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TAG Radio: Bytes for Bites in Full Swing

Industry: Communication Services
Focus: Funding/Investment
Type: Education/Institution
Location: Statewide

Sarah Jackson, manager of corporate partnerships at Georgia Food Bank Association, dishes on the 2nd annual Bytes for Bites food drive competition.

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IOTGA: Venture Capitalists Invest in IoT

Industry: Communication Services
Focus: Funding/Investment
Type: Business Enterprise

  According to PitchBook, investors see a great deal of value behind the Internet of Things: Since the beginning of 2012, 920 VC investors have participated in at least one of 674 deals for US-based IoT companies, according to the PitchBook Platform. Roughly 48% of the capital has gone to …

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Rental Landscape Undergoing Major Disruption

Industry: Logistics Technology
Focus: Funding/Investment
Type: Business Enterprise
Location: Cobb

Airbnb is once again causing seismic shifts in the rental and hospitality game, one peaceful takeover at a time. The company in recent weeks has acquired adtech platform AdBasis, U.K. accessibity home-rental database Accomable, and social payments startup Tilt, enabling it to engage the latest interactive marketing, accessibility, and financial services technology to …

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Enhancing Private Equity Manager Selection

Industry: Big Data/Mission Critical Services
Focus: Funding/Investment
Type: Business Enterprise
Location: Greater Atlanta

The importance of selecting top quartile private equity funds has never been more clear – there is a significant cost of not being in these funds and historically those below the top quartile have not materially outperformed public markets. eVestment  has released an award-winning whitepaper that explores the research and data …

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Why Atlanta Ranks so High for Amazon HQ2

Industry: Logistics Technology
Focus: Funding/Investment
Type: Business Enterprise
Location: Greater Atlanta

Amazon recently announced its top 20 candidates for its second North American headquarters, a move representing multi-billion dollar investment into the selected metro’s economy–$5 billion in construction and up to 50,000 jobs. Lisa Calhoun, general partner at Valor Ventures, spoke with some of Atlanta’s tech community superstars to gain insight …

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Invest Georgia Allocated Another $10M to Support Georgia’s Venture Funds

Industry: Other
Focus: Funding/Investment
Type: Business Enterprise
Location: Greater Atlanta

Invest Georgia, the state-funded investment program, has received an additional $10 million in the FY 2019 state budget. This brings the program’s total funding up to $40 million available to spur economic activity by investing in Georgia-based venture capital and private equity funds. “Invest Georgia furthers one of my top …

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A Look at the Georgia FinTech Ecosystem

Industry: Financial Technology
Focus: General Business
Type: TAG
Location: Downtown Atlanta

Introduction Did you know that the state of Georgia is the epicenter of the payments industry, a key economic component of the worldwide financial services industry? According to The Nilson Report, there were over 135 billion payment card transactions in 2011, representing about $2.3 trillion in total consumer and commercial …

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Designing an Effective Sharepoint Governance Plan

Industry: Financial Technology
Focus: General Business
Type: Business Enterprise
Location: Greater Atlanta

Microsoft SharePoint’s powerful capabilities and user-friendliness have made it an indispensable tool for organizations world-wide. But like any tool, it can only be truly effective if it is well-maintained; this is where governance comes in. Every successful SharePoint implementation must include a robust governance plan that is followed, enforced, and …

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How to improve your Receivables position with better risk analysis

Industry: Financial Technology
Focus: General Business
Type: Business Enterprise
Location: Greater Atlanta

If you drive a car then you know what a dashboard is. There are two main gauges that we are all very familiar with – the speedometer and the fuel gauge.   The other gauges we don’t usually take much notice of.   It is a similar story if you are running …

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The Journey to Supply Chain Excellence

Industry: Logistics Technology
Focus: General Business
Type: Business Enterprise
Location: Greater Atlanta

Businesses in 2015 still have the common pursuit of growing revenues, profits, and market space, and leading companies are relying on building collaborative relationships in their extended supply chains to meet these goals in a responsible and sustainable way. Building powerful and more intimate relationships, extending across a critical mass …

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Transforming Sales With Predictive Analytics

Industry: Big Data/Mission Critical Services
Focus: General Business
Type: Business Enterprise
Location: Greater Atlanta

This paper outlines how a modern sales and business leader, who is continuously challenged to find the right formula of people and process to maximize productivity, can improve time to revenue and get greater insight to business performance by using predictive analytics. Learn more at: http://www.sellingpower.com/content/video/?mid=908/transforming-sales-with-predictive-analytics 

5 ways to tell if your employer is developing women leaders

Industry: Other
Focus: General Business
Type: Business Enterprise
Location: Statewide

In this editorial, Erin Rhoda, questions companies’ commitment to hiring women leaders. She provides evidence in the amount of college graduates who are women versus men. She also offers what companies should be doing to make sure women feel motivated to excel within the company. Read more at Bangor Daily …

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Listening – the Key to Your Social Media Success

Industry: Interactive Marketing
Focus: General Business
Type: TAG
Location: Greater Atlanta

Most companies are adept at posting messages to social media and responding to inquiries or issues directed to or about them, but actively listening to social chatter provides insight into consumer attitudes about brands and competitors that can truly guide effective sales and marketing strategies. Read more at EMarketing and …

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Social Media Listening: Your Window To The Market’s Heartbeat

Industry: Interactive Marketing
Focus: General Business
Type: Business Enterprise
Location: Greater Atlanta

Consumer-to-consumer communication is the most trusted form of messaging. Companies are missing out on the times when consumers passively mention them. Mining social media for marketing intelligence draws on thoughtful planning and precise execution. http://www.cmo.com/articles/2015/4/7/passive-social-media-your-window-to-the-markets-heartbeat.html  

Embedded Analytics in the Self- Service BI Enterprise

Industry: Big Data/Mission Critical Services
Focus: General Business
Type: Business Enterprise
Location: Perimeter

Production reporting has been around for a long time, but its requirements change as much as the tech industry itself does. Delivery expectations have shifted from quarterly to hourly, so the entire business intelligence stack must now be user-driven and flexible. Licensing by number of users is obsolete, since there …

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America’s $500 Billion Problem with Employee Disengagement

Industry: Financial Technology
Focus: General Business
Type: Business Enterprise
Location: Statewide

In the latest release in his leadership series, Tom Lowry offers a 12-step program for curing the disease of employee disengagement. “The impact of disengagement to our economy is staggering. A 2013 study released by Gallup found that actively disengaged employees cost the U.S. between $450 billion to $550 billion …

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Swipe Right: 8 Ways to Find Your Product Potential Users

Industry: Interactive Marketing
Focus: General Business
Type: Business Enterprise
Location: Midtown Atlanta

This article was featured in Website Magazine on 5/29/2015 http://www.websitemagazine.com/content/blogs/posts/archive/2015/05/29/swipe-right-8-ways-to-find-your-product-potential-users.aspx If your product were to go speed-dating, what’s the first thing it would say to the person across the table? If it had a Tinder profile, would your landing page make a potential date swipe right? The main thing your …

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Using Procurement Analytics to Simplify Your Supplier Reconciliation

Industry: Financial Technology
Focus: General Business
Type: Business Enterprise
Location: Greater Atlanta

Ask finance managers to name a necessary evil of their responsibilities and many will cite reconciling goods received against invoices not received (“GR-NI”). The GR-NI issue is time-consuming to manage but not exactly mission critical to finding new business. Because of that it often gets demoted to the lowest of …

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