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Topouzian Brings Economic Development Perspective to New MVCA Role

Ara Topouzian is a longtime Oakland County economic development official and a 2012 Kresge Artist Fellow recognized for his work playing a 76-string kanun harp in Armenian and world music bands. As of March 25, he’ll also be the new director of the Michigan Venture Capital Association, which works to advance the state’s VC ecosystem.Topouzian comes to the MVCA after six years of heading up the 700-member Troy Chamber of Commerce, where he says he worked to reinvent the organization and create p...
Tags: Startups, Entrepreneurship, Trends, Vc, Innovation, Venture Capital, Detroit, Economic Development, Oakland County, National blog main, Detroit blog main, Detroit top stories, Diversity and Inclusion, Michigan Venture Capital Association, MVCA, EntryPoint


Detroit Trends in 2018? More Traction, Diversity, and Collaboration

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of posts sharing thoughts from industry and technology leaders about 2018 trends.A few trends come to mind that continue to shape and define the startup ecosystem in Detroit:—Marketplaces continue to evolve and attract funding (initial and follow-on), and gain traction that has to be recognized and respected. A great example of that success for us here in the ecosystem is StockX and its success in 2018. Founders and early-stage startup companies continue t...
Tags: Startups, Entrepreneurship, Trends, Vc, Software, Cannabis, Innovation, Venture Capital, Black Girls Code, Detroit, Cryptocurrency, Duo Security, Co-working, Boston Xcon, Boulder/Denver Xcon, Detroit Xcon


How 3 Detroit Founders Built Tech Startups Despite City’s Bankruptcy

On July 18th, 2013, the city of Detroit filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy, becoming the largest city in American history to do so. Just four years earlier, Chrysler and General Motors—automobile companies that were long a staple of the Detroit economy—had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.“You hear stories about the Great Depression in the ‘30s, I can only imagine what we experienced here in Detroit matched that. It was a scary time with so many negatives. There was no credit, the auto companies were...
Tags: Startups, Entrepreneurship, Funding, Trends, General Motors, Cisco, It, Vc, Software, Ford, Auto Industry, Innovation, Venture Capital, Chrysler, Google Ventures, Detroit


Lack of Diversity isn’t a “Pipeline Problem,” it’s a Network Problem

Recently, I was in Chicago for Paradigm IQ’s D&I Lab: Data-Driven Strategies to Attract & Hire Diverse Talent, a one-day workshop designed to equip attendees with new strategies for designing an inclusive organization.In a room full of people with titles like chief people officer, director of diversity and inclusion, and director of leadership and organizational development, I stuck out a bit as a founder, entrepreneurial ecosystem fangirl, and former accountant rather than a human resources exe...
Tags: Startups, Entrepreneurship, Trends, Vc, Chicago, Innovation, Venture Capital, Detroit, Jopwell, Boston Xcon, Boulder/Denver Xcon, Detroit Xcon, National Xcon, New York Xcon, Raleigh-Durham Xcon, San Diego Xcon


EntryPoint Aims to Increase Inclusion, Diversity in Startup Ecosystem

The tech industry and the investment community that funds it are notorious for being, shall we say, safe spaces for white men. The myth of meritocracy persists in the tech world even in the face of data indicating a longstanding lack of diversity and inclusion. Innovation benefits from different perspectives, backgrounds, and ideas, but it’s hard to access those ideas if one is in an echo chamber—to the entire ecosystem’s detriment. That’s why EntryPoint, a new effort to advance inclusion...
Tags: Startups, Entrepreneurship, Trends, Diversity, It, Vc, Innovation, Venture Capital, Michigan, Detroit, National blog main, National top stories, Detroit blog main, Detroit top stories, Patti Glaza, Michigan Venture Capital Association