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QASymphony helps companies create better software by being the only provider of truly enterprise-level agile testing tools. With QASymphony’s solutions, businesses have the visibility and control needed to ensure application quality in fast-paced development environments. Companies like Nordstrom, Dell, Barclays, Salesforce, and Vonage trust QASymphony to improve their teams’ communication, productivity and collaboration. QASymphony is headquartered in Atlanta, GA.
TradeRocket is a next generation FinTech SaaS global supplier financing portal that unifies buyers, suppliers and funders in one secure location. TradeRocket provides buyers and suppliers with cost-effective alternatives to traditional supply chain financing channels, with secure and efficient invoice and data management tools for every stage in the financial supply chain. Our solutions are designed to accelerate business growth, streamline and create transparency for the entire AP cycle, provide faster access to funds and create new investment channels for funding agents.
- A Los Angeles shirt company is cashing in on sales of its shirts thanks to the recently recaptured notorious Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. Barabas Premium Apparel said sales of its long-sleeved shirts are selling like hotcakes after Guzman was photographed and videotaped wearing two of the company’s shirts. (One in his interview with actor Sean Penn). Seriously people? This is your fashion icon? Or are you just getting an early start on your Halloween costume?
- American investigators are traveling to Ukraine to investigate a recent electricity blackout — perhaps the first major act of cyberwar on a civilian population. Ukraine blames Russia, of course, but no one has taken responsibility and all the facts are not in but the multi-city blackouts in late December do seem to be the result of a cyberattack. The good news is the power wasn’t out very long. The question is – who else is vulnerable – and will the consequences be worse?
- Netflix and NBC are trash talking each other in public over the streaming giant’s viewership numbers. Why can’t we all just get along?
- And Facebook owned WhatsApp says it will drop its $1 annual fee and switch to some kind of ad model. Um yeah… how many more ways do we need to communicate?
- This whole “I need a support animal” thing has gotten way out of hand. A Delta passenger recently flew with a turkey claiming it as their “support animal,” according to the New York Daily Post. Delta had no choice but to allow the turkey to fly in its own seat thanks to the Air Carrier Access Act of 1986 and documentation the passenger provided stating the turkey is their support animal. Come on people… that’s just weird.
- Atlanta based Social123 is reporting that they have closed a $4.25 million round of funding which they will use to accelerate their growth strategy. The $4.25 million investment was led by Vocap Investment Partners, and included existing investors Ellis Capital and former ISS Chairman and CEO, Tom Noonan (who we’ve had on the show), so congrats to all of them!
- The Intersect Group, a national consulting and staffing firm specializing in IT and finance and accounting, today announced that it has completed the acquisition of the Dallas and Charlotte offices of the technology staffing firm 3Ci who we’ve had on the show as well. 3Ci is looking forward to focusing on and growing here in Atlanta where they’ve been in business since 1978.
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