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Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Brendan Doms

Who was your first customer and where did you find them?
Friends and family I emailed.

Where did you find your first employee?
As the founder, I am my own first employee.

Have you promoted an intern to employee status, and if so how many times have you done it?
No, but I'd be open to the idea.

Where have you turned to find capital to grow your company and which institutions have provided it?
I am bootstrapping Staxup for now.

What could local leaders do to help attract and retain more entrepreneurial young people to Metro Detroit?
I think the monthly meetups like the New Tech gatherings, which are free and open to anyone, are a great idea for creating a community here. Once a thriving technology and business community exists it will create a positive feedback loop and attract more people. In the meantime, keeping as much as possible related to business and technology free or cheap here are big pluses to the area.

If you could change one thing about this region, what would it be?
We need a better rapid public transportation system. A light rail along Woodward and/or out to Ann Arbor would be amazing and help revitalize the area.

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