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Curbed Detroit

Hamtramck, MI 48212

Sarah F. Cox

(Sarah F Cox answered many of these questions with a tongue firmly planted in her cheek)

What educational, entrepreneurial or business development programs, if any, have you taken advantage of?
Oh man. The best thing I ever did was get a really boring internship in New York so that I could read Curbed New York all day long. In a way, I learned by apprenticeship, or maybe just fanaticism. A few years later, I went ahead and did the grad school thing, so some credit should also go to Elizabeth Spiers, who led the Blogging Workshop program. She's really a force in media and I respect her a lot.

Who was your first customer and where did you find them?
I think we could argue it was Ray Wert, who posted the first tweet about Curbed Detroit. I would say he found us on twitter.

Where did you find your first employee?
Well, I work alone. So I'd be screwed if I could not find me.  

Have you promoted an intern to employee status, and if so how many times have you done it?
I get my own coffee right now. I have to make it too. Maybe one day that will change. I make a friend buy the beans at Costco.

Where have you turned to find capital to grow your company and which institutions have provided it?
Luckily website launches don't need a lot of capital. Also, the New York office, smartly, does not concern me in these matters.

What could local leaders do to help attract and retain more entrepreneurial young people to Metro Detroit?
We need more bloggers. They are the best. They'll fully support whole coffee shops with caffeine addictions.

Name an idea, policy or mindset from elsewhere that you would like to see this region adopt?
Virginia is for Lovers.

What do you see in Metro Detroit that other people who live outside the area don't?
Stray cats. Everywhere I look.

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