In the guest chair:
Joe Conway, CEO of Stable|Kernel and Chuck Morrison, President & CEO of Staymobile joined Dana during the first hour of the show to talk all things mobile. Kathleen Thompson, President of 1Source International (a 101 Best & Brightest Award winner) was in studio for the second hour along with Jimmy Patel and Matthew Suber, Co-Founders of Split.
Founded in 2013 by Joe Conway, author of the best-selling iOS Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide, stable|kernel is an Atlanta-based mobile software company that offers end-to-end development services to craft smartly-designed mobile software that connect brands directly with their users – across tablets, smartphones, desktops, wearables and the Internet of Things.
Staymobile® is a mobile device service company providing electronic repair, accessories and protection for businesses and consumers with the goal of ensuring its customers’ personal and corporate mobility. Headquartered in Atlanta, the company currently operates more than 20 locations, both corporate and franchise, across the nation, with plans to expand nationally to as many as 300 stores over the next three years.
Founded in 2001, 1Source makes conferencing solutions simple and affordable. From the smallest collaborations to the largest white-glove events, we offer reliable and cost-effective audio, web, video, and event conferencing solutions.
Split is a behavior-focused customer relationship management (CRM) solution with a payment application aimed at revolutionizing the $700B restaurant industry. Restaurant owners and operators use the platform to create, manage, and cultivate potential regulars by delivering personalized in-dining experience for every customer and to protect their businesses social reputation. Consumers use Split to take control of their own time when eating out with friends or placing a pickup order. The mobile application enables consumers to view, split, and pay the bill directly from their smartphones eliminating wait time.
In the headlines:
- You know why companies lie, cheat and steal – because there are no consequences. Apparently we care more about getting a good deal than we do about doing business with ethical players. We’re referring of course to VW. Volkswagen of America just reported its October sales, the first full month of reporting since the scandal broke, and guess what? Sales are up 0.24 percent year over year, likely thanks in part to enormous discounts being offered to prop up volume.
- And as Dana mentioned on yesterday’s show, VW did indeed announce their gift card apology tour… 2 $500 gift cards to the diesel car owners affected. One that can be spent anywhere and one that is only good at VW dealers.
- Speaking of cars – there’s a mysterious car manufacturer out there who is setting out to take on Tesla and they may build their first $1 billion factory here in Georgia. The company is called Faraday Future and some say it’s just a front for Apple. Others think the money behind the company is Chinese. The company, for it’s part, only says they are “well-funded”.
- Georgia’s state universities saw the second-highest average jump in tuition during the past five years, according to a new report from Bloomberg. The report found tuitions at Georgia’s four-year public colleges have jumped by 48 percent since 2010. Of course the report Dana read didn’t say where our costs lined up to other states…. ‘cause she’s guessing they’re competitive… but if they told you that part of the story, it wouldn’t be as outrageous. In fact, Bloomberg’s source is a detailed study from Urban Institute that shows that Georgia is about average – middle of the pack in terms of actual costs.
- Atlanta-based Cox Communications Inc. is being fined by the The Federal Communications Commission over a data breach that affected customers. The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau says the fine is their first privacy and data security enforcement action with a cable operator.
- Atlanta based Delta Airlines will add seasonal service to Iceland’s Keflavik International Airport from its Minneapolis-St. Paul hub beginning May 26, 2016. Reykjavik will be Delta’s fifth destination in Europe from the Twin Cities.
- Ericsson and Cisco, two of the world’s biggest telecom-equipment providers, are planning a broad technology and commercial partnership that stops short of a full-blown merger but covers cooperation from research and development to customer service. The two companies said yesterday they would team up across the board, including jointly working on a wide range of products used in wireless networks and Internet infrastructure as they face heightened competition from the takeover of Alcatel-Lucent SA by Nokia Corp., expected to be formally launched later this month, and relentless rise of China-based Huawei Technologies Co.
- Apple said yesterday that its new larger iPad will be available to order online tomorrow and arrive in stores later this week. The base model starts at $799 – but by the time you pay for the keyboard and pen you’re up over $1000. Dana thinks the Microsoft Surface Pro has them a little nervous.
- And Pinterest wants to be more like a Google and less like a Facebook. To that end they are adding some really cool search capabilities that are all image based. If it works well, it could be a game changer.
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