What We Do

The Digital Corridor is a creative effort to attract, nurture and promote Charleston's tech economy through a combination of technology-enabled initiatives and business incentives, private business support and member-driven programming.


Peer Networking
"The Charleston Digital Corridor serves as the central hub for technology companies in the area and what that has done is create a sense of community around the companies that are a part of it."
  • Grier Allen
  • Founder & CEO
  • Boomtown


Opportunities Abound
"Attending courses at CODEcamp allowed me to hone my web development skills while giving me the opportunity to interact with professionals that are driving Charleston technology community."
  • Ryan Barrineau
  • Developer
  • Blue Acorn


Get Working
"As an early stage software company, it was not only important to have a location to grow in but also the means to mature as an organization. The Flagships afforded this flexibility and infrastructure."
  • Earl Bridges
  • Co-founder
  • Good Done Great


Accelerating Growth
"While there are many opportunities for investment, our fund is happy to make growth capital available for Charleston’s tech companies. Michael Knox, Managing Partner, Silicon Harbor Ventures."
  • Michael Knox
  • Managing Partner
  • Silicon Harbor Ventures


Charleston Wins
"Charleston has emerged as a true tech hub in the United States and we are proud to be a part of the movement that is underway here and are committed to seeing talent and companies grow and prosper here."
  • Nate DaPore
  • President & CEO
  • Peoplematter

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Mitchell Davis, Chief Business Officer, Bibliolabs

How Bibliolabs’s Davis Learned Sales From Guiding Carriage Tours

The Charleston Digital Corridor Leadership Profile series is focused on the individuals who are driving Charleston tech scene forward.

Mitchell Davis is the founder & chief business officer of Bibliolabs located in Downtown Charleston.

Where did you grow up? What was life like and what are your memories from then/there?

Summerville. It felt a lot further away from Charleston growing up. Back then, these towns were all kind of separate places – Summerville, Ladson, Goose Creek. It was like you left one town and went to another. Now it's like one big town.

What brought you (back) to Charleston?

I came to the College of Charleston in '89 and graduated in '93. I spent one of those years in Wyoming on a student exchange, and then after graduation, moved back out West and lived in Colorado for about a year and a half... then came back and got serious about life.

At the time, (coming back to Charleston) was probably more accidental. I had been a carriage tour guide here and moved out West to enjoy life as a ski-bum while washing dishes. When I came back here to make some money as a guide one summer, I started talking to a college friend of mine about doing a tourism map of Charleston that was logistically sound but felt historical, and sell ads around the outside, like these little things you pick up in restaurants.

I went back out West and was about to run out of money, and called him (college friend from Charleston) because I either needed to take my last amount of money and put something down on a house - or I needed to use that money to get back home. When I called him, he said that he had convinced the owner of the carriage company to pay for his ad up front, which gave us this little bit of money to try to launch our tourism map with. So I decided to come back and take a stab at that.

What was your first job, or most memorable early job? What did you learn from it?

When I was in college, I spent one summer screen printing T-shirts and selling them on my own, which gave me control over my time. I could control when I worked and I figured out easier ways to make money that meant I didn't have to work as much. That was probably the first time I supported myself as an entrepreneur.

I also learned a lot from that job as a carriage tour guide. The way the carriage tour system works in Charleston is that tourists don't actually control where they go; you get one of three different zones in the city based on a lottery system. In order to make tips, you had to make sure you had pre-sold that system in a way that no matter what the outcome was, people weren't going to be disappointed. No matter what you got, you either had a carriage full of happy people or you had a carriage full of unhappy people. These people need to be laughing or having a good time by the end of this thing or I'm not going to make any money. There was definitely an implied salesmanship to that.

In your own words, what does your company do?

At Bibliolabs, we are reinventing the public and school library media experience. We've built software and licensed content to build a digital content delivery system for public libraries and school libraries that is on par with every other media experience we have in the rest of our lives... a seemingly new phenomenon for libraries.

How would you describe your organization's culture?

It's an adult culture. Everyone here can manage themselves. Everybody here is committed to what we're doing; there are no vacuums here. Everybody from the top to the bottom is super engaged. People that aren't engaged very very quickly don't fit and don't work out.

We don't tie our self-esteem to our ability to retain employees. We have enough confidence in the culture to know that what we're doing is right and not everybody is going to fit with our company. That's a good feeling, because when you keep mediocre people in a really great work environment, it actually hurts you.

What obstacles have you faced building your business?

I think the hardest thing is getting people to care about what you're doing as much as you do, and nobody does. No matter how good a product you build, no matter what it is you do, getting people to actually care about the product and then, give you enough money to actually run a really complex, expensive machine is hard.

How have you overcome that?

You just keep getting better and keep trying. You say it a million times, and it keeps getting better as you say it a million times and a million people hear it.

What do you look for in the people you hire?

Ambition and work ethic and ability to manage themselves. I don't think anybody here is looking for more things to manage. So, how quickly can the person pick up on things – can they pick up on ambient information? The reality is you can't find all that out in the hiring process, but you can try to find out as much as you can.

What is your biggest pet peeve in business or amongst colleagues?

The idea that we're just supposed to have a job. Just (not) caring about the work you're doing. Believing that the politics or the optics of something actually is more important than the product itself.

What advice would you give aspiring entrepreneurs or new graduates?

There's a lot of wisdom in starting before you know any better, starting before your life is at a point where it's a lot more difficult. When you're 25, you have no idea what your life is going to be like at 40. Now that I'm 45 I know that.

Life changes. I think one of the biggest benefits was I just started on it before I knew any better. When you've got nothing but time and no money, that's the best time to do it. Because everything gets more complicated.

Are you a Mac or a PC? iPhone or Android?

Mac, iPhone, and iPad.

What is your usual Starbucks (or other restaurant/pub) order?

Small latte with an extra shot.

Do you have a near/dear charity or cause you support and why?

My wife has a nonprofit that I, of course, am involved in. She has an organization called Heart, which is for adults with special needs; adults with Autism, Down's Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy. She's got 12 adults who have been with her for over a year now. You get to know them and they feel like family to you.

What is the one/best question anyone could ask you? Consider it asked...

Who's your favorite band and why.

Widespread Panic. I saw my first Widespread Panic show when I was in college in 1990. It definitely sent my life in a different direction in a good way. I continued to go back and see them during and after college.

So now, almost 30 years later, they are still making it happen. I think one of the things that was overlooked in Widespread's trajectory was that when I first saw them, they were playing (in) bars. They'd been around about five years then.

Now they headline Bonnaroo. They've sold out 10,000-seat arenas. They've sold out Red Rocks four nights in a row. And they're not doing anything differently than they were doing in 1990 when I went and saw them at a bar. Exact same guys; they look the same, they're older, but they're doing the same thing. They just work hard at it. It's been inspiring to me as an adult, kind of tracking along, to watch them become commercially successful while not fundamentally changing what they were doing at the start. That's really rare. There's not a lot of examples of that.

This interview was conducted, condensed and edited by Ashley Fletcher Frampton.

Photography by Victoria Jean Photo Art.

CARTA Rolls Out Wi-Fi Access On Buses

Many CARTA buses are now enabled with Wi-Fi access.

The Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority and Verizon Wireless announced today the launch of free Wi-Fi service on the system's main line and express buses.

"We envision this service as being the sort of tool that will delight our current customers and also get people on the bus for the first time. That change, in turn, decreases traffic and reduces wear on infrastructure, which benefits everyone," CARTA board chairman Mike Seekings said in a statement.

CARTA has been piloting the program over the past month. Unlimited Wi-Fi is available on CARTA's commuter-heavy express routes one through four, while 12-user Mi-Fi is being offered on local routes.

Smaller neighborhood shuttles and DASH trolleys have not been outfitted with wireless capabilities, though CARTA officials said they might expand the service to other buses in the future.

The partnership between CARTA and Verizon is a two-year agreement. Verizon will provide the Internet service in exchange for a fully wrapped bus advertisement. The service would otherwise cost around $86,000 for two years.

"Transit riders will appreciate the reliability and security of our network as they seamlessly use their smartphones, tablets and laptops en route to their destinations," Krista Bourne, president of Verizon Wireless in the Carolinas/Tennessee region, said in a statement.

CARTA provides more than 15,000 trips each weekday, 60% of which are commuter rides. In 2014, the system posted record ridership of more than 5 million.

Bluetowne Becomes Nimble Storage Authorized Solutions Provider

Bluetowne, a leading provider of innovative information technology solutions, today announced it has joined the Nimble Partner Program as a Value-added Reseller. Nimble Storage is redefining the storage market with its Adaptive Flash platform, enabling consolidation of all workloads and elimination of storage silos by providing enterprises with significant improvements in application performance and storage capacity.

The Nimble Adaptive Flash platform is now the preferred choice for more than 6,200 customers in over 50 countries around the world. In contrast to legacy and flash-only storage architectures and systems that are deployed and managed in disparate silos to support applications based on their unique characteristics and requirements, the Nimble Adaptive Flash platform offers a single storage architecture that dynamically caters to the needs of enterprise-wide workloads across performance, capacity, and data protection – delivering on the full potential and benefits of storage consolidation. The company's flash storage solutions are based on its patented Cache Accelerated Sequential Layout (CASL™) storage architecture that leverages fast read performance of flash and the cost-effective capacity of hard disk drives, and Nimble InfoSight, an automated cloud-based management and support system that maintains storage system peak health.

"Bluetowne's partnership with Nimble allows us to give our clients a competitive IT edge with increased profitability and efficiency" said Eric Hartley, President, Bluetowne. "The reason we chose to partner with Nimble Storage is not only due to their unique technology, but because they fit our business model very well. Nimble Storage provides better technology at a greater value, which is what Bluetowne has been about since its inception."

"At Nimble Storage, we are committed to providing our partners with a combination of best-in-class storage solutions and comprehensive enablement resources, which we believe will prove invaluable in bringing the Nimble Adaptive Flash platform to enterprises worldwide," said Leonard Iventosch, vice president of worldwide channel sales at Nimble Storage. "We know that the success of our organization is dependent on our partners' ability to successfully and independently sell our products and solutions. Because of this, we've fostered a global network of partners to provide enterprises access to our innovative storage solutions."

About Bluetowne:

Bluetowne's mission is to provide expert, customized end-to-end IT solutions through remarkable customer service. From the mouse to the datacenter, we serve as trusted advisors to advance customer achievement through efficient and cost effective execution. Visit www.bluetowne.com or call 843.352.0130 for more information.

Charleston Tech Company Earns National Recognition for App Development

Charleston, SC - September 24, 2015 - Esri, the Redlands, CA based geographic information systems company announced the winners of their Human Health and Climate Change App Challenge. Charleston, SC based company ROK Technologies,Inc. was awarded 2nd place for their development of the Coastal People Watch application, a responsive, mobile web-app that allows users to visualize the effects of rising sea levels on the Charleston Community.

Emma Paz, a lead GIS Developer at ROK Technologies and creator of the Coastal People Watch app, was excited to take on Esri's Human Health and Climate App Challenge this year. As she sees it, "Coastal People Watch could become a practical tool to help officials and public citizens anticipate the potential effects of sea level rise (SLR) and plan effectively, ahead of time."

The app includes visual representations of the various SLR predictions as well as appropriate estimates of the number of people and house structures that may be affected as waters inundate the streets of Charleston. Additionally, the app allows users to map local Critical Facilities and Evacuation Routes in the area (consuming data published by FEMA), all in lieu of the available NOAA SLR scenarios.

"Ultimately, I am incredibly thankful to be able to call Charleston home. I love it here. And it's because I find this place so amazing that I worry about our resilience to the upcoming effects of climate change, especially when we are already familiar with the consequences (i.e. flooding events) that result from intense rain, storm surges and king tides.

Coastal People Watch can help us plan effectively, reduce the strain on emergency human services and ultimate preserve our people's lives and health, as well as the overall health of our beloved Holy City", said Ms. Paz.

The app challenge was sponsored by Esri in response to President Obama's Climate Action Plan–to strengthen the country's resilience to the impacts of climate change. The App Challenge winners were announced by Dr. Este Geraghty, Esri's Chief Medical Officer, at Esri's Health and Human Services Conference in Atlanta, GA on September 15th:

1st Place – Heat and Social Inequality in the US

2nd Place - Coastal People Watch

3rd Place – Sea Level Rise and its Impact

About:  ROK Technologies serves clients in many industries and governments globally. As an Esri Silver business partner and ArcGIS Server Application Service Provider licensee, we are able to leverage the ArcGIS platform and our cutting edge core competencies to provide Cloud based ArcGIS application development, hosting, and cache management solutions. Additionally, we have expanded our Cloud offerings to include Infrastructure as a Service and Desktop as a service enabling clients to efficiently integrate their enterprise software with ROK GIS solutions, products and services.

Whit Smith Joins Bluetowne as Account Executive

MT. PLEASANT, S.C. – September 17, 2015 – Bluetowne, a leading provider of innovative information technology solutions, today announced the addition of Whit Smith as an Account Executive to its expanding Charleston-based sales team.

With more than 4 years of B2B technology experience, Whit will be responsible for leading the company's growth throughout the Charleston market and greater Southeast region, and expanding Bluetowne's reach within strategic industry vertical markets. Whit most recently served as Senior Sales Operations Specialist at eGroup, and prior to that his titles at eGroup included Associate Account Executive and Inside Sales Executive. In these roles Whit served as a crucial support mechanism for the outside representatives, and was fundamental in helping eGroup to achieve its customer acquisition and growth targets. 

"Whit is an excellent addition to our team that will undoubtedly ignite growth for our company." said Eric Hartley, President, Bluetowne. "Whit brings deep industry experience and key vendor relationships that will be instrumental in boosting our sales efforts and help strengthen our brand in target markets." Hartley continued, "More importantly, Whit is a customer advocate with a proven track record of building strong trusted relationships, and has a keen ability to understand and articulate the needs of clients to ensure delivery of the best possible solution to help them attain their business goals."

Whit commented, "I'm extremely excited about Bluetowne's vision, and look forward to making significant contributions towards the company's continued success as we enter this new phase of growth." He continued, "The people, the culture, and the company's values are an ideal fit. I look forward to this next chapter in my career."

Whit holds a BS in Finance from Coastal Carolina University.


About Bluetowne:

Bluetowne's mission is to provide expert, customized end-to-end IT solutions through remarkable customer service. From the mouse to the datacenter, we serve as trusted advisors to advance customer achievement through efficient and cost effective execution. Visit www.bluetowne.com or call 843.352.0130 for more information.

Mayoral Candidates Talk Tech

Charleston At A Crossroads

Charleston stands squarely at the crossroads of history and future. The steady leadership of Mayor Joe Riley led Charleston to emerge from one of the South's best kept secrets to a world-class hospitality destination.

While that is an impressive legacy, perhaps more important for the future of Charleston are the seeds of innovation and opportunity Mayor Riley has sown for his successor.

The diversification of Charleston's economy quietly began more than a decade ago through the Digital Corridor initiative. The results have been nothing short of spectacular:

* Charleston's tech economy is growing 26 percent faster than the national average.

* Per-capita wage growth is almost double the national average.

* Compared to other midsize metro areas in the United States, Charleston consistently ranks in the top 10 fastest growing for software industries and occupations.

* More than 300 tech-related companies have been created, accounting for more than 5,000 jobs and almost 5 percent of the regional economy.

This growth, achieved with minimal city investment, brought huge dividends to the area. One job created in the high-tech sector leads to the creation of four additional jobs. Higher per-capita wage growth leads to greater consumer spending and investment, as well as gains in city and regional revenues.

These are promising facts. Not only will Charleston's next mayor inherit a thriving city, but one with explosive growth potential for the next generation. Growing the tech community to account for 10 percent of the regional economy is an entirely realistic goal over the next five years.

With rapid growth also come challenges; growing and attracting tech talent to keep up with increasing demand, aligning a lagging infrastructure (broadband access, flexible office space and transportation) and housing in the peninsula to support future growth.

This week, Charleston's mayoral candidates meet with local technology leaders to share their views on how to address these challenges and discuss their ideas for ensuring our tech community's continued growth. This meeting is more than an obligatory campaign stop. It is an opportunity for candidates to demonstrate both commitment to Mayor Riley's legacy of economic diversification and vision for how they intend to build on that opportunity.

As Mayor Riley readies to pass the baton, we welcome the opportunity to work with the mayoral candidates to help maintain the lead they have been given.


Grier Allen - President & CEO, BoomTown

Ernest Andrade – Director, Charleston Digital Corridor

Nate DaPore - President & CEO, PeopleMatter

Mitchell Davis - Chief Business Officer, Bibliolabs

Kevin Eichelberger - President & CEO, Blue Acorn

Kirk King – President, CSS

John LaCour – CEO, PhishLabs

Marc Murphy – CEO, SPARC

Valerie Sessions – Associate Professor & Chair, Computer Science Department, CSU

Peter Woodhull - Founder & CEO, Modus21

Middle schoolers show off their certificates

Digital Corridor Expands CODEcamp Kids Program

Charleston, South Carolina – The Charleston Digital Corridor is pleased to announce that the CODEcamp Kids Summer 2015 pilot classes are being expanded to include year-round programming starting November 7, 2015. Program instruction will be lead by CODEcamp co-founder and Jack Russell's Chief Technologist, Tom Wilson. Classes will be held on alternating Saturdays at the Digital Corridor's Flagship2 tech incubator in Downtown Charleston.

The CODEcamp Kids curriculum is targeted at children between the ages of 10-14 years and will span over four alternating Saturdays with each day-long session running from 9:30am until 3:30pm. Classes are designed to teach the essentials of building websites (HTML, CSS, Javascript) plus a final fun-filled "build your robot" class. The initial class size is limited to ten students.

"The CODEcamp Kids summer pilot program was an excellent extension of the CODEcamp curriculum provided by the Charleston Digital Corridor," said Valerie Sessions. "My 8 and 10 year old children participated in the program and I was thrilled at the level of instruction - its amazing what children can learn and do when it comes to programming. These are professional level skills being taught at age 8 and 10!! Offering the expanded program year round will allow CODECcamp Kids to inspire a new generation in the Charleston area."

The CODEcamp Kids summer program, which hosted 35 children, provided the Digital Corridor with interesting insight including an almost equal number of boys and girls, 51% and 49% respectively, and just over 10% were minority students.

"Our pilot program demonstrated what a diverse 21st century workforce could be like with a dedicated industry and community-supported effort", said Digital Corridor Director, Ernest Andrade. "Our goal is to reserve 25% of the CODEcamp Kids seats for under-privileged children which we expect to be supported by local individuals and businesses through our 'Level Up' initiative."


About CODEcamp Kids

CODEcamp Kids' goal is to empower Charleston youth to explore their creativity and innovation by learning the fundamentals of web development. More: www.chscodecamp.com


Ernest Andrade, Charleston Digital Corridor Foundation


Upcoming Events

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Tech Startup Bootcamp

Is a startup for you? Find out in this practical, hands-on and fast-moving course.

Do you have an idea for the next Facebook, FitBit, Instagram or Snapchat?

• Discover what it takes to turn a tech concept into profitable reality

• Learn the business, technical and legal issues involved in building a tech startup

• Participate in guest sessions from local business leaders and investors

• Discover what you need in a pitch presentation so that you can raise funds and attract top talent

Bootcamp runs September 29 - November 17, 2015 on Tuesdays, 6:00 -9:00 p.m.

Learn more and/or register HERE

Charleston Digital Corridor T-Shirt Design Contest

Calling All Creatives!
Win $200 in a design contest!
We are asking YOU to submit t-shirt designs for our next official Charleston Digital Corridor t-shirt.
The winning designer will receive $200 and will have earned admiration from our tech community.

A few requirements for submissions:

-Solid white design

-Front and back

-Must include our CDC brand image (7-ring graphic)

-Take your shot at including a tech catch phrase

-Designs must be in ai or eps format

-Submit your design(s) HERE with Subject: t-shirt contest

-Deadline for submissions is OCTOBER 15

Fridays @ the Corridor - Effective Communication for Tech Professionals

From speaking to staff, giving a presentation or pitching investors, communicating your message effectively is most important. At the October Fridays @ the Corridor, executive coach and communications strategist, Dr. Laura Camacho of the Mixonian Institute, will share communication tips that are specific to technical professionals.

This one-hour presentation, held at the Flagship on October 16, 2015 begins promptly at 8:30 a.m.

Parking is located in the Gaillard Garage on Alexander Street or the Aquarium Garage on Calhoun Street. Note: Parking in the Reserved Space at the Flagship will result in a parking ticket or a towed vehicle. If you would like to attend this month's Friday's presentation, please RSVP by emailing Victoria Buckman.

This interactive forum is meant to engage and inform Charleston's knowledge-based community. Attendance is limited to 25 guests, with priority seating for Digital Corridor members. The non-member fee is $25 and can be paid by card, cash or check.


The Charleston Digital Corridor is hosting CODEtalks - A daylong event featuring talks and panel discussions regarding the latest software development technologies and trends led by Charleston industry professionals. Learn More & Register HERE

CorridorBASH 2015

The CorridorBASH is an annual limited-attendance networking event that brings together members from Charleston's growing tech community, business leaders and others interested in growing Charleston's tech economy. Learn more and register HERE.

Charleston Celebrates Innovation

Join innovators, entrepreneurs and investors from across Charleston in welcoming Dr. Chris Wasden (Professor of Innovation & Executive Director of the Sorenson Center for Discovery and Innovation at University of Utah) as he discusses his new book, "Tension, the Energy of Innovation."

Enjoy world-class networking, tasty cuisine, and a valuable commemorative gift.

Attendance is free; however, seating is limited.  Please RSVP HERE.

Cybersecurity: Securing your world in the digital age

Technology is driving business at an unprecedented speed. But, on an almost daily business, cyber security breaches or hacks are taking place throughout the world. So, how do you protect your business, your family, your self? Join IT-oLogy for Trends 2015 as they explore the important topic of cyber security. Presentations will range from trending topics in cyber security to new technologies. This is a must attend event for C Suite, citizens and technologists! Learn more and Register HERE

2016 Economic Outlook Conference

In times of uncertainty whether you are running a business or planning your investments, knowledge can be your most valuable asset.

You are invited to attend the 5th Annual Economic Outlook conference. For the first time in nine years the Federal Reserve will begin to push interest rates higher. 

  • How quickly will rates climb? 
  • What impact will they have? 
  • Why is growth so slow? 
  • What is the outlook for inflation? 
  • How much of a problem is China? 
  • When might the economy slip into recession? 

The Keynote Speaker will be Stephen Slifer – Owner and Chief Economist at NumberNomics, LLC. Mr. Slifer will provide clear and concise answers to these questions.

Cost: $40.00 includes breakfast

Location: Daniel Island Club, 600 Island Park Drive, Charleston, SC 29492

About Stephen Slifer: From 1980 until his retirement in 2003, Mr. Slifer was the Chief U.S. Economist for Lehman Brothers in New York City. In that role he directed the firm's U.S. economics group and was responsible for the firm's forecasts and analysis of the U.S. economy.

Prior to that, he spent a decade as a senior economist at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve in Washington, D.C., forecasting growth in the money supply. He has written two books about the various economic indicators and how they can be used to forecast economic activity. He also writes a regular bi-weekly economics column for the Charleston Regional Business Journal. Mr. Slifer has been widely quoted in press and on television, was voted the top economist by Institutional Investor magazine five years in a row and in 1997 was named as one of the top 100 "Faces to Watch in the Next Millennium."

This event sells out fast. Be sure to book early and consider buying a table of 8 for your company. Register HERE