In the guest chair:
This morning, Dana hosted three very influential men in the technology world. Tom Noonan, Chairman of the Board for Dedrone was in the studio to give the inside scoop on the good, the bad, and the ugly in the world of drones. Tom is the former chairman, president and chief executive officer of Internet Security Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: ISSX), which was acquired in 2007 by IBM for $1.3B. Tom Noonan and Chris Klaus launched ISS in 1994 to commercialize and develop a premier network security management company. Dedrone provides a professional civilian drone early-warning and detection system. The company leverages acoustic and video detection technology to detect the drone threats faced by governments and industry.
John Yates, partner-in-charge of the Technology Practice for Morris, Manning & Martin LLP talked mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Yates is internationally recognized in the technology law field. He has founded and been a member of the Board of Directors of leading technology organizations for over two decades. Mr. Yates co-founded the Southeastern Software Association (SSA), Southeastern Medical Device Association (SEMDA) and Technology Association of Georgia (TAG). Morris, Manning & Martin is an AmLaw 200 law firm with national and international reach.
Dick Cook, Senior Advisor for Focus Investment Banking discussed millennials and business while on the show. Mr. Cook is an executive consultant to companies in the high tech industry in the areas of strategic planning, leadership and the roles of the C-level executives. Mr. Cook earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida Atlantic University. He is currently President of the Technology Executives Roundtable. Additionally, he serves on numerous boards of for-profit and non-profit organizations.
Head of Research for Ericsson, Michael Bjorn gave his expert opinion on artificial intelligence. Michael has a PhD in data modeling from the University of Tsukuba in Japan. One of Michael’s keen research interests is the process of assimilation of tech into everyday consumer life. Based in Stockholm, Sweden, Ericsson is a world leader in the rapidly changing environment of communications technology – providing equipment, software and services to enable transformation through mobility.
In the headlines:
- The Atlanta City Council voted unanimously Monday to support the city’s bid to host the Super Bowl in 2019 or 2020. A resolution sponsored by the entire council on behalf of Mayor Kasim Reed cited Atlanta’s track record of hosting two previous Super Bowls, in 1994 and 2000 at the Georgia Dome, and that the Mercedes-Benz Stadium now under construction will be ready in time for either the 2019 or 2020 NFL championship games.
- The Atlanta City Council voted Monday to take the first step toward potentially converting a controversial homeless shelter at Peachtree and Pine streets into a facility for police and fire department operations. Council members voted 13-1 to spend $50,000 on a feasibility study of turning over the building to the police and fire departments. Interesting that they plan to go ahead with the study when the Georgia Supreme Court issued a ruling last month granting the task force the right to have a jury decide whether an attempt to foreclose on the property was illegal.
- Atlanta-based Credit card processing giant Elavon (who we’ve had on the show) is accusing Mississippi’s Trustmark National Bank of stealing Elavon’s customers. In a lawsuit filed Dec. 3 in federal court in Atlanta, Elavon says it has provided merchant transaction processing for Trustmark since 2005, when Elavon bought all of Trustmark Bank’s merchant transaction processing assets. The deal ended this past August but Elavon says it included an agreement that Trustmark wouldn’t solicit its merchant services customers for two years afterward. Instead, Elavon claims that Trustmark launched “Trustmark Merchant Services” on Sept. 1st and began to actively soliciting Elavon’s customers.
- NCR and Krispy Kreme have digitized the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Christmas Campaign with their new mobile app.
- Keurig Green Mountain agreed to be bought by an investor group led by JAB Holding Co. for $13.9 billion, a sizable premium for the maker of coffee pods and machines that has seen its sales and stock price slump over the past year amid product woes and increased competition.
- Shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc fell 4.7% in extended trading on Monday, after Boston College said students, including members of the men’s basketball team, fell ill after dining at the popular burrito chain.
- The Federal Trade Commission has filed a complaint aimed at stopping Staples Inc, the nation’s largest office supply store, from buying its top rival, Office Depot Inc, the agency said on Monday. The agency stopped a merger attempt between the same two companies in 1997. “The Commission has reason to believe that the proposed merger between Staples and Office Depot is likely to eliminate beneficial competition that large companies rely on to reduce the costs of office supplies,” said FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez in a statement.
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