Detailed Block 2014 Reader Survey

2012 was the last time I asked for feedback from readers. Responses from that survey led to the current topic of high growth startups and to the current website design. Since that survey, our readership has changed and increased. This is a good time to get your feedback. As a blogger, I have many opportunities to work on different projects. However, I want to spend my time on projects that provide the most impact, reflect the mission of Detailed Block, and support my personal interest. I hope you take this opportunity to have your voice heard. Continue Reading →

ImpactU’s First Eight Entrepreneurial Students

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ImpactU, an accelerator for college students run by Queen City Forward, launched last week with eight college entrepreneurs. Similar to Impact3, the 10-week program helps aspiring college entrepreneurs grow and scale their business ideas and models by giving them valuable mentoring, advice, and co-working space at Packard Place. The eight students chosen for the program either come from Charlotte or attend a Charlotte region university. Queen City Forward collaborates with the Davidson College Venture Lab, Innovo Laboratory at Johnson C. Smith University and Johnson & Wales University for this first year of ImpactU. The program ends with a Demo Day in August where the student entrepreneurs will pitch their companies. Continue Reading →

AvidXchange Bags $10M to Continue Growth in Payments Automation

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There is something to be said for a company that survives two market corrections and continues to grow. Founded in February of 2000, Charlotte-based payments automation company AvidXchange is one of those companies. This month the company raised $10 million. This amount is in addition to the more than $1 million it raised in previous rounds. Industries that are not directly connected to internet technology may still use invoicing and bill payment infrastructure that are not automated. Continue Reading →

#WeLoveCLT Makes Charlotte Look Great

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Earlier this month @809 announced a campaign they felt strongly about. The idea was simple: take a photo of something you love about Charlotte and tag it with #WeLoveCLT on Instagram. The goal was equally simple – to help Charlotte citizens express their love of the city. Originally the idea was focused on Instagram, but now the action has begun to spill over to Twitter. Currently, the #WeLoveCLT is at 116 photos on Instagram. On the first week, there were less than 20. Continue Reading →