1800 new jobs now expected in the city after anthem's announcement of a major expansion in midtown. Anthem is opening a corporate and technology hub. The move comes on the heels of an earlier expansion in February that added more than 450 jobs to the call center and customer care office. Georgia governor Nathan Deal says the expansion is a $20 Million investment into Midtown Atlanta. Anthem officials say Atlanta was chosen as the location for the hub because of its talent pool, geographic access and high quality of living. READ MORE
A Georgia Department of Transportation study has identified three possible routes for a high-speed train between Atlanta and Chattanooga. That's according to our partners at the Atlanta Business Chronicle. The study says the best-performing route follows I-75 and would take about an hour and a half. It would be 128 miles long and have eight stations. READ MORE
Coca-Cola has a named Barry Simpson as their new CIO. Simpson has been interim CIO since his successor Ed Stenike died earlier this year after a brief illness. Simpson will continue to oversee the company's global IT strategy, services and operations. Simpson joined Coca-Cola in 2008 in Sydney, Australia and joined the Atlanta team earlier this year. READ MORE
Techstars Atlanta held their first demo day this week. 10 startups took the stage at the tabernacle to present their companies to about 800 investors and supporters. The companies were handpicked over dozens of applicants around the world.
And Techstars organizers say that of the 6 companies who relocated for the program, 4 are now looking to keep their operations here in Atlanta. The event kicked off this year's Venture Atlanta at the College Football Hall of Fame. The two-day conference showcase connects entrepreneurs with local and national venture capitalists, bankers and investors. And down the street at the Georgia World Congress Center, GSMA's Mobility Live! brought in global leaders in the mobility industry.
This year's conference focused on Cybersecurity, IOT, mobile payments and the future of transportation. AT&T's president and CEO Glenn Lurie talked about the company's newly minted deal with time warner and cautioned against a mobile-only future.
Meanwhile, Samsung's President and CEO of electronics North America, Gregory Lee talked about recovering from the recent problems that flared up with the Note 7. The GSMA also released their new report on this year's mobile economy of North America. CLICK HERE to read more about the findings.
Parents and educators will soon have a go-to app for steam resources around the country.
This week tech square labs held a reception to announce a new partnership with Lexis Nexis and Rescour. The team will create an on-line warehouse for steam resources with the help of the Blank Foundation. The pipeline project initiative aims to map out places with steam programs to make it easier to get kids interested in science, technology, engineering, arts and math, hopefully leading them towards careers in steam fields.
Students from Georgia State University and CodeStars are already tackling the issue by taking part in a hackathon over the weekend.
Deal Flow Wrap-Up
New funding for Atlanta Startup User IQ. The software as a service company raised $2 million in Series A funding led by BIP capital. User IQ supports companies to help them engage with users through web applications. The new funding will go towards product development, sales and marketing. READ MORE
ATDC startup, StarMobile, has been acquired by San Francisco based Powwow Mobile. StarMobile is a mobility software firm that can efficiently transform desktop software into mobile apps. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. READ MORE
Finally, NCR just landed a $50 million deal with the State Bank of India. The bank put in the largest order of ATM machines in the country. NCR will install more than 7000 selfserv 22e ATM's over the next seven years. Those machines were conceived of and made specifically for the Indian market with features that allow them to handle high transaction volumes and deploy in rural areas. READ MORE
If you haven't gone to the polls yet, there may be some candidates and issues you just aren't familiar with. Now the Empowrd app is hoping to help voters make their election homework easier. Meet founder Horace Williams on this week’s Elevator Pitch to learn more.
UPS might be known for the guys and gals in brown driving around brown trucks full of brown boxes. But now their level of service is taking new heights with drone delivery. In today's remote access, 3Ci president Rob MacLane talks with Chuck Holland, Vice President of Industrial Engineering at UPS.