After 25 years, we did it. Quicken Loans has reached and surpassed a major milestone. We’ve closed our millionth loan! Watch the video above to view our highly “technical” process for keeping track of all our loans and meet the Biedermanns – our one millionth closed client! If you’ve ever closed a loan with Quicken Loans – thank you. If you have yet to do so, now is a great time! There’s still time to enter our Thanks A Million Giveaway and get your mortgage paid off!
HI EVERYONE. DO YOU KNOW WHAT TODAY IS? IT'S INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY! "INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY? WHAT IS THAT? THAT'S NOT REAL." IS PROBABLY WHAT YOU'RE SAYING RIGHT NOW. UNFORTUNATELY, IF YOU DID SAY THAT, YOU ARE WRONG. BECAUSE IT IS VERY REAL AND VERY AWESOME. IT'S SO REAL IT'S ON WIKIPEDIA. IT WAS ALSO ON YOUR FAVORITE TECHNOLOGY BLOGS ENGADGET & THE NEXT WEB. THIS IS A SERIOUS AND VERY REAL PARODY HOLIDAY THAT I, FOR ONE, AM CELEBRATING WITH GREAT JOY TODAY. CARE TO JOIN ME? IT'S EASY.
So over here at the DIFF we're pretty big fans of our hometown of Detroit. Thus, we write about it a lot. Its really just that we have so much pride in our city we can't seem to help ourselves.
But let's be honest here for a second. Detroit needs a bit of sprucing. And like most cities that need some work, we have a lot of graffiti. Now, I've always been a fan of graffiti – so long as its done with taste and art in mind. Senseless tagging is just vandalism. Anyway, I was reading an article from the Detroit News about this pretty famous street artist who, low and behold, made his way to our fine city. As it turns out, Banksy (the famous street artist) gave us one of his creations on a wall of a building about to be torn down. Unfortunately, there are some not so happy things going on as a result of that, but I'll let you read the detnews.com article to find all that out.
What I think is more interesting is the artist himself. Banksy is apparently a very under the radar street artist from London whose works sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars. Pretty nice living, eh? He paints meticulous depictions of people and adds in some social commentary to go along with it. I went on over to his website and I must say, his work is kind of amazing. What's even more cool, is that he lets you print out his work from his website to make your own BanksyGear. What?!? Artists giving away their art? With all of the arguments out there about sharing music and movies and fear of copywrite infringement, I was really surprised. Not to mention, for us little people who can't imagine buying art for $100,000 or more, that's kind of a cool gift to pass on.
So mosey on over to the banksy.co.uk website and take a peek. Even if you aren't a fan of graffiti, you'll be impressed. I especially like the one he did in Detroit.
Another installment for our Bizdom Biz Feature series. This time, we welcome PostEGram to the Quicken Loans family. Read on to learn more about this awesome new venture!
If you’re like millions of Americans, chances are you’re on Facebook. Furthermore, odds are you’re uploading lots of photographs. About 2.5 Billion images are uploaded to Facebook every month. It seems as if it has never been easier to share your life in pictures with your family and friends, right?
Well it certainly is easy to connect on Facebook, but the truth is there may be someone special missing all those snapshots of school events, birthday parties and vacations—and that person is Grandma. Statistics show that about half of all Americans over the age of 65 do not have Internet access. So while you’re uploading images from your mobile phone, poor Grandma is looking in her mailbox looking for a letter from you.
One of my favorite home & product design blogs, Design*Sponge has a recurring feature that I just LOVE. It's called "Living In" and it utilizes some of the most notable films ever to grace the silver screen and showcases products that would allow you to convert your surroundings into their world. Today they featured a quintessential film from my childhood, Stand By Me. I love this movie and the inspiration boards she created using various screenshots made me swoon. I want everything! Well, except the blueberry pie…
FACT: The internet can often be an intimidating, overwhelming, scary and/or distracting place. That’s why I love any tool that can make my e-life easier. The more time I save searching for the perfect vintage teak chair the more time I can spend sitting in that very chair snuggling up to a vat of chocolate ice cream, watching Glee and gently weeping while I mouth the words to each song.
Change is happening in Detroit, are you a part of it?
That was the theme of the first annual Future Midwest conference, held this past weekend in Royal Oak, Mich. Headlined by former Digg CEO and native Detroiter Jay Adelson, the conference focused on growing businesses and spurring local entrepreneurs by bringing together the best and brightest digital minds from across the country.
From digital marketing to PR and social media, Future Midwest addressed how technology can be used to lift Detroit and pave the way for its future. As the conference’s keynote speaker, Adelson framed a positive vision for Detroit and urged young creatives to seize their opportunity.
Ok Go, is a rock band that I have been in love with since first viewing their “Here It Goes Again” performance on the MTV Music Awards in 2007, which was done entirely on treadmills. It was amazing to say the least. Since then the band has produced and performed a series of outstanding videos for their songs.
However, none have been truly as amazing as the “Here It Goes Again” performance, until now. Ok Go has just released two videos to their latest hit song “This Too Shall Pass”. The first video is the official one and was filmed in a two story warehouse with a machine that was designed by the band and members of Synn Labs. The next video although unofficial, is just as amazing and was filmed live with the Notre Dame marching band. I have posted the first one below and have attached a link below to the second video. After watching both please comment to let me know which one you like better. Personally, it’s a tough call, but I think I like the official one with the machine. Either way the song is great!
To view the second “This Too Shall Pass” video click HERE or to see the “Here It Goes Again” video click HERE.
Everyone has morning rituals. Some people get up, stretch, have a cup of coffee, hop in the shower, brush their teeth, let the dogs out, etc. The first thing I do in the morning is check Woot.com.
My friend and former Quicken Loans team member Jarrett “Spiderman” Knyal introduced me to Woot about four years ago and I’ve been hooked ever since. Maybe it’s an uber-geek personality that drives people like Jarrett and me to get so excited about a cult-like “deal-a-day” website or maybe it’s an online shopping addiction – who knows. Call it what you want, but you really can’t have too many Roombas (those nifty robotic vacuums that clean your floors, Jetsons-style).
Since my first Woot purchase (a Roomba, of course), I’ve amassed nearly 50 Woots (that’s what us in the “in crowd” call the daily Woot products), ranging from over a dozen t-shirts, countless screaming monkeys, a “bag of crap” (the most coveted of all Woot deals), two Dyson vacuum cleaners, a color laser printer, the greatest oven mitts I’ve ever owned, and of course, a marshmallow gun. There’s a special feeling when you arrive home from a long day at the office to discover a Woot box on your porch. It’s like one more little slice of happiness to round out the day.
Welcome to what we hope is the first of many posts to feature the launch of a new Bizdom U business. For those who don't know, Bizdom U is an entrepreneurial school in downtown Detroit from Quicken Loans Chairman Dan Gilbert.
You might remember us mentioning Guffly before – they're another Bizdom business which is about 6 months old.
So, without further ado, here is the first pitch to you, our dear DIFF readers from one of the newest Bizdom grads – Roger Williams of Launch Learning Group:
In these economic hard times chances are you know someone out of work or looking for a new career path. If so, a career in insurance may be right for them. There is an unlimited income potential, flexible hours and it’s an industry that is still growing even in this economy.
To assist people in breaking into the insurance industry, my partner Antonella Solomon and I just launched our business out of Bizdom U to help prospective insurance agents acquire their license by training them to pass the State exam on the first try. Our business, Launch Learning Group, has a new training model and we have broken the old mold of insurance training which is typically traditional, lecture based and boring.