“IRL” is officially the phrase of the day. Even though, young people don’t say it much anymore. (You have to watch the show to get it.)
On today’s Friday Nooner sponsored by Dualboot, Pete, Joe and Chantal juggled heavy discussions including Google cutting wages for new employees in the Triangle and the impact on local tech companies from Russia invading Ukraine. And, of course, the usual banter of what famous people the trio have a distant connection to.
Our featured guest is Hunter Young, head of capital at CED (Council for Entrepreneurial Development). Launched in 1984, CED is a North Carolina non-profit organization that focuses on connecting regional entrepreneurs with resources to launch a successful business. Previously, Hunter worked in investment banking and private equity, but, most importantly, he played varsity football as an undergrad at Brown University.
Here are some highlights:
- A few weeks ago, Chantal revealed she went to the same high school as Jeff Bezos. Palmetto High School in Palmetto, Fla., to be exact. Now, she brags that President Biden’s Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson is another Palmetto alum.
- Pete, Joe and Chantal talked about the impact of Russia invading Ukraine on the Triangle area. For instance, many Triangle startups and companies use or have used developers located in Ukraine and surrounding areas. It is common for software companies to use offshore developers in Eastern Europe, and tragedies like this could cause businesses to rethink where their developers are located.
- Hunter talked about his football experiences as an undergrad, including Brown winning the Ivy League championship his freshman year. He also discussed the key findings and trends from CED’s 2021 Innovators Report. This included a record high of $4.6B in venture funding and a rising interest in North Carolina companies from outside investors.
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