Denise Boyd, Dan McFall, Dana Barrett, Tom Klein

Denise Boyd, Dan McFall, Dana Barrett, Tom Klein

In the guest chair:

Great tech show today as ACG Atlanta President, Denise Boyd, Mobile Labs‘ Dan McFall, VP of Sales (Mobility Solutions), MailChimp Vice President of Marketing, Tom Klein, TAG COO, Amanda Hendley and Technori‘s Scott Henderson all joined Dana in studio.

ACG is a global organization with 56 chapters and over 14,000 members. Doing business is at the heart of the ACG membership experience. Chapters in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia bring dealmakers together to help them achieve their business and professional goals.

Mobile Labs provides enterprise-grade mobile device clouds that improve efficiency and raise quality for agile–based, cross-platform mobile app and mobile web deployments.

More than 9 million people and businesses around the world use MailChimp. Their features and integrations allow you to send marketing emails, automated messages, and targeted campaigns. And MailChimp’s detailed reports help you keep improving over time.

Amanda Hendley, Scott Henderson, Dana Barrett

Amanda Hendley, Scott Henderson, Dana Barrett

TAG is the leading technology industry association in the state, serving more than 30,000 members through regional chapters in Metro Atlanta, Athens, Augusta, Columbus, Macon/Middle Georgia, and Savannah. TAG’s mission is to educate, promote, and unite Georgia’s technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace that stimulates and enhances a tech-based economy.

Technori regularly gathers hundreds of founders, tech enthusiasts, and investors to watch as five startups launch on-stage. The event is designed to elevate the startup showcase to a level on-par with theater experience. Technori exists to be the catalyst at the critical moment between launching and gaining traction for early stage startups typically within 12 to 18 months of their founding.

In the headlines:

  • Social-media companies Facebook and Twitter provided new tools allowing people around the world to track and discuss the violent attacks in Paris on Friday with unprecedented speed and depth. Facebook activated its “Safety Check” feature Friday, allowing the site’s users in the area of the attacks to mark themselves as safe on their profiles. This marked the first time the tool was enabled for anything other than a natural disaster…. and of course there were some that called them out for that.
  • Star Wars is taking over the toy aisles this year – pushing out other brands like Peanuts for example.
  • And let’s talk YouTube Red – and YouTube Music – these two intertwined services could really change the landscape according to Wired magazine.
  • The Rink at Park Tavern in Piedmont Park will glide back into the hearts of Atlantans on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26, 2015, when it opens for the 2015-2016 season. Located in the spacious Garden Tent at Park Tavern on the Atlanta BeltLine, this favorite Intown holiday tradition will once again feature modern amenities for day and night skating including a covered rink that is 85 feet long and 40 feet wide and comfortably accommodates 200.
  • GA Tech has landed another major corporate innovation center. This time it’s Delta Air Lines. The airline will invest $3 million in Georgia Tech altogether including a $2 million innovation center at Midtown’s Tech Square. The focus of the new center will be on “developing technologies and innovations to boost operations and customer experience at a nearly 7,000-square-foot center.”
  • The Centennial Olympic Park makeover we’ve talked about on the show has gotten a $10M kickstart from The Woodruff Foundation. The Woodruff grant is the lead gift in a $25 million campaign that’s being launched by the Georgia World Congress Center.

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