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4 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Detroit’s Rebuild

By | Aug 29, 2015 at 12:00 pm

In the 1980s, Detroit was at the peak of its suffering. Ongoing racial tension, political corruption, violent crime, and economic turmoil left the once-proud city in shambles. Today, however, Detroit is a brand-new place with a brand-new identity — and entrepreneurs can learn a…

Startups & Apps

You Don’t Have to be Rich to Collect Art

By | Aug 27, 2015 at 8:00 pm

It’s a simple, but poignant statement from Kollecto‘s founder Tara Reed: “You don’t have to be rich to collect art.” She’s carried that philosophy with her since starting Kollecto up in Detroit as a way for people to buy art for their homes. It…


Techstars Mobility: Driving the Future of Detroit

By | Jun 4, 2015 at 8:00 pm

Techstars began in Boulder, CO in 2007, and since then the accelerator has effectively transformed the city into a booming tech hub. That is, as David Cohen firmly believes, Techstars has the power to transform a city. Back in December I wrote that Techstars…


Online Community Raises Over $210K for Detroit Man Who Walks 21 Miles

By | Feb 3, 2015 at 3:01 pm

Imagine having to walk 21 miles to and from work in the cold, every day,  just to get to work.  That’s the life of James Robertson, a Detroit man, who won the hearts of hundreds of people on the internet, raising tens of thousands of dollars…


Redefining Detroit as the Startup Mobility Hub of the World

By | Dec 11, 2014 at 5:30 pm

We recently wrote an accelerator report that featured Detroit as one of America’s cities most affected by accelerator presences. Ford Motor Company today announced that they’ll help contribute to the growth in the city by joining Techstars to launch Techstars Mobility, driven by Detroit….

Celebrate Startup Tour

Who is Detroit’s Hottest Showcasing Startup? [Poll]

By | Sep 11, 2014 at 12:35 pm

Detroit, the time has come for you to vote for your favorite startup! That’s right, we want to know which startup you think should represent the Motor City during Tech Cocktail’s Celebrate in Las Vegas. The winner is chosen based on your vote, so…


Apply to Represent Detroit in a National Startup Competition!

By | Sep 6, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Hey Detroit startups: how would you like to spend two days in Las Vegas competing for the title of hottest startup in the nation? We’re looking for startups to represent Detroit at Tech Cocktail Celebrate on October 6-7 in downtown Las Vegas. Two lucky Detroit…


Steve Case: “A decade from now, all venture firms will have regional strategies”

By | Jun 29, 2014 at 8:00 pm

America Online co-founder and CEO of Revolution Steve Case was recently interviewed by Bloomberg, where he gave an update on his “Rise of the Rest” tour. The tour started in Detroit, continued to Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, and Nashville where he met local entrepreneurs who took part of a…


Steve Case Commemorates Start of ‘Rise of the Rest’ Tour Today in Detroit with a #Selfie

By | Jun 24, 2014 at 12:50 pm

Last month, we first reported on Steve Case’s Rise of the Rest Road Trip, a tour through four under-recognized startup ecosystems, including Detroit, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, and Nashville. The road tour officially begins today, with Case tweeting a selfie with Quicken Loans founder and chairman, Dan…


How Carbon Cash is Decreasing Energy Consumption On College Campuses [VIDEO]

By | Mar 27, 2014 at 5:00 pm

The video below is part of an interview series we did at SXSW 2014. Our SXSW Startup Celebration was sponsored by .CO, CEA, Revolution and LivingSocial. We thank them for their support! If you’re a current college student (or remember having gone to college), then you know that electricity…

Startups & Apps

Making Augmented Reality Sexy with X-Ray Technology

By | Aug 9, 2012 at 1:00 pm

When Marxent Labs was commissioned to make an augmented reality app everyone would talk about, models in their underwear was an obvious choice. Their client was Moosejaw, an outdoor equipment store with a catalogue in need of some spicing up. So Marxent created an…

Startups & Apps

CAPTCHA System from Are You A Human: Goodbye Distorted Text, Hello Games

By | Jan 6, 2012 at 11:30 am

Yesterday afternoon, I spent an obscene amount of time and money buying tickets to a Coldplay concert in July here in DC.  Being forced to use TicketMaster is bad enough, but they made it worst with their horrible CAPTCHA system that depends on text…


Detroit Launch City: Market Your Problems, Not Just Your Assets

By | Sep 2, 2011 at 11:30 am

It is my first time in Detroit, and I am riding shotgun down the main drag that is Woodward Avenue with a long-enough-to-keep-safe lens equipped camera in hand. Glide down one street akin to Park Avenue, make a sharp right turn and find yourself…


Magic Johnson Joins Detroit Venture Partners to Launch Tech Companies

By | Jul 22, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Lansing, Michigan native and NBA Hall of Famer Magic Johnson announced yesterday that he is joining Detroit Venture Partners (DVP) as a general partner.  He will also be investing millions of dollars into the fund itself. If you’re not familiar with them, DVP is…