In the guest chair:

Courtney Montague, Kwame Johnson & Dana Barrett

Courtney Montague, Kwame Johnson & Dana Barrett

This morning on The Dana Barrett Show, Dana had the pleasure of hosting a group of very successful and hilarious guests. On hour one of the show, Dana hosted two guests from PowerMyLearning, a non-profit with the goal of helping teachers, students, and parents in high-poverty school communities harness the power of digital learning to improve student achievement towards college and career readiness.

Kwame Johnson, Executive Director for PowerMyLearning, oversees operations, and development activities, for the organization’s programs and services in Atlanta. Courtney Montague, Director of Programs for PowerMyLearning, manages the organization’s services and programs in Atlanta.

Alex Membrillo, Gary McTall & Dana Barrett

Alex Membrillo, Gary McTall & Dana Barrett

During hour two of the show, Dana hosted Alex Membrillo, CEO of Cardinal Web Solutions and Gary McTall,Co- Founder of GovSense.

Alex Membrillio, one of the most respected leaders in the digital marketing industry, is the CEO of Cardinal Web Solutions. Cardinal Web Solutions has been ranked the #1 fastest growing agency in the Southeast (The Agency 100).

Gary McTall, Co-Founder of GovSense, started the company in 2014 to create a radically different solution that gives local government the tools they need to serve their constituents in a timely and straight-forward way. GovSense is a Cloud Enterprise Resource Planning solution designed specifically for local government.

In the local headlines:

  • Atlanta is the 15th most congested city in the United States, according to a new study by TomTom, which used GPS data to develop a “traffic index.”
  • After 12 years of leading the Technology Association of Georgia, TAG’s Tino Mantella has announced his departure as President & CEO at the end of 2016. Under Tino’s leadership, TAG has become the largest state technology trade association in North America with more than 30,000 members, multiple chapters and societies, and a prestigious board made up of over 60 of Georgia’s leading technology stakeholders.
  • Speaking of TAG, if you’ve ever wanted to get on the calendar of one Atlanta’s C-level Execs, TAG is giving you that chance.  TAG’s Online Executive Auction started yesterday.  It’s an online fundraiser for TAG that  gives you the opportunity to bid on and win exclusive one-on-one lunch meetings with C-level executives from some of Georgia’s top companies.  Bidding started yesterday and goes through the end of the week.  Go to for details and to register and bid!
  • Boulder, Colo.-based accelerator program TechStars is coming to the ATL. TechStars Atlanta, which will be at Ponce City Market, will annually select a group of 10 startups to participate in a three-month program that provides expertise, funding and office space to help them accelerate their businesses.

In the national headlines:

  • The whole hoverboard thing is a “hot mess” So much so that now the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is investigating at least 11 reports of “hoverboard” fires in 10 states Patty Davis, a spokeswoman for the agency told CNNMoney yesterday that they “consider this a priority investigation.”
  • Though not bursting into flames, drones are also known to be troublemakers, and they too are getting attention from a federal agency. The FAA will now require that most drones to be registered and marked.  The rules, announced yesterday, apply to drones heavier than a half-pound and require drone owners to register on a government website where they will receive a unique user number that they must attach or write on any drones they own.  Users who purchase a drone before Dec. 21, when the rules take effect, will have until Feb. 19 to register. Drones purchased after Dec. 21 must be registered before their first flight. Registration costs $5 but regulators are waiving that fee for the first 30 days.
  • Samsung has asked the Supreme Court to hear an appeal of its long-running patent lawsuit with Apple. Samsung Electronics Co. on Monday asked the justices to hear an appeal of its long-running feud with Apple Inc., hoping to upend much of a 2012 jury verdict that found the company liable for infringing patents on Apple’s iPhone. Samsung was ultimately ordered to pay $930 million. The patents in question are design patents which are less common than what are called utility patents. So much so that the the Supreme Court hasn’t heard a case involving design patents in over a century.  This will be interesting to follow, but no guarantee that the Supreme Court will agree to hear the case.

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