Birmingham Startup Challenging San Francisco’s Multi-Billion Dollar “Instacart”

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What if I told you that a 2 year old, Magic City born company is going head to head with a multi-billion dollar giant based out of the Silicon Valley?

Would you believe it?

See for yourself what the future “Silicon Valley” is producing.

“At first the company started selling in places where Instacart and other big entrants into the food delivery market weren’t.”

-Johnathan Shieber

Birmingham: Entrepreneurs Welcome!

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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.

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The Bham Way

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What Unifies a Community?

There are many aspects involved when supporting something. Is it politics, or sports, or religious beliefs?  Whatever “it” may be, supporting each other, as a community, ought to be a top priority.

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“What Makes a Great App?”

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You need to be looking at every pixel, every detail, every nook and cranny on how your user base interacts with your app, your brand and your customer service.

-Joshua Davidson


Jonathan Nugent Joins BBA, Vice President of Innovation and Technology

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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.

-Brian Hilson, CEO, Birmingham Business Alliance



ProctorU Has New CEO

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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.”

-Scott McFarland

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.

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IllumiCare: A Medical Innovator

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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?

Birmingham startup IllumiCare believes it has.

-Anna Johnson

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What’s Next Birmingham?

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Innovation Week

August 19-28

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.

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SlossTech, a Win for Birmingham

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Birmingham is becoming a city for millennials, serial entrepreneurs, investors, and nerds, and they all met up yesterday, on July 15, at the first every SlossTech fest at the Lyric Theater.

TechBirmingham and Telegraph Creative, the companies that headed up SlossTech, work hard to have Birmingham recognized as a city where magic happens for business owners. With the immense amount of property space, low cost of living, and a growing tech scene, the Magic City has many opportunities to shine for business of all types.

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Innovation Depot: Changing the Birmingham Area One Tech Startup at a Time

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Within downtown Birmingham, there are hundreds of technology startups working to add value in the industry for the Magic City. The leader of this effort is the Innovation Depot. With over 100 companies, large and small, it is home to many of Birmingham’s entrepreneurs and professionals.

“Take a peek at the future of Birmingham: #RiseoftheRest @bhammag @devonlaney”

Birmingham: Bursting with Potential

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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.

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