The winners of the 2015 N.C. Tech Awards

“Tech stars, new and established, from retired IBM site lead Bob Greenberg to Automated Insights CEO Robbie Allen, donned suits in downtown Raleigh on Thursday for the North Carolina Technology Awards. Greenberg and recently retired EMC site lead Bob Hawkins were honored with the “Outstanding Achievement” Award.

Greenberg, who says he hasn’t stepped foot on the IBM campus since he retired, caught up with former colleagues and mingled with the next generation of tech executives.

Winners from American Tobacco:

  •          Tech Exec of the Year – Automated Insights CEO Robbie Allen
  •          New Media/Digital Company – Bronto
  •          eCommerce – BCBSNC
  •          10 Startups to Watch – Adwerx

Finalists from American Tobacco:

  •          Avalara
  •          Red Hat/Ansible
  •          Ticketmaster Mobile Studio

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Durham is No. 6 on Bloomberg’s ’20 Richest Cities in America’

“Durham is No. 6 on a new list of the “20 Richest Cities in America” by Bloomberg.

The 100 largest metros in the U.S. are ranked based on gross metropolitan product (GMP) per resident from 2008 to 2014. GMP is a measurement of the total output of goods and services within a given metro, based on data from theU.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and the U.S. Census Bureau. (Note: Data for 2014 were advance statistics and subject to future revision, notes Bloomberg.)”

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Durham ranks 8th in Digital Cities Survey; Raleigh drops off the list “Durham ranks No. 8 in a tie with Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, in the 125,000-249,000

“Durham ranks No. 8 in a tie with Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, in the 125,000-249,000 population category of the annual Digital Cities Survey published by e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government and Digital Communities.

Raleigh, which ranked No. 5 in the over-250,000 category in 2014, did not make this year’s list.”

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Technology project will result in 171 new direct and indirect jobs for greater New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS — Today, Governor Bobby Jindal and Smashing Boxes CEO Nick Jordan announced the digital product agency will launch new operations in New Orleans, where the company will create 85 new direct jobs averaging $75,000 per year, plus benefits. The company also will make a $500,000 capital investment. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project will result in another 86 new indirect jobs, for a total of 171 new jobs in New Orleans and the surrounding regions.

Smashing Boxes specializes in the creation of innovative technology for brands and startups. The company’s strategists, designers and developers work in small collaborative teams to craft products and services spanning Web, mobile and connected devices. Founded in 2010, Smashing Boxes is headquartered in Durham, North Carolina, with an office in Montreal and clients across North America. The company plans to launch operations in New Orleans in early 2016.

Governor Jindal said, “Since 2008, Louisiana has pursued a highly successful strategy to attract software development, digital media and information technology employers across our state. The entrance of Smashing Boxes into the New Orleans market will add another chapter to the city’s growing success story as the No. 1 city in the U.S. for creative professionals. We wish Smashing Boxes well on this new chapter in their story, we know they will find success with the highly skilled and creative talent in New Orleans, and we’re proud that more families will benefit from our efforts to make Louisiana the best place in the world to live, work and raise a family.”

Smashing Boxes recently earned recognition as one of the Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America by Entrepreneur magazineThe company has developed a reputation for achieving rapid growth while embracing a balanced quality of life for its employees. When company leaders were introduced to New Orleans during New Orleans Entrepreneurship Week in May 2015, they were attracted to the creative spirit and set of values that the company shared with the city’s residents.

“I was struck by a like-mindedness with the local entrepreneurs and technologists,” said Jordan, the company CEO. “There’s a community-wide spirit of commitment that’s truly inspiring. Our ambition as a company is to shape the future of technology in New Orleans. We see a real opportunity to do just that – to help build a leading tech community.”

LED began discussing project possibilities with Smashing Boxes in May 2015. To secure the project, the State of Louisiana offered a competitive incentive package that includes the comprehensive solutions of LED FastStart®, the nation’s No. 1 state workforce development program. In addition, the company is expected to utilize Louisiana’s Digital Interactive Media and Software Development Incentive.

QUOTE from New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu

Since 2008, New Orleans has welcomed investments from a wide variety of digital interactive media and software development companies, including GE Capital, Gameloft, High Voltage Software, Performance Software, 4th Source, inXile and more. Smashing Boxes’ approach to integrated Web, mobile, and emerging technologies adds a new dimension to the New Orleans technology sector.

“This exciting software announcement comes as a result of direct work between GNO, Inc., New Orleans Business Alliance, and the Smashing Boxes team over the past nine months,” said Michael Hecht, President and CEO of Greater New Orleans, Inc. “Smashing Boxes is an outstanding digital company that could have brought its 85 new jobs anywhere in the world, but they chose Greater New Orleans because of our attractive digital media incentive, world-class culture, and great overall business hospitality.”

“As more and more knowledge-based companies like Smashing Boxes invest in the New Orleans economy, they validate our city as a place to build high-growth companies,” said New Orleans Business Alliance President and CEO Quentin L. Messer, Jr. “We’re very excited that the months of collaboration among our economic development partners have yielded a new, committed addition to our business community. For more companies like Smashing Boxes, New Orleans represents the ideal intersection of quality of life and economic opportunity for digital media and software innovators.”

About Smashing Boxes

Smashing Boxes partners with forward-thinking brands and startups to solve problems through the creative application of technology. The company fuses strategy, design and development to create high-impact digital products and services. Founded in 2010, Smashing Boxes is headquartered in Durham, North Carolina, with offices in Montreal and, launching in early 2016, New Orleans. For more information, visit