The Foundry Group Detroit House

Feld Thoughts

In an effort to buy real estate in burgeoning startup communities around the United States while more deeply engaging in the startup community, my partners and I have bought a house in the Cass Corridor neighborhood in Detroit. Jason Mendelson grew up in Detroit so this is a nice homecoming for him. This time the four of our bought the house together (personally, not with our fund) and are providing it to Techstars teams in the Techstars Mobility program which is based in Detroit.

Detroit Free Press Marathon

Feld Thoughts

On Sunday, I finished the Detroit Marathon in 4:41:39. They ran with me in Detroit and it was super helpful to have them. The most exciting thing for me about the Detroit Marathon was that my partner Jason Mendelson completed his first marathon! We had a big party – Becky Cooper and Jill Spruiel from Foundry Group also ran Detroit, as did Andrew Tschesnok of Organic Motion, my long time friend Warren Katz (this is his second marathon), and a few other friends.

Two New Techstars Programs – Mobility/Detroit and Techstars++/Mayo Clinic

Feld Thoughts

I’m fascinated with Detroit. When I was there in October 2012 with my partners Ryan and Jason to run the Detroit Marathon we talked about the idea of getting more involved there in some way. Jason grew up in Detroit and has lots of stories there. Since we were there, I’ve read a few books on Detroit and many articles that popped up about it’s downfall along with some of the entrepreneurial activities trying to revive the city.

Jason Returns to the 313 for Startup Grind Detroit on April 5th

Feld Thoughts

As many of you know, my partner Jason is from Detroit. He’s going back home for a special event and I encourage anyone near Detroit to go hang with him. Jason is returning to Detroit to sprinkle some of the wisdom he has learned along the way with the Detroitpreur startup community at Bamboo Detroit on April 5th from 6-8 pm. The Detroit chapter has recently been reignited by Ben Seidman and Dwain Watkins, the co-organizers, who breathed new life into the program.

Detroit Soup — Serving Hope & Innovation

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

Amy Kaherl is the Director/Facilitator of Detroit Soup. I found it last night on NBC Nightly News, an inspirational story about Detroit Soup. . Here’s the concept: Detroit Soup is a monthly dinner to fund creative and entrepreneurial projects.

Jonathon Triest of Ludlow Ventures: “VC Done Right” (and in Detroit)

Hunter Walker

You meet interesting people backstage at conferences and in 2013 that included Jonathon Triest who started Detroit-based Ludlow Ventures. HW: Sooooo Detroit VC scene. We moved our offices to Downtown Detroit nearly three years ago and the transformation has been spectacular.

Detroit Windsor Tunnel Interview – How Do Market the Only Way to Cross the Border Under Water Without Getting Wet?

Rembrandt Communications

If so, you may want to check out the Detroit Windsor Tunnel and my StartupNation interview with Carolyn Brown, the DWT Executive Vice President, at [link] You see, The Detroit Windsor Tunnel is one of the great, engineering marvels of the world and is the only “vehicular international subaqueous [.]. Are You Traveling This Holiday Weekend?

PowerPlex: Celebrating American Manufacturing

deal architect

Two days in Detroit this week for Plex’s annual user conference yielded me over 200 photos and 50 conversations I tend to take a lot of photos and talk a lot when I am invigorated by products, places or people.

mHealth is Booming – What to Expect in 2013

VC Cafe

mHealth USPTO 2013 BCG CDRH CMS congress copyright Dallas Denver Detroit EHR FCC FDA haptique Health Affairs healthcare HIMTA HIPAA hospitals insurance Julius Genachowski MBAN meaningful use Mike Honda obama Patent Pew Research providers PWC regulations Research2Guidance sensors silicon valley Susan Dentzer whitespaceThere is no doubt that mobile devices are transforming healthcare. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

An upbeat PowerPlex

deal architect

I spent a few days at Plex’s user conference in Detroit this week. For me, the backdrop was the invigorated city as I describe here. That amplified the many upbeat conversations and presentations I witnessed at the event. Jason Blessing

PowerPlex: Celebrating American Manufacturing

deal architect

Two days in Detroit this week for Plex’s annual user conference yielded me over 200 photos and 50 conversations I tend to take a lot of photos and talk a lot when I am invigorated by products, places or people.

Barry Gordy #Creativity, Four Lessons

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

Creative Problem Solving (CPS) Creativity and Self-Expression Entrepreneurial Innovation Inspirational Pop Culture Barry Gordy Detroit Hitsville integration Jackie Wilson Marvin Gaye Mary Wells Michael Jackson Motown Records pop music quality control race music rhythm and blues Smokey Robinson soul Stevie Wonder The Beatles The Four Tops The Jackson 5 The Supremes The Temptations

TEDxStormont – creativity and community collide in Belfast

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

The community should raise money from its own members and award small batches of funds at monthly pitch meetings (see the Detroit Soup model and adapt it). Jim Eastwood, talking about potential at TEDxStormont. So, I’m talking to five beaming young people after TEDxStormont last Thursday.

General Motors Invests $5 Million in Israel’s PowerMat

VC Cafe

According to Detroit Free Press the investment by GM Ventures was done for an equity stake with an undisclosed period of exclusivity, after which GM has agreed to let Powermats be installed in other automakers’ cars.

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White Tigers in the Chains of Fear

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

I just finished reading a wonderful novel, The White Tiger, by Aravind Adiga. It’s a brisk story told in first person by a young Indian entrepreneur. I won’t say much more about the story, but it’s a good one, and deserving of the accolades and prizes its received. Perfect airplane reading, and, it has me [.].

Monthly Match: The Human Utility #GiveWater

Feld Thoughts

When I heard from Hunter that there was an organization in Detroit that paid the water bills for people who couldn’t afford to do it, I immediately loved the idea. Does it surprise you that some people in the United States don’t have regular access to water?

More innovation

deal architect

On the New Florence blog The “squat” effect Tesla and Panasonic batteries The best from the 2010 Detroit auto show Comparing Big Screen readers

More New Renaissance

deal architect

on the innovation blog Time Lapse Sequences from the ISS The Social Oscars Lab Created Eco Foods Mahindra Reva E20 Geeks at the Oscars The Pesky Password problem Female engineers make the mark in Detroit Tech event backstage passes.

More New Renaissance

deal architect

on the innovation blog Adobe Marketing Cloud The answer is blowing in the wind Consumer Reports Top Products at CES Disney’s MyMagic+ Dynamic pricing comes to retail The UAE as technology/innovation hub The Detroit Auto Show: the buzz is back.

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I’m Proud of Our Community

Feld Thoughts

So, if you want to help people in Detroit and Baltimore who are having trouble affording their water bill get water, jump into the #GiveWater fundraiser ! I woke up this morning to see the following on our Human Utility monthly match Crowdrise campaign. It blew me away.

Supporting DonorsChoose and #BestSchoolDay

Feld Thoughts

We ended up fully funding all the DonorChoose projects in Alaska, Boulder, Longmont, Brighton, Breckenridge, Richardson, and Detroit. My partner Jason grew up in Detroit. We enthusiastically helped expand Techstars to Detroit and bought a house there for Techstars teams to live in during the program if they wanted to. When I sat down this morning with Amy she started reading off people who had funded entire cities worth of projects on DonorsChoose this morning.

Binary Star Startup Communities

Feld Thoughts

Detroit – Ann Arbor. I had dinner with Ian Hathaway a few weeks ago when I was in London. It was a delight to see him in person. While we’ve been collaborating on Startup Communities 2 (which we are now calling The Startup Community Way), which will come out at the “end-of-the-year-ish,” having dinner was a delight and reminded me how much I like him. A few months ago he wrote a post on Waterloo, and activity in Canada in general, titled The North Star.

Texas and Florida house 9 of 10 top metro cities for small business growth rates

Austin Startup

One day I’m going to look at one of these small business rankings, see Detroit in the top 10, and smile. Continue reading on Austin Startups ». entrepreneurship startup austin small-business news

The Best Cities In America For Startups

YoungUpstarts

Detroit. For many of the reasons that Baltimore is suggested, Detroit offers a lot to entrepreneurs and startups. With lots of tax credits in Detroit , intended to help attract new citizens and businesses, there are a lot of ways to make a new business more affordable to start here.

Google’s Prototype Self-Driving Cars Coming to Austin for Testing

SiliconHills

The compact two door, two-seater white cars, which Google has created in partnership with Roush Industries in Detroit, will be hitting the roads of Austin in the next week or so. By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Google is bringing its autonomous vehicle prototype to Austin for testing. The cute little electric cars […] The post Google’s Prototype Self-Driving Cars Coming to Austin for Testing appeared first on SiliconHills.

7 Ways To Inspire Creativity In Your Employees

YoungUpstarts

Fast-forward a few years, and MyLocker.net now sells customized gear all over the nation out of our Detroit headquarters. MyLocker.net contracted local Detroit graffiti artist, Antonio “Shades” Agee , to paint custom murals for our headquarters’ walls.

Where Does Foundry Group Invest?

Feld Thoughts

Of the 23 funds listed here, 13 are in the Bay Area, 3 in NYC, 3 in Boston, 2 in LA, and one each in Detroit, Seattle, Toronto, Waterloo, Indianapolis, and Fargo, North Dakota. Semil Shah recently wrote a post titled Investing Outside The Bay Area.

Help Bring Xconomy to Boulder/Denver

Feld Thoughts

Over time they’ve added New York, Detroit, San Francisco, and San Diego and are now considering expanding to Boulder / Denver (I encouraged them to combine both as each city is on fire and there’s no reason not to link them together at this point.). I’ve been a huge fan of Xconomy since its debut several years ago. It’s been a refreshing resource for a bunch of startup communities, including Boston (where it started) and Seattle.

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AC/VC, Mamalode, and The Missoula Startup Community

Feld Thoughts

George (UT), Burlington (VT), and Detroit. On Friday 7/6 I spent the evening in Missoula with a bunch of entrepreneurs. Amy and I were in Missoula for the marathon on Sunday and I decided to do a Meetup talk about Startup Communities.

How to Anchor Your Brand With a Great Story

Duct Tape Marketing

They are manufacturing low priced, upscale watches in a newly opened factory in the US – in Detroit to be more specific. The company currently has three stores in Detroit, Kansas City and Manhattan. Welcome to Detroit the new watchmaking capitol of America.

#boston2014 – Running This Year’s Boston Marathon

Feld Thoughts

My partners were all shaken also – Seth lived in Boston for many years, Ryan has done several marathons, and Jason just did his first marathon last year in Detroit. On April 16, 2013 I wrote a post about the horrific tragedy at the 2013 Boston Marathon. Here’s how it started: At 3:55pm yesterday I cried. I was getting ready for a Google Hangout back to my office with my partners and I noticed something about an explosion at the Boston Marathon on twitter.

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General Motors to Hire 500 for Austin Innovation Center

SiliconHills

The Detroit auto maker is looking for software developers, project managers, database experts, business analyts and other IT workers to staff its new center. Car giant General Motors announced today plans to hire 500 people for a new Information Technology Innovation Center in Austin. The center is “intended to drive breakthrough ideas into GM vehicles [.] The post General Motors to Hire 500 for Austin Innovation Center appeared first on SiliconHills.

Welcome To The Fall Semester

Feld Thoughts

George), Vermont (Burlington), and Michigan (Detroit) in October. George, Chicago, Des Moines, Burlington, Seattle, Detroit, Boston, Montreal, Toronto, Lexington (KY), and Palm Desert. I love this time of year. I get up at 5am, catch up on email (holy s**t – is it already 6:37?), write a blog post, go for a run, and then have a completely jam packed day full of working with amazing people. Some days are awesome, some days have crushing challenges, all of them are stimulating.

Random Act of Kindness – Jedi Max

Feld Thoughts

On Sunday I’ll be running the Detroit Marathon with a bunch of friends including my partner Jason Mendelson who is running his first marathon. Becky Cooper, our CFO, and Jill Spruiell (Jason’s EA) are also running their first marathon, as is Andrew Tschesnok, the CEO of Organic Motion. As this is my second marathon in my Random Act of Kindness series, Amy and I are again raising $10,000 for someone on GiveForward.

Entrepreneurs are Everywhere Show No. 17: Tiffani Bell and Clay Hebert

Steve Blank

Joining me in the Stanford University studio were: Tiffani Bell , co-founder of the Detroit Water Project. — The Detroit Water Project began after Tiffani read about problems Detroit families were having paying their water bills.

Your Customers Don’t Need Better Products. They Need Better Stories!

Brandanew

I have a great example to share from a local Detroit watch brand, called Shinola. They’ve created a great narrative around the city of Detroit and its working class roots. In 2008, I was in India working with one of the world’s largest consulting firms.

Want to Know How to Better Partner With, Raise Money From or Be Acquired by a Big Media Company?

Both Sides of the Table

27:45 Thank you to Detroit Venture Partners for their support of the show! And thank you to Detroit Venture Partners and to Walker Corporate Law. This is one of the best episodes of This Week in VC for a long time.

Xconomy Launches in Texas

SiliconHills

covers innovation hubs in Boston, Boulder/Denver, Detroit, New York, San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle. Providing further validation that Texas has a red hot tech market, Xconomy has launched its eighth bureau in the Lone Star State. Xconomy, based in Cambridge, MA., “Texans pride themselves on being independent, adventurous, and hard-charging: the same characteristics that [.] The post Xconomy Launches in Texas appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin Technology

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Feld’s 2010 Marathon Schedule

Feld Thoughts

10/17/10 – Detroit, MI: Detroit Free Press / Flagstar Marathon. Well – the 2010 marathon season is upon us. As I prepare to head out for a three hour run, I decided to finalize my 2010 calendar. 2009 sucked for me – I didn’t complete any marathons on my way to doing a marathon in every state by the time I’m 50. Mild injuries, several colds, fatigue from work and travel, and general lack of rhythm are my excuses while a temporary failing of my iron will is the real reason.

20 Entrepreneurs Share Their Business Goals for 2018

Hearpreneur

This year we will hit our 100,000th person on experiential tours of Detroit and launch a new program that shares lessons learned with other leaders. The DXF Institute will offer in-depth full-day and multi-day learning experiences in Detroit.

Book: Uncensored

Feld Thoughts

The first 75% of the book is his story of growing up in poverty, with an abusive mother, an emotionally distant father, with time split between Detroit and DC, while – at a very young age – falling in love with books, reading, learning, and ideas. A few months ago Andy Sack got me a subscription to The Next Big Idea Club. Every quarter, a box with two books in it shows up.

How are you Dealing with Turbulence?

Rembrandt Communications

Finally, we land safely in Detroit. The plane drops and rises suddenly. It feels like I’m on a roller coaster thousands of feet in the air. Some passengers squeal every time the plane goes up and down. A baby cries. And what do you know? It’s not even raining. After the flight, I’m anxious to [.]. Business Increase Sales Motivation Reaching Goals media relations PR publicity sales SEO Copywriting Small Business Public Relations

Lean Startup Conference 2018 is Coming to Las Vegas

Startup Lessons Learned

Detroit has Technology in Motion (TIM). After eight years in San Francisco, the Lean Startup Company's annual flagship conference is moving to downtown Las Vegas. From November 14 - 16, at the Zappos Campus, Lean Startup Conference 2018 will feature all-new workshops, speakers, and networking events covering all the latest Lean Startup insights and innovations. I'm excited to tell you more about it. When Zappos approached Lean Startup Co.