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Jon Oberheide and Dug Song of Duo Security

Bigger partners, bigger risks: The cybersecurity challenges of scaling a startup

Expanding to work with larger partners or clients is exciting for any small business. But it also brings with it some significant new risks in terms of cybersecurity.

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Impact investors swing the hammers that are building the new economy in southeast Michigan

Investing in a startup is one thing. Making an impact with that investment is another. A growing class of impact investors is putting smart money into scaling Metro Detroit's new economy, and it's paying big dividends.

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Local venture capital loaded for bear after decade of digging in

Once upon a time, venture capital in Michigan was small and inconsequential. Today it's powering the Great Lakes State's new economy, growing at a time when the industry has shrunk. Concentrate takes a long look on what that means for our local entrepreneurial ecosystem.

McClure's Pickles

Welcome to the Year of the Gazelle, a series looking at metro Detroit's fastest growing companies

Over the next year, we will identify the fastest-growing local companies and tell you the behind-the-scenes stories of the entrepreneurs, investors, and the resources that are building Michigan's new economy.

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Can local crowdfunding startups compete in a crowded field?

Ten years ago the concept behind crowdfunding barely existed. Today, it's a mainstream source of investment for businesses, artists, communities and real estate. Which means, a new, growing industry of crowdfunding platforms has taken root in metro Detroit. 

Jeremy Lindlbauer at the TurtleCell offfices in Kerrytown

Accelerate Michigan farm system slow cooks startups

The annual Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition may sometimes seem like a line-up of the usual startup suspects, but in actuality it's seeding the ground for more and wider business interests and, more importantly, investment.

365 Markets CEO Joe Hessling

Stealth innovation: How a Troy company is reinventing vending machine technology

In 2009, Troy-based 365 Retail Markets generated $42K in revenue. This year it's projected to make $15 million. Read how one of Michigan's most under-the-radar tech companies is reinventing the vending machine experience and reaping big business in the process.

Elizabeth Garlow

More than just profit: Social entrepreneurs and the challenge to find investors

Some people want to make money. Others want to change society for the better. Social entrepreneurs want to do both. But in the Darwinian world of venture capitalism, convincing investors to compromise on profits for greater social good can be a tough sell. Metromode looks at how socially oriented startups can bridge that gulf.

Zach Steindler

Olark, Breaking the Silicon Valley Mold

Olark is a Silicon Valley-style startup that didn't raise venture capital, isn't run by Stanford and MIT grads, calls Ann Arbor its home and has employees scattered across the country... heck, the globe. And yet it's grown exponentially over the last three years. How does it do it? Funny you should ask...

OpEd: SBIR/STTR Funds Bridge the "Valley of Death" for Small Tech Companies

What comes first, the money or the product? Tech entrepreneurs are often caught in the catch-22 of needing funds to prove the worthiness of their products. BBCetc Managing Partner Lisa Kurek explains a real but often overlooked option.

David Blanchard

To Compete or Non-Compete: Contracts That Make Michigan Less Competitive

States known for tech innovation and new economy success have shed their old school non-compete contracts to attract the best and brightest talent while fostering greater cross pollination of ideas and inventions. So with all the noise Michigan is making about creating a 21st-century economy why are we clinging to a 20th-century business practice?

Dug Song at Duo Security

Duo Security: More Than Just a Workplace

Can a cutting edge startup be both success-minded and fun? According to Duo Security's Dug Song, the answer is an unequivocal "yes." Achieving astounding growth over four years, this Ann Arbor Internet security firm has not only become the local company to watch, it has developed a family-like workplace that's creative, supportive and innovative.

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Power Sharing is Tougher Than You Think

How does a company's sole owner and founder transition to the power-sharing structure of executive leadership? That's the challenge that faces Billhighway, a Troy-based firm that's looking to enter its second stage of development. Metromode's Jon Zemke looks for lessons from successful (and less-than-successful) local businesses.

Bigelow Blog

Guest Blogger: Lauren Bigelow

Has the investment community's Ground Zero moved from New York and Palo Alto to Detroit? Quite possibly. Lauren Bigelow, CEO of the Growth Capital Network, gives budding entrepreneurs a how-to on approaching financiers coming from around the country to the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition in Detroit next month.
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