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Next Matters Most

Next Matters Most

By Nick Jordan
Insights on the future of business, technology, and entrepreneurship. Next Matters Most is a podcast hosted by serial entrepreneur and global software development agency CEO Nick Jordan. What we’ve already done matters, but what we do next….. MATTERS MOST! This is a reality that plays out each day in business and life as success demands we look to the future for value and direction.
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The Future Of Low-Code/ No-Code Programming & Development w/ Jarrod Overson
Let's welcome to the triangle, Jarrod Overson! Jarrod is a Director of Engineering at Shape Security, where he led Shape's Enterprise Defense development, the industry-leading solution against imitation attacks like credential stuffing. After Shape Security exited for over 1B dollars, Jarrod now frequently speaks on modern web threats and cybercrime and has been quoted by Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, CNET, among others. He's the co-author of O'Reilly's Developing Web Components, creator of Plato, a static analysis tool for web applications, and frequently writes and records topics about reverse engineering and automation In this episode, Nick speaks with Jarrod Overson about his new business, Vino Technologies. Vino is a low code platform that is more sustainable, extensible, and developer-friendly than previous generations. - Want to take this episode with you? To learn more about Jarrod Overson & Nick Jordan: We've got more to offer on our social platforms! Thank you for watching this episode of the Next Matters Most Podcast! What did you think of this episode? Let us know in the comments!
July 22, 2021
Becoming A Lifelong Instigator with Chris Heivly
In this discussion with Chris Heivly about his ever evolving journey in the entrepreneurship space. Heivly is what he describes as a Lifelong Instigator, going from Entrepreneur to VC, to running an accelerator, to ecosystem building as a living, to current state as an author living full time on a lake. We also did a deep dive into Chris Heivly's first book, Built the Fort...the need for us to start small and simple, the future of his writing, and his experience as a first time author in an ever changing world of publishing.  Adults tend to over complicate and over think things, making something like building a business an incredibly difficult task.  Build the Fort is a metaphor that forces us to think about steps in growing the business the same way we used to think about building a fort as a step at a time.  - Want to take this episode with you? To learn more about Chris Heivly & Nick Jordan: We've got more to offer on our social platforms! Thank you for watching this episode of the Next Matters Most Podcast! What did you think of this episode? Let us know in the comments!
June 15, 2021
From Chef To Start-Up Founder & Leader - Leading A Team To New Heights with Brandon Cheney
Brandon Chaney is a lover of SaaS, startups, and customer/employee-centric businesses. He has helped build outstanding teams that go on to achieve award-winning projects and clients. He does this while solving real problems for amazing customers, clients, and people. Brandon shares his story of how he went from wanting to be a 5-star chef to becoming a startup leader, founder, and visionary. And what he had to do to keep himself focused on one thing rather than many projects at the same time. Brandon and Nick also talk about understanding your customer base before executing and falling in love with a problem are more important than falling in love with your solution. Episode nine is a great one, so get ready to learn!  - Want to take this episode with you? To learn more about Brandon Cheney & Nick Jordan: We've got more to offer on our social platforms! Thank you for watching this episode of the Next Matters Most Podcast! What did you think of this episode? Let us know in the comments!
May 18, 2021
Chambers of Commerce - The Durham Community & Ecosystem Business Building w/ Casey Steinbacher
Casey Steinbacher is an ecosystem-building pro. With over 20 years of experience, Casey has worked with multiple Chamber of Commerce teams to create long-lasting ecosystem solutions for developing areas in North Carolina. In episode seven of season two on the Next Matters Most podcast, Casey and Nick chat about how Durham is growing as a “well-known” location in NC and will continue to develop as many more companies start coming to NC. But how do they do this so it also serves the current community members? Listen in as Casey answers this and more!  - Want to take this episode with you? To learn more about Casey Steinbacher & Nick Jordan: We've got more to offer on our social platforms! Thank you for watching this episode of the Next Matters Most Podcast! What did you think of this episode? Let us know in the comments!
May 4, 2021
Entrepreneurship Lessons - Learning Experiences From The NFL w/ Brandon King
Brandon King is a football star turned programmer and entrepreneur. While in the NFL, Brandon learned many lessons about staying focused, being one with your team, and understanding the opposite team. These teachings allowed him to go on to successfully launch his own startup based around music concert experiences. Although Brandon helped bring all the pieces together, he had a major lead ahead when he decided to teach himself programming and start developing his own app.  - Want to take this episode with you?​​​​​ To learn more about Whitney Marston Pierce & Nick Jordan:​​​​ We've got more to offer on our social platforms!​​​​​ Thank you for watching this episode of the Next Matters Most Podcast! What did you think of this episode? Let us know in the comments!
April 20, 2021
Evolving Your Career From Projects to Portfolio Investments w/ Whitney Marston Pierce
Whitney Marston Pierce has two decades of creative/marketing consulting experience. Originally advised established companies in connecting with a younger generation. Since then, she has continued to connect brand and audience through multiple industries. As CMO for startups spanning finance to art, fashion to music, and tech to medical devices, she turns exciting ideas into viable, vibrant businesses. Known for her uncomplicated aesthetic and innate knowledge of the human condition, she creates conversation and spearheads client conversion. She is dedicated to uplifting companies and discourse surrounding social good and corporate accountability. She and Nick chat about her upbringing and how she works with start-ups to create successful brands.  - Want to take this episode with you?​​​​ To learn more about Whitney Marston Pierce & Nick Jordan:​​​ We've got more to offer on our social platforms!​​​​ Thank you for watching this episode of the Next Matters Most Podcast! What did you think of this episode? Let us know in the comments!
April 6, 2021
Using Data and New Technology To Bring Innovation, Insights, and New Business To Fortune 100 Companies w/ Tom Snyder
Tom Snyder is a senior-level manager with substantial experience building and leading global teams, technology development, product design, and introduction. He and his team have a  proven innovation skillset with over 25 US patents issued. Currently the Executive Director at RIoT, he has a highly developed skillset for budget and schedule management, staff development, and driving innovation. In episode 5 of the Next Matters Most Podcast, Tom and Nick talk about the impact data technology solutions have on business and why large companies like Google and Facebook want in on creating innovative solutions or finding the teams to do so. 
March 16, 2021
Why Innovation in Payments is Occurring Faster Than We Know w/ Daniel Scagnelli
Daniel Scagnelli is a driven, results-oriented, customer-focused technology professional with diverse industry experience, strong business acumen, and an unbridled passion for building strong partner relationships and customer loyalty. Daniel has been a leader/executive in the startup technology scene for the past several years with a professional focus on the post-sale customer life cycle. Hear how he got into startups, life in the startup scene in non-Silicon Valley markets, as well as why the post-sale customer life cycle is important especially when you are selling APIs that are tech-centric. 
February 23, 2021
Identifying Talent, Building Teams, and Scaling Company Revenue w/ Will Barfield
Will Barfield, is a seasoned builder of sales teams and is currently the founder and principal of Barfield Revenue Consulting which helps companies of all sizes identify talent, build teams, and scale the revenue side of their companies. In this episode we discuss our local ecosystem and what we are best at as it relates to scaling sales organizations, key tips for founders adding sales to their startups, and how to grow your LinkedIn connections from a few thousand to over 14,000 in less than 12 months by being authentic. To learn more about Will Barfield & Nick Jordan:  We've got more to offer on our social platforms!​  Thank you for watching this episode of the Next Matters Most Podcast! 
February 9, 2021
(BONUS!) Trends in Inclusive Capital (Week 3) - Robinhood, GME, and Risky Investments
It's been a long week, especially with all the noise and conversations centered around what is going on inside the U.S. stock market. Today, Will Breen and Nick Jordan talk about $GME, Robinhood limiting access to its users, and why all investments are risks.  - To learn more about Next Matters Most:​ We've got more to offer on our social platforms!​​ Thank you for watching this episode of the Next Matters Most Podcast! 
January 29, 2021
Preventing & Managing Health Issues With Wearable Sensor Technology w/ Ryan Kraudel
In the first episode of season two of the Next Matters Most Podcast, we are talking with Ryan Kraudel, VP of technology at Valencell, an inventor and maker of wearable and hearable biometric sensor technology that can monitor and measure key vitals in the body such as blood pressure, temperature, heart rate, and more. These readings and more can help us do a better job of preventing and managing such major health issues as Cardiovascular disease (CVD), Respiratory issues, and Hypertension which on it's own affects over 1B people globally.  Listen in as we discuss the future of wearable technology and its ability to profoundly impact the well being of the human race, where the adoption blockers are, and what the opportunity looks like as we look to the future. 
January 27, 2021
Don't Just Survive, Thrive. A Conversation About Career Development, Learning, and Leadership w/ Walter Pinson
Leadership can have many different forms, but how do you know which one is right for you or your business? In episode 12 of the Next Matters Most Podcast, Walter Pinson, President of Smashing Boxes, talks with Nick Jordan about how he learned how to lead himself and his various teams through personal and business obstacles. Walter has a fair share of leadership experience, from building his own companies to companies like Microsoft and Unboxed. The two also discuss how CIO advisors can help businesses leverage expertise without paying large sums to accomplish their goals as leaders.  - Want to take this episode with you? To learn more about Walter Pinson & Nick Jordan: We've got more to offer on our social platforms! Thank you for watching this episode of the Next Matters Most Podcast! What did you think of this episode? Let us know in the comments!
January 11, 2021
Challenges as a Female Entrepreneur + Building A Business While In College w/ Nina Barnett
We all know that entrepreneurship is tough; their many challenges, headaches, and stress points to overcome before starting a business. Keeping these points in mind, add the detail that the entrepreneur is in college, and the challenge of starting a business goes up exponentially. Despite these oppositions, Nina Barnett overcame them while being a female within a male-dominated space. In episode 11 of The Next Matters Most podcast, Nina, the owner and founder of Grooop, talks about how she overcame the ultimatum of being a female business owner while completing her own goals of graduating college at the top of her class. Grooop is simple: college students use an intuitive app to feel confident on campus.  Anytime, Anywhere. Grooop is a platform that serves universities, workplaces, friends, and families through our service contracts and mobile app to make safety more fun, inclusive, intuitive, and non-invasive. Grooop is the best way to share safety status instantly. Grooop makes sure you have power in numbers, even if you're alone. Set up safe zones, create grooops of your friends, and update your safety status to alert others if you need help.
December 28, 2020
The Future Of Opportunity Zones - How To Properly Invest In Future Communities” w/ David Morris & Patrick Lineberry
In this episode of Next Matters Most, we speak with David Morris & Patrick Lineberry, attorneys at law, about Opportunity Zones, Qualified Opportunity Zone Funds, Qualified Opportunity Zone Businesses, and what this means for investors, small business owners, and communities. Will this be just a rush towards faster gentrification, or will it be a reviving and renaissance effect on currently depressed communities? A tool for the rich to get richer, or for more underrepresented businesses to get funding? We discuss this and more.  - Want to take this episode with you? To learn more about David Morris, Patrick Lineberry, & Nick Jordan: We've got more to offer on our social platforms! Thank you for watching this episode of the Next Matters Most Podcast! What did you think of this episode? Let us know in the comments!
December 11, 2020
Building Successful NC Communities With Entrepreneurs At The Forefront “ w/ Jim R
Why are community ecosystems important? What can they provide to a community? Today, Jim Roberts and Nick Jordan talk about what an ecosystem can provide to large and small communities. Jim has been involved in community ecosystem building for many years. With notable success throughout North Carolina and the United States. In episode 9 of the Next Matters Most podcast, Jim and Nick talk about why an ecosystem is important for all communities, how entrepreneurs can improve ecosystems, and where to start when building a successful ecosystem! 
November 27, 2020
Creating Better Community, People, and Places In Our Challenging World w/ Pierce Freelon
Pierce Freelon is a musician, director and Durham City Council Member. Pierce is the founder of Blackspace, an Afrofuturism digital maker space for teens in Durham. He is the writer, composer and co-director of the PBS animated series, The History of White People in America. He is a co-founder of Beat Making Lab, a PBS web-series, which won Best Video Essay for its episode Heartbeats of Fiji at the 2015 Daytime Emmy Awards. His latest project is a children’s music album, titled D.a.D, which has been featured on NPR and Today Show.    In episode 8 of the Next Matters Most podcast, Nick Jordan sits down with Pierce Freelon about what is happening in the world today and what he wants to do about it. Pierce has always been a voice for change and does not have a stop sign in sight! Pierce talks about what everyone can do to help misunderstand and misrepresent groups in our businesses and community today.
November 13, 2020
5x Entrepreneur puts Diversity at the center of everything he does W/ Doug Speight
We have an opportunity to create an entirely new ecosystem for the entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship community that is responsible for driving innovation and change in business that puts diversity at the forefront of everything it does. The conversation in this episode will expand your thinking, articulate what is wrong, and provide proactive and positive solutions that will inspire us all. I end the interview w/ a Nobel Prize prediction.  In episode 7 of the Next Matters Most podcast, you will meet (future) Nobel Prize Winner Doug Speight is a 5x entrepreneur, innovation commercialization expert, and current founder and CEO of Annex Tech Partners.  This man on a mission has lofty goals: to change the way the tech industry operates; close the wealth and opportunity gap for women and people of color; all while stabilizing our national economy. 
October 23, 2020
Investing In Your Employee’s Professional Development & Emotional Wellness W/ Don Fernando
Our CEO & Chairman Nick Jordan recently sat down with business and mental health super guru, Don Azevedo, for an hour-long conversation for the podcast, Next Matters Most.  Mental well-being is Don’s business, and he really knows his stuff. Nick and Don question why there isn’t more focus on the emotional well being of workers in the workforce, how to design the workplace and workforce of the future, and what it means to strive for authentic happiness. Can software or technology be built to assist in this movement towards better well being, or is this a process thing? Or is it just adoption and awareness? 
October 9, 2020
Using Technology to Create Major Change Within The America Educational System W/ Jessica Mitsch
Jessica Mitsch is a major entrepreneurial powerhouse and a force to be reckoned with in the triangle. With a passion for education and equal access to the tools and resources people need to be job-ready, she is the CEO and Founder of Momentum Learning, a schooling system to provide coding skills training focused on the needs of the modern workplace. We are guided by the belief that education creates opportunity, and that knowledge has no bounds. We give career changers the skills and support they need to find meaningful work and see our role as a catalyst for positive life change. Rewind a few months ago- Fresh off raising money, getting set up, and launching a new immersive code school, the pandemic hits, and everything gets thrown out the window. Luckily for my good friend and guest on our latest podcast episode Jessica Mitsch, she could get through the freak out moment and get her business pivoted to a highly active and successful remote service for her students. In the episode, we discuss many things, including but not limited to how to shift to remote even when you built your entire business around in-person interaction, the future of education, being an entrepreneur in the triangle, and more.
September 29, 2020
Leveraging Your Attorney Relationships to Maximize Business Potential w/ Jesse Jones
With the evolution of technology and the availability of information on Google, is using an attorney to help your business still important? Where does the balance exist between doing your own research to save money and paying a professional to save time? It turns out that, even in the midst of increased automation, sometimes the use of an attorney can be vital in any business plan. In episode 4, Nick talks with Jesse Jones, Founding Lawyer at Fourscore Business Law, about the evolution of the attorney’s role in business, and how businesses can best leverage this relationship to maximize efficiency and decision making.
September 11, 2020
The Evolution of Healthcare Amidst COVID-19 w/ Michael Levy
In the midst of a pandemic, the task that many of us are focusing on is how to “return to normal.” The goal for many is the go back to the way things used to be before COVID-19 drastically changed life as we know it. Why does that have to be the case? Why can’t we use this time to get to a better version of how the world used to be? With a virus turning the conventions of our society upside down, we need to look at what we should keep and what we should change. In episode 3, Nick talks with Michael Levy, President of the Digital Health Institute for Transformation, about ways that the healthcare industry can better meet the needs of individuals rather than entire populations. For full transcripts of episodes, head to our website: Facebook:  Instagram: LinkedIn: Twitter:
August 13, 2020
Politics and the Tech Industry w/ Eric Porper
As technology continues to change the way the economy works, how are politicians changing with it? What can we do to ensure that those who aren’t technologically inclined can keep up in an age of continued growth in automation and production through blockchain technology? In episode 2, Nick talks with Eric Porper, Co-Chair of the North Carolina Blockchain Initiative, about his work in helping politicians encourage technology as an industry, and helping them adjust to the fact that companies are expected to incorporate tech into their business plan, whether or not they identify as a tech company. Additionally, they talk about whether or not a college degree is absolutely necessary in a world of thriving entrepreneurship and change, and how we can help people evolve from fields that don’t currently utilize technology. For full transcripts of episodes, head to our website: FOLLOW NEXT MATTERS MOST ON FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, LINKEDIN, and TWITTER.
July 22, 2020
Becoming An Entrepreneur w/ Jes Averhart
What does it take to be an entrepreneur? To turn your passion into a business that you love to run? In modern-day America, it’s easy to think of entrepreneurship as something that’s untouchable – only accessible to those who have an excellent education or an incredible mind. We think of Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, or any other world-changing innovator. The result? We don’t try it ourselves. The reality is that, with hard work and the right amount of dedication, you can turn your interests into a viable business. We’re covering this and more on Episode 1 of the Next Matters Most Podcast as Nick talks with Jes Averhart, creator of the Reinvention Roadmap, and Founder of Jess and Co. For full transcripts of episodes, head to our website: FOLLOW NEXT MATTERS MOST ON FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, LINKEDIN, and TWITTER. ----- ABOUT JES 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 a 4th 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! ABOUT REINVENTION ROADMAP The truth is, whether we realize it or not, reinvention is inevitable and recurring. The question is, are you in the driver’s seat or a passive bystander in the next chapter of your story. We’ve all been through countless moments that qualify as “reinventions.”   If you were fully present in these moments, you probably became a little more grounded and began to believe in the possibility of more.  The Reinvention Roadmap Course allows you to discover the next BEST version of you. The art of reinvention should be exciting and full of wonder and curiosity. The process should be fun, insightful, and full of introspection…. Reinvention is not by accident…it’s by design.
July 16, 2020