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  • How I Got Wooed By Startups As An Intern Crunch Network

    How I Got Wooed By Startups As An Intern

    My life changed when I got a job at a startup. I was 19 years old and had just finished my first year at the University of Michigan. By some stroke of luck I managed to land a software engineering internship at a venture capital-backed startup called UpTo. Located in downtown Detroit, I actually stayed on with them on and off throughout most of college. Read More

  • Shinola, Grado Labs, And Adafruit To Talk Making And Manufacturing At Disrupt NY

    Shinola, Grado Labs, And Adafruit To Talk Making And Manufacturing At Disrupt NY

    Manufacturing never left America. Even during the recession, good people were still building good things. Recently, though, thanks to the maker movement, small-scale manufacturing is seeing a renaissance throughout the world, something the president of Shinola, Vice President of Grado Labs, and founder of Adafruit will discuss at Disrupt NY. Each of these people have a unique vantage point on… Read More

  • Detroit To Finally Get Fiber-Optic Internet Thanks To Dan Gilbert

    Detroit To Finally Get Fiber-Optic Internet Thanks To Dan Gilbert

    High speed fiber optic internet is coming to downtown Detroit thanks to Dan Gilbert’s Rock Ventures. The investment group recently confirmed that construction is underway on a fiber-optic network starting in the downtown area. The network, dubbed Rocket Fiber, will serve residents and businesses and will offer internet connection 100 times faster than current services, Crain’s… Read More

  • Detroit Hustle In Silicon Valley

    Detroit Hustle In Silicon Valley

    Meet Jonathon Triest. The 32-year-old Detroit native runs Ludlow Ventures and just closed his first venture fund — $15 million. He’s a Detroiter investing directly in Silicon Valley with the sheer gumption of a Midwesterner. “We hunt startups like most startups hunt VCs,” he told me. Operating out of downtown Detroit, Triest isn’t your traditional Detroit… Read More

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

    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