Charlottesville’s tech community is on the rise. If you’ve ever stopped by this small Virginia town you will have heard of its many accolades: happiest town in America, best place to live in the country, best college town (and the list goes on). But what you might not have known is that Charlottesville is quickly becoming a mini-tech powerhouse. From student entrepreneurs, to startups, to some of the fastest growing tech companies in America, Charlottesville’s tech scene is thriving.

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If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my more than 17 years of supporting the tech community in Charlottesville, it’s that intelligent, curious minded people not only enjoy getting together to socialize, collaborate, share ideas and form professional relationships, but that its necessary for their growth and sometimes even their survival. And what better way to do it than over a frothy, adult beverage!

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Writers of technical documents and proposals need to make every word count.

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 ‘Follow your dreams. Do what you love.’

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There is a short list of things I miss about working for a big corporation, and having back office resources like IT, HR and marketing is at the top.  Now that I run a small, independent professional services firm, we have to solve our own problems.  We fix printers, manage our own schedules, take out the trash...and somewhere in between we find the time to do our real jobs. 

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Innovation is today where quality management was 25 or 50 years ago. It may be confined to a small group of people in the organization, and their great ideas and useful knowledge may not be well publicized across the organization. Innovation – like quality – needs to engage everyone and be easily accessible for its full benefits to be realized.

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Big acquisition news shook up Charlottesville this week with the announcement that SNL Financial will be acquired by McGraw Hill Financial, bringing together each company’s strengths in the domestic and international financial information markets.

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The numbers have been in for some time now, and they reveal a sobering truth: the so-called STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math) remain exceptionally male-dominated. The metrics on women in tech are actually getting worse.

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I recently came across an Albemarle County Public Schools (ACPS) news story announcing that Vince Scheivert had received the 2015 Frank Withrow Award from the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), a national organization for school system technology leaders. It’s noteworthy not just because the award recognizes the country’s most exceptional Chief Information Officer (CIO), a position that Vince holds with ACPS, but because Vince is also a CBIC board member.

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Take a random cross-section of the technologies around us. Smartphones, tablets, coffee machines that connect to the internet, thermostats that can be controlled from halfway around the world, cars that can parallel park themselves.

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PowerSole is a shoe that creates electricity when you walk by converting the kinetic energy produced from movement into electrical energy, which can be used to power electronic devices, such as cell phones and iPods.

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