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SB X DBC Happy Hour

We are joining with our neighbors, The Fruit and Suite Four, to host an end-of-summer happy hour. In celebration of the launch of Durham Bottling Co, and collaboration in our downtown community all three of our spaces will be open for tours, drinks, and networking.

The Internet of Musical Things or “IoMusT”. It’s IoT, for Music

IoT has the ability to unlock enhanced experiences across a broad spectrum of industries, and music is no different. In fact, the advances being made across the industry are as plentiful as they are diverse. The Internet of Musical Things (IoMusT) is the ability of a computing device to exchange data in service of a musical purpose. From enabling virtual opera rehearsal to coordinating infrared signals to wearable LED’s during live concerts, the way we interact with and around music is changing.

Podcast Episode One: Becoming an Entrepreneur

Jes Averhart is the CEO of Jes & Co. and creator of the Reinvention Roadmap! As a Mom, Storyteller, Podcaster, and member of a Badass Girl Tribe, she uses her flaws and lessons to fuel each incredible life chapter! Jes is obsessed with the process and power of REINVENTION and wants to inspire others to start their journey.

Jes realized her true passion for leadership development and women's empowerment while leading partner engagement at the American Underground, a Google for Startups Tech Hub (aka, the 'Startup Capital of the South' by CNBC). During her tenure, she had the unique opportunity to manage relationships with Google, Fidelity Labs, Wells Fargo, Coastal Credit Union, Lincoln Financial, and others. Her time spent immersed in the startup scene also inspired her to co-found Black Wall Street Homecoming, a nonprofit aimed at closing the funding gap for Black and Brown tech founders.

Earlier in her career, Jes launched a boutique event production company. She specialized in providing professional event management services for the likes of the Cincinnati Bengals & Cleveland Browns (NFL), Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA), The Procter & Gamble Company, Pepsi Cola North America, as well as a growing number of companies based in the Research Triangle Park.

Originally from Evansport, Ohio, Jes learned the ropes quickly by working in the family's real estate, auctioneering, and appraisal business. After college, she accepted a corporate role with General Electric; but it didn't take long before she started her own company, making her a4th generation entrepreneur. Jes moved to North Carolina in 2005 devoting much of her time serving on various nonprofit boards, writing, cheering on The Ohio State Buckeyes, and globe-trotting. But without question, her greatest gift is her teenage son Tre who helps keep all things in perspective!

Check out the podcast episode anywhere you listen to podcasts or by clicking here! 

Entrepreneurial Spotlight: Walter Pinson, VP of Strategy and Blockchain

Tech industry veteran and entrepreneur Walter Pinson has joined Smashing Boxes as the new vice president of strategy. In this role, Pinson will lead new strategic growth initiatives, including building out a new Blockchain practice and launching Smashing Boxes' Venture Studio. An entrepreneur and seasoned technology executive, Walter Pinson brings nearly three decades of experience in product development, strategic planning, and software engineering to the Smashing Boxes Leadership team. He holds a BS degree in Computer Science, with a focus on distributed and parallel computing, and an MBA, with an emphasis on entrepreneurship and global strategy, both from George Mason University. He studied European Market Dynamics at Oxford University and he recently completed the Strategy and Innovation program at MIT.

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