And the Chili Cook-off Winner Is ...

Shoutout to everyone who entered today's chili cook-off, and congratulations to the top three: Third Place: Amanda Newby Runner Up: Andrew Foah Winner: Matt Manning *check in with Joanna for your prizes! And here are three important things you should know. 1. Is Atari back? The progenitors of console gaming are apparently about to get in the hospitality industry, working to create their own line of hotels. "It’s every Gen Xer’s childhood dream come true: Atari just inked a $600k licensing deal with real-estate developer True North Studio and strategy agency GSD Group to build 8 Atari-branded hotels. The first will break ground in Phoenix later this year." The Hustle 2. Barstool is booming. The sports podcast and blogging company returned to its roots, in a way, as a Boston gambling rag when it received a sizable investment from a casino company, giving way for the long-discussed Barstool Sportsbook and bumping up the company's valuation to $450m. "Penn National Gaming shelled out $163M for a 36% stake in Boston-raised Barstool Sports. You've heard of Barstool, the sports-culture blog/video/pod-producer famous for "irreverent" content. You probably hadn't heard of Penn National, which operates casinos like Tropicana and Margaritaville — its shares soared 11% on the news." Robinhood Snacks 3. Shaky Boots returns (not to be confused with Knees and Beats). What felt like a one-and-done festival is back and happening at Atlanta's Central Park May 8th and 9th, with headliners Brandi Carlile and Dierks Bentley. Check out the full lineup here.

Springbot Shoutouts "Shoutout to Chris Maiello for rocking it on AdRoll tickets!" Amber Thompson "Shoutout to Tara Crawshaw, Amber Remm, and the rest of the success team on all of the work put in on the New Success Model! Everything looks great! Well done!" Travis Wheeler "Shoutout to Joanna Thompson for helping the marketing team with scheduling intern interviews — it's been a huge help for us!" Lisa Ng "Thanks, Joanna Thompson for organizing Bowling!" Amanda Newby "Shoutout to Jimmy, Andrew, and Andrea for assisting the sales team with bringing on new stores for existing customers! It's a testament to the excellent service you're providing to our customers! #deliveringonourpromises" Travis Wheeler "Shoutout to James Beaumont for being our resident keg expert! We've been having some issues with the keg recently and James has gone above and beyond to help fix things and it's a huge help to me! Thanks, James!" Joanna Thompson "Shoutout to Hannah Rozelle, Rebecca Ruffino, Emily Farino, Manon Audibert, and Ben Smith for all their behind the scenes help in making sure our stage 1 Emerging Marketers are well supported starting Feb 3!" Tara Crawshaw "Shoutout to Cody McGuire on all the work put in on the new sales calculator and getting needed adjustments knocked out so quickly. It's been a big help to our MRR number to start the year!" Travis Wheeler "Shoutout to Jonathan Cohen, better known as J-Co for being at 250% of quota in his first month in the AE role." Clayton Finney "Shoutout to Winston Hunter for the quick progress he's making with helping to make Salesforce better - so cool to see the deals come through the sales slack channel with the new Champ integration!" Lisa Ng "Shout out to Joe Ross, Evan Schulte, and Sean Vennett for each hitting goal, going over 25 completed demos on the month!" Matt Gianakos "Shoutout to Preston Palmer & Matt Jarman for leading the charge on MRR this month - It's been Mark McGuire VS Sammy Sosa all month --- may the best man win! #juicingisallowed" Travis Wheeler Emily Farina, thanks for all your hard work getting the new SpringbotU up and running!" Amanda Newby Shoutout to Marie Bormolini, Abby Barnett, Olivia Todd, Rachel Parks, and Sheila Gaskell for their hard work making sure we are delivering the most valuable content to the Emerging Marketers!" Tara Crawshaw New from Marketing Ben Smith and Rob Lee put together a great piece on best ways to avoid the Gmail spam folder and email deliverability best practices on the blog. Check it out hereMind Edit Some of you, like me, might be a little on edge about this CoronaVirus outbreak, so here are some tips to remember to stay healthy and prevent germs from spreading! The CDC recommends: Washing your hands often for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. An alcohol-based sanitizer can work in the absence of soap and water.Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.Stay home when you’re sick.Cover your mouth when you cough, or sneeze with a tissue and throw the tissue in the trash.Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. Happy Birthday! Sean Vennett (Jan. 27)

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