University of Michigan Joins the Global EIR Network

Feld Thoughts

Today, I’m happy to welcome the University of Michigan to the Global EIR network. Applications are now open to become a Global Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Michigan’s Economic Growth Institution (EGI). Global EIR founders will use their experience as founders to support EGI’s mission of helping other Michigan-based companies develop and execute growth strategies while simultaneously building their startups without worrying about their visa status.

Damaged Pure Michigan Brand Impedes Economic Development

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

Pure Michigan is a Damaged Brand. As a Michigan resident I’ve followed the developments in Flint with a mixture of horror, sadness, outrage, and confusion. The focus of this post is about the damage that has been done to the state of Michigan’s brand, Pure Michigan.

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Michigan Innovation — Gonzeaux Tour Begins

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

Three Oaks, Michigan, Monday May 7 — Gonzeau Tour Begins. State of Michigan Innovation. Michigan has had it tough these last few years. But let’s not forget Michigan’s greatest innovation: Motown.

One Hand Clapping – Entrepreneurship In Ann Arbor, Michigan

Steve Blank

I spent a few days in March in Ann Arbor Michigan as a guest of Professor Thomas Zurbuchen , Associate Dean for Entrepreneurial Programs, and Doug Neal , Director of Center for Entrepreneurship in the Engineering School at the University of Michigan.

Michigan Small Biz Giveaway … and Why Not Your State and Mine Too?

Up and Running

I recently found out about this very interesting Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition. If I read this right, the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition is going to give half a million dollars in real money to the Michigan company that wins its grand prize at the November event.

Michigan MeetUp: Women Mentoring Women On Work Life Balance


The post Michigan MeetUp: Women Mentoring Women On Work Life Balance appeared first on. ‘There are more CEOs named John in the US than women’ ( via ). Now let that sink in. If women don’t get together to move the world, nothing will change.

New Master of Entrepreneurship Program | University of Michigan

Campus Entrepreneurship

The University of Michigan, a leader across many disciplines (and my alma mater) has announced the creation of a Master of Entrepreneurship. I was fortunate to interview Michigan Alum and supporter Sam Zell a few months back and it was evident in our short talk that Michigan, its leaders, and supporters were fully aware of the interdisciplinary nature of entrepreneurship. via Master of Entrepreneurship | University of Michigan.

How Do You Negotiate More To Know What Your Brand Is Worth?


If you live in and around South-East Michigan, please come over for this free and interesting event. Your personal branding is determined by your ideas. You get to decide what your brand is worth. Taking this into the professional realm isn’t that easy though.

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Plex: The Past, Present and Future of Manufacturing

deal architect

Plex hosted its annual Future of Manufacturing Roundtable in Michigan last week. I was actually as excited about the past and present of manufacturing I saw during the visit. They hosted a dinner at a Birmingham restaurant which used to

How To Name Your Startup And Brands


I’m a week and a half old in Ann Arbor, Michigan, so it was quite interesting to talk to another Startup founder over a falafel wrap. It’s going to reach Michigan in the winter time. We’re called the high five state if you look at the map of Michigan.

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Small Business Spotlight: Amy Proos

Up and Running

Proos Manufacturing recently announced that Amy Proos won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 Award in Michigan & Northwest Ohio. In 2012, Proos was recognized by MiBiz as one of 50 Michigan Companies to Watch. and particularly in West Michigan.

Mentorship Community: Work-Life Balance Does Not Exist!


Culture Our Story Branding mentorship communities for women Storytelling techniques Women mentorship michigan Women's mentorship work-life balance for womenL ast month, I began a social experiment around female mentorship.

GM, Raising the Innovation Sting Ray

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

Innovation Politics & Government Cadillac Cadillac ATS car car company bail out Car of the year winner 2013 car romance cars Corvette Creativity General Motors GM GM Innovation innovation emergency Malibu MI MI Innovation Michigan Michigan innovation Sting Ray US government car bailout

America, where everybody has a chance to win

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

Miss New York, now Miss America, is a Syracuse native and University of Michigan graduate, her name is Nina Davuluri. The new Miss America is a real stunner. I saw the clips at a pub — they had the sound turned down.

Sorry, Brands…Your Digital Agencies are Lying to You

VC Cafe

amazon andreas nicklas Beauty Talk CMO ComBlu Community customer satisfaction index Facebook feedback giffgaff kindle LIKE lipstick lithium McKinsey photos portal processes real-time sectors sephora silo social business social commerce social marketing socialize13 Technology Telecom the social economy trusted University of Michigan Website Brands spend a fortune on marketing- more than 9% (b2c) and 7% (b2b) of total revenue.

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Indigan Storytellers Debut

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

The location was Journeyman Distillery in Three Oaks, Michigan. Indigan Storytellers is creating a community of like minded artists in southwest Michigan. The word Indigan is a mash-up of Indiana and Michigan.

College Is Like A Sandbox

Feld Thoughts

I spent yesterday at University of Michigan with my partner Jason Mendelson (he’s a two time grad – economics undergrad and then law school.) Entrepreneurial Communities ann arbor college entrepreneurial communities university of michiganThis was my first trip to Ann Arbor and I had a great time.

Graphene Application Challenge Prize?

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

Shout out to Michigan based XG Sciences , great to see what you’re up to. The Graphene Challenge. Graphene is a new material that is just in its infancy in terms of commerical usage. It’s from graphite, the stuff in pencils.

Minimum Wage Boost in Silicon Valley Ups the Cinderella Factor

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

As much as I’d like Three Oaks, Michigan to be an innovation center, its got a long way to go. I’d personally like to see Silicon Valley open its doors to immigrants from distant lands like Michigan, Kentucky, Alabama — even Hoosiers from Indiana.

Need Ideas for Creative Alternatives to Government Paralysis

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

I’ll forward responses to my congressman and senators in Michigan. I’m sick of having a dysfunctional government. I know it’s a complex power struggle. I know there are many points of view as to why this dysfunction exists.

Detroit Soup — Serving Hope & Innovation

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

Detroit (and all of Michigan) needs more hope and being able to Do Something, even if it’s a small project, is how the hope rubber meets the change-the-city road. Amy Kaherl is the Director/Facilitator of Detroit Soup.

Listen Up Newbies: Best Advice for First-time Entrepreneurs

Up and Running

Business Management Starting a Business Business Insider Jim Price University of MichiganYou find yourself standing on the brink of your first try starting your own business. Looking downwards into confusion. Passion? Perseverance? The idea? The plan? What comes first?

Musk, Zuckerberg: The bastards say welcome

deal architect

He is a former Tesla designer who has moved east to Michigan to start Canvas Watch. I was making small talk with Shaun Rheingold at the Plex conference earlier this week. I asked him if Elon Musk is worried about. Industry Commentary

Agile Opportunism – Entrepreneurial DNA « Steve Blank

Steve Blank

I packed up my life in Michigan and spent five days driving to California to start work.

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9 Essential and Proven Restaurant Marketing Strategies

crowdSPRING Blog

The local Chicago-style pizza is a Michigan favorite. When I was a kid, Friday was B & C Pizza night at our house. And, while their delicious fare is something I still crave as an adult, it’s their marketing strategy that remains at the forefront of my memory.

SXSW Eco, ArtPrize and GigaOM: 7 Days, 3 Events Apps

Austin Startup

Events Mobile Appconomy ArtPrize GigaOm GigaOM Pro Grand Rapids Grand Rapids Michigan iphone mobileTech Tuesday San Francisco Steve GuengerichmobileTech Tuesday, by Steve Guengerich The past week has been a whirlwind of travel and events: from San Francisco to Grand Rapids to Austin. Along the way, I’ve had a chance to try out apps for each event, using my trusty iPhone 3GS – yes, I’m one of those who skipped 1st gen iPhone 4 and am likely to be a 4S purchaser!

Planning for Expansion into a New Market

The Entrepreneurial Mind

The Entrepreneurial Mind : Greg Stephenson, PM Environmental, talks about the process of expanding this Michigan-based company into the Southeast. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDelicious. The post Planning for Expansion into a New Market appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall

Everything I Need to Know About Entrepreneurship I Learned at the.


It was at the request of Thomas Zurbuchen and Doug Neal who lead the University of Michigan College of Engineering Center for Entrepreneurship. Share and Enjoy: This entry was posted in Entrepreneurship , Startups and tagged entrepreneurship , solar car , startups , University of Michigan.

@altgate » Blog Archive » Vivid Dreams: Larry Page Describes.


Larry and I went to Michigan at the same time and in fact Larry was briefly a member of the Solar Car Team where I was team leader (I often joke that I'm one of the few people who can say that "Larry Page worked for them.").

Episode 68: Imminent Need and Profitability with Jonathan Royce

Mike Michalowicz

of Michigan football games and other local events. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and received his Masters in Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University. of Michigan football games and other local events.

The Lean LaunchPad Online

Steve Blank

We taught the first two classes of 25 teams each, and then in March of 2012 trained faculty from Georgia Tech and the University of Michigan how to teach the class at their universities.

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Words of widsom from my youth


As part of my research I’m going back and reading the boxes and boxes of notes and pictures from my time at Michigan, particularly my time on the solar car team.

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Why The Government is Isn’t a Bigger Version of a Startup

Steve Blank

This article previously appeared in War On The Rocks. There was a time when much of U.S. academia was engaged in weapon systems research for the Defense Department and intelligence community.

Creative Countryside – Fitzgerald’s in Sawyer, MI

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

Even in the countryside, and in a tiny village like Sawyer, Michigan. Sawyer, Michigan is just big enough to contain my subject here — Fitzgerald’s Restaurant. Innovation isn’t the exclusive domain of big companies and rocket scientists. People with passion can create good things anywhere. Why is Fitzgerald’s Restaurant notable enough for a creativity and [.].

Clusters, Class, Culture and Unfair Advantages

Steve Blank

Somehow I figured out how to apply to school in Michigan. After the Air Force I found the right Michigan.). In the middle of a Michigan winter, I stuck out my thumb and hitchhiked to Miami, the warmest place I could think of. I just finished reading J.D.

Clusters, Class, Culture and Unfair Advantages

Steve Blank

Somehow I figured out how to apply to school in Michigan. After the Air Force I found the right Michigan.). In the middle of a Michigan winter, I stuck out my thumb and hitchhiked to Miami, the warmest place I could think of. I just finished reading J.D.

AVIXA’s Heidi A. Voorhees on Thinking Differently

Startup Professionals Musings

EDUCATION Bachelor of arts, majoring in commercial recreation/business, Central Michigan University; master of business administration, Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Heidi A. Voorhees, CAE.

U.C. Santa Cruz Commencement Speech – 2019

Steve Blank

On my first day of school in Michigan I met Michael Krzys, who one day would be the best man at my wedding. One fine California April day, three years in Silicon Valley and now into my second startup, I got a call from someone in Michigan who had been trying to track me down.

The Tucked And The Untucked

Feld Thoughts

Last night I gave the kickoff talk to the West Michigan Policy Forum. I did my riff on Startup Communities and followed it up with a short Q&A on issues specific to Michigan’s entrepreneurial scene.

Rackspace Sells Cloud Sites Business to Liquid Web


Rackspace Hosting, based in San Antonio, on Monday announced plans to sell its Cloud Sites business unit to Liquid Web, based in Lansing, Michigan. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The business will remain in San Antonio, according to a news release. Liquid Web, a $90 million a year web hosting business, […] The post Rackspace Sells Cloud Sites Business to Liquid Web appeared first on SiliconHills. San Antonio

Meet Arbor Brewing Company: How Do You Grow A Local Business Brand?


Arbor brewing company was set up in the summer of 1995 in Ann Arbor, Michigan by the husband-wife duo of Matt and Rene Greff. It is the first brewpub set up in Ann Arbor and the fifth in Michigan. Ann Arbor is a special town.

Innovation in Michiana, How Whirlpool Creates Magic

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

Benton Harbor, Michigan, have you heard of it? It’s directly across Lake Michigan from Chicago. It’s a big enough town that it shows up on the weather maps of Chicago TV stations.

The Customer Centricity Debate: Who Is Your Real Customer?


At a recently held creative round-table in Walled lake, Michigan, we entered into a good conversation around design and creativity. Many of us tend to believe that our businesses or brands exist to meet the needs of customers that we serve.