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Fresh off Launchpad win, Birmingham startup Wires prepares for next pitch contest


By Alan Alexander

on March 24, 2015


Less than a week after winning $20,000 in funding at the Alabama Launchpad Startups CompetitionWires is gearing up to pitch its business model at a startups competition in Charleston, S.C.


Wires is an iOS app currently being developed by a team at Birmingham-basedMotionMobs that allows users to easily turn their ideas for apps into actual apps. It uses familiar design layouts that help users capture their app idea, but doesn't take away the typical work of a skilled designer.



Rocket Hatch launches a 'living social network' for startup entrepreneurs in Huntsville


By Lucy Berry | 

on March 24, 2015


A new program designed to be a "living social network" for north Alabama startup companies will debut next week in Huntsville.


Rocket Hatch, an open community of creators and entrepreneurs, recently unveiled Brain Trust, an initiative that helps new and growing businesses connect with experienced and emerging entrepreneurs in the area.


Alan Derrick, board member at Rocket Hatch and Brain Trust program director, said participants will get the resources they need to cultivate their businesses while building their networks in the Tennessee Valley.





UAB hires military IT veteran as new chief information officer


By Alan Alexander

on March 24, 2015


The University of Alabama at Birmingham has found its new chief information officer.


Curtis A. Carver has been named the CIO and vice president of technology at the university beginning June 1. He will lead the direction of IT to support the administrative, academic and research missions of UAB and oversee the central IT organization in collaboration with the Health System Information Systems unit. Carver will also teach a computer science class at UAB.





Continuous Improvement Leadership Training Coming to Birmingham


Lean leaders needing to go beyond the basic implementation of Continuous Improvement (CI) tools and into the realm of coaching and mentoring are invited to attend two upcoming Birmingham area training events.  During the 4 day Lean Leadership Boot Camp-Birmingham held May 11th-15th, lean practitioners are taken through an intense, in-depth, and hands-on  learning experience focused on the leadership and management of a sustainable Continuous Improvement effort.  


For lean leaders looking to make their CI effort stick and remain sustainable over time, a one-day Toyota Kata training event will be held on April 10th.  The application of the Improvement Kata focuses on the disciplines needed to drive continuous improvement through habits and rapid PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, Adjust) cycles of learning using the Buzz simulation.    


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