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Participatory mapping at a CDAD meeting

The new geographers: How Detroiters are mapping a better future for the city

Cartography is alive and well in Detroit. Model D sat down with several local map enthusiasts to learn about where they draw inspiration for their work and where they see it heading in an open data context.

Jason Okrasinski of CribSpot and Prateek Sachdeva of Boldr

Startups for students, by students

Ann Arbor boasts both a booming entrepreneurial ecosystem and a large, internationally renowned university. No surprise then that the two have fostered a fair number of startups - not only created by students, but also for students.

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Metro Detroit's Cyber Candy Man

Like many people, Walter Blake Knoblock has a sweet tooth. But instead of simply acquiring cavities, this entrepreneurial 25-year-old decided to turn his passion for snacks into a business. Each month BoCandy sends subscribers sweets from around the globe, providing old faves, international confections and exotic discoveries.
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Castle explains how it got into Y Combinator

Castle explains how it got into Y Combinator

City: Detroit
There is a glut of startup accelerators out there, but the guys behind the property management startup Castle got into the most prestigious one around, Y Combinator. The Detroit-based startup's team tells how it shot the moon and got in.
Automation equals gazelle growth for Detroit's foodjunky

Automation equals gazelle growth for Detroit's foodjunky

City: Detroit
"Right now we're adding 1,000 restaurants per month," says Travis O Johnson, co-founder & CEO of foodjunky. "A year from now we hope to be in 20,000 restaurants."
1xRUN team building turns startup into second-stage star

1xRUN team building turns startup into second-stage star

City: Detroit
"We were six employees and then 20," says Jesse Cory, CEO of 1xRUN. "We needed to figure out how to make that work and create different departments."
Hiring helps propel Benzinga from startup to financial media staple

Hiring helps propel Benzinga from startup to financial media staple

City: Southfield
"We can't hire on experience because we have a limited budget," says Jason Raznick, CEO of Benzinga. "We're trying to create something from nothing."
Brian Bosche

Brian Bosche

City: Detroit
Brian Bosche is the founder of TernPro, a full-service video production company based in downtown Detroit.
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