michigan

  • After Years, Michigan’s Attempts To Build A Startup Ecosystem Bear Fruit

    After Years, Michigan’s Attempts To Build A Startup Ecosystem Bear Fruit

    Five years ago, Michigan had seven early-stage companies raise money from venture capital investors in the first quarter. This year that number climbed to 31. The story behind this growth was more than a decade in the making, as state and local leaders crafted a policy to make early-stage investments more robust and lay the foundation for a startup ecosystem that is finally coming to fruition. 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

  • Michigan’s Huron River Ventures Partners Announces $11M Fund For Energy Efficient Startups

    Michigan’s Huron River Ventures Partners Announces $11M Fund For Energy Efficient Startups

    “Ann Arbor is the natural startup hotbed,” said Tim. “We intentionally opened our first office in Ann Arbor. That’s the center of talent in the Midwest.” Huron River Ventures Partners, an Ann Arbor, Mich.-based early stage venture capital firm, just announced that it recently closed the final round of its first fund, Huron River Ventures I at $11 million. Tim… Read More

  • Michigan Becomes Latest State To Protect Citizens From Employers And Schools Snooping On Private Social Feeds

    Michigan Becomes Latest State To Protect Citizens From Employers And Schools Snooping On Private Social Feeds

    Employers and schools in Michigan, the greatest state in the Nation, are now prohibited from asking employees and students for passwords to their personal email and social media accounts. In a win for reasonable privacy and common sense, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder just signed House Bill 5523 into law introduced by state Rep. Aric Nesbitt, R-Lawton. “Cyber security is important to the… 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 Earmarks An Additional $850 Million To Build Fuel Efficient Cars

    Ford Earmarks An Additional $850 Million To Build Fuel Efficient Cars

    With car sales starting to inch higher and the threat of bankruptcy only faintly visible in the rear-view mirror, Ford is loosening its purse strings once again. On Monday afternoon, the Dearborn, Michigan based company announced that it will invest another $850 million into the development of more fuel efficient cars and technology. That cash, which is earmarked for 2011 to 2013, is still… Read More

  • Resonant Plants New Seed Fund in Michigan

    Resonant Plants New Seed Fund in Michigan

    A new seed fund called Resonant Venture Partners opened its office doors in Ann Arbor, Michigan today. Founded by Michael Godwin and Jason Townsend, Resonant aims to raise $10 million within the next 18 months, and to invest up to $500,000 per seed round in regional firms across a variety of high-tech sectors: IT, life sciences, advanced manufacturing, alternative energy and defense. Though… Read More

  • Xtreme Power Gets $29.5 million to Store More Power From Renewables

    Xtreme Power Gets $29.5 million to Store More Power From Renewables

    A Kyle, Texas company that makes utility scale power storage systems, Xtreme Power, nabbed a $29.5 million, series C round of venture funding the company announced today. The investment was co-led by Bessemer Venture Partners, the venture capital arm of The Dow Chemical Company and clean tech investors SAIL Venture Partners. Xtreme Power aims to alleviate problems associated with renewable… Read More

  • Guy Fined For Using Cafe's Wi-Fi

    Guy Fined For Using Cafe's Wi-Fi

    If you’re a geek thinking of moving to Michigan, I suggest you keep looking. A Michigan man was recently fined $400 and ordered to perform 40 hours of community service. Damn, he must have assaulted a police officer or something, right? Actually, the dude was just using a cafe’s Wi-Fi connection to check his e-mail and surf the web. A nosy police chief confronted the gentleman about… Read More