I talk a lot about Birmingham’s innovation and enthusiasm for the startup community. Reason being, my experience with TechBirmingham and Innovation Depot. The things going on in the Southeast’s Silicon Valley are outstanding and sure to turn heads in other cities. The fire is in the Depot, and TechBirmingham is fueling it that much more.
Acknowledging the increased interest for technology company growth in Birmingham, the Birmingham Business Alliance adds Jonathan Nugent as V.P. of Innovation and Technology.
Mr. Nugent has over 20 years experience in technology companies and most recently was the director of Marketing for Health Professions at UAB. Mr. Nugent’s responsibilities include growth and development of new business with a heavy focus on emerging and early-stage research, development and technology companies.
“Technology and innovation is an emerging sector in our economy and connects to every industry in Birmingham,” he said. “With Jon serving as a knowledgeable connector between researchers, inventors, entrepreneurs and investors in that sector, Birmingham’s economy can reach its potential and beyond.
Scott McFarland, named new CEO of ProctorU, a Birmingham based provider of remote test proctoring services.
“The last year has been one of tremendous growth for the company. As technology offers more opportunities and challenges in higher education, ProctorU will continue to improve, evolve and expand to best meet the needs of our partner institutions and commercial clients.”
Previously he was the chief operating officer of a clinical communications platform called PerfectServe.
With 25 years of experience, he seems to be a perfect fit for the fast pace healthcare industry.
Modern healthcare is about more than medicine. Doctors and other caregivers have to be mindful of everything from treatment options, current lab results and radiation exposure to how much all of this is costing the hospital, clinic and patient.
Wouldn’t it be nice if somebody designed a product that makes it easier for healthcare providers to keep track of all those things?
The summer is always busy for Birmingham. Music festivals, tech conferences, hanging out in local breweries, shopping in Pepper Place’s multiple vendors. There is so much going on, you would think the city never sleeps. Well in fact, it does sleep, but while awake, its creating innovation like the city has never seen before. There ought to be a time to show case the opportunities Birmingham has and the magic it can produce for business to the millennial looking to move south.
Birmingham is booming, but is it getting noticed? As a 21 year old native of the Birmingham area, I have seen a lot of change happen in mid Alabama suburbia from 280 construction, to new restaurants popping up, to the Grandview Hospital taking years to complete. It wasn’t until I started college at Samford University that I really noticed the metro city area.