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 […]

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 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.