Todd Harris, Jerome Samuels, Dana Barrett & Asante Bradford

Todd Harris, Jerome Samuels, Dana Barrett & Asante Bradford

In the guest chair:

Jerome Samuels, Founder of Authenticate Staff, Asante Bradford, Project Manager of Digital Entertainment for the Georgia Department of Economic Development and Todd Harris, COO and Co-Founder of Hi-Rez Studios joined Dana live on the show to talk gaming in Georgia.

Authenticate Staff automates the delivery of appointment reminders, staff profiles, arrival times, up-selling tools, surveys and more via SMS, email or automated call. Text “DEMO” to 404-448-2655 to see how the program works!

The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) plans, manages and mobilizes state resources to attract new business investment to Georgia, drive the expansion of existing industry and small business, locate new markets for Georgia products, inspire tourists to visit Georgia and promote the state as a top destination for arts events and film, music and digital entertainment projects.

Hi-Rez Studios, located in Alpharetta, was established in 2005 to create exceptional online interactive entertainment, and is now one of the largest video game studios in the Southeast United States.

In the headlines:

  • Big news in the Atlanta real estate world… DTZ is buying Cushman & Wakefield in a reportedly $2 billion deal. The new company will keep the Cushman & Wakefield brand name. Globally, DTZ puts itself in the discussion with giants such as CBRE Inc. and Jones Lang LaSalle Inc (JLL). If the deal goes through, DTZ will have 43,000 employees, manage more than 4 billion square feet of real estate, and generate revenues greater than $5.5 billion.
  • Southern Co. is pursuing the use of drones to assess damage to power lines. The Atlanta-based energy company said it has received Federal Aviation Administration clearance to pilot unmanned aerial systems for business purposes. Chief Operating Officer, Kimberly Greene said the quicker assessment could lead to faster power restoration.
  • CVent, an event planning technology company has purchased a direct competitor… Atlanta-based SignUp4 for $22.4 million in cash. It might not be a billion dollar exit, but Dana thinks it’s a pretty good pay day!
  • The AJC had a story yesterday about fitting rooms going high tech with “smart” mirrors. Of course there are privacy concerns, but retailers testing the systems report increased sales, so it looks inevitable that some form of this will stick.

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