In the guest chair:

Martin Fleischman, Derek Cunningham, Dana Barrett

Martin Fleischman, Derek Cunningham, Dana Barrett

Derek Cunningham, Founder and CEO of Elite Crowdfund and Martin Fleischman, CEO & Co-Founder of Farrago Comics joined Dana for the first hour to chat about both sides of the investing spectrum. For the second hour, Roman Grimaldi, CEO and Co-Founder of Moxie Sports joined in to talk mobile apps and pursuing your passion.

Elite Crowdfund takes pride in providing a platform for qualified, accredited investors to connect directly with highly vetted investment opportunities. By responding to the mutual needs of both investors and entrepreneurs, Elite Crowdfund is able to offer investors an opportunity to get in on the ground floor of an up-and-coming dynamic enterprise while offering entrepreneurs the necessary capital needed to grow through a platform of thousands of qualified investors.

Roman Grimaldi & Dana Barrett

Roman Grimaldi & Dana Barrett

Farrago Comics is a platform for free comic books & graphic novels by top creators and publishers; their app (iOS/Android) is the first & only ‘Spotify for Comic Books.’ By providing high quality comic books and graphic novels for free, Farrago aims to give top creators of comic books wide exposure to comic book fans new and old. Farrago’s freemium model and engaging mobile app (tablet/phone) UI removes long-standing problems inherent in the decades-old pay-per-book model to bring huge audiences back to comics, benefiting all creators and publishers.

Moxie Sports is optimizing the way sports teams communicate.

In the headlines:

  • Oprah Winfrey is paying $43 million for a 10% stake in Weight Watchers. She’s also joining the board AND will be a part of a new ad campaign. This after Weight Watchers struggled to keep membership numbers growing. The weird part? They seem to think she’ll help attract millennials… not sure we get that.
  • Atlanta Mayor Reed and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local (IATSE) 479 are launching the City of Atlanta Entertainment Training Program. In a prepared statement, the mayor’s office said, “The program is the first job training program in the United States that focuses on helping the film industry build a talent pool of trained below-the-line workers with relevant experience.”
  • The Harvard Business Review named two Georgia CEO’s to its list of Best-Performing CEOs in the World for 2015. Aflac Inc. Chairman and CEO, Dan Amos and Delta Air Lines Inc. CEO, Richard Anderson. You can’t do much better than “best in the world.”
  • Atlanta Comcast users can now pay a $35 premium to avoid data overage fees. Comcast currently caps data at 300 gigabytes and chargers $10 for an additional 50 gigabytes after going over the cap.
  • Atlanta-based marketing software firm Terminus has raised $1.8 million. Terminus has developed software that helps marketers target, engage and grow the sales pipeline. Customers include Dun & Bradstreet, Infer, Influitive, SalesLoft, PGi, Vidyard and Yext. Their Co-Founder and CMO will be on The Dana Barrett Show in early November.
  • Drones are such a booming business — and such a potential hazard to aviation — that the Department of Transportation plans to require operators to register them with the government. The agency and a new task force will make recommendations by Nov. 20 on how to create a user-friendly system for drone registration and identify what kind of drones, such as toys, should be exempt. Of note: Up to 1 million recreational drones may be sold to consumers by the end of this year, according to industry estimates.

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