In the guest chair:

Steve Brumer &Dana Barrett

Steve Brumer & Dana Barrett

151 Advisors’ Steve Brumer joined Dana live on the show this morning to talk tech, your product and how to know your buyer.

151 Advisors is a global execution-focused strategy and consulting firm specializing in wireless and technology companies.

In the headlines:

  • Microsoft may have finally found a way to elbow in on the mobile phone industry. They are part of a $70 million dollar funding round being discussed with Cyanogen founder, Kurt McMaster. He’s the serial entrepreneur behind Boost Mobile and a string of other startups and he’s made it clear that he’s not only out to disrupt mobile communications in general, but specifically says he wants to hurt Google’s Android operating system.
  • Starbucks is upping the romance as we head toward Valentine’s Day. They know about the “coffee date” and have now made a deal with to help new couples arrange that first date at their closest Starbucks.
  • Nest, the smart home thermostat that was acquired by Google, says three new studies show that their fancy-doodle thermostat pays for itself in 2 years (with the savings from your heating and cooling costs).
  • Mercedes Benz is set to announce the official site of their new Atlanta headquarters later today with Governor Nathan Deal.
  • Downtown Kennesaw is set to get 167 new apartments and a new commercial development. The project is scheduled to begin within the next few months and is estimated to take about 18 months.

Other stuff:

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