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Episode 270: NWA Transplant: CEO of Smart Eye Technology Discusses Relocating to Northwest Arkansas and the Importance of the Local Business Ecosystem

About the Show:

“We want to build the kinds of communities where our kids will want to raise their kids.”

  • Dexter Caffey

About the Guest:

Dexter Caffey is the innovative CEO of Smart Eye Technology, where he leads the way in revolutionizing data protection through continuous facial recognition technology. Based in Northwest Arkansas, Dexter focuses on creating a secure digital environment for both businesses and consumers. He’s an alumnus of Youngstown State University and has a background in commodities trading, further showcasing his diverse professional expertise. Dexter’s recent move to Northwest Arkansas was initiated by an invitation from the nonprofit organization Startup Junkie, aiming to nurture his groundbreaking company within the region’s thriving technology ecosystem.

Episode Summary:

In this episode of the I am Northwest Arkansas podcast, host Randy Wilburn welcomes Dexter Caffey, CEO of Smart Eye Technology, to discuss the synergies of business, culture, and entrepreneurship in the Ozarks. Dexter shares his journey from Atlanta to the vibrant technology scene of Northwest Arkansas and the factors that influenced his relocation.

Dexter narrates his experience with the startup accelerator program fueled by Startup Junkie, detailing his initial hesitations and the subsequent success that propelled him to make Northwest Arkansas the new home for Smart Eye Technology. He delves into the company’s mission to combat data breaches with innovative facial recognition software. Listening to Dexter’s stories and aspirations unravels how community spirit and a strong startup ecosystem are shaping the business landscape in Northwest Arkansas.

Key Takeaways:

  • Dexter Caffey was recruited by Startup Junkie to bring Smart Eye Technology to Northwest Arkansas, emphasizing the region’s dedication to fostering technology startups.
  • Smart Eye Technology specializes in continuous facial recognition for securing data, with upcoming plans to launch a Chrome browser extension for consumers and businesses alike.
  • Dexter shares insights on how the friendly and supportive business environment in Northwest Arkansas was a significant factor in his decision to relocate.
  • He highlights the rampant issue of data breaches and fraud, demonstrating the critical need for advanced security measures like those provided by Smart Eye Technology.
  • The episode sheds light on the beauty of Northwest Arkansas’s nature, which Dexter appreciates alongside the thriving business and tech community.

All this and more on this episode of the I Am Northwest Arkansas podcast.

Important Links and Mentions on the Show:

Email Get Smart Eye

Website Smart Eye Technology

Smart Eye Technology on Facebook

Smart Eye Technology on YouTube

Smart Eye Technology on LinkedIn

Smart Eye Technology on Instagram

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This episode is sponsored by:

Signature Bank of Arkansas “Community Banking at its Best!”

Northwest Arkansas Council – “Life Works Here!” HyperLocal Jobs in NWA

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