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.

Talent

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

Spaces

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

Community

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

Capital

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
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Charleston Tech Movie Showcases Technological Innovation In The Region

Since 2001, Charleston's tech economy has grown from 18 companies to over 450 companies today. The Charleston Digital Corridor has been honored to serve this community. 

Now, turn on the video, turn up the volume and let us introduce you to just a few of the companies that are driving innovation while bringing high-wage job creation and capital investment to our community. Enjoy.

385 Meeting Street, Downtown Charleston

Charleston Digital Corridor Relocates Flagships To 385 Meeting Street in Downtown Charleston

The Charleston Digital Corridor (CDC)is pleased to announce the relocation and consolidation of the Flagship and Flagship2 tech-focused business incubator facilities to 385 Meeting Street, a three-floor office building at the corner of Meeting and Mary streets. The relocation is the result of the redevelopment of the property on which the Flagships are currently located.

This interim location, Flagship - Bridge, will serve as the offices for the CDC and early-stage tech companies until the anticipated opening of the Flagship3 @ the Charleston Technology Center in 2020.

The Flagship - Bridge business incubator will offer 21 fully-furnished offices of varying configurations to serve companies at different stages of development; two conference rooms for use by residents and members of Charleston's tech community; and a host of business services and amenities including high-speed data and corridor bikes. Parking will be available at the Visitor Center Parking Garage behind the office building.

The Flagship - Bridge business incubator, the fourth facility developed by the CDC, will incorporate feedback from tech clients since the original Flagship facility opened in May 2008.

"The City of Charleston is pleased to have facilitated the relocation of Flagships with no disruption to the companies currently operating at the two facilities," said Charleston Mayor, John Tecklenburg.

"We are honored to continue supporting tech companies in the Charleston region and excited to report that a majority of the tech companies relocating to the Flagship - Bridge facility have experienced growth well above 200 percent since they commenced operations in our incubator," said Charleston Digital Corridor Director, Ernest Andrade.

Renovation of the Flagship - Bridge tech-focused business incubator is expected to get underway in September and be ready for occupancy in December 2018.  

Ted Tanner, Co-Founder and CTO of PokitDok

PokitDok’s Tanner Takes on Healthcare’s Outdated Infrastructure

The Charleston Digital Corridor's Leadership Profile Series is focused on the individuals who are driving the Charleston tech scene forward. This series is brought to you with support from Charleston Southern University.

Ted Tanner is Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of PokitDok, which offers a platform-as-a-service for healthcare organizations. PokitDok is based in downtown Charleston with an office in San Mateo, Calif. The majority of its 50 employees are in Charleston.

Where did you grow up?

Charleston – born, bred and red. As a matter of fact, my middle name is Calhoun.

What was life like growing up?

Lowcountry living. Oak trees. There's nothing like moss in the oak trees, and the pluff mud, and the salt water. It's spectacular. The impenetrable beauty of the humidity and the heat. And how spectacular the fall is here.

In your own words, what does PokitDok do?

We build the operating system for the business of health. Just like Apple and Microsoft build an operating system that you build stuff on. The whole premise is shop, book and pay. Find me a doctor close to me with these attributes. Give me a price. Let me book it. Let me go in and get out and pay for it.

We have 10,000 cash prices across 48 urban areas. We know the market-making price of a health service. We also took all these so-called electronic medical records, and we integrated a bunch of those and made it easy for developers to write software on top of them.

We had to go make a payment backbone because companies had no way to clear a payment really quick, like PayPal. The next thing we built was an algorithm to compute the propensity for a consumer to pay for a service. Given all these variables that we have now, can Jane Doe pay for a service?

The other thing that we did that's a big problem in health is something called identity management. Who is Jane Doe? Who are you at any given time? Wouldn't it be great if you could just walk into anywhere in the world and your health record is with you all the time, with context? We've brought great security metrics to all of this stuff. Thirty-five to 40 percent of data that's in health is unencrypted.

That's what we do. We have about 700 third-party applications that are built on us.

What inspired you to start this company?

We looked at the data and we said, "The health industry has legacy technology that's been around like 30 or 40 years. It's legacy infrastructure. And it's broken from a personalization standpoint." I said, "There's no Yelp meets Priceline for health. Nor is there a platform that you can build applications on top of, like an operating system." There was no concept for APIs, there was nothing that hid the complexities of the back end of health processing. And it's overly complicated. This was about 2009. Around 2011, on that premise, we founded PokitDok.

If you think about it, the human machine is the most complicated that we know of in the universe, yet when we go to get it fixed, we have no idea how much a strep culture costs. It's the only machine that is most personal to us and our loved ones, but we don't go in and ask, "Well, how much is it going to cost to fix my broken leg?" When everybody knows full well how much it costs. We founded the company on that premise.

What obstacles have you faced building your business?

It's a 40-year-old legacy industry. We have a saying here: Two Cadillacs and a house. People would prefer to keep their two Cadillacs and a house than do the right thing in the health industry, which is help the consumer.

What advice would you give aspiring entrepreneurs?

Figure out the business model first because nowadays you can figure out the technical stuff really quick. Understand product fit. Understand market fit. And then get somebody and just start coding your brains out.

Desire what you already have even more. Desire and love the fact that you get to do something so spectacular every single day, and get on it really hard.

What advice would you give new graduates seeking to work in the tech industry?

Stand up a GitHub, stand up a LinkedIn account, and contribute to as many open source projects as possible.

How would you describe your organization's culture?

Be passionate. Assume everything is broken all the time because there's no such thing as perfect software. Love your hobbies. Go hard. Keep plowing the field.

We believe that software is scalable, and I don't believe in having huge companies. I want to give back to the team. I truly work for everybody here. I never turn off. We have an interesting policy of infinite vacation time. We don't have a schedule, but we have things to do.

We've been criticized for being too intense. We work in the health industry. We want to make sure stuff works all the time. This is a serious business. Building complex stuff that never existed before – that's not serious?

I take my position as a co-founder and CTO very seriously. My co-founder, Lisa Maki, and I have raised $54 million. We've hired 70-something people here in Charleston – through attrition people change. One of my tenets in a leadership role is to amplify people's careers.

Our secret weapon has been Charleston. People in the Valley are asking for way too much money, and they're acting entitled. I literally was out there a month ago, and I heard these people saying, "Hey, are you going over to Corporation X? I heard they raised a Series A and they have an on-staff chef." Make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, man.

What do you look for in the people you hire?

They laugh. Certain types of hobbies. Whether they're passionate about building software. It ends up we have a lot of triathletes, black belts in karate, really advanced musicians, former soldiers and former Rangers. Highly creative, highly complex people. But at the end of the day, people who love trying to do the impossible.

How do you prevent burnout?

If you do what you love, there's no such thing.

What's a book you always recommend?

How to Read a Book. It's amazing. It'll make you feel completely stupid.

What is your usual Starbucks order?

I don't go to Starbucks. If I do, it's an unsweetened tea.

Outside of work what keeps you busy?

I love my family and friends. I work out every day. I surf.

Do you have a morning routine or ritual?

Yes. I fill a mason jar glass up with half water. I put an Emergen-C in it. I take a BC Powder. I take an Aleve. I take something called a neurotropic vitamin. And I drink a mason jar full of tea. Then I go work out at the Medical University of South Carolina. Then I come in here. My executive assistant, Betsy Dalton, gives me a rundown for my stuff today. I usually write on the white board what I'm thinking about, and I start my day.

The end of the day is how thankful I am that I get to do this every day and come home to my family.

What are your thoughts on how Charleston's technical landscape has grown?

I want more collaboration in Charleston. I have tried over the last 10 years to get more collaboration. We've had several meetups. We sponsor things. Every time I show up and we show code, we show ideas, people go, "Well, we can't talk about what we're doing." Really? Really? Most people are just jamming stuff in a database.

The first artificial intelligence meetup at Stanford that we went to, PokitDok did, and sponsored it, they had 1,100 people register, 800 people show up. And this wasn't even a conference; this was just a meetup. It was a madhouse. People started writing on boards and talking with each other and everything.

We can't get five people to show up here. I've watched the ecosystem grow from, like, 100 companies to let's say 500 now, maybe. And there's just no collaboration.

What do we lose by not having that?

Resilient infrastructure to change and cross-pollination of ideas and business, and monetary incentive, and talent acquisition. A lot of people have moved here from the West Coast. Our secret weapon here in Charleston was the fact that a lot of people moved here for lower cost of living. That's changed now, that's over. Workplace arbitrage is over and you can get a job anywhere remotely now. So the only other thing left to do is collaborate and show up with the goods. 

Upcoming Events

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Intro to Python

In this course, you will . . .

  • learn to code from day one
  • learn practical programming skills that are in demand by today's best employers
  • get live guidance from a team of world-class instructors and mentors
  • learn how to do basic data wrangling using Python
  • get started writing and running Python scripts
  • gain an understanding of Python's role in the data science ecosystem
  • practice what you are learning with real-world problems and projects
  • enjoy access to a comprehensive collection of learning materials and resources

Learn more and register HERE.

Fridays @ the Corridor - From start-up to $1.7 billion in 10 years

Launched in 2008, Workiva has become a leading enterprise cloud platform for data collaboration, reporting, and compliance. At the October Fridays session we will have a conversation with Workiva'sWill Gregg, VP Solutions and Principal Engineer, Dustin Hiatt, to learn some of the key business and technical aspects the company has overcome to garner a market capitalization of almost$2 billion in just 10 years, and how these can be applied to a start-up company. Learn more and register HERE.

Tech After Five

In every city, every month Tech After Five connects the tech community. We invite IT Professionals, Startups, Entrepreneurs and Service Providers to the IT Community to come together and make meaningful professional connections. You may be looking for work or looking to hire. You might be looking for customers or prospects. You may need co-founders, partners or mentors. We've got you covered. Learn more and RSVP here.

SC Logistics Tech Talk

SC Logistics Tech Talk 2018 will showcase the exciting innovation and technology changing the future of the logistics industry. Learn more and register HERE.

FOLIO Meetup

Imagine a community working together to develop technologies that meet the unique functional needs of each library today, while positioning libraries to grow and evolve into the future. FOLIO uniquely fosters deep collaboration between libraries and vendors in order to share understanding and to instantiate, promote, facilitate, deliver and sustain a modern approach to library technology infrastructure. FOLIO community members function as peers, each having a particular role and expertise to bring to the collaboration.

Join fellow librarians and vendors as we explore the future of library technology. Discuss the FOLIO project, a community collaboration to develop an open source platform that will support traditional library management functionality and is built for innovation. Help envision the future of your library.

Be a part of the future of libraries. Learn more and RSVP here.

BSides

BSides is a community-driven framework for building events for and by information security community members. The goal is to expand the spectrum of conversation beyond the traditional confines of space and time. It creates opportunities for individuals to both present and participate in an intimate atmosphere that encourages collaboration. It is an intense event with discussions, demos, and interaction from participants. It is where conversations for the next-big-thing are happening. Learn more and RSVP here.

Economic Outlook Conference

In times of uncertainty, whether you are running a business or planning your investments, knowledge can be your most valuable asset. Steve Slifer, Owner and Chief Economist of NumberNomics, will provide insight regarding what to expect in 2019. Register HERE.