Michael Doernberg

Mike Doernberg -- WhyNC

Michael Doernberg

CEO & Co-Founder
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Why did you start your business in North Carolina?

I have lived in NC since college. Having previously founded and operated other companies in the area, I never considered starting it anywhere else. The area provides the technical talent and local support needed to incubate a new company, and the community is becoming more vibrant and sophisticated every day. While there are some geographical limitations of the area, they are more than offset by the positives.

What is the best part about running your business in your community?

We are located in Durham and feel deeply connected to the RTP community as a whole.             

What do you believe your North Carolina community has that other startup hubs can’t offer?

The universities are a tremendous differentiator welcoming a diverse group of people with different passions and experiences. In the end it comes down to people, and the area has great people.           

In 3 words, how would you describe the entrepreneurial culture in NC?

Curious ∙ Passionate ∙ Respectful

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