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Techweek 2016: Resurgence of Detroit Through the Power of Technology

Detroit has become a hotbed for technology – from startups to Fortune 500 corporations. Innovation and entrepreneurship is leading the trend within the city and spreading across the entire state of Michigan. Take a walk through downtown Detroit and you […]


Linglong HeDetroit has become a hotbed for technology – from startups to Fortune 500 corporations. Innovation and entrepreneurship is leading the trend within the city and spreading across the entire state of Michigan. Take a walk through downtown Detroit and you will pass offices for Twitter, Google, and Quicken Loans. You can see the energy is different with an emphasis on development, whether in new construction to new technology being invented.

To showcase the momentum, Techweek Detroit was held last week at various locations across the city. The schedule was packed with industry leaders sharing their insights, entrepreneur tips and tricks to getting businesses off the ground, and networking events to build connections within the technology space.

Keynote speaker on Friday, Linglong He CIO of Quicken Loans, shared how the culture at Quicken Loans is the secret to its success. A few keys to its growth and top company culture: trust, alignment, integrity, eye on deadline and communication with the overall goal being on excellence, not perfection. “Carry your own sunshine – we can’t change the weather in Detroit, so carry your own strength and sunshine,” she encouraged.

Other speakers included:

  • David Behen, CIO of Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget
  • Jill Ford, Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship for the City of Detroit
  • Bridget Russ, CMO of Shinola
  • Taggart Matthiesen, Director of Product for Lyft

To see a full list or presenters and events, CLICK HERE.