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Discera

655 Phoenix Dr
Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Wan-Thai Hsu

What educational, entrepreneurial or business development programs, if any, have you taken advantage of?
Ann Arbor SPARK programs and I have an executive MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.

Who was your first customer and where did you find them?
Vivotek, which is Taiwan's No. 1 security camera producer.

Where did you find your first employee?
We were introduced by a friend.

Have you promoted an intern to employee status, and if so how many times have you done it?
Our interns are students, so they all move on to good graduate schools.

Where have you turned to find capital to grow your company and which institutions have provided it?
We have received investments from venture capital firms Ardesta, Lurie Investment, Scale Ventures (formerly Bank of America) and Horizon Ventures.

What are some of the advantages to doing business here?
There is a lot of technology talent.

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?
Reinventing economies need vision, area of focus, management skills, business ideas, and most importantly, less risk-averse venture capital firms. We are making changes in the first four areas. But without the progress in the fifth, business may need to move out to other states simply to survive.


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