Laura Cowan

Software Company UrsaLeo’s Ann Arbor Expansion Supports Manufacturers with Digital Twinning Tech
Mobility Tech, Software

Software Company UrsaLeo’s Ann Arbor Expansion Supports Manufacturers with Digital Twinning Tech

Enterprise software company UrsaLeo recently announced an expansion into the Southeast Michigan advanced manufacturing space with an Ann Arbor office opening. The company plans to work with manufacturers to create 3D photorealistic models of factory floors, equipment and product models to create remote training, operations, and product demo options for companies adding virtual modeling to their operations.

Washtenaw Community College Offers Free Business Planning Support
Funding, Leadership

Washtenaw Community College Offers Free Business Planning Support

So you’re laid off, or already thinking of starting a new company, but now it not the ideal time to apply to an elite startup incubator. What does a company that doesn’t quite qualify as tech or can’t get funding do right now to fill in the mentorship gaps on the road to starting a new business in Southeast Michigan? Kristin Gapske is the Director of the Washtenaw Community College Entrepreneurship Center, which helps new startup and Main Street small business founders get the help they need to:

Online Tech Conferences & Events July 2020
Networking, Tech Events

Online Tech Conferences & Events July 2020

More tech conferences and tech networking events have shifted online next month, making conferences from Silicon Valley to the Seine more accessible across the globe. Many events have also reduced prices or are offering conference content for free, and many job fairs are now virtual. Here are some highlights of online and global tech conferences going on in July 2020, still including some local events to our Midwest ecosystem as well. If you have an event to add to the calender, please email the editor.

University of Michigan School of Information Students Available for UX and Data Analysis Projects
Announcements, Recruiting, University of Michigan, User Experience

University of Michigan School of Information Students Available for UX and Data Analysis Projects

The University of Michigan School of Information is seeking organizations to host student projects in the 2020-2021 school year. Organizations from all industries – corporate, non-profit, governmental, health, and research institutions – that seek impact and access to high-caliber students are invited to propose a project.

Text Mine COVID-19 Research Using ITHAKA’s New Text Mining Service
Software

Text Mine COVID-19 Research Using ITHAKA’s New Text Mining Service

The idea? Put publicly available datasets all in one place so it’s easier for researchers to do text mining and analysis on over 19 million academic articles. The CORD-19 dataset, a full-text and metadata dataset of COVID-19 and coronavirus-related research articles, is included. Amy Kirchhoff is the Text and Data Mining Business Manager at ITHAKA, the company that runs popular academic research site JSTOR. Kirchhoff is also an Archive Service Product Manager at Portico, ITHAKA’s content preservation archive. She leads a team building a new service to allow users to mine datasets related to COVID-19 research along with a host of other related data and published papers. “We are building a text mining service,” Kirchhoff says of the new program, which allows customized searches of aggregated datasets related to the novel coronavirus outbreak.

COVID-19 Response The Startup Way: First Aid for Entrepreneurs
Leadership

COVID-19 Response The Startup Way: First Aid for Entrepreneurs

In 2011, Eric Ries rocked the business world when he published The Lean Startup. His ideas about how to bring discovery of customer behavior to the forefront of everything was a revelation for millions. Since that time, Eric has himself been on a journey of discovery. He has learned that his ideas are valuable to organizations of all sizes and in different ways than even he imagined at first. During the ensuing six years, Eric worked with companies large and small to implement the ideas that he and his team developed. The culmination of that work was delivered in 2017 to the rest of us in the form of a book entitled The Startup Way.

What Makes A Work From Home Technology Suite Secure?
Software

What Makes A Work From Home Technology Suite Secure?

Often overnight with the coronavirus outbreak shutdowns across the world, business owners and employees were asked to convert to work from home technology without any transition. Obviously that is not only a recipe for communication and infrastructure strain but a major security risk as well. We have heard a number of stories at Cronicle about companies offering work from home technology, but what really makes these suites of software and virtual work from home technology work together as a suite of secure team connectivity tools?

Support Midwest Tech News Coverage By Becoming a Patron
Announcements

Support Midwest Tech News Coverage By Becoming a Patron

Happy New Year, everyone! We are excited to kick off this new year with expanding interviews and test drives with the coolest new tech coming out of Michigan, but we need your help. Cronicle Press Tech News is supported through sponsorships of various kinds, and now you can become an individual or corporate Patron as well to help fund the work we are doing to cover the historic growth of tech in the Great Lakes area.

Software Company UrsaLeo’s Ann Arbor Expansion Supports Manufacturers with Digital Twinning Tech
Mobility Tech, Software

Software Company UrsaLeo’s Ann Arbor Expansion Supports Manufacturers with Digital Twinning Tech

Enterprise software company UrsaLeo recently announced an expansion into the Southeast Michigan advanced manufacturing space with an Ann Arbor office opening. The company plans to work with manufacturers to create 3D photorealistic models of factory floors, equipment and product models to create remote training, operations, and product demo options for companies adding virtual modeling to their operations.

Washtenaw Community College Offers Free Business Planning Support
Funding, Leadership

Washtenaw Community College Offers Free Business Planning Support

So you’re laid off, or already thinking of starting a new company, but now it not the ideal time to apply to an elite startup incubator. What does a company that doesn’t quite qualify as tech or can’t get funding do right now to fill in the mentorship gaps on the road to starting a new business in Southeast Michigan? Kristin Gapske is the Director of the Washtenaw Community College Entrepreneurship Center, which helps new startup and Main Street small business founders get the help they need to:

Online Tech Conferences & Events July 2020
Networking, Tech Events

Online Tech Conferences & Events July 2020

More tech conferences and tech networking events have shifted online next month, making conferences from Silicon Valley to the Seine more accessible across the globe. Many events have also reduced prices or are offering conference content for free, and many job fairs are now virtual. Here are some highlights of online and global tech conferences going on in July 2020, still including some local events to our Midwest ecosystem as well. If you have an event to add to the calender, please email the editor.

University of Michigan School of Information Students Available for UX and Data Analysis Projects
Announcements, Recruiting, University of Michigan, User Experience

University of Michigan School of Information Students Available for UX and Data Analysis Projects

The University of Michigan School of Information is seeking organizations to host student projects in the 2020-2021 school year. Organizations from all industries – corporate, non-profit, governmental, health, and research institutions – that seek impact and access to high-caliber students are invited to propose a project.

Innovation Beyond Borders with TusStar’s International Startup Incubators
Engineering, Mobility Tech

Innovation Beyond Borders with TusStar’s International Startup Incubators

TusStar is an affiliated network of tech startup incubators and early stage venture accelerators located in over 130 cities around the world. It is led by professors at Tsinghua University in China, a major research university in Beijing, and there is a TusStar Incubator in emerging tech hub Ann Arbor, where a number of academic faculty at the University of Michigan start new companies to make use of inventions found during their research careers. Frank Ni is the head of TusStar Ann Arbor, founded as the premier TusStar location in the U.S. in late 2017 on the north side of Ann Arbor which is famous for its engineering, science research, robotics and autonomous vehicle research campuses. “Innovation can go beyond borders,” Ni tells Cronicle of the philosophy of starting an international incubator in Southeast Michigan.

Behind The Scenes of Midwest Tech During COVID-19
Funding, Leadership, News

Behind The Scenes of Midwest Tech During COVID-19

We’ve spoken with a number of executives in the past 3 months who are responding to COVID-19 for their big tech business or small startup, and we noticed some trends in how businesses are responding to the pandemic. Quite a few people from virtual panel attendees to readers to interviewees have asked Cronicle questions about what we’re seeing in our interviews with Midwest Tech. It’s the million-dollar question: what’s next? How are businesses coping, and how does that impact their workers and public health? Here are the top trends we’ve noticed behind the scenes in Midwest tech in our interviews from manufacturers and scientists pivoting to produce PPE to tech startups creating new software for public health initiatives. All of this is based in our limited interview time and virtual networking, not an official survey. Here are, in order that they appeared, the behind the scenes trends we’ve noticed in Midwest tech businesses responding to the coronavirus pandemic.

Finally an End-to-End Encryption Video Conferencing Software
Software

Finally an End-to-End Encryption Video Conferencing Software

Popular video conferencing software Zoom and other remote conferencing tech services have been in the news lately for failing to fully secure users’ data, especially at a time when business suddenly went 100% online remote overnight and sensitive data is at risk. One company in Ontario has created a solution. Instead of reverse engineering encryption within a platform or between technology products, a company called Tauria claims to have built a suite of remote office products from the ground up with end-to-end encryption in mind from the beginning. It’s available by free trial, only $10/month for small businesses (more for enterprise solutions), and it’s launching this month.

Virtual Summer Camps: Now Everyone Can Enjoy Remote Science & Art Camps
Announcements, Engineering, Fun

Virtual Summer Camps: Now Everyone Can Enjoy Remote Science & Art Camps

As summer camps went virtual across the U.S., we had a sneaky little thought. Who is to know if your kid is doing the remote summer camp… or you are? Some activities are fun for all ages. If you’re looking for summer activities at home for your kid, or… yourself, look no further than our own back yard. Ann Arbor in Southeast Michigan is home to dozens of world-class summer camp programs, and now you can access them from anywhere.

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