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Making it in GR: Lessons in crowdfunding

Self-proclaimed entrepreneur and Grand Rapids transplant, Don Rhoads, invented the BedBud Alarm out of a personal need. Through community involvement, market research and continuous revisions, he was able to develop his product. Though his journey is not over yet, he has already learned a lot along the way.


Wizards of the digital age: West Michigan tech leaders change the world with the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things is pushing the boundaries of technology, and West Michigan leaders have keen insights on a frontier that is revolutionizing the way the world interacts.

Adam Brent

UIX: Adam Brent and Cocoa tackle hunger, redefine waste by strengthening local roots

Adam Brent has a rich history. Rich in experience, and rich in nutrients. His work with Cocoa has been strengthening local root systems through an innovative and ancient approach: make the best compost you can.

Rudy Carrasco

UIX: Rudy Carrasco and Partners Worldwide are ending poverty

Partners Worldwide is taking down poverty. That being a tremendous project requiring vast resources, the non-profit must lean heavily on its strongest asset—its people.

Sean Ammirati

'The Science of Growth': Venture capitalist's new book studies why some startups change the world

Want to know why some companies fail and others flourish? A venture capitalist has a new book about his search for the practices that fueled some of the most successful startups in recent history, and he’s hoping it will give entrepreneurs in Grand Rapids and across the country a blueprint for capturing some of that startup magic themselves.
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