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Tom Kelly - Automation Alley, Director Of Entrepreneurship

OpEd: Startups should target customers before capital

Metro Detroit is not Silicon Valley, says Tom Kelly, Automation Alley's Director of Entrepreneurship. He argues that startups looking for investment need to be crafting their products and strategies around actual customer demand rather than speculative innovations.


Can we power the Mitten with "energy freedom"?

It's a brave new energy world in Michigan. Coal is on the way out, natural gas, wind and solar are on the way in. But the bigger question is who will generate electricity in the future-- traditional utilities, or individuals and communities? Metromode's Nina Ignaczak plugs in to find out.


Can local crowdfunding startups compete in a crowded field?

Ten years ago the concept behind crowdfunding barely existed. Today, it's a mainstream source of investment for businesses, artists, communities and real estate. Which means, a new, growing industry of crowdfunding platforms has taken root in metro Detroit. 

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Powering the Mitten: How does electricity get to your smartphone?

You plug in your smartphone and voila -- it's charged up and ready to whisk you off to cyberspace. But how exactly do those electrons get into your phone? Read on to find out.


5 Tough Questions for Conan Smith of the Michigan Suburbs Alliance

From poverty to regional cooperation to highway funding to city-suburb political rivalries, Metromode puts Michigan Suburbs Alliance Executive Director Conan Smith in the hot seat... and gets candid, thoughtful answers.


From almost famous to truly famous: Metro Detroit's up-and-coming chefs have arrived

Back in 2012 Metromode ran a two-part story on metro Detroit's up and coming restaurant scene and the chefs who were striving to make a name for themselves. So, where are these culinary young guns now? As it turns out, each and every one has not only delivered on their promise but exceeded expectations.

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How 'smart' is Michigan's electrical grid?

You may have a smart meter on your house, but what's so "smart" about it? We explore Michigan's foray into the "smart grid" and how it affects you.


Dearborn's Carhartt takes their rugged brand to a worldwide audience

For 125 years Carhartt has made clothing for blue collar professionals, developing a strong reputation for reliability and durability - features the fashion industry has rarely celebrated. But with a growing appreciation for craftsmanship - particularly among millennials - the  Dearborn-based company has found a new and enthusiastic audience.


Powering the Mitten: Report warns of looming electricity capacity shortfall

Michigan may be facing electric generation capacity shortfalls as soon as 2016, according to a new report. What does that mean for the state and how can it be avoided?

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The future of the Highland Park Ford Plant is in the past

There is a growing appreciation that industrial buildings built in the past present one-of-a-kind reuse opportunities today. Case in point: the vacant, 105 year-old Highland Park Ford Plant, which holds great potential both within its walls and for the surrounding neighborhood.


Powering the Mitten: What mix of fuel will power Michigan's future?

Electricity in Michigan comes mostly from coal and nuclear power, but that's set to change in the next decade. DTE Energy's Nick Khouri talks about how the utility is planning for the change.


What's going on with the RTA? Five tough questions with CEO Michael Ford

Of the top 25 metro regions, metro Detroit is the only one that doesn't have a functional regional mass transit system. The recently established RTA was meant to remedy that. But progress has been slow... and quiet. Metromode's Natalie Burg asks the organization's new CEO what's going on.


Happy Holidays!

Metromode wishes you the warmest of holiday wishes ...before its staff indulges in two weeks of rest, holiday cheer, and gift returns. We'll be back January 8th with more stories about the people, companies and innovations that fuel metro Detroit's creative and economic growth.


Attracting high tech talent to metro Detroit means combating negative perceptions

Attracting young, professional talent from outside the state can be tough for metro Detroit firms looking to hire the best and the brightest. Lifestyle is as important as job fit. That means overcoming the negative perceptions non-Michiganders have about a state many have never visited.


How to make metro Detroit a destination, not a point of departure, for foreign-born talent

Southeast Michigan attracts an impressive number of foreign-born residents and, as a result, entrepreneurs. But unlike most other metro regions, assimilation rather than ethnic enclaves is the rule of thumb. 
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