James Kilkelly, Dana Barrett, and Michael Maziar

In the guest chair:

Apto Solutions CEO, James Kilkelly and Atlanta Technology Angels COO, Michael Maziar joined Dana live in studio to discuss hardware disposal and the investing landscape in Atlanta.

Atlanta Technology Angels includes members and VC affiliates in Atlanta and across Georgia that work together to evaluate and fund early-stage companies. ATA members provide seed and early-stage capital of an investment range not generally served by venture capital funds, thus serving as a catalyst helping to build Georgia’s economy into a thriving center of technology and entrepreneurship.

Apto Solutions is a global leader in IT Asset Disposition (ITAD) for enterprise, giving their clients maximum risk management and recovery value for their IT asset refresh needs. Apto is a trusted partner with the world’s leading OEM, financial, managed services and tech services across the globe. Apto’s provides a wide range of services to its enterprise client base, including responsible IT recycling, facility and data center consolidations, cloud migrations, and technology refresh projects.

In the headlines:

  • Did you know that you can a ticket for going to slow in the fast lane, even if you are going the speed limit?  In just over nine months, the Georgia State Patrol has written 269 “Slow Poke Law” violations, mostly in the metro area.
  • The gas station company RaceTrac is looking for a new home for their corporate headquarters.  They’ve outgrown their space in the Cumberland area.  They’re looking for more space in the same area or possibly the Perimeter area.  RaceTrac is an 81-year-old company and the third-largest privately held company in metro Atlanta. It has been in Atlanta for almost 40 years.
  • Target tried to settle with MasterCard over the 2013 data breach for $19 million, but not enough of the banks affected got on board.
  • Weird story of the day:  Arthur Blank and his fiancee were hanging out in the audience of the Ellen DeGeneres show the other day, and when she decided to auction off a wedding dress for a good cause, Mr. Blank placed the winning bid.  Apparently Ellen had no idea who he was.
  • Fitbit is the leader in the wearable space right now, but a new report says enthusiasm for fitness bands is hitting a wall, and now with cheaper competitors and more versatile ones, like the Apple Watch, Fitbit maybe in trouble.
  • A new startup in NYC hopes to be the Uber of dog-walking.  This idea seems interesting at first glance, but Dana has her doubts about this one.

Other stuff:

Join us on June 8th for the next Dana Barrett Show Business Book Club! Our June selection is GOOD TO GREAT by Jim Collins. If you’ve been meaning to read this for years, now’s your chance! Or, if you read it years ago, time to refresh! Location TBD. Get all the details and sign up to attend here: http://www.meetup.com/DBShow/.

For other events and appearances, check out Dana’s event calendar: http://danabarrett.com/events/.