Jivan Achreja is a UNC alum where he focused on Biology, Chemistry, and Entrepreneurship, and has written for Singularity Hub. Putting off medical school to pursue start up life, he worked as CIO of INRFOOD and Smashing Boxes in Durham, NC. When not teching it up, he loves to read, run, and spend time with his family. You can catch up with him on Google+.
High Speed internet is the lifeblood of our entire society. Gigabit speed internet would be crucial to our area, especially for entrepreneurs. Right now, the state of the United States internet is pretty bleak. Globally, the U.S. ranks 8th in connection speeds, having an average of 9.8 Mbps throughout the country. South Korea in comparison, is ranked first with an average of 22.1 Mbps. There is a very clear need for faster internet throughout the entire country, and the battle for broadband dominance in North Carolina is happening right now.
On February 19th, Google announced that Raleigh, Charlotte and seven other cities are on the short list for next cities that might get Google Fiber. Interestingly enough, this announcement is on the heels of an acquisition announcement of Time Warner Cable by Comcast, for $45.2 billion. Google Fiber could be the next big broadband player locally here in N.C. as early as two years from now. The announcement though, is not as simple as one would hope. --Read On
Recently, I covered a 40-day honest breakdown of the Playstation 4 on ExitEvent to help users know what to expect. As part of my holiday celebrations, I also picked up the PS Vita for myself and a family member based on the rave reviews online. I honestly had no idea what to expect. Here is what I found out and what you need to know.
The PS Vita and all of its peripherals are unlocked right out of the box. Gone are the days of having to worry about where your disc is from and whether is it NTSC or PAL, in the Vita's case. If you chose to do so, you could import games and the system itself from any part of the world and play them at home without any difficulties. The only drawback to this is that digital downloads and releases are country specific in the same way the App Store is.
Remote Play is the killer app for the Sony family of gaming devices. In 2012, Sony purchased game streaming company Gaikai for $380 million USD to incorporate their tech into a cloud-based streaming feature for the new console called Playstation Now. Sony also incorporated tech from Gaikai to allow for Cross-Play and interconnectivity between the PS Vita and the Playstation 4. All Playstation 4 titles (except those that use the Playstation Camera) are required to support Remote Play. --Read On
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Houston Barnes, one of the Triangle's own entrepreneurs, is campaigning for the 2nd Congressional Seat in North Carolina. In the interest of full disclosure, I first met Houston a few years ago during a pitch event for Triangle Entrepreneurship Week. He is active professionally in the local entrepreneurship scene of the Triangle.
Houston treats his campaign the same way he would a startup: “You start with an idea and a vision, and you build a team around it. Then you refine the product and go out to get people to join the journey with you.” he said. Houston will need to take the 2nd District from Renee Ellmers, a Republican candidate who took the seat from Bob Etheridge in 2011 with the help of local Tea Party advocates.
A core part of running a successful political campaign is fundraising, something that Houston has experience with professionally. Immediately after graduating from UNC-CH's School of Law, he helped to grow Chesson Labs, a Durham based startup now turned internationally successful healthcare company. He worked on a team that raised over 4 million in funding for Chesson, while also serving as their Corporate and Executive Counsel.
Since then he has started his own law firm that focuses on startups and growth-stage businesses in the RTP area. His chances do not seem to be hurt by being married to one of the top Democratic fundraisers in the state. --Read On