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Brian Hough

By Brian Hough

Taking a Page from the Midwest Playbook: What Tech Giants Could Learn as they Move Inland

After so many years of this myth that nothing’s going on in the Midwest, the secret’s out, and people are finally taking notice of the Heartland.  With the rise of remote work due to the COVID-19 pandemic, major companies like Facebook and Twitter are making remote work mainstream. We’ve seen companies like Stitch Fix announce they’re laying off pe[...]

Lauren Zyber

By Lauren Zyber

Meet Tandem, the Columbus startup creating a free marketplace for childcare

Even though Tandem has only been around for about ten months, CEO and co-founder Olivia Weinstock has been connecting families and babysitters for quite some time.  In 2010, at the age of 11, Olivia started a summer camp for kids in her backyard. By the end of high school, Kiddie Kamp was a huge interconnected network of 100 kids and their parents,[...]

Lauren Zyber

By Lauren Zyber

8 Reasons You’ll Love Working and Living in the Midwest

With the rise of remote work becoming more and more common, even at coastal tech giants like Facebook and Twitter, people are looking at the Midwest in a whole new light.  We’ve known it’s a great place to be. That’s why we’re here, doing what we do—helping talented folks in the Midwest find stellar places to work.  As companies move to more remote[...]

Lauren Zyber

By Lauren Zyber

The Duo Blueprint: How Ann Arbor's Duo Security is Changing the Midwest Startup Scene

“Our small city of freaks and geeks, fast learners, and team players has been a crucible for startups,” said Dug Song, Co-founder & General Manager of Duo Security at Cisco.  Ann Arbor has been a launchpad for cybersecurity startups, the most notable being Duo.  In 2018, Duo, one of the fastest-growing cybersecurity providers in the world, was acqu[...]

Ryan Landau

By Ryan Landau

Culture contribution: why we no longer say ‘culture fit’

We’ll be the first to say that we are always learning. That’s what we do at startups—we listen, learn, think, embrace new ideas, and make changes.  And we learned something really important recently, so I wanted to tell you about a change we’re making.  Back in June, we hosted a Diversity and Inclusion Panel via Zoom. I hope you joined us for it an[...]

Lauren Zyber

By Lauren Zyber

Becoming Better Allies: How Tech Companies can Build More Inclusive Cultures

When it comes to inclusion initiatives, Daniel Young says he learned from one of the best. Before founding Circadian Risk in Ann Arbor, Daniel worked at a private security guard company called Guardsmark. The founder, Ira Lipman, grew up during a turbulent time in Little Rock, Arkansas. He saw first-hand the discrimination at Little Rock Central Hi[...]

Lauren Zyber

By Lauren Zyber

Keep That Same Energy: What We Learned at the Diversity and Inclusion Panel

On June 23rd, purpose.jobs and DVP hosted a virtual panel discussion on diversity and inclusion. We had nearly 200 people join us on Zoom from various parts of the country and even around the world. Missed the panel? We’re recapping all the good stuff we learned from this important conversation. Check it out. Panelists: Kendra Mitchell, Chief of St[...]

Lauren Zyber

By Lauren Zyber

Dynatrace Detroit: a Software Company Growing on and off the Field

“Normally you walk into a lobby. But for us, our “lobby” is the field.” Ford Field, that is. You know, home of the Lions—and the #DynatraceDetroit team.  Dynatrace is a global software leader with an all-in-one platform. Their software provides answers, not just data, about the performance of applications, the underlying infrastructure, and the exp[...]

Ryan Landau

By Ryan Landau

Big News: purpose.jobs Expands to Columbus, OH

Three years ago we started purpose.jobs to help people find jobs they love in the Midwest.  We started in Detroit because Detroit is our home, and it’s one of the best cities for startup jobs. What’s even better? It’s surrounded by other amazing cities in the Midwest that are at the top of the startup game.  For years now the Midwest has been growi[...]

Lauren Zyber

By Lauren Zyber

Anti-Racist Actions Every Startup Founder Can Take Right Now

There’s no doubt that companies, big and small, can have a huge influence on a community. And being a founder, a CEO, a “boss,” and a leader comes with a great position of power. I’ll refrain from any Spiderman quotes here and get to the point. There are so many ways startups, founders, and venture capitalists in our community can use their power f[...]