1. No matter your stage as a software company, you're likely facing challenges in growing your product(s) that are holding you back from maximizing your potential as a business. Some product challenges are specific to the development stage of the company with others common across all stages. These product challenges have to be overcome quickly and effectively in order to continue your upward trajectory as a software company.

    At our November Fridays @ the Corridor, Don Sedota, Principal and Product Growth Consultant at SurgePath, will take you through his top 10 list of items that may be holding back your product growth, and offers advice on how to address them.

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  2. With the increased utilization of cloud computing, what do you need to do to protect your business from being compromised?

    At this Fridays @ the Corridor, we discussed the best practices of information security for your business. Henry Link from Life Cycle Engineering lead the discussion on what you need to know to protect your data and include an examination of this year's breach issues involving eBay, Michael’s, and Home Depot. Henry was joined by Paul Burbage of PhishLabs who provided insight into the most recent security issues regarding the new Bash "Shellshock" bug.

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  3. At the September Fridays @ the Corridor, Modern Connection Founder & CEO, Ashley T. Caldwell, explored the question: Do I really need a millennial to do my social media? Ashley walked us through the social media ground rules, current trends to embrace and avoid, and explored the minimum your organization should be doing to have a successful social media presence online.

    Ashley and her team have worked with more than 150 companies ranging from entrepreneurial startups to multi-million dollar corporations.

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  4. Code quality is a hot topic nowadays - where one size does not necessarily fit all. Code testing is unique for every dev shop and requires knowledge of proper code coverage, quality metrics, and a litany of code testing processes. Ultimately, how do you encourage well built code without sacrificing valuable time? Without the right tools and processes in place, your well-intentioned efforts could be futile.

    At this Fridays at the Corridor, we talked to the pros to determine what are the best practices in the industry. We were joined by Sarah Simpson, QA Director at Blackbaud, Andrea Williams, Senior Director of Engineering at PeopleMatter, and David Elam, Senior Software Engineer at PayNearMe, to discuss and share their expert opinions with Chad Cravens of Open Source Systems who moderated the discussion.

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  5. Can you believe an estimated 90% of technology start-ups fail! The road to success is full of pitfalls, such as a lack of funding, poor market strategy, broken leadership, and a failure to accurately achieve a product/market fit, to name a few. So what does it take to navigate the business life cycle from idea to exit?

    At this Fridays @ the Corridor, we were joined by serial entrepreneur Jerry Callahan, who has beaten the odds not once, but twice. Drawing from his own experiences, Jerry discussed: How to get an idea off the ground, How you can successfully attract and secure capital, How to grow your business into a profitable venture, and How to ultimately position your company for a successful sale.

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    Jerry Callahan, Founder and CEO of ISI Technology

    As the CEO of ISI Technology, Jerry has developed and patented the world’s first fully electronic water heater, the MODEL 1 by Heatworks – the MODEL 1 was the runner-up at the Disrupt NY 2014 TechCrunch conference after running a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised 3X its initial funding goal and raised $435,000 and selling close to 1,600 pre-orders. Previous experience includes launching and selling propane gas exchange company, Blue Rhino, as well as managing several portfolio companies for private equity firms and has provided a broad range of management consulting from strategy development to M&A advisory services.

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The "Fridays @ the Corridor" is a monthly series of interactive educational forums. Topics are selected based on feedback from our members and relevant industry trends. This series is a part of the Digital Corridor's overall Talent Development strategy.

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