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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.

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

Company:
InfoReady

Seed capital fuels 365 Retail Markets rapid growth rate

Joe Hessling spent a couple years building 365 Retail Markets from nothing, but he was able to grow the Troy startup's revenues quickly after scoring $1 million in seed capital. That hockey stick spike in growth is why 365 Retail Markets 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.

Questions with Seed capital fuels 365 Retail Markets rapid growth rate

Jamie Begin on refusing to talk someone into letting him make money for them

Jamie Begin dropped out of the workforce and created his own company, RightBrian Networks because, "I refused to try to talk someone into letting me make money for them. It was just ridiculous."

Questions with Jamie Begin on refusing to talk someone into letting him make money for them

Bhushan Kulkarni on what it takes to build a succesful startup

Bhushan Kulkarni is a serial entrepreneur building his fourth tech startup, InfoReady. He knows what to do and where to turn when launching a startup from scratch.

Questions with Bhushan Kulkarni on what it takes to build a succesful startup

Company:
InfoReady

Hans Steiner knows the secret to growing multiple revenue streams

Hans Steiner can remember when Caelynx didn't sell software. Now half of the engineering firm's revenue comes from software sales, and Steiner knows how to make that happen.

Questions with Hans Steiner knows the secret to growing multiple revenue streams

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Caelynx

Steve Schwartz explains guiding a startup to acquisition

Carcode SMS went from meeting its future parent company to acquisition within a few months. Co-founder Steve Schwartz explains what made that process happen.

Questions with Steve Schwartz explains guiding a startup to acquisition

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Carcode

Stacy Goldberg on evolving the best path forward for your business

Savorfull originally got its start selling healthy boxed meals and moved to providing healthy-eating consulting services. Stacy Goldberg, Savorfull's CEO, explains why that switch made sense.

Questions with Stacy Goldberg on evolving the best path forward for your business

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Savorfull

Sandy Kronenberg on growing a startup alone

Sandy Kronenberg is a tech entrepreneur who already has a few exits under his belt, and it's a big reason why he is eschewing angel investment for his new startup, Locqus.

Questions with Sandy Kronenberg on growing a startup alone

Company:
Locqus

Ben Chutz explains why to focus autism startup on caregivers

Ben Chutz is building a startup to help fight autism (Birdhouse for Autism) and he is doing it by focusing on helping the people taking care of those with autism.

Questions with Ben Chutz explains why to focus autism startup on caregivers

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Birdhouse

Chad Priest on the right time to pivot your startup

Chad Priest and his startup team were working on an idea that didn't work when they decided to pivot. That decision led to Linkies, a social media startup based in downtown Detroit that is getting its 15 minutes of fame.

Questions with Chad Priest on the right time to pivot your startup

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Linkies

Juliet Shrader, expanding leadership to grow a company

Growing a company isn't just about adding more employees. Sometimes it's about adding more leadership. It's what Juliet Shrader discovered when she expanded iVantage Group's executive team and revenue growth followed.

Questions with Juliet Shrader, expanding leadership to grow a company

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iVantage Group

Joe Malcoun, focus on product first, promotion second

Nutshell is all about its product to Joe Malcoun and his fellow co-founders at the Ann Arbor-based software startup. The tech entrepreneur explains why his team focused on product first and promotion second while building the business.

Questions with Joe Malcoun, focus on product first, promotion second

Company:
Nutshell

Jason Kapica on targeting the best market for expansion

Finding the next best market to expand online event parking startup Park N Party isn't as simple as randomly picking a Big Ten school and setting up shop. Park n Party co-founder Jason Kapica explains how he grows the reach of his Ann Arbor-based firm.

Questions with Jason Kapica on targeting the best market for expansion

Company:
ParknParty

Max Nussenbaum

Max Nussenbaum is the co-founder & CEO of Castle, a Detroit-based startup creating software for landlords.

Questions with Max Nussenbaum

Company:
Castle

Nathan Labenz

Nathan Labenz is the CEO of Stik, a social media startup based in downtown Detroit.

Questions with Nathan Labenz

Company:
Stik

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