In the guest chair:

Emily Ashley, Jennifer White, Dana Barrett

Emily Ashley, Jennifer White, Dana Barrett

ATP‘s Jennifer White and Emily Ashley joined Dana during the first half of the show this morning to touch on their upcoming Gala and Award Finalists. Jacqui Chew was in studio for the second hour to give all the details on this year’s TEDxPeachtree conference. (Dana will serve as host! Wanna discount on tickets? Use code “WAVES”).

ATP is where IT professionals come together to connect and learn. The non-profit organization, now in its 15th year, hosts monthly events that dive deep into industry trends and business drivers that are changing the world of connectedness. Its annual awards gala, CIO roundtable, and golf tournament are recognized as premier industry events in Atlanta.

Jacqui Chew & Dana Barrett

Jacqui Chew & Dana Barrett

TEDxPeachtree is a Georgia-registered nonprofit. It has been bringing a TED-like experience to metro Atlanta Georgia-style each year since 2009. The all-volunteer group is led by Chew, an entrepreneur who fell hopelessly in love with the spirit of possibilities that is TED when she attended her first TED conference in 2012. Beyond the annual event, TEDxPeachtree organizes free simulcasts of conferences organized by TED. 

In the headlines:

  • Twitter plans to go beyond 140 characters. The rumors (unconfirmed, but widely reported) are that Twitter is building a “new product” that will allow users to share tweets that are longer than the company’s 140-character limit. It’s unclear what the product will look like or when it will be released.
  • 9 Georgians are on Forbes magazine’s annual list of the nation’s 400 wealthiest people.
  • The Bank of America Plaza in Midtown is set to go back on the market. It’s only about 50% leased right now and the company that owns it just can’t seem to make it work so they’ve decided to sell. Maybe the right owner can make it cool to be there, ‘cause it is a great location.
  • Home Depot has asked a federal court to throw out a lawsuit filed by financial institutions over the home improvement giant’s 2014 data breach.
  • Keurig Green Mountain unveiled the Keurig KOLD drinkmaking system yesterday. This is the unnecessary and relatively unhelpful machine that will allow consumers to make certain Coke products at home. It’s Keurig’s answer to the Soda Stream. And in Dana’s opinion, a waste of money. SodaStream is failing miserably… so why would Keurig (or Coke) go down this road?
  • Rent the Runway has partnered with UBS to launch a program called Project Entrepreneur. The multifaceted, multiyear effort is designed to provide women entrepreneurs around the United States with the tools to build high-growth, high-impact businesses, according to information from UBS. On tap will be a venture competition, a digital resources hub, in-person events, a business accelerator, and an educational program.
  • And a new PBS documentary features fifteen influential women. “American Masters: The Women’s List” premiered Sept. 25 and featured portraits of cultural icons such Madeleine Albright, the first woman to be U.S. Secretary of State, and Shonda Rhimes, the risk-taking television icon known for writing strong roles for leading ladies AND Atlanta’s own Sara Blakely of Spanx fame.

Other stuff:

Join us Monday, October 19th for the next meeting of Dana Barrett Show Business Book Club! We’re learning about the history of the digital revolution in this month’s selection: THE INNOVATORS by Walter Isaacson. We will meet at American Food and Beverage in Buckhead. Get all the details and sign up to attend here:

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