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Jordan Berry, Interloop CTO & Co-founder
CDC TECH LIFE PODCAST

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!

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

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.****

iFiveK start line

Charleston Digital Corridor Announces 2023 iFiveK

Following the successful return of this tech-focused 5k race to downtown Charleston in 2022, the Charleston Digital Corridor (CDC) along with title sponsor Charleston County Economic Development, is pleased to announce the 2023 iFiveK will be held this year on April 27th at 6:30PM. The race will once again be hosted downtown at the Charleston Tech Center located at 997 Morrison Drive with food, festivities and live music following the race. REGISTRATION IS NOW OFFICIALLY OPEN!

The new 5k route leads participants in a straightforward rectangular loop in the vibrant and rapidly developing neighborhood adjacent to the Charleston Tech Center. New office and residential buildings are rising along with a growing number of new restaurants, breweries and bars that have, unsurprisingly, become favorites for the 400 employees based at the Tech Center. Proceeds from the iFiveK go to support the CDC's Diversity and CDCu initiatives.

The iFiveK has become the favorite athletic and networking event for Charleston's tech community. As one of only a handful of evening, weekday races in the region, the iFiveK, limited to 500 participants, historically sells out ahead of the event each year.

"In an environment of various hybrid work models, we appreciate the Digital Corridor's continued focus on bringing members of our tech community together for a fun evening that blends the 5k race with networking and an amazing after party," said Charleston County Economic Development Executive Director, Steve Dykes.

"Bringing the race back downtown and having so many of our neighborhood bars and restaurants participate in our post-race event is beyond cool," said CDC Director, Ernest Andrade. "We're grateful to all our sponsors who support our programs while getting their employees together for an evening of wellness, networking, food, drink, music and just good fun."

In addition to the run, the CDC is partnering with neighboring restaurants and bars to provide a few specials and discounts for participants after the race including Revelry, Edmund's Oast, Kickin' Chicken, and Crust.

CDC Tech Life Podcast Episode 19 Features Andy Seavers - CEO & Co-Founder - Case Status

Episode 19 of the CDC Tech Life Podcast features Andy Seavers, CEO and Co-Founder of Charleston SC Legal Tech Startup Case Status. Andy talks about Startup Fundraising and how Case Status is bringing technology to the typically low-tech Legal Industry.

This episode is sponsored by the City of Charleston. The City of Charleston is pleased to support the Charleston Digital Corridor with its mission to foster innovation and entrepreneurship.

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North American Van Lines Ranks Charleston #2 For Inbound Migration

In their annual survey, North American Van Lines found that South Carolina had the highest percentage of customers moving into the state as opposed to moving out by a margin of 2 to 1.

Specifically, 66 percent of South Carolina movers came into the state, versus 34 percent who relocated elsewhere. Charleston was the top pick in South Carolina for new residents. Chief among the reasons were weather, high livability and the ability to work remote. Read more:

CDC Tech Life Podcast Episode 18 Features Sebastian van Delden - Dean of School of Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering - College of Charleston

Episode 18 of the CDC Tech Life Podcast features Sebastian van Delden, Dean of the School of Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering at College of Charleston. Sebastian talks about how the College of Charleston is helping develop the technology leaders of tomorrow and how computer science and software engineering curriculums have evolved over the years.

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.

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Charleston International Airport Gets into the Holiday “Spirit” by Welcoming New Airline

Spirit Airlines announced its arrival at Charleston International Airport (CHS) with daily, nonstop flights to Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Newark (EWR) and Philadelphia (PHL) starting in April 2023, with introductory fares starting at $39 and $49 one-way.

"We're excited to connect the beautiful city of Charleston, South Carolina, with three of the biggest metro areas on the East Coast," said John Kirby, Vice President of Network Planning at Spirit Airlines. "Spirit's affordable fares and convenient, nonstop flights allow Guests to travel more often to visit friends and loved ones, and explore Charleston's attractions, coastline and world-class restaurants."

The new service will offer CHS travelers easier and more affordable access to the Northeast, and Guests traveling from CHS will also gain dozens of international connection opportunities through Fort Lauderdale, which is home to one of Spirit's largest operations and its primary gateway to Latin America and the Caribbean.

"We are grateful for Spirit's commitment and investment in our community and the Charleston International Airport," said Elliott Summey, airport executive director and CEO. "Spirit's low fares and affordable flights provide more options for travelers to take a vacation here in Charleston, or for local residents to visit family and friends in three major cities any day of the week."

Spirit Airlines Routes at Charleston (CHS):

  • Fort Lauderdale (FLL)–- Daily beginning April 5, 2023
  • Newark (EWR)–- Daily beginning April 5, 2023
  • Philadelphia (PHL)–- Daily beginning April 5, 2023

Spirit's arrival will boost the number of airlines serving the state's busiest airport to 13.

"The new partnership with Spirit is a major achievement for our community and further illustrates the strength and desirability of the Charleston region," said Helen Hill, CEO of Explore Charleston and Chair of the Aviation Authority." The Northeast and Florida have consistently been top areas of origin for visitors to the Lowcountry. Additional daily options for Philadelphia, Fort Lauderdale, and New York area residents to conveniently enjoy our region's unparalleled attributes increase our travel industry's competitiveness and economic impact. Simultaneously, an additional carrier and new nonstop flights are important benefits for Charleston area locals who can now more affordably and easily connect with friends and family in these markets."

Accrete Wins Multi-Million Dollar AI Production Contract from The Department of Defense

Accrete AI Government, LLC., a tenant start-up at the Charleston Tech Center, won a production contract for its Argus artificial intelligence product. Accrete was the sole awardee from a field of 65 bids received for a development Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) contract from the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) initially to deliver Argus to a Defense Intelligence Community customer.

The Department of Defense uses Argus to ingest and analyze publicly available information, in multiple languages, to uncover and map intentionally obscured foreign financial influence in international supply chains.

Jeff Harper, Director of Federal Sales and a James Island resident said, "Accrete is thankful for the support of the Charleston Digital Corridor and Tech Center that further enables us to support the mission of our Defense customers. Accrete remains committed to supplying technology to ensure the United States and its allies maintain enduring information and decision advantage."

"Congratulations to Accrete on winning a large DOD contract. We are honored to support the company's Charleston team at the Charleston Tech Center," said Charleston Digital Corridor Director, Ernest Andrade.

Accrete's continuously learning AI technology enables the templatization of analytical workflows. Templates such as Argus for Threat Detection learn from sparse data and are configurable for use cases including supply chain influence, social media intelligence, reverse engineering, and logistics disruption for both government and commercial customers. In addition to helping the DoD predict bad actors that may be intentionally obscuring identities to influence the supply chain, Argus has also been enabling the U.S. Air Force to reverse engineer binaries from microprocessor manuals to detect vulnerabilities in firmware.

Accrete's dual-use AI solutions have also been proven in industry, including media and entertainment companies automating talent scouting to predict emerging talent from social chatter; insurance brokers automating lead generation to find the shortest path to the hottest lead; private equity and venture firms automating pitch deck review through smart table extraction; and automobile dealerships automating the writing of marketing content.

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Feb 15, 9AM - 11:30AM

Accelerating Growth through Web

Presented by Lane Cauley

Optimize your web presence and increase lead generation. Web is one of the main drivers in generating leads for B2B businesses. Optimizing your web performance by as little as 10% could have a major impact on your business. There are many different strategies and techniques for optimizing web performance. But to be effective, these strategies must be tailored to each unique business need.

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Mar 29, 12:30PM - 6PM

TEDxCharleston

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.

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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.

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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.

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