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.

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An Inside Look At Detroit Doer Robert Courtney’s Technology Playbook

YFS Magazine

Great technology can transform a business and streamline the daily grind of an entrepreneur. People Success Profiles Technology small business technology technology technology tips

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. Why I like Detroit Soup: It’s simple, there are no arcane hoops to jump through for those seeking grants, you share a proposal and get feedback, and maybe a grant.

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. Moved to Jerusalem, Israel, then Atlanta where my wife was in medical school, and finally moved back home to Detroit when we started having children, all the while building up a good book of design business for tech companies. HW: Sooooo Detroit VC scene. That’s not something I’ve seen outside of Detroit.

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! ]].

PowerPlex: Celebrating American Manufacturing

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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.

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.

More innovation

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

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. GM Ventures Powermat Auto chevrolet volt corporate venture capital detroit free press Draft General Invests Israeli startups mobile phone manufacturers phone PowerMat reminder time venture capital arm Venture Capital Funds

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 [.].

University of Michigan Joins the Global EIR Network

Feld Thoughts

Interested applicants can learn more about the program , fill out an application form , and reach out to Millie Chu at Global Detroit. The goal of the Michigan coalition, led by Global Detroit and joined by the William Davidson Foundation , EGI, and Global EIR, is to contribute to the Detroit renaissance and demonstrate how startups are a critical part of economic growth in the 21st century.

More New Renaissance

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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. Innovative Business Uses of Technology

More New Renaissance

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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. Innovative Business Uses of Technology

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Plex: From shop floor to top floor

deal architect

I flew into the Delta McNamara terminal in Detroit with its ExpressTram which uses air cushion levitation like a hovercraft. I was surrounded by high-tech. The terminal is connected by a passenger tunnel which celebrates LED art. I stayed at. Cloud Computing, SaaS Vertical Markets (Banking, Retail etc

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. The Detroit Water Project has evolved into The Human Utility and now provides funding for water in both Detroit and Baltimore. Does it surprise you that some people in the United States don’t have regular access to water? Our month match for June is The Human Utility.

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. What’s more, starting a business in Detroit offers a lot of marketing possibilities, as the recovery of the city is emblematic of the recovery of many aspects of America itself.

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.

Bio Roundup: Trump, Gottlieb, Gene Therapy Prices, IPO Hopes & More

Austin Startup

Welcome to the new year. What will it bring? Hopefully a lot less hatred, greed, stupidity, and angst than 2017. But we’re not holding our breath. We emerged from the winter break pondering several of the year’s burning biopharma questions, including the volatility of the U.S. president and what it means for the biopharmaceutical business, a frequent target of his scattershot rants.

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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

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. Robert is passionate about local entrepreneurship in the Detroit metro area, and today MyLocker.net operates from its office and manufacturing space in the heart of Corktown, Detroit’s oldest neighborhood.

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. I’m proud of our community. Y’all are awesome. THANK YOU. I then poked around to see how we got there and saw Fred Wilson’s blog post on the wrap up of the #GiveWater campaign.

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. Tiffani Bell is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Detroit Water Project , a platform that connects donors to people in Detroit and Baltimore in need of assistance paying their water bills. — The Detroit Water Project began after Tiffani read about problems Detroit families were having paying their water bills.

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. The story invites us to support a social cause of sorts, to fight back against hard times, to support something hand made in Detroit. Welcome to Detroit the new watchmaking capitol of America.

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.

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.

How the iPhone Got Tail Fins – Part 1 of 2

Steve Blank

But by 1901, Ransom Olds invented the basic concept of the assembly line and in the next decade was quickly followed by other innovators who opened large scale manufacturing plants in Detroit – Henry Packard, Henry Leland’s Cadillac, and Henry Ford with the Model A. The Detroit area quickly became the place to be if you were making cars, parts for cars, or were a skilled machinist. It was the most advanced consumer product of the century.

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. I had the chance to speak with Andrew Siegel who runs corp dev & strategy for Condé Nast (aka Advance Publications). In case you don’t know, they are one of the biggest media companies in the world.

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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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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It's time for lean philanthropy: a case study

Startup Lessons Learned

Since then, in about 3 months, we’ve fed over 170,000 people and injected over $1mm into the local economy in San Francisco and Detroit. Today, HelpKitchen is live in two cities (San Francisco and Detroit) and in discussions with several others about expansion. I’ve long been an advocate of using Lean Startup principles to advance non-profits and philanthropic organizations, whose work is so urgently needed at this moment in history.

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Women 2.0 Partners Google, Extends Founder Friday Events

YoungUpstarts

The event – which is currently held in cities such as San Francisco, Palo Alto, Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, Austin, New York, Boston, Madrid (Spain), Barcelona (Spain), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Santiago (Chile), Bogota (Colombia), Mexico City (Mexico), Vancouver (Canada) – will be extended to include Detroit, Michigan and Mexico City, Mexico on November 16, followed by Sao Paulo, Brazil, New Orleans, Louisiana, and Moscow, Russia. Media and event company Women 2.0

Yanni Hufnagel: A Coaching Powerhouse

YoungUpstarts

During Hufnagel’s time at University of Oklahoma, he was best known for his work in developing professional NBA basketball player, Blake Griffin, who later on played for both the Los Angeles Clippers and Detroit Pistons. To be a top-notch college basketball assistant coach is to be both an excellent salesman and a brilliant recruiter. Yanni Hufnagel, the assistant coach of the Harvard basketball program between 2009 and 2013 happened to be both.

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. These experiences will focus on innovation and inspiration by using Detroit as a classroom. Thanks to Jeanette Pierce, Detroit Experience Factory ! #5- It’s a new year and right after the ball drops, it’s time to go to work.

When You Need To Know – Use A Keylogger

YoungUpstarts

A young startup company out of Detroit, Michigan, created a resolution to the problem of wayward employees and curious children. Computers are a huge part of modern life for the majority of those people living in cities and towns around the globe. Instead of sending letters, communication often takes place by sending an email and receiving an answer within minutes. The same is true for changes occurring in the way people conduct their social life today.

#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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