Billy Hoffman, Craig Hyde, Dana Barrett, Andrew McConnell

Billy Hoffman, Craig Hyde, Dana Barrett, Andrew McConnell

In the guest chair:

Today’s tech talk featured Craig Hyde and Billy Hoffman of Rigor, Andrew McConnell of rented. and Lou Malice with NFANT Labs.

Rigor provides a Web Performance Monitoring software platform that helps companies make their websites faster and more reliable. Some of the largest websites on the the internet (e.g.,,, use Rigor to make sure their sites load as fast as possible for their visitors.

rented. is the first online rental marketplace that brings together buyers and sellers of rental rights through outright sharing. Working with vacation rentals and other assets, rented. supports sellers (homeowners) and buyers (professional managers). For homeowners, rented. facilitates renting all their rental weeks all of the time at the best possible price. For professional managers, rented. serves as their source for new assets – quickly, easily, and efficiently providing professional managers with exclusive access to new properties and other assets.

Lou Malice & Dana Barrett

Lou Malice & Dana Barrett

NFANT Labs is an emerging medical device company empowering the future of neonatal and pediatric medicine by producing smart products developed to deliver objective and measurable data on the most common and crucial problems faced by NICU infants. Its first product, nfant® Feeding Solution, is the first FDA-cleared IoT medical device focused on the NICU and concentrates on one of the utmost vital aspects of an infant’s growth and development and one of the top reasons for delays in discharge –feeding. Through its products, the company is changing the way the world’s most vulnerable infants are being cared for and nurtured, ultimately ensuring better outcomes and overall quality of life from the hospital and beyond.

In the headlines:

  • Isis Pharmaceuticals considers a name change after Paris attacks. Like ISIS wasn’t a bad name before this.  Odd… but yeah… a re-branding is definitely in order. Get on that.
  • Seems like lots of M&A going on these days between some might big players. Yesterday – Marriott International announced that it will acquire Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide in $12.2 billion deal that will create the world’s largest hotel company.
  • And then there’s this forget the M&A thing – let’s just partner instead. Last week we told you about a new partnership between Ericsson AB and Cisco Systems Inc – and this week two big Atlanta companies are buddying up. Commerce technology company First Data and NCR Corp. inked a commercial agreement to codevelop integrated commerce technology for U.S. merchants. In addition to codeveloping technology, First Data will be a preferred provider of cybersecurity and payment processing to NCR’s customers in the grocery, petroleum and convenience store industries. NCR will be a preferred provider of ATM hardware and services to First Data’s client base of more than 4,000 financial institutions.
  • Shaky Knees Music Festival will have a new home in 2016. The three-day rock music festival will be held at Centennial Olympic Park and International Plaza from May 13-15, 2016.  It has moved every year since it started to accommodate the explosive growth. Year one 9,000 attendees – up to 66,000 this year. (And…apparently more than just our knees are Shaky – the organizers of Shaky Knees are also getting ready to launch Shaky Beats as well.)
  • In other Atlanta news – rumor has it Atlanta won’t get the new headquarters of GE after all. Looks like they’ll stay in the northeast. Whatevs. Their loss.  ?
  • Chick-fil-A is working with the owners of SkyView Atlanta on a first-of-its-kind for Chik-fil-A shipping container restaurant. The new concept is set to open at the 20-story Ferris wheel in downtown Atlanta early next year.
  • Sephora is planning a new location at Ponce City Market…
  • Enterprise software maker VMware will add about 500 jobs at its Atlanta-based AirWatch business unit.  The Palo Alto, Calif.-based company has leased two floors — at 1155 Perimeter Center West, where AirWatch occupies nearly 200,000 square feet. (AirWatch helps businesses manage, monitor and secure employee cellphones, tablet computers and other mobile devices. AirWatch’s software can remotely enable and disable applications, securely connect mobile devices to a company’s IT infrastructure and wipe out data if a device is lost or stolen. VMware acquired AirWatch for $1.54 billion in January 2014.)
  • Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin plans to take commercial payloads into space by the middle of next year, if an upcoming test flight goes wall.
  • As its legal troubles mount, daily fantasy-sports operator DraftKings Inc. has been asking some TV networks to delay its advertising commitments, according to people familiar with the matter. In some cases, the company has been asking for the commitments it made for advertising to air in the fourth quarter be pushed back until the first quarter, the people said. DraftKings has also asked at least one media company for more flexibility in its payment terms.

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