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Company

Bickbot

West Bloomfield, MI 48325

Henry Balanon

Who was your first customer and where did you find them?
Not sure who it was but I'll have to thank them for buying our app for $2.

Where did you find your first employee?
I was friends with my cofounder back at Michigan State University when we were Apple Campus Reps.

Where have you turned to find capital to grow your company and which institutions have provided it?
I raised it privately through family and my own savings.

What could local leaders do to help attract and retain more entrepreneurial young people to Metro Detroit?
The more connected people are the more Detroit becomes valuable. We need to provide a way to frequently mix in first-time entrepreneurs with people who have experience starting a company. From there a culture of risk-taking emerges and all of a sudden you have a thriving entrepreneurial society.

What advice would you give to someone who was thinking about opening a business here?
Make friends with people who have experience starting and growing a business. Also, get a good business accountant and a good business lawyer. And tap into the social media community here: Everyone in it is well connected and friendly as well.

Name an idea, policy or mindset from elsewhere that you would like to see this region adopt?
I'd like to see the culture of Silicon Valley make its way into the minds of Detroiters. They have a risk-taking culture, critical mass of entrepreneurs, and their acceptance of failure virtually guarantees a steady stream of innovation.


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