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Dan Gilbert – A Detroit Visionary!

WXYZ’s Detroit 2020 recently featured Quicken Loans Chairman Dan Gilbert, discussing his take on downtown Detroit’s future. Here’s some info from their website:

“Dan Gilbert wants to help Detroit become prosperous again.  And he’s putting his money where his mouth is.

The Chairman of Quicken Loans is moving 2,000 more workers from the suburbs to the heart of downtown Detroit.

Gilbert tells Detroit 2020 his company is talking to Apple about bring a retail store to the Chase Tower, which he recently bought.  Many of the workers coming downtown will be working at the Chase building.

Quicken Loans is the nation’s largest online lender.  Inside their headquarters at the Compuware Building, the atmosphere is Google-esque…with a ping-pong table, a slushy machine, and popcorn.  It’s also open, airy and colorful.

Gilbert also has companies that invest in entrepreneurs, which he believes are key to the city’s turnaround.

Channel 7′s Carolyn Clifford talked one-on-one with Gilbert:”

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Thanks, Quicken Loans and Fathead!

Boba Fett Fathead and Jude FettMy son, Jude, is the world’s biggest Star Wars fan. Well, wait. That’s a big claim considering some of the Star Wars fans out there. Ok, he’s at least the world’s biggest 5-year-old Star Wars fan. He’s watched the movies countless times, he visits the 501st Legion every year at the Motor City Comic Con (as seen in this post), he watches the cartoons, and my god, he has toys out the wazoo. Last year, I even went so far as to make a stormtrooper costume for Halloween because  in his mind a simple store-bought stormtrooper would NOT do. We spend the drive to and from school discussing why Anakin was overcome by the dark side, why it’s good to be a Jedi, why Boba Fett  (his favorite) was a bounty hunter and how he doesn’t think that Boba was necessarily BAD, per se, but misunderstood. Needless to say, the boy loves Star Wars.

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LiveWork Detroit Shows Students Advantages of City Living

LiveWork Detroit, an event sponsored by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, brought nearly 250 students from 20 universities to downtown Detroit last Friday to learn more about what’s to love about living in the Motor City.

The tour kicked off at the lovely Fillmore Theater, where young visitors were addressed by a variety of speakers – from Shannon Homes, Chief of Staff for Mayor Bing, to Jennifer Berkemeier, Special Events Director of the Fillmore. The overall theme was that young people who want to make their mark have a wide-open playing field and lots of community support in up-and-coming Detroit.

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Five buses toured just some of the highlights of Detroit.

In light of Detroit’s recent loss of population, Bryan Barnhill, a former DPS student and recent Harvard grad who now works as an aid to the mayor, brought up the historical Detroit fire of 1805.  He said the people of Detroit probably had a very low census that year, too. But residents rebuilt the city to one of the most important in the nation, which is a testament to the character of Detroiters and proof the city will rise again. Visitors were also enlightened to many unknowns about Detroit — for instance, Detroit is home to the second largest theater district in the nation, with over 13,000 theater seats in a 2-block radius. And downtown has over 130 bars and restaurants in its one square mile. And the incredible affordability of living right in the middle of it.

Students and visitors then boarded five buses for a whirlwind tour of the city, given by the knowledgeable guides at Inside Detroit.

Buses zipped around town, stopping at highlights like the gorgeous art deco Guardian Building, Belle Isle park, Eastern Market, Cork Town, The Heidelberg Project, and hot spots of Midtown, like the Avalon bakery.

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Detroit & Quicken Loans Featured In Delta In-Flight Magazine!

Detroit Feature in Delta's Sky MagazinePicture this – you’ve just reached 40,000 ft. in the air on your way to Bali or Hawaii or some other wonderful tropical region. You just missed #SNOMG or Snopocolypse 2011 or whatever you’d like to call it and you can’t wait to rest your feet on the sands of some far off land. The captain has just turned off the fasten seat belt sign and you reach for the compartment in front of you and grab Delta Airlines in-flight magazine thinking you’ll pass the time leafing through the pages. Little did you know, you were about to be introduced to the wonderful world of Detroit!

Delta’s Sky Magazine has put together an incredible 42 page spread about the fair and often misunderstood city of Detroit featuring none other than Dan Gilbert and Quicken Loans. Delta carries people to 348 destinations in 64 countries around the world. Many of these people probably have no idea about some of the truly amazing things Detroit has to offer. Things like: Good Girls Go To Paris – a creperie started by a former French teacher, that we are home to the largest historic market district in the country or that you can drive to Chicago, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh and Buffalo from Detroit in 5 hours or less.

The February 2011 issue of Sky Magazine is packed with fascinating information about Detroit. Quicken Loans Chairman & Bizdom U Founder Dan Gilbert is featured discussing the incredible business opportunities that Detroit offers entrepreneurs of any variety.

It’s a new dawn in Detroit. Things are happening here and the world is beginning to recognize it. As Dan Gilbert says in the magazine: “We’re on the cusp of everything taking off in a big way…”

Not planning on hitting the big sky anytime soon? Don’t worry – you can read the entire feature here.

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Obsessed With Finding a Better Potato

If there's one thing that I love in this world, it's potatoes.  I love my husband, I love my dogs, I love wearing comfortable shoes – but above all this, I REALLY REALLY LOVE POTATOES.  So when I saw this:

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I think my heart literally stopped for a moment.

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Dan Gilbert’s Big Move Featured in Detroit News

As a native Detroiter I love seeing good news about the Motor City. Detroit has taken its fair share of knocks lately, but Dan Gilbert’s decision to move Quicken Loans downtown has infused some hope into those who love the city. Quicken Loans’ story was featured in today’s Detroit News, framing a positive outlook for the company and its new hometown.

Fulfilling his promise to move Quicken Loans and associated businesses downtown, Gilbert is pushing against much of mainstream thought that Detroit is too far gone to be welcoming environment for any corporation. And for those that know Gilbert, he is all about keeping his word.

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One of the Greatest CEO Emails Ever

Making employees love working at your company is a key to having a successful business. To do this, Quicken Loans does its best to get rid of old corporate structure and make sure every employee is on the same playing field. “Boss” is a four-letter word and each team-member has a say in projects vital to the overall success of the organization. That’s a culture we can be proud of here at QL.

This focus on culture is why we love Woot.com CEO Matt Rutledge’s recent email to his employees. In the letter, Matt announces Woot’s big decision to join Amazon and answers some burning questions in an awesome way.

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Bizdom U Featured in New York Times

In the New York Times article, Fostering Entrepreneurs, and Trying to Revive a City, writer Pamela Ryckman focuses on the startup companies Bizdom U has helped launch and its goal of growing Detroit’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

“Bizdom U operates on the principle that entrepreneurs are born, not made,” writes Ryckman. “Its program leaders do not necessarily believe entrepreneurship can be taught. Instead, an essential part of Bizdom U’s job is to unearth candidates with a distinct combination of vision, ambition, drive and risk tolerance, and then mold them into business owners.”

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Bizdom’s Quest for the Best Entrepreneurs in Detroit

I was lucky enough to attend Detroit Startup Weekend and I’d have to say there’s a ton of entrepreneurial talent in the Motor City. These bright and motivated people were looking to come up with the next startup business while striving to make a difference.  From some sweet charity ideas like CauseCrazy.com to the future in mobile marketing in Salt Codes, there was no shortage of creativity on display.

 

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The DIFF welcomes a new Bizdom biz: PostEGram

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!

DIFF welcomes a new Bizdom biz: PostEGram

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.

That’s where PostEgram comes in. 

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Thursday, March 30, 2017