Category Archives: Start Up

Favorite Business Authors

As an avid reader, I was recently inspired to share a few of my fav’s after reading an LA2M post by friend Charlie Wollborg of Curve Detroit.  While I share Charlie’s sentiment  of his favorite authors (below) I’ll tack on a few of my own..

Authors both Charlie & I would recommend without reservation:

In addition to those great authors, a few others I’ve found hugely influential and hope you might like as well:

That should keep you busy for a while.. Keep in mind, many of these books are available on the Kindle and increasingly on the iPad/iBooks.  If you struggle to find time to read, you might also want to check out Audible.com.

Lastly, while I’m not much of a sales guy, I have come across the work of Bob Burg (notably Go-Giver)  on more than a few occasions – so if sales is your thing, you’ll be happy to know he’ll be in Detroit on June 30th thanks to the guys at Motor City Connect & I’d highly encourage you to check him out: http://motorcityconnect.com/endlessreferrals.html

Happy Reading!

Future Midwest

In response to a horrible piece by Dateline last night regarding Detroit, I wanted to share a positive look into our city, via a very well-made video: http://vimeo.com/11021663 put together by FutureMidwest.

I attended FutureMidwest last week (a 2 day conference held in Royal Oak) which is helping to raise awareness, educate and push innovation in our area.

For those looking for new opportunities, another site you might want to check out is: http://detroit.startupweekend.org/

If you have an idea, or desire to contribute to your own “startup” I highly encourage you to check them out – it’s an [aggressive] process that has been growing nationally, and this is the Detroit flavor.

Naturally, there are more traditional ways to starting your own business, but this could be a fun way for you to get exposure, experiment and maybe even learn something??

Hope to see you there!?

Cloud Computing in Plain English

rPath put together a brief, informative and entertaining overview of cloud computing in the video “Cloud Computing in Plain English”. Take five, and watch the video below.

TiECon 2009

What is TiE Midwest 20?

TiE Midwest 20 is a new program at the TiECon Midwest annual conference. TiE Midwest 20 acknowledges excellence among 20 startups within five industry tracks including Software, Wireless, Cleantech, media, Life Sciences. TiE Midwest 20

TiECon Midwest 2009 is an entrepreneurial conference , attracting Hundreds of entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and other professionals. TiECon Midwest has been running from 2008 in Detroit with well known keynote speakers. This year TiECon Midwest is being held on Oct 23-24, 2009 at The Ritz-Carlton, Dearborn.

Selection process:
TiE Midwest 20 finalists will be selected by a combination of public opinion polls and an experienced panel of industry judges. Last date for Nominations Sep 21th 2009.

The Benefits:
TiE Midwest 20 winners will be honored with awards of excellence in front of hundreds of entrepreneurs, Venture Capitalists and other professionals at TiECon Midwest 2009. Additionally, the TiE Midwest 20 winners will get special invitations to PowerConnect premium networking sessions at TiECon and will be part of ongoing recognition from TiE Detroit throughout the year.

Tatango TV – Live Casting

Startup finds interesting way to do self-promotion, broadcasts their office live via the web: http://tatango.tv/

Jury is still out on how effective this will be, initial interest has spiked, but criticism has begun to surface around value of experience, many have sited, there isn’t much “action” going on.. and the startup-story isn’t exactly jumping off the screen.

Either way, check it out – to me startups always provide something of value, even if only for a couple moments.. 🙂