In the guest chair:

Adekunle Ayodele, Eric Holtzclaw, and Dana Barrett

Adekunle Ayodele, Eric Holtzclaw, and Dana Barrett

Chief Strategist at Laddering Works and Regular Contributor, Eric Holtzclaw and Founder and CEO of DataBox Technologies, Adekunle Ayodele joined Dana live in studio to discuss the significance of meetings and connecting over shared thoughts via the new Thoddy App.

Laddering Works creates opportunity by strategically applying emerging technologies, trends and approaches to successfully scale and streamline business.

DataBox Technologies is an IT startup based in Atlanta that focuses on digital media solutions for individuals and businesses. They just beta launched Thoddy, a social mobile application that makes meeting like-minded people a whole lot easier.

In the headlines:

  • Space X suffered a set back on Sunday when the Falcon 9, a rocket with an unmanned cargo capsule, exploded shortly after take-off.
  • In one of the largest private funding rounds ever, Airbnb has raised $1.5 billion dollars.  The company valuation is now $25.5 billion.
  • The fight between taxis and Uber got really ugly in Paris last week when taxi drivers protesting in the streets got extreme, turning over Uber cars, burning tires, and literally throwing stones.
  • Anthropologie and Onward Reserve opened at Ponce City Market on Friday… West Elm opened last Thursday.  Time to go shopping.
  • Chick-fil-A is expanding its board of directors to include 4 new leaders from outside the family. New to the board are: James H. Blanchard, retired chairman & CEO of Synovus Financial Corp., Michael T. Duke, retired president & CEO of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Steven S. Reinemund, former chairman and CEO of PepsiCo Inc., and Crawford W. Loritts Jr., a nationally-known speaker, author, senior pastor of Fellowship Bible Church in Roswell, and host of “Living a Legacy,” a daily radio program that reaches about 500,000 people each week.
  • HJ Russell & Co. is considering converting its 40,000-square-foot headquarters building on the west side of downtown into an entrepreneurship hub aimed at minority and underserved communities.  It’s not definite yet, but Jerome Russell says the want to do something positive for the community with the space, and industry leaders like ATDC’s Stephen Fleming and Opportunity Hub’s Rodney Sampson have weighed in saying this type of project will be a win-win.
  • The Fort Mac / Tyler Perry deal got it’s final approval. Perry, who has been eying the site for the planned relocation of Tyler Perry Studios, will purchase 330 acres at the former Army base for $30 million.

Other stuff:

Join us on July 13th for the next Dana Barrett Show Business Book Club! Our July selection is The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer. If you’ve been meaning to read this, now’s your chance! Or, if you’ve read it before, time to refresh! We will meet at South City Kitchen Vinings. Get all the details and sign up to attend here:

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