In the guest chair: 

Sean Banks, Shehmeer Jiwani, Dana Barrett & Adam Szaruga

Sean Banks, Shehmeer Jiwani, Dana Barrett & Adam Szaruga

FinTech, startups and music production were all topics of discussion today as Sean Banks (Partner with TTV Capital and Chairman of the Technology Association of Georgia’s FinTech society), Adam Szaruga and Shehmeer Jiwani (Co-Founders of EQIP) joined Dana in studio.

TTV Capital invests in technology-enabled financial services companies with sustainable business models and innovative products.

The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) educates and unites Georgia’s technology community. TAG’s FinTech Georgia 2015 event takes place this Thursday, February 19th and will highlight payments innovation and financial technology leaders from Georgia and across the U.S.

EQIP (winner of Hypepotamus‘ Startup Kit 2015 Contest) allows music producers to purchase and install plugins without leaving their session.

In the headlines:

  • Cousins Properties, Inc. had been entertaining the idea of taking on a partner in the 191 Building downtown, but they’ve decided against it. Seems they like all the development happening and feel there is still plenty of money to be made there.
  • A prominent black-owned Atlanta bank has failed. Capitol City Bank & Trust is our 89th bank failure since the economy tanked in 2008, but it’s the first in 8 months now. The branches re-opened over the weekend under a different brand and bankers accounts are FDIC insured, so they’ll be okay.
  • Bank robbery is a recent hack Dana says she can totally get. Apparently some hackers have stolen approximately $1 billion from banks worldwide and even hacked some ATMs to spew cash.
  • Costco and American Express are ending their long-standing relationship since they couldn’t come to terms for a new contract. The relationship will officially terminate March of 2016, so rack up as many points as you can now!
  • Warby Parker, the Internet (and now brick-and-mortar) eyeglass store, beat out companies like Apple and Google for the #1 Most Innovative Company in the latest issue of Fast Company Magazine for building what the magazine called, the first great “made on the Internet” brand.
  • Apple may be gearing up to challenge Tesla in the electric vehicle game.

Other stuff:

Get the inside scoop on Amazon and how founder, Jeff Bezos took the online company from bookseller to a store with limitless selection. Join The Dana Barrett Show Business Book Club for a discussion of THE EVERYTHING STORE: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone on Monday, March 9th at South City Kitchen in Vinings! Get all the details and sign up to attend here:

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