A conversation with Eric Porper, serial entrepreneur, investor, and managing partner of Unboxed Venture Studios.

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Episode 2 Transcription

‍ Hey Eric, glad to have you here. Why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself and what you’re working on? ‍ I’m one of these people who has always been an entrepreneur, so I started companies in emerging technologies starting in high school because I love it and I love building companies and I love helping other people build companies. So if you look at what’s been going on in the past 5 to 10 years with the expansion of accelerator programs…


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Brad Feld famously said that building an ecosystem takes 20 years. As I think about what is important to me and doing work that matters, I want to focus on the next 20 years for our ecosystem here in the Research Triangle Region of North Carolina, and beyond.

Ecosystems at one point just meant entrepreneurs and the things around it and the things that came with it.

Leaders were Entrepreneurs — entrepreneurs have and need ideas, access to talent, access to research, access to capital.

Feeders were the things and entities around Entrepreneurs — lawyers, CPAs, mentors, contractors, seasoned…


My conversation with rockstar Jes Averhart, founder of the Reinvention Roadmap.

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Episode 1 Transcription

NJ: All right, awesome. First episode! I guess we could start out by you giving us an outline of who you are and what you do. ‍ JA: My name is Jess Averhart, and I am the creator of a new concept called the Reinvention Roadmap. The idea of reinvention roadmap is to help women in particular level up and think about their reinvention story. How’d it go from good to great? These are a million cliches I just threw out there but there are a ton of women…


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When times are crazy, find something important to work on. That is my strategy to help stay focused and committed to the bigger picture.

I am working on something important.

Are you? If so, what are you working on right now? How are you improving your business, yourself, and/or your family? Let me just back up for a hot minute. We live in crazy times. See my disclaimer at the bottom of the article. It is maddening, horrifying, embarrassing, depressing, and many more emotions all at the same time and non stop. To get through it, I just started talking…. talking with peer groups, mentors, friends, family, and inwardly talking with myself. After all that, I realized that focusing on important shit was what…


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Founders of The Center for Koru Mindfulness®

Technology for Health & Wellness: Celebrating the successful launch of the Koru Mindfulness Mobile Companion App v2.0, The Center for Koru Mindfulness® team shares their journey to first-time tech entrepreneurship.

About The Center for Koru Mindfulness®: Founded in Durham, NC in 2013, The Center for Koru Mindfulness® offers a unique, evidence-based curriculum and teacher certification program specifically developed for teaching mindfulness, meditation, and stress-management to college students and other young adults.

About Koru Mindfulness Companion App v2.0: The app — developed in partnership with Smashing Boxes — provides support, guidance, and encouragement for the student’s journey towards mindfulness. Every screen and every interaction is intentionally designed to enrich the practice of mindfulness and lower the barriers to adoption.

New and Improved v2.0 Features:

  • Simple Breathing exercises
  • Updated flow to Daily…

NC Civic Camp, Smashing Boxes Suite 4
NC Civic Camp, Smashing Boxes Suite 4

Seeking to have a positive impact on our community in North Carolina?

Or maybe you need help making your idea for civic improvement a reality?

Whether you’re an engineer, public servant, business professional, or concerned citizen, NC Open Pass annual event, CIVIC CAMP, is for you!

Join us this Friday and Saturday, September 20 and 21, right here at SMASHING BOXES SUITE 4 for this annual civic tech unconference, where business, tech, academia, and community members come together to openly innovate and improve our communities in partnership with local government. Reserve your spot and REGISTER NOW!

The NC Civic Camp…


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Finding the right product development firm to help bring your idea to life can be a stressful decision. It can be the difference between success and failure. It’s important to choose a firm that collaborates with you versus a vendor focused on selling you. Seek out a partner that balances the priorities of your vision, the needs of your users, and various engineering complexities to ensure that your product maintains its momentum, launches on time, and delivers on the next iteration of value.

So, how do you go about identifying the right product development firm?

1. Find a firm that asks the right questions

One way to identify a…


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Adhere Tech Smart Pill Bottle

The growth of IoT is driving life-changing advancements in the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT). Here are 7 fast facts on healthcare IoT.

Rising healthcare costs combined with increasing consumer expectations create the perfect conditions for the widespread transformation of healthcare as we know it. The evolution of the Internet of Things (IoT) and its extension into healthcare, known as the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT), has brought about a revolution within the health industry. IoMT refers to the connected infrastructure of medical devices, software applications, health systems, and services — and it’s already enabling the transition from reactive-to-preventative patient-centered…


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Few things hold more potential to drastically change (and save) lives than digital health transformation and healthcare IoT. As the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to develop and expand, innovation possibilities with the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) are infinite. As I discussed in part 1 of this series “Digital Health Transformation: Realizing the Promise, Reducing the Risk”, the connected infrastructure of medical devices, software applications, health systems, and services is already being used by individuals to track their health through wearables, such as FitBit and Apple Watch. …


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In the Entrepreneurial Spotlight series, I uncover insights gleaned from the unique experiences of the movers and shakers in the entrepreneurial ecosystem to inspire, educate and support other entrepreneurs, disruptors, innovators and dreamers.

Hailing originally from Southern California, first-time tech entrepreneur John Newbury and partner Tom Livolsi co-founded Gopher LLC in May 2018, right here in North Carolina. The Holly Springs-based startup serves as a mobile exchange of goods and services, driven by the convenience and price set by one user and accepted by another. …

Nick Jordan

Entrepreneur, Founder of @Smashingboxes (www.smashingboxes.com), mobile and web agency. Creator of @NextMattersMost . Community Builder.

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