In the guest chair:

The show was all about books for the first hour as Dana discussed LIVING WITH A SEAL by Jesse Itzler and Jenny Santi called in to chat about her book THE GIVING WAY TO HAPPINESS. During hour two, Infer‘s Sean Zinmeister called in to talk big data and AI. And fellow biz 1190 host, Eric V. Holtzclaw stopped by to join in on a social media discussion.FullSizeRender-37

LIVING WITH A SEAL is like the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air…meets Rambo. Jesse is about as easy-going as you can get. SEAL is…not. Jesse and SEAL’s escapades soon produce a great friendship, and by the time SEAL leaves, Jesse is in the best shape of his life, but he gains much more than muscle. At turns hilarious and inspiring, LIVING WITH A SEAL ultimately shows you the enormous benefits that happen when you are willing to step out of your comfort zone and get uncomfortable.

FullSizeRender-38In THE GIVING WAY TO HAPPINESS: Stories and Science Behind the Life-Changing Power of Giving, philanthropy advisor Jenny Santi shares a growing body of scientific evidence that links giving with happiness, and helps the reader reflect on their own personal experiences in order to determine what and how to give. In addition, Santi draws on her extensive experience as an advisor to some of the world’s wealthiest philanthropists to help readers determine if they should give as a family or anonymously, and how to address donor fatigue.


Eric V. Holtzclaw & Dana Barrett

Infer’s cloud-based application helps companies win more customers. It uses historical data from your CRM app, as well as hundreds of external signals from the web, to determine which leads are most likely to convert. With Infer, you can focus reps on the hottest leads, uncover hidden opportunities, and extract high-potential prospects from any list. Inspired by the simplicity of the consumer web, Infer seamlessly integrates with your existing systems so you can get up and running in just days.

Eric V. Holtzclaw is a serial entrepreneur, Inc. columnist and host of The Eric Holtzclaw Show which airs on biz 1190 each weekday at 11am.

In the headlines:

  • We love it when big companies move to Atlanta and to that end, Mayor Reed told Bloomberg News yesterday that he’s ready to offer whatever it takes in the form of tax incentives to convince General Electric Co. to be the next to move its headquarters to the city. He says, “Having one of the 10 most important companies in the world put their logo over the city of Atlanta skyline is not just about the tax-break number. It is about what it says to the world.”
  • A new natural foods grocer is set to open Feb. 3 in Morningside. Sprouts Farmers Market will open its 10th Atlanta location at a new mixed-use project at Piedmont Avenue and Cheshire Bridge Road.
  • The Department of Defense paid the Atlanta Braves and the Atlanta Falcons more money than any other Major League Baseball or National Football League team, USA Today reported Wednesday. According to the paper, the Braves scored $450,000 and the Falcons landed $879,000 to “stage ‘paid patriotism’ events” from the Pentagon.
  • Drivers for Uber Technologies Inc. will get their day in court. A California federal judge has set a trial date of June 20, 2016 for a class-action lawsuit that could help decide the employment status of Uber drivers, according to the lawyer representing the plaintiffs. The case, O’Connor v. Uber, concerns the ride service’s classification of drivers as independent contractors rather than employees. The plaintiffs say that, because Uber controls things like ride prices and performance standards, they should be considered employees and eligible for reimbursement of expenses such as gas and vehicle maintenance.
  • Men’s Wearhouse shares are crashing after the company said Jos. A. Bank’s decision to scale back on its outrageous discounts hit foot traffic and sales. The retailer held one final “buy-one, get-three-free” sale in October, announcing that the current strategy was unsustainable. “During the third quarter comparable sales decreased 14.6% at Jos. A. Bank, far below the Company’s earlier expectations,” Men’s Wearhouse said in a statement. “This decrease was primarily driven by a decline in traffic as the Company began the transition away from the buy-one-get-three promotional events.”

Other stuff:

Join us Monday, November 9th for the next meeting of The Dana Barrett Show Business Book Club! This month’s selection is THE BIG SHORT by Michael Lewis. Read the book with us before the movie is released in December! We will meet at American Food and Beverage in Buckhead. Get all the details and sign up to attend here:

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