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I vividly remember registering for classes my freshman year at the University of Georgia: the strategically timed trek to Memorial Hall, waiting in line to use the handful of desktop computers, and a few tears of frustration as my schedule filled with much-dreaded 8 a.m. classes. By my senior year, however, registration was nothing more than a few clicks on my laptop from the comfort of my off-campus apartment. Today, students can access Athena, the university’s proprietary system, from a phone anywhere in the world. Things change quickly, and innovation is happening at lightning speed all around us.
The state of Georgia is at the forefront of so many exciting innovations, spurred by entrepreneurs, investors, and researchers and supported by higher education, nonprofits, and government programs. In this issue, Alison Miller’s “Tomorrowland” article (page 80) explores how we may live and work in the future; Mary Logan Bikoff profiles one of the Southeast’s biggest angel investors, the visionary Sig Mosely (“The Benevolent Godfather,” page 104); and Michael Jacobs takes a look at how 70 percent of all payments made in the U.S. touch our state, thanks to the cutting-edge companies based here (“Money, Money, Money,” page 56). We hope you’ll learn as much reading these and other stories as we did producing them.
It’s exciting for our team to play a part. GaBiz launched with its first annual issue in 2022, and thanks to an overwhelmingly positive response from the business community, we’re going quarterly this year. We hope that makes it easier for all of us to keep up with the latest innovations and business community news, in the most pleasant way—through a lifestyle lens, with dynamic storytelling, lush photography, and creative design. Stay tuned: There are many more stories to tell.
Jennifer Bradley Franklin
Editor in Chief