May Mobility raises $11.5 million to deploy self-driving shuttle fleets

Michigan -based startup May Mobility, which is trying to swap out current transportation options for corporate and other clients with self-driving small shuttles, has raised $11.5 million in sed fundi

Furniture maker Floyd raises $5.6m to expand product line, move into new Detroit HQ

Detroit-based Floyd has announced a $5.6 million Series A funding round that will let the company expand its operations and release new products. The company has been in Detroit for the last five year

Nissan Xmotion concept blends sci-fi and serenity – and includes a fish friend

Nissan has a brand new concept vehicle it unveiled at CES this year, called the ‘Xmotion.’ The crossover SUV concept vehicle features sleek exterior lines with sharp angles to accentuate d

Review: Shinola Canfield headphones are an overpriced mess

The Shinola Canfield headphones cost $600 and does not ship with a stereo adapter. That should tell you everything you need to know. But if not, keep reading and let me explain why these fashion headp

Dubai startup raises $1.5m to use AI to reduce vehicle accidents and opens US office in Detroit

Derq aims to make cars smarter and recently raised $1.5 million in seed funding after graduating from Techstars Mobility Accelerator. In addition to growing its team and opening an office in Detroit,

Dan Gilbert confirms he’s trying to get Amazon to build its second HQ in Detroit

Dan Gilbert wants Amazon in Detroit. The real estate mogul confirmed to TechCrunch that he has formed internal and external teams to fully explore the possibility of Amazon locating its second HQ in D

Here are the best startup cities in the Midwest

The American Midwest, to some, is just the “flyover states.” Its tropes -- rusted-out factories, cornfields and calorically dense fried foods at state fairs -- are well-known. However, it’s also

Detroit’s music chops and auto shops could drive connected-car entertainment

On a recent podcast called “The Watch,” one of the hosts made a joke about “grabbing the aux cord” in a friend’s car to play new music. When self-driving cars could be whizzing us around cit

Castle Is A Property Management Platform From The Future

Property management is one of those industries that typically lags behind the rest of the U.S. economy in terms of technology, customer service and transparency. Castle, part of YC’s Winter 2016

With Detroit Taking A Lyft In A Driverless Car, What’s Next For Cities?

Transportation and geography have always been intertwined. Specifically, the auto industry, with Detroit being the prime example, was once more tightly tied to place. The same can be said for the tech

Rocket Fiber Launches 100Gb/s Internet Service In Downtown Detroit

Downtown Detroit has a new ISP: Rocket Fiber is today detailing its upcoming fiber optic internet service, which it brags are 1,000 times faster than the current average internet connectivity in Detro

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 int

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 renaissa

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 st

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

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

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 acce

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 u

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, <a target="_blank" href="">Grand Circus</a> just set up shop with the stated goal o

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 o
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