Welcome to Elements of Community!
I am your host, Lucas Root, and in this episode, we are going to talk about the benefits of being a member of a community and why small communities are a fun place to be. Joining me in this episode is Nedra Barr, the CEO & Co-Founder at Spyder—a data management platform that is purpose-built for insurance agents and financial service providers. The platform makes achieving cyber and document storage compliance effortless. Spyder’s platform simplifies the process and puts everything in one place while you focus on growing your business.
Here’s just a taste of our talking points this week:
Nedra started off in the insurance business when she was 16 years old. At that time a man who owns an insurance company in Fort Scott needed some help in his business. And so he called the high school office and the secretary said, “Here’s somebody” and that’s how Nedra got the job. Before she turned 18 she was planning to buy the business but was able to do so because she was not able to have her license.
After that experience, Nedra went across the street and quickly became the number one agent for many companies, then moved to Kansas City and continue her career. Now, she is the CEO and founder of a software company called Spyder which serves the insurance and the financial services markets.
Community’s Expectations to Keep Engaging
Nedra mentioned that in a smaller community like Fort Scott people expect to live a certain style of life. And what she means by that is people are not fighting traffic, unlike in the big cities.
People expect privacy, they expect good police and to be treated very fairly. They expect friendliness and they expect that their neighbors are going to get to know them. They ultimately expect a simple and connected kind of living.
Other subjects we covered on the show:
- Nedra shares about Fort Scott which is a town where she came from.
- How else do a small community impact Nedra’s business and vice versa?
- Kinds of businesses in Fort Scott, Kansas.
- How does the business owners field the community’s expectation?
- How does Spyder Loop create value for the community?
- Ways on how Nedra expects they are going to provide for the community and that the community is going to provide back.
- The curve ball question—What are Nedra’s future plans?
If you want to know more about Nedra Barr, you may reach out to her at: