detroit

  • It’s Not About Creating Another Silicon Valley But Preventing Another Motor City

    It’s Not About Creating Another Silicon Valley But Preventing Another Motor City

    Many iconic founders grew up in Michigan. When you have a state with the highest concentration of engineering degrees in the country, there is a high probability that you’ll have a lot of babies who will want to build products. But why are these job creators moving away to set up their companies somewhere else? Is it the snow? The Detroit Lions, maybe? I believe you can look at the… Read More

  • Dan Gilbert Says Detroit's Bouncing Back | Full Interview

    Detroit’s Dan Gilbert Comes To Silicon Valley

    Dan Gilbert is a powerful man – in Detroit. Now he wants to convince Silicon Valley to move to America’s Motor City where they’ll have wide open offices, inexpensive living, and access to amazing talent. Gilbert, the chairman of Rock Ventures and the owner of Quicken Loans, owns 60 buildings in downtown Detroit that house 12,000 employees. He is also an active backer in… Read More

  • Regarding The Sick Fixation On Detroit Blight Porn

    Regarding The Sick Fixation On Detroit Blight Porn

    The GooBing Detroit Tumblr chronicles the state of the crumbling metropolis. By using Google Maps images captured in 2009 and more recent pictures captured by Bing Maps in 2012, this Tumblr offers a unique view of the decay. Some areas have went from depressed to devastated in just three years. Click through and check out some of the images. Blight porn gets pageviews. But this Tumblr offers… Read More

  • Meet Grand Circus, A Startup That Aims To Be Detroit’s General Assembly

    Meet Grand Circus, A Startup That Aims To Be Detroit’s General Assembly

    Detroit’s startup row just got a new tenant. Housed in the recently renovated Broderick Tower, Grand Circus just set up shop with the stated goal of elevating the Detroit tech community. The 15,000 sq. foot space will soon house tech training, events, and co-working space for up to 49 entrepreneurs — something that will go a long way in Detroit’s nascent startup… Read More

  • Chalkfly Wants To Become The Zappos Of Office Supplies, With A Charitable Spin

    Chalkfly Wants To Become The Zappos Of Office Supplies, With A Charitable Spin

    When it comes to office supplies, companies like Office Depot, OfficeMax and Staples have long owned the majority of mind-share and brand recognition in the market. But, with the recession, the rise of eCommerce and the growing ubiquity of devices like the iPad, business has been in steady decline for many big-box chains, forcing them to make big cuts to brick-and-mortar operations. Read More

  • An Interview With Dan Gilbert, Self-Made Hometown Billionaire And The Leader Of The Detroit Renaissance

    An Interview With Dan Gilbert, Self-Made Hometown Billionaire And The Leader Of The Detroit Renaissance

    After mastering the mortgage pitch, Dan Gilbert is now attempting to sell an even bigger product: Detroit. There’s something in the air in downtown Detroit. Depending on who you ask, it’s a resurgence, a revival, or perhaps a white-washing. Ancient skyscrapers have new life. People are milling in the streets on lunch breaks. Startups are moving to the city at a surprising rate. Read More

  • The Madison

    Inside The M@dison, Downtown Detroit’s Tech Startup Hub [TCTV]

    Downtown Detroit has sadly not been known in recent years for having a bustling business vibe, but the people at the M@dison Building are working overtime to turn that around. Housed in a nearly 100 year old building that used to house Detroit’s first major movie theater, the M@dison is a 5-story, 50,000 square foot space dedicated to all things that go along with technology and… Read More

  • Detroit Hack City

    Detroit Hack City

    Driving through downtown Detroit is like seeing a city after the Fall. The streets are empty, and there are entire buildings devoid of windows, let alone occupants. It’s the Rust Belt writ large, a reminder that we are not permanent. Read More

  • TechCrunch Detroit Meetup

    Motor City Meetup: A Startup Hotbed In The Making

    We had a blast, Detroit. Thanks for having us. On a brisk November night the city of Detroit — no, the entire Detroit region — turned out for our first Meetup in the Motor City. We took over all four floors of Hockeytown Cafe. The crowd was as eclectic as the area: app builders, makers, curious onlookers, seasoned entrepreneurs, and a surprising amount of venture capitalists, who… Read More

  • Reminder: The TechCrunch Detroit Meetup Is Tonight!

    Reminder: The TechCrunch Detroit Meetup Is Tonight!

    In case you didn’t hear the deafening roar coming from Comerica Park, this is a reminder that the Detroit TechCrunch Meetup is tonight. Read More

  • RSVP Now For The TC Detroit Meetup On November 7

    RSVP Now For The TC Detroit Meetup On November 7

    On November 7, TechCrunch is rolling into Motown, ready to party at the TC Detroit Meetup. Hopefully, the budding startup scene of Detroit will be down for a party, too. As part of our Northern Meetup Tour, during which we’ll hit up Toronto, Chicago, and of course Detroit, we’ll be on the hunt for the latest and greatest startups, the coolest investors, and the best possible… Read More

  • Announcing The TechCrunch Northern Meetups: Toronto, Detroit, Chicago

    Announcing The TechCrunch Northern Meetups: Toronto, Detroit, Chicago

    If you’re going to the North Country Fair where the wind hits heavy on Lake Michigan, we want you to attend one of our TC Northern meetups to be held in Toronto on November 5, Detroit on November 7, and Chicago on November 9. That’s right: we’re bringing the magic of our Southeast Meetups to Hogtown, Motor City, and the City In A Garden and we’d love to see you… Read More

  • Ford Opens Motor City Innovation Exchange, A Showroom For Detroit Startups

    Ford Opens Motor City Innovation Exchange, A Showroom For Detroit Startups

    The economic downturn of the last few years hit few cities as hard as Detroit. Still, the city has recently become somewhat of a startup hub in its own right and today Ford Global Technologies, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ford Motor Company that manages Ford’s intellectual property portfolio, announced that it is opening a showroom for “innovators to show off their creations to… Read More

  • Valley to Detroit: Motor City Woos Laid-Off Yahoo Employees

    Valley to Detroit: Motor City Woos Laid-Off Yahoo Employees

    Last week, Yahoo announced that it would cut 2,000 jobs. Given the employee shortage in Silicon Valley, most of the qualified engineers that lost their jobs in this round of cuts will likely land on their feet pretty quickly. For those who just had enough of the Valley, though, Detroit-based Quicken Loans and its family of companies is offering these former Yahoo employees (and anybody else… Read More

  • Motor City Mojo: The Startup Renaissance In Detroit

    Motor City Mojo: The Startup Renaissance In Detroit

    Editor’s note: This post is authored by guest contributor Jon Bischke. Jon is a founder of RG Labs and is an advisor to several startups. You can follow Jon on Twitter here. San Francisco. Palo Alto. New York. Cambridge. Austin. Boulder. Detroit. One of those doesn’t seem to fit in there right? After all, Detroit’s a mess isn’t it? The median house price in Detroit… Read More

  • What happens to the Chevy Volt, other electric cars if Detroit isn't bailed out?

    Let’s say that Congress refuses to give some of that bailout money to Detroit—does that effectively kill off electric cars like the Chevy Volt? That depends on who you’re talking to. Read More

  • Detroit condos to be built from shipping containers

    Home, sweet home. Replace the second “home” with “discarded shipping container with holes cut into it,” though. That’s what the occupants of a new 17-unit condo development will be saying some time next year if architect Steven Flum and company can convince the city of Detroit to let them build the “Exceptional Green Living on Rosa Parks” project on top… Read More

  • Honda's Asimo robot will conduct an orchestra next month

    Asimo, Honda’s adorable robot that braved sniper fire in Bosnia several years ago, will conduct a special session of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra next month. The ‘bot will boss around Yo-Yo-Ma and the rest of the DSO while they perform “Impossible Dream” on May 13. The stunt is supposed to create awareness of robots in art, while at the same time encouraging… Read More

  • Detroit Pistons MP3 Player

    Looks like the Detroit Pistons are readying to become the next Chinese knock-off company. But don’t get on their cases just yet. Despite looking a lot like a first-generation iPod Shuffle, this $25 MP3 player is only 128MB and plays WMA and MP3 formats and comes with a beautiful Pistons logo on the front of the device. It could be the best thing to come out of Detroit since Ford and… Read More