MVCA 2018 Up-and-Coming Company Nominees

What excites me most about the startup ecosystem in Michigan right now is the momentum that we are building.  Not only does 2018 represent a significant milestone with Duo Security’s $2.35B exit, but we are also seeing an increasing number of exciting new companies that are being built in Michigan focused on disrupting very large and…

A2 New Tech Meetup

Plugging into the Ann Arbor Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Lately the frequency of people who contact me asking about how to get plugged into the Ann Arbor Entrepreneurial Ecosystem is growing.  10 Years ago when I moved from the California high tech scene back to Michigan it was me who was asking people how to get connected… I’m hoping to return the favor by sharing this…

This is What Disruption Sounds Like

What do CDs, laptop computers and 4-year universities have in common?  They all are being disrupted. Disruptive innovation is a term coined by Clayton Christensen, which describes the process in which a simple application that appears (and are initially dismissed) at the bottom of a market consistently moves up market until they eventually displaces the…

The Computers We Sit In

Each decade the technology we use gets smaller and more portable.  In the 1980 & 1990’s we were set free to work from home (or on vacation) with laptop’s going mainstream.  The smartphone changed the last decade for us to forever being able to answer any question at anytime and redefined the word “bump”.   And…

Ann Arbor Entrepreneurs Make a Statement

The largest business plan competition, Accelerate Michigan, had just completed its main award ($500,000) a week before.  This week, however, a dozen startups gathered in the basement of Ann Arbor SPARK  to give their pitch after weeks of hard work not for prize money but for the opportunity to learn the skills necessary to take…

Leaving Safe Harbor

The wind was a steady 25 knots gusting to 30 at 10am Saturday morning. Outside the harbor break wall the waves were 8-10 feet rolling South towards our next port of call and I had a decision to make: Stay put or leave our safe harbor to engage the open water towards our next adventure.…

Can startups do battle with giants?

I’m often asked by people if a startup really can compete with a behemoth software company like Microsoft?  After all, couldn’t Microsoft just turn their attention on any startup and squash it like a bug? In theory, possibly… but in reality, not likely!  Big companies are usually so full of bureaucracy they can’t even do…