Malcolm McDonald, Vicinity Capital

Malcolm McDonald, Vicinity Capital

Think Local. Act Local. You might say that Malcolm McDonald likes living on the edge. He married his high school sweetheart a year and a half before finishing college — which, by the way, he was paying-for himself. He had his first child four months after graduation, only 2 months after he landed gainful employment. […]

G.T. LaBorde, IllumiCare

G.T. LaBorde, IllumiCare

There’s An App For That. This profile was originally published 12.20.19 in the Birmingham Business Journal  “Healthcare is the one place where technology has only made people’s lives miserable.” It goes without saying that, as a pitchman, G.T. LaBorde understands the value of a strong lead. So what’s IllumiCare doing to fix the problem? “Today, every clinician who […]

David Sher, ComebackTown.com

David Sher, ComebackTown.com

A Success Story In Four Acts David Sher has a long list of career accomplishments he can justifiably take pride in, but none in my book greater than his role as the producer of Mr. King’s “T-Buff” commercials. For you unfortunates currently drawing a blank, Mr. King was once a Birmingham furniture store offering easy […]

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 […]

VIDEO SERIES: Zane Tarence, Founders Advisors

VIDEO SERIES: Zane Tarence, Founders Advisors

Building Enterprise Value  Zane Tarence loves helping entrepreneurs build value. Which has been a very good thing for a lot of entrepreneurs. Zane founded his first company at the age of 32 — Virtual Learning Technologies, which sold for $15 Million in May, 2000 to Boston’s Houghton Mifflin. Since then, he’s led and completed 85 […]

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, […]

Mark Roberge, HubSpot

Mark Roberge, HubSpot

Can you believe he actually would do it differently? As HubSpot’s former SVP of Worldwide Sales — who helped take the company’s customer base from 1 to over 12,000, and revenues from near-zero to more than $100 million — it’s safe to say Mark Roberge can sell anything. Anything, that is, except vacuum cleaners. Yes, […]