Raj Parikh, Cory Hewett and Dana Barrett

In the guest chair:

CEO of Gimme Vending LLC, Cory Hewett and Co-founders of Fête, Raj Parikh and Sanket Shah joined Dana live in studio to discuss entrepreneurs and bringing technology to an old school business.

The startup, Gimme, builds tools for vending people that boost cash accountability, save operating costs, and add total mobile control. They reinvent unloved vending technology to make simple, fast, and beautiful tools. Their first product is where it all starts: a hardware and software solution that connects to a vending machine and gives it’s owner information about how much cash employees collected, which products are selling in the machine, and which products to return with.

Fête is a mobile app to change the way people discover and plan social outings with groups of their friends. With Fête, you can create beautiful mobile invitation cards and collaboratively plan outings with friends. Your friends don’t need the app to respond, they can do so over text message! It’s available now on iOS (free).

In the headlines:

  • California is officially threatened by Georgia in terms of how much of the movie business Georgia’s getting!  According to a study released by FilmL.A. Inc. on May 28,
    “Canada, New York, Georgia, Louisiana, and the UK are California’s primary competitors to California for the foreseeable future.
  • Here is an update on that new Hawks logo mentioned last week.  It’s not going to take the place of the classic Hawks logo, instead it will be a secondary logo, and you will see it on the new uniforms for next season.
  • Google has committed $20 million to make the world more accessible to people with disabilities.  They are investing $20 million in grants for nonprofits that are working on groundbreaking solutions through the Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities, a competition that invites innovators to pitch their ideas on how to make the world more accessible for people with disabilities.
  • In local tech news, a Dana Barrett Show: Tech Tuesday guest, David Northington, Chairman & CEO of Cloud Sherpas has been named one of the finalists in the technology category of the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2015 Southeast Program.  Congrats!
  • The creator of Silk Road (an online platform for drug dealers) has been sentenced to life in prison with no parole.

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/.