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The lack of diversity in tech is no secret and it has long been an issue that companies around the world have seemed to sweep under the rug or be afraid to discuss publicly. In 2014 Google did the unthinkable by making their diversity numbers public, and unsurprisingly the company’s nearly 50,000 employees were predominantly male and white or Asian.
Mental well-being is Don’s business and he really knows his stuff. Nick and Don question why there isn’t more focus on the emotional well being of workers in the workforce, how to design the workplace and workforce of the future, and what it means to strive for authentic happiness.
As COVID-19 changes the course of our country’s education, what will be left behind when the dust settles? How can we use the pandemic as a springboard to incite changes that have been on the verge of existence for a long time?
With the evolution of technology and the availability of information on Google, is using an attorney to help your business still important? Where does the balance exist between doing your own research to save money and paying a professional to save time? It turns out that, even in the midst of increased automation, sometimes the use of an attorney can be vital in any business plan. In episode 4, Nick talks with Jesse Jones, Founding Lawyer at Fourscore Business Law, about the evolution of the attorney’s role in business, and how businesses can best leverage this relationship to maximize efficiency and decision making.
In the midst of a pandemic, the task that many of us are focusing on is how to “return to normal.” The goal for many is the go back to the way things used to be before COVID-19 drastically changed life as we know it. Why does that have to be the case? Why can’t we use this time to get to a better version of how the world used to be? With a virus turning the conventions of our society upside down, we need to look at what we should keep and what we should change. In episode 3, Nick talks with Michael Levy, President of the Digital Health Institute for Transformation, about ways that the healthcare industry can better meet the needs of individuals rather than entire populations.
As technology continues to change the way the economy works, how are politicians changing with it? What can we do to ensure that those who aren’t technologically inclined can keep up in an age of continued growth in automation and production through blockchain technology? In episode 2, Nick talks with Eric Porper, Co-Chair of the North Carolina Blockchain Initiative, about his work in helping politicians encourage technology as an industry, and helping them adjust to the fact that companies are expected to incorporate tech into their business plan, whether or not they identify as a tech company. Additionally, they talk about whether or not a college degree is absolutely necessary in a world of thriving entrepreneurship and change, and how we can help people evolve from fields that don’t currently utilize technology.
What does it take to be an entrepreneur? To turn your passion into a business that you love to run? In modern-day America, it’s easy to think of entrepreneurship as something that’s untouchable – only accessible to those who have an excellent education or an incredible mind. We think of Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, or any other world-changing innovator. The result? We don’t try it ourselves. The reality is that, with hard work and the right amount of dedication, you can turn your interests into a viable business. We’re covering this and more on Episode 1 of the Next Matters Most Podcast as Nick talks with Jes Averhart, creator of the Reinvention Roadmap, and Founder of Jess and Co.
SmashingBoxes’ blockchain practice, SmashingBlox, has created a series to provide the foundation needed to understand blockchain and cryptocurrency.
Nick Jordan recently spoke at the IoT Evolution Conference and Expo in Miami, covering the exciting future of infrastructure investment.
Next Matters Most is more than just a statement or the name of the Smashing Boxes blog—it is a reality that plays out each day in business and life.
Here at Smashing Boxes, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on the technologies for which we are grateful and what makes them so useful.
Taking the Lead in Outcomes-Based Care and Healthcare Innovation
Five healthcare and technology experts shed light on critical industry trends during Wednesday’s #TriangleTechSpeakerSeries.
Over 4,000 technologists attended All Things Open 2019 in Raleigh, North Carolina, the largest gathering of os professionals on the East Coast.
Tech industry veteran and entrepreneur Walter Pinson has joined Smashing Boxes as the new vice president of strategy.
RIoT Durham Lunch & Learn, one Smashing Boxes engineer shared how to leverage IoT to enhance security and simplify the user experience.
From Artificial Intelligence and implicit bias to vocal interface design, here are key takeaways and insights from the 2019 UX Y’all Conference.