Leadership

Optimize: The Student-Led Impact Venture Incubator Grows Up
Leadership, University of Michigan

Optimize: The Student-Led Impact Venture Incubator Grows Up

In 2013, a group of University of Michigan students wanted to support each other’s startup ventures. Some were tech focused, others social impact-oriented startups that needed time and financial backing to give them a chance to grow. “We spent time taking tests, writing papers, but hadn’t tried our hand at solving problems,” says Jeff Pituch, Associate Director for Social Innovation at Optimize. “We started Optimize as a program for early-stage ventures.”

How To Get Media Coverage For Your New Tech Startup
Leadership

How To Get Media Coverage For Your New Tech Startup

In the two months since Cronicle Press’s soft launch, one question we have repeatedly been asked by newer startup founders is this: “How do I get media coverage for my new business? Where should I pitch? How should I pitch local versus industry media?” Many people in tech are already experts in interviewing and media…

Mentors of Michigan Tech: Dave Koziol of Arbormoon
Leadership, Software

Mentors of Michigan Tech: Dave Koziol of Arbormoon

If you’ve been around Ann Arbor tech for a while, you’ve probably heard of or met Dave Koziol, founder of Michigan’s premier mobile development group Arbormoon Software. Koziol is a frequent speaker at conferences, the leader of the iOS dev Meetup group CocoaHeads, co-founder of Mobile Mondays with Rob Baxtresser, and many more. Arbormoon has…

Mentors of Michigan: Executive Coach Dr. Rob Pasick, PhD
Leadership, Networking

Mentors of Michigan: Executive Coach Dr. Rob Pasick, PhD

It’s a monthly networking breakfast at Zingerman’s Roadhouse frequented by speakers including Michigan entrepreneurs, local business leaders, Governor Snyder, and more. Dr. Robert Pasick, PhD, known affectionately to many around the University of Michigan as “Dr. Rob,” has been running Leaders Connect events monthly for over two decades. Leaders Connect brings together Ann Arbor leaders…

Leadership & Team Building with Orchestructure Founder Mario Loria
DevOps, Leadership

Leadership & Team Building with Orchestructure Founder Mario Loria

Mario Loria is still in his late twenties, but on his team at super hot Detroit-based startup StockX, the billion-dollar luxury goods stock exchange run by Josh Luber, he’s one of the older team members. Loria is the founder of Ann Arbor meetup Orchestructure (2017) for devops and related folks to geek out over latest tech and best practices, and his career started in Ann Arbor with a tech company that had a more traditional management style. He also founded his own company between these gigs, somewhere between helping organize DevOps Days Detroit and starting several other projects. Thus, he has some strongly held ideas about team structure and culture, and what he sees as a slow shift toward transparency in the workplace serving tech teams well–but kind of taking forever.

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