2022 Atlanta 500: Business

2022 Atlanta 500: Business

These are Atlanta's 500 most powerful leaders. We spent months consulting experts and sorting through nominations to get a list of the city's most influential people—from artists to chefs to philanthropists to sports coaches and corporate CEOs. In this section, we focus on banking and finance, investments and private equity, private companies, public companies, retail, and technology.
The Farm Battery Atlanta

How to navigate Atlanta’s thriving startup ecosystem

Nonprofit Startup Atlanta that creates an annual “ecosystem guide” to help entrepreneurs find what they’re looking for, from funding to mentorship.
Sara Blakely

The Uplifter: How Spanx CEO Sara Blakely became one of the most inspirational women in business

That’s her schtick. She’s the cheerleader and the nerd. She’s a girly girl, but she's also the world’s youngest self-made female billionaire. This is how Sara Blakely became one of the country's most influential women after cutting the legs off of a pair of panty hose one day 20 years ago.
Giovanni Di Palma, antico pizza

Antico Pizza owner and the Dept. of Labor reach an agreement

At 6:38 p.m. on Monday evening I got an email from Tucker Berta, president of Liz Lapidus PR, which runs publicity (and occasionally interference) for Giovanni Di Palma, the owner of the insanely popular Antico Pizza and a man whose high regard for himself is the stuff of legend.

We tested Amazon’s new one-hour delivery service in Atlanta

Last month, Amazon rolled out its Prime Now one-hour delivery service to Atlanta. There are a few situations—a hangover, a colicky baby, an “Orange Is the New Black” binge—in which we could imagine being too desperate for essentials to get off the couch, let alone leave home to run errands. But could Prime Now help us out of more prosaic dilemmas? We constructed a few plausible scenarios, synchronized our watches, and placed orders at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 13, from six metro neighborhoods.

No child will be denied school lunch again if a crusading Gwinnett mom has her way

Alessandra Ferrara-Miller, a Suwanee resident and mother of two, founded her one-woman nonprofit, All For Lunch, in 2017 with the intent to abolish all of the outstanding school lunch debt in metro Atlanta. Long-term, she hopes All For Lunch can act as an emergency fund for all school lunch debt in the metro area.

The Atlanta Streetcar is being promoted to New York tourists

It might seem wise to invest in a campaign targeting people most likely to ride the Atlanta Streetcar: you know, Atlantans. But thankfully the city has done something more effective: keeping the streetcar fare-free through the end of this year.

What’s filming in Atlanta now? Our December update includes The Nice Guys, Ant-Man, and The 5th Wave

We’re back with another batch of production codes, shooting locations, and insight into Yallywood’s biggest projects. For all of our ITP readers, you’ve been seeing a lot of MISTY signs in the last few weeks. That’s the production code for The Nice Guys, starring Ryan Gosling, Matt Bomer, and Russell Crowe.
Electric Car

Electric car credit not the only victim in the haphazard world of Georgia tax breaks

If it sounds as if state leaders changed their minds about the benefits of a greener emissions policy, then you’re overthinking the erratic and often illogical world of Georgia tax breaks, where incentives are created, extended, and killed in seemingly arbitrary fashion.
Roadie

How the journeys of four much-hyped Atlanta startups stack up

For those feeling inspired by stories in this package and drafting their resignation letters, a cruel dose of reality from the Harvard Business Review: “If you’re launching a business, the odds are against you: Two-thirds of startups never show a positive return.” Striking startup gold is incredibly rare, but it does happen. Here are a few much-hyped startups and their (sometimes short) journeys, alongside onetime Atlanta darling Mailchimp.

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