In the guest chair:

Brandon Smith & Dana Barrett

Brandon Smith & Dana Barrett

Brandon Smith, regular show contributor, Workplace Therapist and founder of The Worksmiths LLC, chatted with Dana about scary co-workers (like the “Emotional Vampire” and “The Ghost”) during the first hour of the show this morning. During the second hour, Erez Katz, CEO & Founder of Lucena ResearchPalaniswamy Rajan, Managing Partner with CTW Venture Partners and Rachel Zick, Executive Director for the Atlanta CEO Council stopped in for an update on the sold out Venture Atlanta event happing this week.

The Worksmiths LLC, is a boutique executive coaching and culture consulting firm that helps clients craft top-performing workplaces.

Rachel Zick, Palaniswamy Rajan, Dana Barrett, Erez Katz

Rachel Zick, Palaniswamy Rajan, Dana Barrett, Erez Katz

Lucena Research brings sophisticated decision support technology to hedge funds, investment professionals and wealth advisors. Their Artificial Intelligence technology enables investment professionals to find market opportunities, validate their investment approaches and to reduce risk in their portfolios. Their cloud-based platform aggregates multiple disparate sources of big data on which they enable an easy-to-use and actionable UI for quantitative research.

CTW Venture Partners, LLC, a venture capital firm that invests in seed and early-stage entrepreneurs in Atlanta and throughout the southeast, focuses on companies in all industries with patentable, disruptive innovations or technologies, technical expertise, and strong leadership teams.

In the headlines:

  • The Ad Industry is finally promising to make online ads less terrible – Last week, the Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB) acknowledged it had failed Internet users, pursuing automation and optimization that made money but that ultimately cost the industry consumer loyalty. Acknowledging that, the IAB tech lab is promising to do better, developing “L.E.A.N.” ads for hundreds of IAB member companies around world. L.E.A.N. stands for “Light, Encrypted, Ad choice-supported, Non-invasive” ads. Not sure what that’s gonna look like, but it’s about time.
  • CBS has refused to run advertising for “Truth,” the film about Dan Rather starring Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford that revisits a painful episode in the network’s past involving a discredited 2004 news story on former President George W. Bush’s military service record. CBS has denounced the movie, which opens Friday, as a disservice to the public and journalists.
  • Atlanta radio veteran, Steve McCoy was let go from NewsRadio 106.7 Friday following his admittance that he “recycled” an old Donald Trump interview and advertised it as new on Tuesday.
  • Amazon is planning to hire 850 part-time workers for seasonal jobs handling electronic and apparel merchandise at its East Point distribution center near Atlanta.
  • Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. is looking at Georgia for a possible “Hunger Games” inspired theme park. According to the Atlanta Business Chronicle, the company is in advanced talks to develop the theme park in Bartow County, about 45-minutes northwest of Atlanta.
  • The Braves have supposedly been in talks with big-name retailers for The Battery Atlanta at SunTrust Park that could make it a year-round shopping and dining landmark. The ABC says stores like Anthropologie, J. Crew, Free People, Ann Taylor, Lululemon, Gap, Vineyard Vines, L.L. Bean and UNIQLO are possible according to unnamed sources.

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