In the guest chair:
MotionMobs President and Co-Founder, Taylor Peake Wyatt joined Dana on the show to discuss their new Atlanta office and the business of designing mobile apps. Dragon Con Media Relations Director, Dan Carroll and Dragon Con TV Executive Producer, Brian Richardson also joined in to dish on this year’s event and how things work behind the scenes.
MotionMobs strives to help both new and established businesses build a sustainable software foundation with web and mobile based technologies through strategic plans. The firm helps clients plan strategically to increase bottom-line results with new technology.
Dragon Con is the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film in the universe. Dragon Con TV (also known as DCTV) is all about the culture of Dragon Con. DCTV started in 2002 as a way for Dragon Con volunteers and fans to spoof science fiction & fantasy. Now, DCTV offers live coverage of the convention.
In the headlines:
- Yeah, yeah – the stock market is down. Majorly down. Thought we should mention it. Lowest point in 18 months. China, the Fed and interest rates, etc., etc.
- Arthur Blank has confirmed that the new Falcons Stadium will be called Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
- Mayor Reed has appointed a new COO for the City of Atlanta. Dan Gordon comes from the private sector and has more than 15 years of management experience. He is currently a senior operating executive at The Home Service Store Inc. and prior to that, he was an executive with the Arthur M. Blank family of businesses, where he co-founded and ran the Atlanta Falcons Physical Therapy Centers.
- Atlanta Cyber security company, Bastille (who we’ve had here on the show) is expanding in West Midtown. The company, led by Chris Rouland raised $9 million earlier this month and has now leased more than 10,000 square feet at Brickworks Atlanta, a mixed-use redevelopment in West Midtown where they will likely expand from 30 employees to 60 within the next year.
- BioIQ, a healthcare tech company has chosen Atlanta for its east coast HQ. The Santa Barbara, CA.-based company will be at 2300 Windy Ridge Parkway SE near the new Braves stadium, SunTrust Park.
- The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), announced yesterday that it will host an event called TAG Celebrates to recognize Georgia companies that have been nationally recognized by Inc. Magazine on the publication’s annual Inc. 5000 list. The event will be held on Tuesday, September 29th at Opera in Midtown Atlanta.
- And someone’s got to hold companies responsible for not securing our data. Now, according to an appellate court, one organization that can do it is the FTC (Federal Trade Commission). The case gives the FTC the authority to sue Wyndham Hotels for allowing hackers to steal more than 600,000 customers’ data from its computer systems in 2008 and 2009, leading to more than $10 million in fraudulent charges. The ruling more widely cements the agency’s power to regulate and fine firms that lose consumer data to hackers, if the companies engaged in what the FTC deems “unfair” or “deceptive” business practices. This affirms the FTC’s role as a digital watchdog at a time when ever-more-private data is constantly getting breached.
Join us Monday, September 21st for the next Dana Barrett Show Business Book Club! Get ready to use the power of relationships to connect and help your colleagues, friends, and associates and increase you personal success so that everyone wins! This month’s selection is NEVER EAT ALONE: and other secrets to success, one relationship at a time by Keith Ferrazzi. We will meet at American Food and Beverage in Buckhead. 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/.