In the guest chair:
Raina Gaon joined Dana live in studio to discuss the business of beauty and bringing an app to market. Raina Gaon is a top Atlanta hair stylist turned entrepreneur. For the last three years she has worked professionally in metro Atlanta where she has built a large and loyal client base. Today, Raina is the founder of Atlanta-based beauty on-demand app Shaglam.
Shaglam is an Atlanta-based beauty on-demand app that connects freelance hair stylists and makeup artist or “GlamPros” to your home, office, or hotel room. The app allows you to choose your GlamPro, pick a convenient time, and pay seamlessly through the your mobile device. Shaglam is currently available for iOS and Android and is exclusive to the Atlanta area. For more information, visit Shaglam.com and follow @_Shaglam on Twitter and @Shaglam on Instagram.
In the headlines:
- Gap is closing 175 of its namesake stores and eliminating 250 corporate jobs as it tries to strengthen its struggling Gap brand.
- Coke has bought a stake in the energy drink company Monster for $2.15 billion dollars. Guess how much they got for that? (About 17%). But the deal of course is way more complex than that. They’ve also traded a bunch of brands – with Monster taking all of Coke’s energy drink brands and Coke taking all of Monsters’ non-energy drink brands.
- The HBO miniseries Lewis and Clark is set to shoot in Conyers.
- A $33 million dollar mixed-use project on the new Atlanta streetcar line has started construction (across from Sweet Auburn Market) on Edgewood. The project will have student housing and restaurant/retail and will be known as 200 Edgewood.
- Staples will be debuting a line of products developed by 7th grade students from the Ron Clark Academy. The academy received a $50,000 donation from Staples (Nasdaq: SPLS) in recognition of the students’ efforts. Staples also gave each student a new book bag for the fall.
- Ellen Pao says half of all VCs should be women.
- The payment company Square is rumored to be either looking for a buyer OR considering an IPO. But they lose $120 million per year. That’s not something Dana would want to buy.
- Big news from Twitter. They are upping the number of characters in a Direct Message from 140 to 10,000. Will it be enough to actually keep people on the site – and therefore attract more advertisers?
Join us on July 13th for the next Dana Barrett Show Business Book Club! Our July selection is The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer. 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 South City Kitchen Vinings. 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/.