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Thiago Olson

Technology breakthrough sets stage for growth at Stratos

Stratos raised millions in venture capital to push the technology envelope with its all-in-one payment card. Perfecting the technology turned out to be the key hump the Ann Arbor-based startup needed to get over to grow.

Lydia Guttierez

Building a community-based company, Hacienda Mexican Foods in southwest Detroit

Lydia Gutierrez is more than the president of Hacienda Mexican Foods, a fast-growing tortilla company in southwest Detroit. She takes pride in serving as a local job creator and community leader.

Zach Steindler

Olark discovers raising prices leads to rapid growth

"I think people had a hard time taking it seriously if it was priced that low," Steindler says. He adds, "We had this combination of quality and price that really helped us accelerate our growth. (Before that) our savings were dwindling. I was thinking how long until I have to get a real job? Then we hit that moment and things just took off."  

Bhushan Kulkarni

Word of mouth sends InfoReady to 1,000 percent growth over five years

The fifth-year anniversary is a big one for InfoReady. It's the year the Ann Arbor-based software startup crossed 1,000 percent growth on the strength of word-of-mouth marketing from its customers. That win is why InfoReady is one of the Gazelle 100, a year-long exploration of the fastest-growing startups in Metro Detroit as part of SEMichiganStartup's Year of the Gazelle series.

Kalyan Handique

Accelerate Michigan win sets stage for DeNovo Sciences future success

DeNovo Sciences has come a long way in its first five years, but the Plymouth-based startup can point to one critical juncture in its rapid growth: winning the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition in 2011. That win is why DeNovo Sciences is one of the Gazelle 100, a year-long exploration of the fastest-growing startups in Metro Detroit as part of SEMichiganStartup's Year of the Gazelle series.

Sassa Akervall

Akervall Technologies hits its stride when the business moves beyond its CEO

Sassa Akervall built her mouthguard startup, Akervall Technologies, from scratch. But Saline-based company started to grow quickly when its CEO became less of a manager and more of a leader. That maturation is why Akervall Technologies is one of the Gazelle 100, a year-long exploration of the fastest-growing startups in Metro Detroit as part of SEMichiganStartup's Year of the Gazelle series.

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