There are some cool festivals coming to town this week.

This week, Julie Terry and Erin Monday are suiting up to head to Moogfest. But they won’t be going alone. RTP’s CEO, Bob Geolas, and head of business development, Mason Ailstock, will be in town.

If you see any of us, come up and say hi.

And, if you haven’t gotten tickets to Moogfest yet, you should!

Don’t feel like driving to Asheville? There are other festivals in North Carolina next week as well. The Art of Cool Project is taking over downtown Durham and Switchpoint is rocking out Saxapahaw.

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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.

National Humanties Center Located in @theRTP Celebrates 35th Anniversary

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 ( 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.

RTP 180: Entrepreneurship, Facing Failure

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

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

The hashtag for this event is #RTP180 and we’ll do our best to livestream from our YouTube channel over at Afterwards, professionally edited video segments of our speakers will be posted there.

Our events are selling out. Please RSVP.

Event: 1 Million Cups – At The RTP

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Local Entrepreneur Windsor Circle Takes Top Honors at Google for Entrepreneurs Demo Day

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, 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.

All the Stats: The Research Triangle Park Survey Results Are In

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

Entrepreneurial Scene

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

RTI International

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

“1 Million Cups” @TheRTP: K4Connect integrates smart devices into a home automation app

K4Connect is a software platform company focused on bringing together multiple and often incompatible “smart” devices into a single, cohesive system designed…

April @theRTP

Every month we send out an eNewsletter detailing events and fun nuggets happening across the Triangle and throughout the North Carolina. Many are from our RTP companies organizations, partners or friends at area universities and colleges.

RTP 180: Facing Failure
April 17th, RTP HQ
You always hear the success stories, but how did they get there? We can t always rainbows and sunshine. Come hear from some familiar faces as they detail some of their biggest failures, and how these helped shape re ll be sure to keep everything updated as soon we have more info!

SOLD OUT Disrupt: Disruptive Innovators From Around the World
April 3rd, RTP HQ

Disrupt brings truly world-shaping innovators from around the globe to North Carolina’s Research Triangle. Dr. Zeeshan-ul-hassan Usmani uses predictive analytics to predict our collective future. When he met with RTP staff, he blew ll do the same for you.
Get on the wait list:

RTP Food Truck Rodeo sponsored by Fidelity Investments
Each Friday, RTP

Yup, it’s official! Our Food Truck Rodeos are now weekly at 800 Park Offices Drive1:30 pm there will be tastiness in the middle of RTP. The trucks will change so show up hungry and bring your friends!

1 Million Cups
Each Wednesday, RTP HQ & LAUNCH Chapel Hill
s share some coffee together. Come out and join your fellow entrepreneurs, 1 Million Cups. The Research Triangle Park will be hosting Kauffman Foundation’s 1MC bi-weekly on Wednesdays, in partnership with LAUNCH Chapel Hill. IE: one week 1MC is at RTP HQ the next it’s at LAUNCH Chapel Hill. To attend, or sign up your startup to present, click here.

NC Science Fest
March 28th– April 13th

This multi-day celebration showcasing science and technology is one of the only statewide science festivals in the country. The event highlights educational, cultural and financial impact of science all throughout North Carolina. Through hands-on activities, science talks, lab tours, nature experiences, exhibits and performances, the Festival engages a wide range of public audiences while inspiring future generations. To find an event at a location near you this month, visit this awesome map:

Thanksgiving in Spring
May 3rd, Downtown Durham

Presenting the 2nd annual Thanksgiving In Spring (#TiS14)! This is a cultural experience like no other: North Carolina’s longest dinner table, bike parade and lantern parade (Illuminate Durham). Last spring they successfully held the first dinner and re looking to break that record and strengthen even more ties within the community!
More info here:

World Beer Festival Raleigh
April 5th, Moore Square

well step right up, the RTP has something just for you! World Beer Fest is looking for volunteers for their festival this ll get from serving brew to the ll also be invited to a volunteer after party after everyone has exited Moore Square. Interested? Drop the organizers a line and tell them you heard about the opportunity through the RTP.

April, 10 – 12, Downtown Durham

This ‘maximum collision of people and ideas’ will be held for the second year in downtown Durham. Paradoxos (PDXS) brings different people from around the Triangle together around the common interests of food, tech, business and the arts. From a tech job fair under the big top, to an interactive Take Apart Station combined with live music, the festival brings interests from across the board together to create something quite unlike anything else.
More info:

Full Frame Film
April 3rd-6th, Downtown Durham
View over 100 films from dusk ‘til dawn in the South’s Tastiest Town over three days in April. Venues are spread throughout a four-block radius in Downtown Durham, and spectators are provided with the opportunity to see fresh documentaries, experience conversations with film professionals, and mingle with locals. For more info on tickets and events, visit their website:

Startup Weekend
April 4-6, HQ Raleigh

Join makers across the Triangle for a weekend focused on building cool, crazy, innovative physical products and launching companies around them. Tinker with state of the art tools provided by BetaVersity and meet design experts brought in by DXLab Design. There will be micro-controllers, laser cutters, 3D printers, and an awesome makerspace for you to geek out on.

Product Camp RTP
April 12th, Perimeter Studio Conference Center

ProductCampRTP is a unique opportunity to share, network and learn with professionals involved in product management, marketing and development from around the Triangle. Unlike traditional conference formats, ProductCamp is an “unconference” where participants decide what is important and interesting.
More Info:

AATC 2014
International Conference
April 1st– 3rd, Asheville
Offering three different tracks over three days, this year’s conference offers something for anyone involved in the Textile Chemistry or Colorist world. Pre-registration for the event is currently closed, but registration can still be done on site at the Crowne Plaza Resort in Asheville.
Full details here:

April 1, Durham County South Regional Library

So, what’s up with air? Come join the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at Durham’s South Regional Library to “check out” the Village Green Air Monitor and our mobile monitor, engage in hands-on activities, and hear about air quality and health from EPA scientists. We’ll have air-themed learning opportunities for all ages throughout the day. A schedule is available at Have questions or want to bring a group? Contact

Learn About the New Duke MA in Bioethics & Science Policy
April 3rd, Webinar

Advances in the sciences and technology shape our world and our place in it, raising a myriad of questions: Is it ever ethical to clone part of a human being? Should we use technologies that enhance or alter our brains? Should we permit the police to store DNA forever, even DNA taken from those who have never committed a crime? The Duke MA in Bioethics & Science Policy invites students to address these questions and many more.

WolfPack Your Lunch
April 25th, RTP HQ

(Ed. Note – I attended the first one held at RTP HQ this past Friday and it was awesome. Engaging speaker and topic. They haven’t announced the topic yet for the April 25th
Grab your lunch and join The Poole College of Management for the WolfPack Your Lunch series. These free, one hour interactive sessions will come from themes addressed in our popular Business Essentials program. Led by the Director of Executive Education and other NCSU faculty, each week topics critical to innovation and growth here in RTP and North Carolina will be discussed. Coffee and drinks will be provided. Session will begin promptly at noon.
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Moog Fest & NCTA: An Epic Partnership
Event Dates: April 23-27

NCTA has partnered with one of its newest members, Moog Music, to bring a unique tech demo and exhibiting opportunity to companies at the five-day festival. Expect days filled with tech futurists, speaking on the integration of technology and music right next Synthesis@Moog where companies can showcase products, interact with thousands of attendees, and participate in engaging discussions. Event expo space and sponsorship options have been finalized! Click here for

The V Foundation’s Show Your Spirit Program
March 13th– April 7th

Show Your Spirit is an annual fundraising program in which businesses select a date within the Show Your Spirit time frame for participants to wear their favorite basketball team gear to work for a small donation of $5 or more to The V Foundation. Businesses interested in participating can find out more information by visiting the following link:

Brand NC Project
Your Computer

Brand NC is seeking the participation of the state’s most knowledgeable stakeholders – its residents – to help develop the first ever statewide brand. From teams to single idea generations, there are multiple ways to be involved in this historic project. Visit to find out more!

Ford EcoBoost Challenge
April 15th, RTP HQ

The Tour will once again be stopping through RTP HQ on their parade around the country. Come by 12 Davis Drive from 10am – 1pm and test out Ford’s 2014 Hybrid offerings AND get a free lunch. Not too shabby!

@rt in the P@rk
Throughout RTP!
You like art? We like art, too! So much so that we’ve partnered with the Contemporary Art Museum and have acquired pieces for our bright lobby. If you find yourself by 12 Davis Drive, pop into our HQ and see the art (during regular business hours 8:30am – 5:00pm)!

The National Humanities Center also recently unveiled a new exhibit featuring three North Carolina Artists. Visit their location within RTP to view the works currently on display, now through May 16th.

Tweet @TheRTP.
Are you following @TheRTP on Twitter? You should be – we love sharing the awesomeness that is our community with you. Got something to share? Include us in the Tweet and we’ll give you a shout out on our 10k+ network! We also give away cool things, like back stage one-on-ones with George Takei, Hopscotch wristbands and free tickets to the hottest shows.

The Fidelity Food Truck Rodeo @TheRTP

Bring your friends, bring your colleagues, and come on out for good eats at the Fidelity Food Truck Rodeo at the Research Triangle Park.

A collaboration between Fidelity Investments and the Research Triangle Foundation, outdoor seating will be provided and you’re welcome to bring picnic blankets, frisbees or hackysacks.

Time & Location

The Fidelity Food Truck Rodeos will be every Friday, after March 28, from 11:30 am-1:30 pm! And the location is moving — to 800 Park Offices Drive.


Not all Fridays are created equal. For 2014, the Food Truck Rodeos will NOT be held on:

  • April 18th – Good Friday

  • July 4th – July 4th

  • November 28th – The day after Thanksgiving

  • December 26th – The day after Christmas

  • January 2nd (2015) – The day after New Years

The Food Trucks

Our flagship trucks are ChirbaChirba, OnlyBurger and PiePushers, but there will be guest food trucks at every event.

Activities and Giveaways

Activities can vary from rodeo to rodeo, but we will always do our best to set our cornhole boards. Fidelity Investments employees may be on-site, distributing free promotional items such as bubbles, frisbees, water bottles, etc.

Want to be a Fidelity Food Truck Rodeo Food Truck?

Interested “guest” food trucks can reach out directly to our event organizers by emailing