Technology Archive

Improvements to Grid Include Advancing Cyber Security

by Sean Beherec 6/29/2015 12:00 am

In addition to grid improvements, the energy industry in Arkansas is also working together on advancements in cyber security, said Nick Brown, the CEO of Southwest Power Pool. In his opinion, cyber attacks present the most significant risk to the grid.

Northwest Arkansas Transforming Into a Tech Hub

by Marty Cook 6/29/2015 12:00 am

Northwest Arkansas isn't California's Silicon Valley and has a long way to go before it can be considered remotely comparable, but technology industry leaders say the area is proving to be on the short list of best places in the field.

Wal-Mart SVP Rick Webb: NWA Needs Employees Educated in STEM

by Marty Cook 6/29/2015 12:00 am

Wal-Mart needs vast numbers of technologically advanced workers and needs them as soon as possible, says SVP Rick Webb.

Cable TV Adapting To New Realities

by Gwen Moritz 6/29/2015 12:00 am

Sixty-seven years after its almost simultaneous development in Oregon, Pennsylvania and Arkansas, cable TV is old-school. The industry and business plan that Arkansas helped create are under pressure from then unimaginable competitors, and the infrastructure developed to deliver a broad menu of programming is being converted to other uses.

Modern Grid Improvements Drawing Billions of Dollars

by Sean Beherec 6/29/2015 12:00 am

In the utility industry, the ongoing pursuit of greater efficiency and reliability drives many large-scale capital improvements. From new computer modeling to upgrading building materials to maximize efficiency, utilities and operators around the state are focusing on ways to modernize the grid.

Startup Junkie's Jeff Amerine on Using Entrepreneurship to Innovate Arkansas

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/29/2015 12:00 am

Jeff Amerine recently left his position as director of Technology Ventures at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville to devote himself full time to Startup Junkie Consulting, the firm he began in 2008.

Innovation Hub Expanding to NWA in Partnership with Fayetteville Chamber

by Mark Carter 6/25/2015 11:36 am

The Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub, in partnership with the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce, will expand to northwest Arkansas, officials announced Thursday.

UA Startup Founder Ellen Brune Up for Global Women's Award

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/24/2015 10:52 am

Brune, 28, founded Innovate Arkansas client firm Boston Mountain Biotech to produce pharmaceutical proteins using a method she helped develop at the UA. She is one of 18 women in the world selected as finalists for the awards.

Iron Yard Coding Classes Set to Begin in Little Rock

by Mark Carter 6/23/2015 10:46 am

The Iron Yard coding school is set to launch in Little Rock from the Museum Center in the River Market District. The school will begin with three-month courses devoted to .NET and front-end engineering.

Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame Announces Inaugural Inductees

by Alexis Hosticka 6/22/2015 11:38 am

The Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame on Monday announced its inaugural 11 inductees, including four historic figures and one organization.

Arkansas Business Presents the 40 Under 40 Class of 2015

by Gwen Moritz 6/22/2015 12:00 am

This week's Arkansas Business is dedicated to our 22nd class of 40 Under 40 honorees, those young leaders of business, government and nonprofits that our internal selection team believes readers need to know.

Game Isn't Over in Video Game Trademark Suit

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/22/2015 12:00 am

Innovis Labs Inc. of North Little Rock accused Blizzard Entertainment Inc. of Irvine, California, of trademark infringement for the use of “Overwatch,” according to Innovis' lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Little Rock.

The Value of Humility (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 6/22/2015 12:00 am

Interviewing our 40 Under 40 honorees remains for the Arkansas Business staff an interesting and often uplifting assignment despite years of experience. Reading the stories of so many productive people is a cure for cynicism.

Arkansas Jobless Rate Steady at 5.7 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/19/2015 09:30 am

The state's unemployment rate was steady at 5.7 percent in May, according to data released Friday by the Arkansas Department for Workforce Services.

Bourbon & Boots to Open New HQ in Argenta

by Mark Carter 6/18/2015 11:04 am

Bourbon & Boots, the startup acquired by Rod Ford's XCelerate Capital in May, announced Thursday that it will open a new headquarters in the Argenta District of downtown North Little Rock.

Venture Center Partners with Entergy on Mentor Training Program

by Mark Carter 6/18/2015 09:34 am

The program is a half-day course that guides participants through the Venture Center's methodology and mission, walking through the steps to take a business from idea "to a scalable, investable venture."

Report: Benton County Tops in US in Wage Growth

by Mark Carter 6/18/2015 09:07 am

The bureau measured the nation's 339 largest "jobs" counties, and Benton County's 9.9 percent wage growth from December 2013 to December 2014 was the highest in the U.S.

UA Makes List of Top 100 US Patent Producers

by Mark Carter 6/17/2015 03:29 pm

The University of Arkansas System made the list of 100 top U.S. utility patent-producing universities in the world, released by the National Academy of Inventors.

Innovation Hub, Startup Junkie to Partner

by Mark Carter 6/17/2015 08:42 am

The Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub announced that it will partner with Startup Junkie Consulting of Fayetteville to expand and enhance the services each organization provides to early-stage startup ventures in the state. The plan is to develop and share new facilities, events and programs that will support and advance startup ventures in Arkansas.

Windstream Appoints Christie Grumbos Treasurer

by Sean Beherec 6/15/2015 04:02 pm

Windstream Corp. on Monday named Christie Grumbos as the company's new treasurer.