In the guest chair: 

Paula Byer, Sylvan Waller M.D. & Dana Barrett

Paula Byers, Sylvan Waller M.D. & Dana Barrett

This morning, Dana had the pleasure of hosting Sylvan Waller, M.D. Founder/CEO of Alii Healthcare and Bond Intelligent Care,  Paula Byers, Store Director , At Home, and Peggy Still Johnson, Executive Director at Callanwolde.
Alii Healthcare is a technology enabled services company that created an app called Bond Intelligent Care that connects people to world-class ER doctors at the time and place of their choosing, without the constraints of the traditional healthcare system, via a mobile app.
At Home is the home decor superstore offering shoppers more than 50,000 decor items for every room and every style at everyday low prices.
Callanwolde Fine Arts Center is the Historic Candler Estate today owned by DeKalb County. The Mission of the 501c3 Nonprofit Callanwolde Foundation is to preserve the historic estate (listed on the National Register of Historic Places) and offer fine arts and outreach to the community. Callanwolde has classes with over 5000 students per year, weddings, and main events per year.
In the national headlines:
  • Martin Shkreli, the former drug-company executive criticized for dramatically raising a pill’s price, has asked a congressional committee seeking his testimony to guarantee it can’t be used in a federal prosecution, according to materials reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.
  • Here’s a potentially cool app for a lot of women.  It’s called Nurx and it’s aiming to be the Uber of birth control.  No doctor visit required. Right now the pill is a pain to get. And skipping it can have life-altering consequences. Unfortunately for busy women in a pinch, the United States requires a prescription for birth control, unlike the majority of countries in the world.  So Nurx allows a woman to answer some basic questions and then a doctor gets the request, issues the prescription and the pills are delivered to your door.  And yes, it’s legal, insurance covers it and it’s HIPPA compliant.  Cool.
  • Speaking of Uber. According to a new report from Bloomberg’s Ellen Huet and Eric Newcomer the company is still losing more than it’s making BUT the company brought in more money in in Q3 of 2015 than it did all year in 2014.  That said in 2015 Uber lost $697 million — outstripping its $498 million in net revenue, according to the report.  I assume at some point they’ll start making money… and not making money didn’t stop Jeff Bezos and Amazon, so there you go.
  • Some of Uber’s money goes towards launching new products – Uber Eats for example and I know someone who wishes they’d stick to just driving people around.  GrubHub.  On the news that Uber Eats will now be a standalone app and will expand to more cities, GrubHub’s stock hit an all-time low yesterday.  Ouch.
In the local headlines:
  • Invest Atlanta is commiting $10 million toward the acquisition of property across the street from City Hall to be converted into a mixed-use project called City Plaza.  The project will include 264 residential units, 29,000 square feet of ground-level retail space, a parking deck and a surface parking lot.  Ten percent of the apartments will be dedicated to affordable housing, said Rosalind Rubens Newell, Invest Atlanta’s general counsel.
  • Since passing the current film tax incentive in 2008, Georgia has become the No. 3 place for filming in the US behind Los Angeles and New York. But according to, Atlanta is now also the best place to work and live as a filmmaker up from #6 last year.
  • Speaking of being #1, Atlanta based Chick-fil-A Inc.’s reputation for hospitality helped it jump four spots to take No. 1 in Restaurant Business magazine’s annual ranking of the nation’s favorite chains.  The magazine says, “It’s not just the chicken sandwiches and waffle fries earning high marks with guests,” the magazine writes. “Chick-fil-A is the only chain on this year’s list to score above 75 percent for service and hospitality, showing that consumers do care about the experience.”
  • Another attempt to regulate the use of drones has been launched in the General Assembly here in Georgia.  Legislation introduced in the Georgia House of Representatives this week by Rep. Kevin Tanner, R-Dawsonville, sets forth circumstances in which use of a drone would be legal, including surveillance conducted by the U.S. military, inspections by utilities, air quality sampling, or for law enforcement and other public safety purposes.  Georgia lawmakers have taken up efforts to regulate drones at the state level for several years. The bills haven’t gained much traction, however, due in part to fears of overstepping the Federal Aviation Administration, which has jurisdiction over drones at the federal level.

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