Don't you love it when good things come together just like they're supposed to?

Don't you love it when good things come together just like they're supposed to?

That's how it feels for us at Columbus CEO when people and companies we've written about in the past get together in a powerful new way. Take, for example, Garageio and Amazon! We introduced Alottazs Labs' Zak Dziczkowski and Dave Reif, the innovative makers of smartphone garage door controllers, last year. And then we provided context in April for Amazon's big data center investment in central Ohio.

Now the two are getting together as Garageio was announced as one of seven devices to work with Amazon's new voice-activated Echo platform, with an investment from Amazon's $100 million Alexa Fund. For more on Alexa and Echo, be sure to catch Phil Pikelny's Gadgets column in the August issue of Columbus CEO, available beginning this weekend.

And what could be more serendipitous than the Ohio State Fair and Elephant Ear ice cream? Central Ohio's longest-running family ice creamery, the Dager family's Velvet Ice Cream, will feature a new Elephant Ear flavor along with traditional favorites, cookies 'n cream and mint chocolate chip, through Cox Concessions in the Ohio State Fair Dairy Products Building as the fair runs July 29-Aug. 9. Find the ice cream and other delights with the free Mobile Fair Food Finder app for Android or iPhone.

When you're done eating all that great fair food later this month, you might want to sign up for next month's 10th Annual Ohio Employee Health & Wellness Conference. Employers are increasingly finding it makes good business sense to focus on employee wellness.

My nominee for most serendipitous hire-if there is such an award-goes to Pelotonia for bringing Doug Ulman on board late last year. As you'll see in the feature Q&A in our August issue, Ulman brings great passion as a cancer-survivor activist to this premier fundraiser for life-saving research at OSU's James Cancer Hospital.