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Christina Marfice

By Christina Marfice

Not Just Flyover Country: Why the Midwest is Home to the Next Big Tech Scene

When the Great Recession hit in 2010, lifelong entrepreneur Dana Todd’s San Diego startup failed. It wasn’t an easy time to find a new job, and Todd’s search eventually landed her in Chicago. Little did she know how much she’d grow to love the Midwest—and that she’d make it the place where she founded her next startup. “When I decided to go back in[...]

Christina Marfice

By Christina Marfice

Hiring for Tech Jobs has Increased More than 100% in These Midwestern Cities

When people think tech jobs, they tend to think Silicon Valley or New York City. They don’t think about the Midwest, which is better known for rolling farmland and wide-open spaces than a booming tech scene where startups thrive. But it’s time to think again about the Midwest.  This region comprises 19 percent of the entire U.S. GDP. Twenty-five pe[...]

Ryan Landau

By Ryan Landau

Low cost, high reward: new report shows Midwest tech jobs pay off

There are so many reasons why we love living and working in the Midwest—booming tech hubs, tight communities, laid-back lifestyles… It’s something many boomerangs are re-experiencing as they return to the Midwest after years in Silicon Valley. Because they’re realizing what the data clearly show: Working and living in the Midwest pays off.  We team[...]

Ryan Landau

By Ryan Landau

These 8 startups are among the top in the Midwest—and the U.S.

Why were there only two Midwest startups on LinkedIn’s recent list of the top 50 startups on the rise?  Cameo, based in Chicago (as well as remotely), and Seamless.AI, based in Columbus, are really awesome startups, and we were so happy to see them on the list. We just think LinkedIn missed a couple more major Midwest players.  There’s this myth th[...]

Lauren Zyber

By Lauren Zyber

Top Midwest Companies Hiring Marketing Roles Right Now

If you work in marketing, you know it can be a funny field. Us marketers wear a lot of hats, and it can be hard to find a position that fits your skills and experience.  The good news? There’s a lot of great Midwest startups and tech companies hiring marketers. Whether you’re looking for Detroit startups, Ann Arbor tech companies, tech jobs in Colu[...]

Lauren Zyber

By Lauren Zyber

Now hiring: virtual career fair hosts top Midwest startups, tech companies

On August 25th, purpose.jobs and the Midwest Tech Banking team at Silicon Valley Bank hosted the Midwest’s largest virtual career fair. Within 60 minutes we had…   922 RSVPs 44 companies 6 states (Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri and Iowa) 9 cities (including Detroit, Ann Arbor, Columbus, Chicago, Indianapolis) 1,551 job applications sen[...]

Lauren Zyber

By Lauren Zyber

Top 5 Midwest Venture Capital Firms in 2020

Ever wonder what powers the top Midwest startups and tech scene? Well, it’s a whole lot of good ideas, smart people to execute them, and, of course, capital. Starting a business takes a lot of money to get things off the ground, and there are many Midwest venture capital firms that are making it happen.  Venture capital is a type of equity financin[...]

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

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[...]