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201 S Division
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Amer Anand

What educational, entrepreneurial or business development programs, if any, have you taken advantage of?
We are based out of the TechArb.

Where did you find your first employee?
In computer science classes at the University of Michigan.

Have you promoted an intern to employee status, and if so how many times have you done it?
Once. Arjun Mahanti started as a design intern and is now full-time.

Where have you turned to find capital to grow your company and which institutions have provided it?
We have boot strapped Dodact.

What could local leaders do to help attract and retain more entrepreneurial young people to Metro Detroit?
We need more angel investors and better integration with University of Michigan Electrical Engineering Computer Sciences Dept.

What is one thing Michigan does better or has going for it that other more successful regional economies don't?
Michigan has a lower cost of living than San Francisco, New York, or Boston. There is also lots of potential talent to hire here.
It's often said that Metro Detroit and Michigan need to reinvent their economies to be competitive. Are we making those changes, and if so are we making enough of them or doing it fast enough?
Time will tell.

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