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Jerry Paffendorf

Jerry Paffendorf is the founder of LOVELAND Technologies, a software start-up based in Detroit.

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Buy real land in Detroit for $1 a square inch and join a network of inchvestors in the new 50,000 square inch Hello World microhood. This season LOVELAND Technologies is building a virtual Bridge To Everywhere and supporting other cool projects in Detroit.

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