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Gradient Valley Builds New Machine Learning AI Company in Ann Arbor
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Gradient Valley Builds New Machine Learning AI Company in Ann Arbor

There’s a new tech company hiring in Ann Arbor, and its biggest challenge is keeping up with growth. Gradient Valley is “Southeast Michigan’s premiere provider of machine learning solutions,” a machine learning and artificial intelligence consultancy built out of a partnership between owner Keith Bourne and Arbormoon Software owner Dave Koziol. Keith Bourne tells us he started this company in 2018 after doing similar work for 3 years because the cost of working with machine learning and AI is dropping and a lot of companies are interested.

WCC IT Outsourcing Scandal & How You Can Get Involved
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WCC IT Outsourcing Scandal & How You Can Get Involved

The story broke on Reddit a couple of weeks ago with a story by Washtenaw Community College student Marie Wood, and has gotten a lot of response on Slack back channels and in various local news outlets. Washtenaw Community College was blaming their IT department for a campus-wide outage in June of 2017 that lasted 3 days and using it as an opportunity to outsource all IT to a company with a somewhat dismal reputation for quality, laying off 31 full-time staff members or offering them the opportunity to work for the new service provider, though with lower benefits. On May 22nd, WCC announced on its website that the school was planning to outsource its entire IT department. “The network outage prompted us to conduct a comprehensive review of our entire IT infrastructure and staffing,” said WCC President Dr. Rose B. Bellanca. “We have a responsibility to ensure that the college has a sustainable, secure and robust IT infrastructure that meets the needs of all WCC stakeholders, including students, faculty, staff and community members now and into the foreseeable future.”

Popular Research Site JSTOR Plans Expansion To User-Uploaded Content
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Popular Research Site JSTOR Plans Expansion To User-Uploaded Content

We saw him at TechTalk during a2tech360 2019 in Ann Arbor, and caught up with him over lunch afterward. JSTOR founder and parent company ITHAKA’s President Kevin Guthrie is always thinking about what’s next for the nonprofit he spun off from the University of Michigan in 1995, which has become the most popular site around for academic researchers looking for primary sources in the humanities in particular. I mean, really popular. People get JSTOR tattoos, folks.

Anime Style Gaudium Games Explains How To Build an Indie Gaming Studio
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Anime Style Gaudium Games Explains How To Build an Indie Gaming Studio

Gaudium is an Ann Arbor-based gaming studio that creates classic anime-style games. We sat down recently with founder Andrew Yang to ask what everyone has been asking us lately: how do you grow a gaming studio in a smaller market like Michigan? Gaudium’s current game, Armor Blitz, looks pretty mainstream for such a small studio. It has an anime trailer (shown above) and can be downloaded on Google Play (4.2 stars with 2800+ reviews) or you can play online on Nutaku.

Dreaming Door Games Launches New Open World Game Golden Treasure: The Great Green
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Dreaming Door Games Launches New Open World Game Golden Treasure: The Great Green

Just launched this week, new Windows/PC game Golden Treasure: The Great Green is a Michigan-produced philosophical open world game that puts you in the middle of a world where dragons are on the wane and humans on the rise. The game, which will later migrate to tablets and mobile as well, was created by a new gaming studio headed by former Sega and LucasArts game developer Benjamin Ludwig.

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