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1327 Jones Dr
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Tech Brewery

Tech Brewery is an unofficial small business incubator on Ann Arbor's north side. It is a community of technologists, entrepreneurs and start-ups. It's home to a dozen fledgling companies. Rents range from $50 to $250 per month on a no-lease basis.
 

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Scio Security looks to hire mobile web developers

Scio Security is beginning to hire as the IT-security startup gets ready to formally launch its first product."We're gearing up for our public launch," says Dug Song, co-founder of Scio Security. "We'd like to launch by the end of the year."The Ann Arbor-based firm focuses on providing new Internet security solutions for sensitive data, such as health-care information and financial transactions. Hackers have recently focused efforts on shadowing users or stealing their passwords and other security information to access financial data. Scio Security is creating a variety of solutions, some patent pending. For example, part of the new technology that is not patent pending features an immediate call back to confirm the correct person is trying to access information. Bank of Ann Arbor issued a warning early this year about cyber criminals engaging in corporate account takeover. That is when "cyber-thieves gain control of a business' bank account by stealing the business' valid online banking credentials. Although there are several methods being employed to steal credentials, the most prevalent involves malware that infects a business' computer workstations and laptops. A business can become infected with malware via infected documents attached to an e-mail or a link contained within an e-mail that connects to an infected web site," the bank said in a public statement. Scio Security, nearly 1-year-old, is tackling this problem and others like it from the Tech Brewery with a team of six people. It is looking for two mobile/web developers. For more information on those openings, click here. "It could be more," Song says.Scio Security landed $1 million in venture capital earlier this year. That money came from Silicon Valley-based True Ventures, which led the initial round of fundraising, and Resonant Venture Partners, a new venture capital firm in Ann Arbor.Source: Dug Song, co-founder of Scio SecurityWriter: Jon ZemkeRead more about Metro Detroit's growing entrepreneurial ecosystem at SEMichiganStartup.com. read on…

DealSavant gets ready to spin out of Tech Brewery

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Ann Arbor-based Tech Brewery isn't just a place for local techies/entrepreneurs to congregate and create. It's now a place for techies/entrepreneurs from across Metro Detroit.One-year-old uwemp is a prime example of Tech Brewery's growing reach across southeast Michigan. The firm's CEO is out of Bloomfield Hills, but he choose to set up shop for his start-up in Ann Arbor because of infrastructure like the Tech Brewery."My view is that technology is what it's all about and I want to be near the people who know about technology," says Jordan Wolfe, CEO of uwemp. "Plus, Ann Arbor SPARK helped a lot, too."The main product from ewemp is Confidence-Based Learning, a web-based learning engine that uses a Google Analytics-style method that gives educators a better handle on how their students are and are not learning. The program can show when a student is beginning to catch on to a lesson, when the student masters it, and even when he or she wanders off. The idea is to provide educators with the pertinent information to best reach their students. The Michigan Microloan Fund program gave uwemp a five-figure loan earlier this summer. It plans to use that money to create the Beta version of its software and begin testing it with its first customers. The company hopes to hire 10-15 employees over the next year. It currently employs two people full-time and another three independent contractors.Source: Jordan Wolfe, CEO of uwempWriter: Jon Zemke read on…

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Ann Arbor's Scio Security has pulled down a big number in venture capital and plans to continue hiring as a result of this. The 8-month-old start-up co-founded by Dug Song and Jon Oberheide (both of Arbor Networks fame) recently landed $1 million from Silicon Valley-based True Ventures, which lead the initial round of fundraising, and a new venture capital firm in Ann Arbor called Resonant Venture Partners."The biggest criteria for us are people, by far, because we invest so early," says Puneet Agarwal, partner with True Ventures. "We jumped at the chance to partner with Dug and Jon. … We are betting on Dug and Jon building a great company in Ann Arbor."Scio Security, which calls the Tech Brewery home, has doubled its staff to four people and an intern so far and expects to hire at least two people in engineering and marketing.Scio Security focuses on providing new Internet security solutions for sensitive data, such as health-care information and financial transactions. Hackers have recently focused efforts on shadowing users or stealing their passwords and other security information to access financial data. Scio Security has created a variety of solutions, some patent pending, such as an immediate call back to confirm the correct person is trying to access information."The weakest password of your most gullible employee is the new firewall," says Song, CEO and co-founder of Scio Security. "That's where you have to focus your security."Source: Dug Song, CEO and co-founder of Scio Security and Puneet Agarwal, partner with True VenturesWriter: Jon Zemke read on…

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