Closer Look: Mother-Daughter Team Creates Tech Startup; More Countries Ground Boeing 737 Max 8 Jets

Kerry Schrader and Ashlee Ammons, founders of Mixtroz, share their story of creating a tech startup as a mother-daughter team.
Kerry Schrader and Ashlee Ammons, founders of Mixtroz, share their story of creating a tech startup as a mother-daughter team.
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Wednesday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: When Kerry Schrader and Ashlee Ammons decided to found their tech startup, Mixtroz, they had no formal computer science training. Still, the mother-daughter-team decided to quit their current jobs, determined to create an app that encourages people at conferences and networking events to speak face-to-face. Today, the Alabama-based company has been declared a start-up to watch by publications such as Forbes and Business Insider, and, last year, the company secured $1 million in seed funding from AOL co-founder Steve Case. This made them the 37th and 38th black women to ever close on million dollar funding. Schrader and Ammons join us in the studio to share their story.
  • 32:56: Tucked down a long driveway off of Covington Highway in Decatur, GA sits an urban sawmill. It’s operated by the sister and brother team of Laura and Joe Sissoko. They opened their business in 2012 and their company specializes in urban harvested wood. We revisit our trip to their sawmill Atlantic Fine Woods.
  • 41:28: After a plane crash in Ethiopia on Sunday resulted in the death of 157 passengers, at least 40 countries have opted to ground the Boeing 737 Max 8 jet, according to CNN. The Federal Aviation Administration has not declared a ban, and U.S.-based companies such as Southwest Airlines and American Airlines have said they do not plan to change their operating procedures. Now, President Trump and lawmakers such as Connecticut Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal are calling for this to change, and Texas Republican Sen.Ted Cruz, who is the chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation and Space, has said he will soon hold hearings on the crash. Aviation analyst Seth Kaplan joins us today to provide an update and give his perspective on where airlines and lawmakers should go from here.

Closer Look is produced by Candace Wheeler and Grace Walker.