In the guest chair:  

Sean Dineen & Dana Barrett

Sean Dineen & Dana Barrett

This morning, Dana had the pleasure of hosting four very interesting and successful guests. Sean Dineen President/Founder/CEO of Iron Age Office, Joshua Belanger ,Founder of, Erik Feingold, Chief Innovation Officer for ShareCare, and Chris Hale, Founder & CEO of kountable.
Iron Age Office creates one-of-a-kind furniture pieces that feature local, sustainable materials such as sturdy Georgia steel and stunning Georgia wood. The results are commanding pieces for the powerful executive, unique startup and others who desire impressive office furniture at a much lower cost than other custom-made furniture companies.The furniture is designed in Iron Age Office’s office in Kennesaw and built in Cartersville. Each piece is custom built, designed to the customer’s preferred measurement specifications and finish.

OptionSIZZLE helps struggling self-directed investors how to create the SIZZLE in the financial markets.

Erik Feingold

Erik Feingold & Dana Barrett

Sharecare is a health and wellness engagement platform that provides people with personalized resources to help them live their healthiest lives. Nearly 40 million people have shared more than 5 billion data points about their health status and habits with Sharecare, which uses that information to create a comprehensive health profile allowing users to access all of their health resources in one place, and dynamically connect to the knowledge, evidence-based programs and health professionals they need.
Founded in 2014, kountable Inc., based in San Francisco, is a new player in the blossoming fintech
sector. kountable uses technology to connect dynamic entrepreneurs in the developing world
who need financing for their high impact projects with investors looking to create immediate
positive change in the world while also generating a healthy return on their capital.
In the national headlines:
  • If you thought about it you’d probably realize that Google and Apple work together on some stuff.  I mean you can use google search and google maps on your iPhone, right?  Well – the two companies have always kept terms of their deals together hush hush.  Not anymore.  Word’s out thanks to a court case underway in which Oracle is suing Google.  And here’s the deal.  Google paid Apple $1 billion dollars to keep it’s search bar on the iPhone.
  • Guess who’s getting into the app biz?  Donald Rumsfeld.  Yup.  Rummy is not slowing down at 83 years young.  Instead he’s bringing a game he learned four decades ago in Brussels to iPads and iPhones around the world.  The game is called Churchill Solitaire and is modeled on the card game British Prime Minister Winston Churchill played throughout World War II, as the story goes, to improve his strategic thinking. At the Pentagon, Mr. Rumsfeld was known for his direct manner and it appears age hasn’t mellowed him.  One note he sent to developers said, “We need to do a better job on these later versions. They just get new glitches,” “[W]e ought to find some way we can achieve steady improvement instead of simply making new glitches.”  (Welcome to software development Rummy!)
  • General Motors won a victory in the first personal injury case to go to trial involving its faulty ignition switch.  GM has admitted it was at fault in failing to recall more than a million cars with faulty ignition switches for about a decade after the problem was discovered. It set up a compensation fund that paid victims and their families nearly $600 million in damages. The fund certified that 124 people died as a result of the ignition switch and compensated another 275 with serious injuries. But some victims have pressed forward with their own lawsuits rather than accept the GM offer.  This was the first of those cases to go to court and low and behold the plaintiff was a lying liar who lies.  Good news for GM.
  • Four of Twitter’s top execs are leaving the company – Twitter’s product head, Kevin Weil,  media head Katie Jacobs Stanton, senior vice president of engineering, Alex Roetter,  Vine head, Jason Toff according to Business Insider.  Twitter has not commented yet, but is expected to today.  This comes after a rough few months for Twitter, who, since making founder Jack Dorsey CEO, has seen its share price plummet to an all-time low last week.   Twitter’s stock has been under pressure for months, as the company struggles to boost user growth. The plummeting value has sparked speculation that Twitter could become an acquisition target.
 In the local headlines:
  • Atlantic Station is booming. Real estate company Hines recently bought 2.7 acres along 17th Street across from the three existing Atlantic Station office towers where companies such as Worldpay and Sage are relocating and adding jobs.  Hines intends to build offices but says they’re going more industrial chic than glass office tower fancy.
  • The Georgia General Assembly will take up tax reform during this legislative session.  Sen. Judson Hill, R-Marietta, introduced a bill and constitutional amendment, both aimed at cutting the state income tax from the current 6 percent down to 5.4%.  The reason behind the bill – economic development.  According to Hill and other tax reform advocates, Georgia needs to compete for jobs with neighboring states that tax income at a lower rate or don’t have a state income tax.
  • Opening day for Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the new home of the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United, is now being pushed back.  The new stadium won’t be completed by the original target date of March 2017, according to a spokesperson with AMB Group.  (That’s the investment management and support services arm of Arthur Blank’s for-profit businesses which include the Falcons, Atlanta United and Mercedes-Benz Stadium). The new target date for the stadium open is now June 1, 2017.  This will impact Atlanta United who will have to play the first three months of its inaugural season on the road.  MLS says no biggie.  They’ve had this happen before.
  • Congrats to Eloisa Klementich (who we’ve had here on the show)…She was named President and CEO of Invest Atlanta at the end of last week. Eloisa had been named interim president and CEO of the city’s economic development arm after Craig Richard stepped down Jan. 18 but clearly it didn’t take them long to realize she was the right woman for the job.  She had been working as managing director of the organization prior to the shake up.
  • FX has a new comedy called “Atlanta” in development, and its executive producer and star Donald Glover said it will be like “Twin Peaks” with rappers. Wha, wha… wha?  Mind blown.  Is it April 1st?  He’s messing with us, right?

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