Successful Michigan-based custom software makers Atomic Object have just announced the opening of a fourth office in Raleigh-Durham, 20 years after being founded in Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor. “The Grand Rapids-founded software design and development consultancy has grown into the Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Chicago, Illinois, markets over the past 21 years,” the founders…
Want to learn Stable Diffusion AI? Take this course
If you heard about the Stable Diffusion AI release and want to learn how to run it, this new course is for you. Fast.ai is running a course that can take you all the way through learning how to run Stable Diffusion. “Three years ago we pioneered Deep Learning from the Foundations, an in depth course…
Dalle & Stable Diffusion: AI Has as Hard a Time Drawing Hands as I Do
Stability AI recently announced the public launch of their Stability Diffusion AI image generator based on text-to-image generation that can run on consumer GPUs to generate custom art within seconds. The internet kind of freaked out. Top of people’s minds: should it be legal to generate art that is derivative of copyrighted art, and will…
Chicago’s Fly.io Closes $37 Million in Funding, Is Hiring
Chicago’s Fly.io helps small companies launch and run applications with a global network of servers with low latency and affordable prices, solving the problem of finding servers for independent developers or small startups. This is because Fly.io helps companies and developers deploy app servers close to their users. On Thursday, Fly.io announced the closing of…
CarBeast creates AI tool to predict car repair costs
CarBeast is a Michigan and California-based startup who created an AI tool with a different application: it helps you make informed decisions about the repair and maintenance of your car, even before it has problems.
AI Tool from Stefanini, Lawrence Tech Helps Run Smart Factories
AI tool Sophie, from Stefanini, is now helping run factories, because of a partnership between Stefanini Group and Lawrence Technological University (LTU). It’s one of the first applications we’ve seen of natural language processing for AI integration with smart manufacturing, and we sat down with Stefanini leadership to learn about the challenges of developing AI for manufacturing applications and why this type of application is a cutting edge use of the technology.
North Coast Ventures Raises $38M for Midwest SaaS Startups
Cleveland’s North Coast Ventures has raised another $38 million to invest in Midwest startup companies, after investing $60 million in 57 regional companies in the last few years. This VC fund focuses on scalable SaaS companies, so we thought we would profile a few of them for you to show you what firms like NCV are looking for in a software startup.
Midwest High Growth Tech Startups To Watch 2022: Detroit
Detroit continues its lead in the autonomous vehicle and electric vehicle space with new startups coming out every month to address pedestrian safety, in-vehicle AI-based connectivity, and more. As transportation, advanced manufacturing, last-mile logistics, and autonomous technologies advance, expect to see more government investment in these areas to secure Michigan’s future dominance of these markets. Detroit’s got skin in the game and is already investing in an autonomous test highway, multiple self-driving car test facilities, drone deliveries for automakers and the airport, and mobility-focused incubators to support startups across Detroit and the state.
Eoxs Pivots to Analytics Software for Steel
Eoxs has been one of the most popular stories we’ve covered on Cronicle. The startup disrupted steel buying technology by providing an e-commerce solution for steel buyers to create their own marketplaces online within one day. The industry was interested in the technology, but reportedly didn’t want marketplaces killing off retail competition, as can happen sometimes. Eoxs founder Rajat Jain says he also didn’t want to be in steel but to focus his efforts in software. So, the startup pivoted quickly to offer cloud-based reporting software for the steel industry–another low-hanging fruit in an industry still using basic reporting and analytics tools.
Ann Arbor Startup Salud Brings Wedding Planners As a Subscription Online
Recent University of Michigan Ross School of Business Dare To Dream Grant recipients Shivani Kothari and Anne Goering had an idea: create an online service that helps engaged couples plan their wedding affordably with the assistance of a human wedding planner. The duo, both working on MBAs finished in 2020 and 2021, received the grant in Fall of 2020, and have already launched their startup.