTP Companies: 190+
Industry Breakdown – by Number of Companies
46% Life Sciences/Biotechnology (includes 4% Agro-Bio)
20% Information Technology
10% Foundations, Institutes and Scientific Associations
7% Business and Professional Services
6% Instruments and Advanced Materials
4% Clean & Green Technologies
2% Financial and Insurance Activities
5% Service Providers (banks, daycares, post office)
RTP Companies by Size
51% Less than 10 employees
75% Less than 50 employees
87% Less than 250 employees
Over 80 companies (43% of total in RTP) are housed in one of our 5 incubator facilities – First Flight, Hamner, PRC, Alexander Business Suites, Alexandria Innovation Ctr
Notable Companies Headquarterd in RTP
American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists
Bayer CropScience (US HQ)
Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Freudenberg IT LP (US HQ)
Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies
GlaxoSmithKline (US HQ)
The Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences
International Society of Automation
International Union of Pure & Applied Chemistry
Medicago (US HQ)
Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association
National Humanities Center
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
National Institute of Statistical Sciences
National Toxicology Program
NC Biotechnology Center
Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
Statistical & Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute
Sumitomo Electric Lightwave Corporation (US HQ)
Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions
ViiV Healthcare (US HQ)
Cree – Headquarters in Durham, NC
Syngenta – US HQ in Greensboro, NC
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