In the guest chair:

Steve Brumer & Dana Barrett

Steve Brumer & Dana Barrett

This morning, Dana had the pleasure of hosting the comical and entertaining Steve Brumer, Managing Partner for 151 Advisors. Steve dished on 151 and how they can help you and your business as well as his thoughts on today’s headlines. Trusted by senior executives around the globe, 151 ADVISORS is a strategic consulting firm that helps Technology companies solve critical business problems, seize new market opportunities, and achieve results in today’s highly challenging and rapidly evolving business environment.


Vice President of Global Consumer Product and Engineering for Paypal, Joanna Lambert, phoned in to give us the inside scoop on #GivingTuesday how you can donate. Joanna also dished on the company’s Guinness World Record record-breaking attempt for the Most Money Donated Online for Charity in 24-Hours Joanna upholds PayPal’s global product vision for hundreds of millions of customers around the world. Joanna leads an international team charged with designing, deploying and operating products and commercial strategies for all of PayPal’s products and portfolio brands, including Venmo. Together, she and her team serve the local needs and interests of customers in each of the 203 markets that PayPal serves.

Al Berman, is the President of Disaster Recovery Relief phoned in to give discuss cybersecurity and how it is rapidly growing. Disaster Recovery Institute International (DRI) is the leading nonprofit that helps organizations around the world prepare for and recover from disasters by providing education, accreditation, and thought leadership in business continuity and related fields. Founded in 1988, DRI International has 13,000+ certified professionals in more than 100 countries and conducts native-language training in more than 50 countries, offering in-depth courses ranging from introductory to masters level, as well as specialty certifications.

In the headlines:

  • Elon Musk has plans for another futuristic mode of travel – the Hyperloop – a way to travel between cities in the time it takes you now to travel across town. So picture a tube train with an engineless pod the size of a bus inside. You get in – the seat remembers you and your entertainment preferences and then whisks you from say San Fran to LA in about 30 minutes.   To make this dream a reality, Elon is building a test track and hosting a competition in June 2016 for university students and independent engineering teams to build or design a sub-scale pod for the Hyperloop.  Pretty freakin’ cool.
  • Moving from the future back to the now – Attention Target shoppers if you thought shopping online would be faster than in-store you might’ve been wrong on Cyber Monday. Online shoppers at were shown a please wait screen due to high traffic – and some were put in a so-called online waiting room when they tried to check out. Oops. Wonder how many people walked or surfed away from those deals?
  • Amazon is still determined to make drone delivery happen – but this seems like much todo about nothing if you ask Dana. This past weekend the company released a video showing a new way the delivery drones might use to find a landing spot. It’s a landing mat that YOU have to put in your yard. Sounds lame.
  • Apple Music is doing some deep partnering to get it’s music to your speakers. The partnership is with Sonos speakers and will allow you to use the Sonos app with your Apple Music subscription. The partnership marks a bit of a new frontier for Apple who so far has steered away from those kinds of deep integrations.
  • ‘Member when we all used to be afraid of Japan’s technological superiority? That ended some time ago as they focused more on hardware than software. But Japan is coming back and looking to take the lead in the field of deep machine learning. That’s the kind of stuff where the machine can make learn and make decisions without human input.  Think iRobot and sci-fi in general.  Those days are here – and Japan has some interesting companies that are making strides.
  • Speaking of Japan – have you heard of the Pepper robot? It’s one of the first robots that is commercially available that can recognize human voices and read your facial expressions. The robots – have been sold in batches of 1000 since June of this year (by the Tokyo based company) and have sold out in minutes each time.  And here’s the creepy update for today – you can now buy clothes, jewelry and makeup for your Pepper.  Weird.
  • The global law firm Dentons LLP is pledging to provide up to $375,000 in donated legal work to the revitalization of Atlanta’s Westside. The firm’s three-year commitment will offer legal and public policy counsel to a joint effort between the Westside Future Fund, a nonprofit working to raise more than $30 million, and the Westside Neighborhood Prosperity Fund, an offshoot of the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation.
  • The latest “Spider-Man” reboot will film in metro Atlanta at Pinewood Atlanta Studios, actor Tom Holland confirmed to

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