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This Is Not a Post About Flying Taxis… Yet
Mobility Tech, Tech News

This Is Not a Post About Flying Taxis… Yet

Cars are gonna fly any day now, or so the story goes according to the non-transportation media. It’s a nice thought, and it will be here eventually. Everybody wants to live like the Jetsons, right? But the reality of drones, self-driving air transport, and the integration of ground and air transportation communication and highways is on the way. It just looks very different than you might expect.

This Is Not a Post About Flying Taxis… Yet
Mobility Tech, Tech News

This Is Not a Post About Flying Taxis… Yet

Cars are gonna fly any day now, or so the story goes according to the non-transportation media. It’s a nice thought, and it will be here eventually. Everybody wants to live like the Jetsons, right? But the reality of drones, self-driving air transport, and the integration of ground and air transportation communication and highways is on the way. It just looks very different than you might expect.

Ann Arbor’s Censys Hires Security Industry Evangelist Derek Abdine as CTO
Announcements, Recruiting, Security, Tech News

Ann Arbor’s Censys Hires Security Industry Evangelist Derek Abdine as CTO

Cybersecurity startup Censys, which offers visibility and risk assessment of businesses’ constantly evolving security vulnerabilities, recently announced that it has hired Derek Abdine as CTO, who will head up technical strategy and innovation. Abdine brings 15 years of work in security industry leadership to the role, as well as experience as an industry evangelist.

Universal Robots’ Vision for Collaborative Automation
Engineering, Tech News

Universal Robots’ Vision for Collaborative Automation

Automation. It’s an unavoidable job stealer, right? Well, maybe sometimes, but when it comes to automation in smaller factory lines, something big is changing. It’s the type of robots, and how they work with people instead of replacing them. Universal Robots is a 12-year-old company founded in Odense, Denmark, with offices in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Universal Robots has a totally different vision for robotics than most manufacturers. “These robots are approachable, accessible, and should be able to work side by side with skilled humans instead of replacing them,” says Universal Robots Senior Manager of Strategic Marketing & Applications Development Joe Campbell. Moreover, they can be programmed in a matter of minutes with training in a few hours, not requiring a degree in robotics to program or operate.

How Tech Startups Are Succeeding During COVID-19
Funding, Mobility Tech, Tech News

How Tech Startups Are Succeeding During COVID-19

Research labs have been shut down. Small businesses are searching for funding. But it’s not all bad news in the emerging tech hubs of the Midwest. Especially in hard-hit Michigan, the structure is in place to allow some startups to do quite well during challenging times. We went in to a few interviews of Midwest tech companies and startup coaches thinking they would help us pay forward resources to startup founders to get through these hard times. In addition to resources, they had some good news.

ProQuest Offers COVID-19 & SARS/MERS Virus Research Free To Libraries & Academic Research Customers
Announcements, Tech News

ProQuest Offers COVID-19 & SARS/MERS Virus Research Free To Libraries & Academic Research Customers

Ann Arbor-based academic research database company ProQuest has just announced it is aggregating a database of coronavirus and related virus research available through its library customers and to academic research users for free to assist in research and data analysis of the quickly developing COVID-19 outbreak. “The Coronavirus Research Database saves time and improves outcomes for researchers by aggregating authoritative content from ProQuest with content made available at no cost by members of the International Association of STM Publishers…. Journals, preprints, conference proceedings and dissertations provide comprehensive coverage of COVID-19 and other past coronavirus outbreaks, such as MERS and SARS, for context around the current global pandemic. Full-text content in the database is available either directly from ProQuest or via links to publisher sites.”

Michigan Tech Events Move Online
Announcements, Networking, Tech Events, Tech News

Michigan Tech Events Move Online

Our new online tech events page is live and being updated on a rolling basis as many tech communities in Ann Arbor-Detroit and the greater Great Lakes region move online in the coming weeks. Many events have been cancelled temporarily, but this is a great opportunity to attend events that were previously limited to local audiences now open to anyone online. Many are free. We hope you are staying safe and still able to work through these difficult times. Be well.

The Traverse City Tech Scene’s Growth, According to 20 Fathoms’ New Head Lauren Bigelow
Networking, Tech News

The Traverse City Tech Scene’s Growth, According to 20 Fathoms’ New Head Lauren Bigelow

Traverse City, Michigan, tech incubator 20Fathoms recently welcomed new head Lauren Bigelow, a veteran of the startup community in Michigan. Bigelow was director of Ann Arbor’s IT Zone, the predecessor to Ann Arbor SPARK, and has worked for years to help build new businesses in Michigan. “I love this work, because I love building things,” Bigelow told us from her office near Lake Michigan. “20 Fathoms was an opportunity to take my background and serve this incredibly supportive community.”

MAXAR Builds Next-Generation Technology For Space Infrastructure To Earth Intelligence To Self-Driving Cars
Engineering, Mobility Tech, Tech News

MAXAR Builds Next-Generation Technology For Space Infrastructure To Earth Intelligence To Self-Driving Cars

Little known fact: Ypsilanti, Michigan, has been home to a satellite and remote sensing company now called MAXAR since 1947. Focused on space infrastructure, remote sensing for earth intelligence, and the technology to support self-driving cars, MAXAR and the companies that came before it were originally spun out from the University of Michigan and were hosted at the old Willow Run Labs.

re:purpose Connects The High-Growth Tech Ecosystem in Detroit
Networking, Recruiting, Tech News

re:purpose Connects The High-Growth Tech Ecosystem in Detroit

Did you ever wonder how candidates land jobs at hot tech companies like Duo out of Ann Arbor and StockX in Detroit? It’s a high-growth space, but operates mostly through back channels–or at least it seems that way in a landscape that is still frequently underrepresented in media coverage of business and local news. Ryan Landau is founder of re:purpose, a tech-focused startup recruiting firm that works with fast-moving companies. Startups and tech firms including Duo, StockX, WeWork, Bloomscape, Atomic Object, Detroit Venture Partners and the like come to Landau to source talent in an environment that still has trouble holding talent from leaving for the coasts.

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