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Detroiter Magazine – September 2014 Highlights

At the 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference, best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell delivered a keynote speech focused on the essence of great transformations. Drawing on three key lessons, Gladwell noted that those who push great transformations are disagreeable in nature, have reframed the question and operate with a sense of urgency. The speech resulted in the Conference To-Do List item celebrating the innovators who are defying conventional thinking and creating groundbreaking companies in Michigan. Picking up that conversation, the September Detroiter highlights a small sample of those who are driving innovation,
reshaping the region and leading transformational change.


  • A Futurist’s Perspective

    Keeping Ford on the cutting edge Page 42-43 By James Amend The entrepreneurial spirit epitomized by founder Henry Ford remains alive and well at Ford Motor Co., but the industry scion might scratch his head over the title – although Continue Reading Continue Reading

  • A Landmark City

    Page 40

    Detroit – the D! It has become cool and fashionable to live in our great city. Detroit is my home, and I’ve lived here all my life – educated through the Detroit Public School System and the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture. Detroit is in my blood. Continue Reading

  • The Venture Capital

    Page 28-29

    There’s a long list of ingredients in the recipe for Ann Arbor’s continued entrepreneurship success. It’s not a quick dish, but rather a multicourse meal prepared, tweaked and perfected over several years. Continue Reading

  • An Immigrant’s Story

    Page 34-35

    Cheong Choon Ng, 45, left his home in Malaysia and came to the United States in the 1990s to study mechanical engineering. He ended up staying in the United States after graduation and spent the next 16 years working in the automotive industry, most recently as a crash safety engineer for Nissan in Farmington Hills.
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  • The Sound of Success

    Page 30-31

    Jake Sigal is the founder and former CEO of Livio, a music and technology startup that he created out of his guest bedroom in Ferndale. A fan of being his own boss, Sigal developed the first WiFi branded Pandora Internet radio and quickly earned millions in funds from investors and venture capital firms. Continue Reading

  • The Money Question

    Page 32-33

    As vice president and director of the Venture Development Organization within the community development financial institution known as Invest Detroit, Martin Dober sees a bright future for the city’s growing entrepreneurial ecosystem. Prior to joining Invest Detroit, Dober was senior vice president of entrepreneurship and innovation for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), where he directed technology investment programs under the state’s 21st Century Jobs Fund. Continue Reading

  • An Entrepreneurial Awakening

    Page 22-23

    The Motor City, once a hub for innovation that spawned the nation’s auto industry and countless other enterprises, is returning to its entrepreneurial roots and focusing on small businesses rather than relying on the industrial giants that for decades carried most of the state’s economic burden. Continue Reading

  • Leading the Innovation District

    Page 20-21

    Looking to harness, amplify and spread the economic power of areas like downtown and Midtown, Detroit is hoping to create an innovation district. Mayor Mike Duggan tapped Henry Ford Health System CEO Nancy Schlichting to chair a 17-person advisory committee. Continue Reading

  • Time For Detroit

    Page 18-19

    Few businesses have influenced the transformation in Detroit quite like Shinola. Its American-made products like watches and bikes have challenged the national narrative about the city like few others. Continue Reading

  • Development Done Differently

    Page 14-16

    Following the success of Slows Bar BQ in Corktown, Phillip Cooley could have easily called it a day. Instead, the restaurateur purchased a 30,000 squarefoot warehouse, also in Corktown, to afford those who seek to bring their own entrepreneurial dreams to life a place to design, build, grow and succeed. In the process Cooley, perhaps unwittingly, took on a new title: economic developer. Continue Reading

  • The FOOD Connection

    Page 36-37

    Devita Davison is the co-director of FoodLab Detroit, a nonprofit organization that represents a diverse community of food businesses and allies working to make good food a sustainable reality for all Detroiters. FoodLab provides support to over 100 food businesses through high-quality workshops, field trips, networking opportunities and assistance navigating licensing regulations – all with the goal of cultivating good food businesses. Continue Reading

  • Detroit’s Brand of Disagreeables

    Page 12-13

    The ability to recognize untapped opportunity is almost the definition of what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur. If the opportunity has already been tapped, chances are so has the success. Continue Reading

  • Putting the ‘D’ in Disagreeable

    Page 6

    At the 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference, bestselling author and global thought leader Malcolm Gladwell described the type of individual needed to bring about transformative change. In addition to being creative and conscientious, these individuals must have one trait above all others: They must be “disagreeable.”
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  • The Conversation ‘Startgrids’ Here

    Page 24-25

    The power of networking can’t be denied, and the Detroit Regional Chamber is taking the concept to a new level in an effort to connect area entrepreneurs. In February, the Chamber announced its collaboration with Startgrid, a virtual platform for entrepreneurs to connect, share resources, experience and knowledge – and even do business. Continue Reading

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