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Ryan Vaughn

By Ryan Vaughn

For leaders, meditation is more useful than business school

Meditation makes people better leaders, and when done consistently can be more effective than any knowledge on leadership one could acquire. Hard stop. If you are in a leadership position, nearly all acquired knowledge (including any degree on which you spent many tens of thousands of dollars) is obsolete the moment it’s acquired, given the pace of[...]

Alexa Goins, Kenzie Academy

By Alexa Goins, Kenzie Academy

6 Traits Every Successful Remote Employee Has

Looking for a new position in the COVID job economy? Interested in upping your game as a remote worker? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, you’ve come to the right place.  We know remote work isn't everyone's cup of tea. Some people thrive working from home, but for others, it doesn't always come so naturally. With many companies o[...]

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

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

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[...]

Ryan Landau

By Ryan Landau

5 Job Hunting Tips for Finding a Purposeful Career

Finding a job can often be frustrating and challenging—and it only gets harder during a pandemic. There’s record unemployment right now, which makes the talent pool extra large right now—and finding a job extra daunting.  But we’re breaking down some best practices and job hunting tips that will make searching for job opportunities—whether that’s d[...]

Lauren Zyber

By Lauren Zyber

A Guide to Metro Detroit's Best Carryout Ice Cream Shops

It’s getting warmer which means one thing–ice cream season. Though I’m not opposed to eating ice cream in the colder months, there’s nothing like a good ice cream cone on a hot day.  Many of the best ice cream shops in Metro Detroit are still open for carryout, so don’t worry, you can still get your ice cream fix—and a pretty good one at that.  Fro[...]