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TSF is now ...TSF

At the end of TSF Pitch Day Spring 2013, Chris Heivly announced that TSF is rebranding and that moving forward it will be know as …wait for it …TSF.

Amazing, isn’t it? :–)

All kidding aside, it is a testament to the evolution of this new accelerator that the Triangle Startup Factory has evolved into The Startup Factory. The acronym still holds, but the accelerator has outgrown it’s geography.

In the Fall 2012 class, one of the five portfolio companies (Alekto) was from Washington, DC. In the Spring 2013 class, two of the five portfolio companies were from outside the Triangle. One was from Washington, DC and the other was from New York.

Chris Heivly explained it well when he said that rebranding by dropping the word, “Triangle”, was a move toward ensuring that TSF attracted the best startups and the best investors from across the country, if not the globe. But rest assured that TSF isn’t moving anywhere. It’s going to stay put, right in downtown Durham.

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Walter Pinson is the Chief Software Architect at SMBLive; whose IAmFound social marketing platform helps SMBs (small and medium-sized businesses) get discovered online and generate inbound sales leads. In his role as CSA, Walter manages a globally distributed product development group and has SaaS products deployed at major telecommunications channel partners in the US, UK, Switzerland, Canada, and Mexico. Additionally, Walter is a co-founder and principal of Pinson3 Systems; a boutique software engineering concern serving the intelligence and defense sectors with solutions ranging from enterprise web-based multi-modal biometric analysis systems to information warfare training systems. Prior to his role at SMBLive and founding Pinson3 Systems, Walter was a Senior Strategy Consultant with Microsoft focused on SaaS, SOA, and .NET adoption in the telecommunications sector. Walter has published articles for Cloud Computing Journal, is a member of ACM and IEEE, and currently has one patent pending. He holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from The Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering at George Mason University, where he focused on distributed and parallel computing. Walter is currently working on his MBA at the GMU School of Management.