Andrew McMakin, NXTsoft

Andrew McMakin, NXTsoft

Taking a byte out of cybercrime This profile was originally published 12.20.19 in the Birmingham Business Journal  With the city of New Orleans still struggling to recover from an attack launched over a month ago, it’s never hard to find news of a prominent cyber security breach. What’s a lot harder is finding stories that don’t include a […]

Jarrod Morgan, ProctorU

Jarrod Morgan, ProctorU

Time-tested and proven. This profile was originally published 12.20.19 in the Birmingham Business Journal  Having “lost” the Jemison Award to Theranest in 2018, it’s possible soap star Susan Lucci came to mind when Jarrod Morgan learned ProctorU was a finalist again this year. So what fueled the justified confidence that his company could win the second time […]

Dave Gray, Biso Collective

Dave Gray, Biso Collective

“Figure out what business we need to be in, and make it make money.” With that piece of advice from company founder Tom Patterson, Dave Gray was given the reigns of Daxko — the company he led for over 15 years — in early 2003. Sure, the two had conducted several lengthy meeting-of-the-minds conversations before […]

Guest Columnist Lionel Tehini, Quinovas

Guest Columnist Lionel Tehini, Quinovas

THE PIZZA WAR PROVES IT: Every company is a technology company. It’s no revelation that every aspect of business today is driven by technology. That said, one of the most significant areas where smart businesses are using technology to gain a competitive edge is customer engagement — which includes directly interfacing with end users. On […]

Shegun Otulana, Therapy Brands

Shegun Otulana, Therapy Brands

Hello, Customers. I’m Listening. It’s January 2013 and Shegun Otulana is running a software development firm with one programmer: Himself. Five years later, he’s running a company — TheraNest — with 300 employees, of whom nearly 100 focus strictly on its software products. And it all started with a friend’s suggestion. “My friend served on the […]

Jarrod Morgan, ProctorU

Jarrod Morgan, ProctorU

Keeping it real (with artificial intelligence) In 2008, Jarrod Morgan was Director of Technology at Andrew Jackson University (AJU), and his then-employer — an online-only school — had a problem: Namely, ensuring that its students didn’t cheat on tests. “At the time, we had to send them somewhere to take their tests — typically in the presence […]

VIDEO: Jim Cavale, INFLCR

VIDEO: Jim Cavale, INFLCR

Clip 1 (2:06) Jim recalls his most important career & life decision ever — followed by a brief overview of creating a television network from scratch at the University of Montevallo. The first in a series of Jim’s profiles.  

David Wu, Motus Nova

David Wu, Motus Nova

Go with the flow. Or make your own flow. Entering his final semester as an Emory undergrad, David Wu’s future as a doctor was all-but a given. He had the grades, he’d scored well on his MCATs, and was in the Essay phase of applying to med schools when he met Andy Butler. And everything […]

Jim Cavale, INFLCR

Jim Cavale, INFLCR

Self-Made Man? “Hardly.” The single most important career and life decision Jim Cavale ever made was to transfer from Ithaca College to the University of Montevallo. He still remembers the moment. “It was after normal business hours in my baseball coach’s liquor store. Which he still owns, and sleeps in, every night.” Cavale pauses briefly, […]

Ashlee Ammons & Kerry Schrader, Mixtroz

Ashlee Ammons & Kerry Schrader, Mixtroz

Can we talk? It’s safe to say that the Mixtroz brand did not get off to the most auspicious start. Ammons remembers, “We’d come-up with dozens of name combinations. Any number of which involved the word Intro. I dreamed the word Mixtroz, which combines ‘mixer’ with ‘introduction,’ and I added the Z because I love […]