In the guest chair:

Stefan Koenig, Dana Barrett and John Mangham

Stefan Koenig, Dana Barrett and John Mangham

CEO and Co-Founder of Hull, Stefan Koenig and Partner with EpiCity Real Estate Services and GroundFloor Borrower, John Mangham joined Dana live in studio for a terrific tech Tuesday. They discussed how to use tech to make the customer experience more personal and why crowdfunding real estate projects is a win-win.

Hull is a digital marketing solution for brands that want to leverage customer knowledge to drive meaningful relationships. The platform is the first to integrate a brand’s suite of online marketing channels – email marketing, website, mobile site and apps – to analyze exactly what motivates consumers and use that knowledge to connect with customers by creating personalized experiences that compel desirable actions.

EpiCity is a multi discipline real estate investment company focused on opportunistic investing in the 5 county Metro Atlanta Market. With a multi generational background, EpiCity has been providing housing to residents and companies in and around Atlanta since 1935.

GROUNDFLOOR is the first microlending community for real estate. Together they back independent builders with secured loans that pay 6-26% annually. They are making real estate investing more accessible than ever before by focusing exclusively non-accredited investors and a minimum investment of $10.

In the headlines:

  • A couple of rumored IPOs happening in Atlanta.  Rumor is the operative word.  The first is SecureWorks – which is currently part of Dell.  We’re looking at a possible spin-off and IPO according the Atlanta Business Chronicle.
  • In other IPO rumors – SweetWater brewing may be going public as well.  This, also according the ABC.  No comment from SweetWater (or Secureworks btw).
  • Atlanta based UPS, Coke and 11 other major US corporations are committing at least $140 billion in new investments to decrease their carbon footprints.  The investments are part of a White House effort to recruit private commitments to pledge changes ahead of a United Nations climate-change summit later this year in Paris, reports Bloomberg.  Pledges from additional companies could come this fall.
  • Kabbage (the online small business loan company) is expanding its reach with a new partnership with Experian.  Kabbage continues to reinvent financial services by making its technology platform available to large financial institutions and other companies in the U.S. and abroad that serve small businesses and consumers.
  • Google+ is dying a slow and painful death.  Last year google stopped forcing Google+ on its users when they got rid of the requirement that users have to have a Google+ account to sign up for services.  Now they’re removing the Google+ requirement on YouTube as well.

Other stuff:

Join us on Monday, August 10th for the next Dana Barrett Show Business Book Club! Our August selection is Coined by Kabir Sehgal. If you’ve been meaning to read this, now’s your chance! Or, if you’ve read it before, time to refresh! We will meet at American Food & Beverage in Buckhead. Get all the details and sign up to attend here:

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