In the guest chair:

Marc Gorlin & Dana Barrett

Marc Gorlin & Dana Barrett

Marc Gorlin, Founder and CEO of Roadie was up for the first hour of the show this morning to talk branding and their partnership with Ludacris. John Carter, Founder and CEO of Wayback Burgers called in for the second hour to discuss their possible IPO. Nathan Settembrini and Carl Streck of LenerCast also joined Dana in studio to highlight how they help lenders grow their business. 

Headquartered in Atlanta, Roadie is an app-based community that puts unused capacity in passenger vehicles to work by connecting people with stuff to send with drivers heading in the right direction. Roadie’s model enables efficient, low cost delivery for senders and rewards drivers for trips they were already taking.

Wayback Burgers is a Connecticut-based fast-casual franchise with a reputation for fresh burgers, thick hand-dipped milkshakes and currently operates in 22 states with over 100 locations nationally and internationally.

Carl Streck, Nathan Settembrini, Dana Barrett

Carl Streck, Nathan Settembrini, Dana Barrett

LenderCast helps local, regional and national lenders grow their business by identifying potential commercial banking customers and scheduling meetings for lenders. This allows lenders to maximize their efficiency and grow their pipeline. 

In the headlines:

  • Mayor Reed says the city’s sale of Underground Atlanta to SC-based WRS is delayed until January 15 over one critical piece of property that is owned by the state and not the city. The mayor says, “In my opinion, all of the remaining issues except for that one are solvable. That’s the hardest problem. I think it’s solvable, but it’s hard.” – he gives the solvability % as 70%.
  • LinkedIn is set to pay a $13 million dollar settlement for sending some unwanted emails. Sheesh. Who really suffered here? Er… nobody… and who benefits? The lawyers.
  • VW has promised to fix their rigged diesel cars “in the next few days,” but sources say that’s only for Europe and other markets, not here in the US.
  • And… amidst all this VW craziness, online interest in buying VW diesels is up. Online used car marketplaces such as Kelley Blue Book or have seen a significant upswing in activity surrounding the specific vehicles affected by the scandal.
  • Fall is here, so it’s time to start Dana’s annual #SaveThanksgiving Campaign. Staples is looking for some good press, so they’ve come out ahead of the pack, saying they will be closed. Um… not sure how many people do their Christmas shopping at Staples, but still… good for them.

Other stuff:

Join us Monday, October 19th for the next meeting of Dana Barrett Show Business Book Club! We’re learning about the history of the digital revolution in this month’s selection: THE INNOVATORS by Walter Isaacson. We will meet at American Food and Beverage in Buckhead. Get all the details and sign up to attend here:

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