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Blue Wheel Media

1900 Stephenson Highway
Troy, MI 48083

Trevor George

What educational, entrepreneurial or business development programs, if any, have you taken advantage of?
We are members of Automation Alley, and we have completed a number of industry programs across the country. This part is big for me. This is how I educated myself. Although I attended the University of Michigan, academia does not teach you any of this. I had to do it on my own.

Where did you find your first employee?
Her name is Kayla Varcoe and she is God's first angel. And by that, I mean she is legit. She graduated from NYU, Honors degree in psychology, and two years of experience working for Dubstep at General Assembly, a tech incubator in New York, Kayla was a childhood friend who brings more than everything to the table.

Have you promoted an intern to employee status, and if so how many times have you done it?
We are in the process of doing so currently.

Where have you turned to find capital to grow your company and which institutions have provided it?
I have not raised any capital. We are self-funded from my previous company. At U-M (throughout my four years), I grew an entertainment company, called E.P.I.C. (Every Person In College) that generated $1.5 million in revenue my senior year.

Name an idea, policy or mindset from elsewhere that you would like to see this region adopt?
My motto has always been "Don't let school interfere with your education." You can only learn so much in school. But if you want to succeed in life, you need to educate yourself. Through experience, through self research, whatever that may be, it doesn't matter. The digital age indirectly promotes this by affording those with access to digital an infinite amount of information. If you are hungry go get it. Hungry Hippos is the best educational game because if you were the hungriest, you won. I'm hungry, everyone else needs to get hungry like the hungry hippos.

What could local leaders do to help attract and retain more entrepreneurial young people to Metro Detroit?
Leverage technology in early education (which will never happen), but its a hope I have. Shit, I'll even go speak to these kids myself. They need to understand how the many different facets of technology can have an impact in their life. Technology, will, in some way or another, play a role in every persons life moving forward. If you don't understand it now, you are out. Local leaders could share their story with our younger generation. We need to make them hungry early.

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