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JUICE Names Ryan Jones as CEO

JUICE, an award winning, full-service, integrated digital marketing agency focused on maximizing ROI for clients across customer acquisition, ecommerce, and lead generation campaigns, is pleased to name Ryan Jones the CEO of the company. ​​

"As JUICE continues to work with brands that are dealing with complex challenges across digital advertising channels, it was important that we continue to bolster our executive talent," says co-founder Troy Osinoff.

In his more than 20-years of experience in the digital marketing arena, Ryan, a Clemson University graduate, has held senior-level positions with various digital marketing agencies, most recently serving as VP of Client Success at JUICE.

Ryan's steady leadership and results-driven vision for the company will guide JUICE through the next phase of its growth. Throughout his long and successful career, one thing has remained constant – the need to solve a business problem. Whether refining e-commerce strategy, focusing on SEO and SEM for lead generation, or leveraging the full range of marketing tools to generate a buzz, Ryan's approach to digital marketing is always customized and targeted to achieve the client's desired outcome.

"In the literal sense, juice is refreshing and energizing. I feel like that also represents the team at JUICE. While our focus as an agency is client growth, we are also a team laser-focused on client success and the overall experience we're providing to our clients. Having a clear understanding of the difference between satisfaction and success helps guide everything we do, with the latter always being the end goal. We need to make sure the JUICE is always worth the squeeze." he says.


Charleston Digital Corridor Selects WEBLAB for Diversity Initiative

The Charleston Digital Corridor is pleased to select WEBLAB as the next recipient of the CDC Diversity Initiative. This award furthers the organization's goal to make Charleston's tech economy more reflective of the demographic makeup of the region.

WEBLAB is a woman-owned enterprise founded by Lane Cauley, a tech professional with over ten years of experience in the industry. WEBLAB is a digital marketing agency focused on helping B2B software companies grow sales through optimizing website performance and thereby accelerating company growth.

"I am honored to be a recipient of the Diversity Initiative from the Charleston Digital Corridor. Their support allows me to grow my startup business in Charleston while leveraging my passion and experience in web to help companies grow. "

"Given the current macroeconomic business conditions, the ability of a startup company like WEBLAB to help companies grow their sales is compelling," said Charleston Digital Corridor Executive Director, Ernest Andrade. "We are happy to assist Lane and team with building a successful business by providing the company with an array of "on-demand" business resources.

The CDC Diversity Initiative seeks to stimulate the inclusion of under-represented entrepreneurs and business professionals within Charleston's tech community and is made possible from several partners and members including Comcast and Google. Learn more about the Diversity Initiative HERE.

Learn more about WEBLAB at web-lab.agency

Charleston Solar-Energy Firm Raises Another $150M To Fuel Growth

A Charleston-based alternative energy company has raised $150 million from an investment group that includes a former U.S. Treasury chief to further its goal of increasing the use of solar power across the country.

Palmetto Clean Technology Inc. said March 6, 2023 that it plans to use the proceeds to expand its software and services platform to more commercial and residential users. Read more:

Editors Note: Palmetto's office is located at the Charleston Tech Center in downtown Charleston,SC

CDC TechLife interviewee, Dr. Jacobo Mintzer

CDC Tech Life Podcast Episode 22 Features Dr. Jacobo Mintzer, Staff Physician - Ralph H Johnson VA Medical Center

Episode 22 of theCDC Tech Life Podcast features Dr. Jacobo Mintzer, Staff Physician at the Ralph H Johnson VA Medical Center. Dr. Mintzer discusses the early days of Alzheimer's research and shares details on exciting new advances being made right here in Charleston.

This episode is sponsored by ShiftNOW. ShiftNOW connects the hospitality industry with high-quality shift workers, providing a flexible solution to the hospitality industry's toughest problem.  Visit them at ShiftNOW.com to learn more.


Jordan Berry, Interloop CTO & Co-founder

CDC Tech Life Podcast Episode 20 Features Jordan Berry - CTO and Co-Founder - Interloop

Episode 20 of the CDC Tech Life Podcast features Jordan Berry, CTO and Co-Founder for Charleston SC-based Tech Startup Interloop. Jordan shares the experience of pivoting Interloop from its early focus to the challenges of Data Engineering.

This episode is sponsored by Charleston County Economic Development Department. They're dedicated to recruiting new business, growing existing industry and improving Charleston's business climate.

The CDC Tech Life Podcast has returned to share stories from the rapidly growing Charleston SC Technology and Entrepreneur communities. Look for episodes every 3 weeks and subscribe to make sure you don't miss a beat!


Grier Allen, Boomtown Co-founder & CEO (Right)

Inside Real Estate Acquires BoomTown, Forming an Industry-Leading Real Estate Technology Company

BoomTown, an industry-leading cloud-based sales and marketing automation platform serving 100,000 real estate professionals and Inside Real Estate, one of the fastest-growing independent real estate software company and trusted partner to more than 400,000 real estate professionals, today announced that they have joined forces to form the industry's leading residential real estate technology company.

This combination creates an industry-leading provider of residential real estate software and services, across product and customer segments. As a result of the acquisition, Inside Real Estate is well positioned to help top performing franchises, brokerages, teams, and agents manage their business more effectively by providing an unparalleled technology, services, and partner ecosystem from a single provider. The combined company will have the R&D and Client Services scale to drive rapid innovation and deliver on their missions to make real estate professionals more successful.

_"This is the first day of an exciting new chapter for BoomTown and our clients!" said Grier Allen, CEO, BoomTown. "Joining Joe and the talented Inside Real Estate team enables us to continue on our combined mission to serve the real estate industry with world class technology and services. With a clear vision for the future, we look forward to accelerating the pace of innovation to fuel our clients' growth and success." ___

Inside Real Estate and BoomTown each have a proven track record of delivering high value, innovative solutions to help real estate professionals drive more effective business outcomes, achieve a competitive market advantage, and ultimately generate more transactions and revenue. They will bring together the breadth and depth of each company's award-winning technology solutions, top-shelf client support and services, and one of the largest and most engaged communities of top producing real estate professionals.

"I'm thrilled to welcome BoomTown to the Inside Real Estate family!" said Joe Skousen, CEO, Inside Real Estate. "I commend Grier and the BoomTown team for what they have built and accomplished with their clients over the past 15 years. Our companies share a common DNA that is focused on driving real results for every client, every day. Together, we will deliver an unmatched experience for every user from single agents, to top performing teams and mega teams, to robust national enterprise brands. Our #1 job is being a tech partner to our client - this combination reinforces that commitment."

The combined resources and backing will help deliver:

● **The #1 Front Office Experience for Every User: ** The combined technology will deliver an enhanced and elevated front office experience that supports every type of user, from single agents, to top performing teams and mega teams, to top brokerages and enterprise brands in growing their business.

● **The First Complete & Modern Back Office Suite: ** Together, the company's combined portfolio of back office solutions, including CORE Back Office, Brokermint and Inside Real Estate's recently acquired AmpStats, will provide the foundation for the industry's most innovative, modern & complete back office solution.

Marketplace & Tech Partner Ecosystem: Inside Real Estate's Marketplace of leading add-on services and solutions, including the Property Boost listing promotion and lead generation tool, will continue to expand, and be paired with a new Preferred Partner program, unlocking additional value and differentiation for customers through a vetted, network of premium, tightly integrated partner solutions.

Industry-Leading Home Ownership Solutions: Inside Real Estate will continue to invest heavily in the first integrated lifetime homeownership platform, CORE Home. The technology, paired with smart affiliated services solutions, and branded for Inside Real Estate's customers, will place brokers and agents at the heart of the consumer relationship.

"This combination brings together significant capability to innovate as a true technology partner and support the needs of our customers," said Nick Macey, President, Inside Real Estate. "Our passionate, capable team is committed to leading with the features, products and solutions that drive agent, team, brokerage and enterprise brand success."

Inside Real Estate's Joe Skousen will continue to be Chief Executive Officer leading an experienced executive team of industry veterans from both Inside Real Estate and BoomTown, including Grier Allen of BoomTown as Chief Strategy Officer and Nick Macey as President. The combination of the two employee and client-centric cultures will create a company that continues to be consistently recognized for their culture and as one of the best places to work. The company is headquartered in Salt Lake City, UT, with offices in Charleston, SC and Carlsbad, CA, and employees located throughout the U.S.

Houlihan Lokey served as exclusive financial advisor and DLA Piper LLP (US) served as legal advisor to BoomTown.****

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Mar 22, 9AM - 1PM

Full Stack Development in Web3 with the Permaweb

Presented by Tom Wilson

Web3 is the next generation of application development; imagine building secure apps from day one and accessing open data and the ability to provide services to users in a decentralized way. No Servers, No Databases, No Cloud; you simply build your app and publish it to the Permaweb! In this workshop, we will build a full stack web3 application using standard web tools and services.

Mar 29, 12:30PM - 6PM


TEDx features a lineup of inspiring and entertaining talks and performances from Charleston locals, on a wide range of topics in health, science, social issues, technology and more. It also includes coffee and refreshments from local cafes and bakeries.

The VIP After Party is hosted at the historic Charleston Museum with live music, entertainment, and a wide variety of food and beverage stations from local restaurants, breweries and food purveyors–and a chance to connect with TEDxCharleston presenters and attendees. Learn more and register to attend HERE.

Apr 12, 9AM - 10:30AM

Your Logo's Great! How's Your BRAND?

Presented by David Kelbaugh

When you think about your company's "brand", what do you think of? Your logo? Your name? Your colors? Your tagline? The truth is that the definition of "brand" has changed a lot over the years; the most modern, most inspired companies define "brand" in a new and pretty surprising way.

Apr 18, 8AM - 5PM

SCRA Summit

the 2023 SCRA Summit will be held on Tuesday, April 18, 2023 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. It will be a day filled with inspiring speakers and exciting networking and learning opportunities. This year's theme is Founders First, celebrating the hard work of founders who are growing our state's innovation economy. Learn more and register HERE.

Apr 26, 8AM - 5PM

Dig South Tech Summit

Dig South Tech Summit is where the leading brands and mid-market companies meet the South's most scalable startups. The 11th annual Dig South will welcome founders, executives, investors, entrepreneurs, creators and experts for networking, know-how, deal making and fundraising. Learn more and register HERE.

Apr 27, 6:30PM - 9:30PM

15th Annual iFiveK race

The iFiveK race, hosted by the Charleston Digital Corridor, is a favorite weekday evening run and networking event for Charleston's tech professionals. Since its 2007 debut, the iFiveK has continued to grow. The race venue is at the Charleston Tech Center in downtown Charleston. Learn more and register HERE.