Boxed’s Chieh Huang Talks Luck, Responsibility for Employees at December NJ Tech Meetup

At the December New Jersey Tech Meetup, Aaron Price interviewed Chieh Huang, CEO and cofounder of Boxed ( New York) which started in New Jersey. The wide-ranging conversation covered Huang’s entrepreneurial journey, his reputation as a compassionate leader, and some of the ins and outs of building Boxed.

Interview with Jeff Weinstein: Sale of RightAnswers Came at Right Time in Company’s Evolution

Last April, Edison-based RightAnswers was sold to Upland Software for $17.2 million in cash at closing, a $2.5 million cash holdback and an earnout component. RightAnswers had a cloud-based knowledge management system used by customers to help streamline their customer support operations. The company was founded in 2001 by its chairman, Mark Finkel. In this article, we interview Jeff Weinstein, who was president and CEO of RightAnswers from 2002 through its acquisition.

Students and Community Members Shine at Ninth Newark Innovation Challenge

At the end of November, NJIT, Capital One and the Greater Newark Enterprises Corporation sponsored the Newark Innovation Acceleration Challenge, held at NJIT. This competition, which has been running for nine years, features student innovators and members of the community who have potentially viable businesses; the two groups compete in  separate tracks. The candidates’ applications were examined based on the business potential of their projects; then 10 students and 10 residents of the greater Newark area were selected to pitch to the judges and to an audience of interested onlookers.

As New Jersey Welcomes a New Governor, CTO David Weinstein Resigns

At noon on Tuesday, New Jersey will swear in Phil Murphy as its new governor. It means Gov. Chris Christie will depart and take his technology Cabinet with him. New Jersey Chief Technology Officer David Weinstein informed the state through an internal email last week he would resign effective Tuesday. With Murphy being a Democrat and Christie a Republican, a change in at the CTO position was expected. In an interview with StateScoop on Monday, Weinstein said his chief operating officer, Odysseus Marcopolus, will serve as an interim replacement. Colin Wood via StateScoop

Company Roundup: Konica Minolta, iCIMS, Comodo and NB Ventures

This company roundup includes Konica Minolta which will be expanding in Ramsey, iCIMS which just bought a San Jose company called TexrRecruit, Comodo, a cyber security tech company and NB Ventures which offers procurement software.

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