- All Things Open Conference - Wednesday, October 22nd to Thursday, October 23rd at Raleigh Convention Center - More Info
- TriPython October Meetup - Thursday, October 23rd at 7:00pm at RENCI - More Info
- RTP | Fidelity Food Truck Rodeo - Friday, October 24th, at 11:30am at 800 Park Offices Drive - More Info
- Girl Develop It: Code + Coffee (Durham) - Saturday, October 25th at 10:00am at Cocoa Cinnamon - More Info
- Girl Develop It: Code + Coffee (Raleigh) - Sunday, October 26th at 1:00pm at Benelux Cafe - More Info
- Exit Event: Startup Social - Monday, October 27th at 6:00pm at Crank Arm Brewing - More Info
- Kids Code Tuesdays! hosted by Tech Talent South - Tuesday, October 28th at 4:00pm at HQ Raleigh - More Info
- CED@30 Popup Parties - Tuesday, October 28th at 5:00pm at American Underground @Main - More Info
- Sustainable Spirits: Raleigh Meetup - Tuesday, October 28th at 5:30pm at Crank Arm Brewing - More Info
While I do not claim to have a crystal ball that can look into the future, I can say with absolute confidence that 2014 will be a big year for the startup community in Raleigh and the Triangle. How do I know, you ask? That's a great question. I have outlined my reasons below, but before jumping straight into that, I want to lay some context. 2013 was a big year for announcements, which really helped to shine a spotlight on all of the activity going on throughout the region. While announcements are great (and I look forward to each and every one), it's not until the announced projects are complete that we will truly begin to see the fruit of it all.
Thinking back to a conversation I had last year with Ben Yu, Managing Director for West Coast VC Sierra Ventures, I am now even more convinced that one of the most critical components to a fully robust and sustainable startup ecosystem is a heavy concentration of large companies, especially if those companies are in growth industries such as IT/Software, Biotech/Life Sciences, Gaming, Textiles, Consumer Product Design/Development, etc.