Smashing Blog

Next Matters Most

The Smashing Boxes' Blog features industry insights and innovations revealed through our work, thoughts and projects.

Right idea at the right time? Jarrod Overson Discusses New Triangle-Based Tech Company

In this episode of the Next Matters Most podcast, Overson discusses his wide-ranging experiences in the tech world and his new company, Vino Technologies, Inc.

By age 11, Jarrod Overson was already teaching himself how to program and creatively use technology, including making video games on his graphing calculator for friends in math class. A few decades later, Overson is still working with technology to create innovative solutions that help others.

In the latest episode of the Next Matters Most podcast, Smashing Boxes CEO Nick Jordan spoke with the Silicon Valley transplant about his career history, his move to the Research Triangle and his new company, Vino Technologies, Inc.

New to the Research Triangle area, Overson was director of engineering at Shape Security, where he led the company’s Enterprise Defense development, the industry-leading solution against imitation attacks. His new business, Vino, provides a low-code application platform that is made of building blocks that you can reshare, remix and reuse anywhere.

In addition to recently starting Vino, Overson also co-wrote O’Reilly’s Developing Web Components and is the creator of Plato, a static analysis tool for web applications. He also speaks about his passion for using technology to help others, discusses modern web threats and cybercrime, and has been quoted by Forbes, the Wall Street Journal and CNET, among others.

App Development for Start-Ups Brings Good Things to Life

When an ad slogan lasts for nearly 25 years, it probably meshes with a company’s DNA. Chances also are pretty good it strikes a chord with customers.

From 1979 to 2003, General Electric (GE) used the line, “We bring good things to life.”

This line demonstrated the diverse products the company brought to market — light bulbs, power-generators, jet engines. It also suggested these products made life better.

GE said it. More importantly, consumers believed it.

The line can also describe what properly developed apps can do for start-ups and defines what Smashing Boxes does every day.

We partner with new and established entities, small and large companies, tech and traditional businesses. We collaborate with them to bring good things – their ideas – to life in the form of software, digital products and experiences.

We work with healthcare, life sciences, health tech and med tech companies of all shapes and sizes. But we really get energized when developing apps for start-ups.

Why? Entrepreneurship is in our DNA. Our entire team is entrepreneurial at heart. Our experience and passion for turning ideas into great products for start-ups propels us forward.

Our Chairman and CEO Nick Jordan has more than 20 years of entrepreneurial experience. He’s mentored a new wave of entrepreneurs through programs like RIOT, Groundwork Labs, Start-Up Health and the Adams Apprenticeship and he’s served on the board of the Council for Entrepreneurial Development and served investor/advisor roles in various start-ups.

“An entrepreneurial spirit impacts the creation and management of technology, strategy and innovation,” said Nick. “Entrepreneurial-minded teams, like Smashing Boxes, can change the world for the better.”

Said another way, they can bring good things to life.

If you’re a start-up looking to develop a new app, Smashing Boxes is the right partner. We’ve got the expertise in the full product lifecycle. And we have the capability to build scalable, modern technology products and platforms.

We’ve got you covered in each stage of app development.

Smashing Boxes Continues History of Innovative Solutions with CIO Advisor

Over the course of the last 12 months, businesses have been forced to adapt to a new way of doing business in a virtual and contactless environment. For massive companies with significant budgets, they were able to make the shift fairly seamlessly. But, for small and medium sized enterprises without the capital to employ a CIO or tech leader, the adaptation has caused a variety of issues.

Continuing with our rich history of innovation and outside the box solutions, Smashing Boxes recognized the opportunity to use our technical expertise to offer companies in need a solution by launching CIO Advisor, offering all the benefits of a full-time CIO at a fraction of the cost.

As the digital transformation we’re currently experiencing continues to take shape, it’s important to understand what a CIO is, how it differs from a CTO, and how a CIO can benefit your organization.

What is a CIO?

A CIO, or chief information officer, is a businesses’ IT leader and is responsible for maximizing the company’s productivity through a variety of methods including the implementation of new systems, creating company specific software, running the company’s internal IT operations, developing business strategies to improve the company’s performance.

What’s the difference between a CIO and CTO?

With both the CIO and CTO focused on technology and IT, it’s easy to confuse the two. So, to put it simply, the CIO is focused on the technologies that make the company successful internally, while the CTO concentrates on the external facing technologies.

3 Benefits of a CIO

Let's Make