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Lis Bokt

UIX: Lis Bokt and The Geek Group combine inspiration, innovation, and perspiration

Whether it's engineering know-how, mechanical prowess, educational opportunities, or simply making creative ideas manifest, The Geek Group and executive director Lisa Bokt excel at facilitating manufacturing through the creative process in many different ways.


Local software company Blue Medora flies under the radar, even as sales blast off

With an admittedly 'unsexy' focus on a small niche in the software field, Grand Rapids' Blue Medora may never become a household name, even in their home city. But they’ve quickly established an elite profile within their field, and have grown into one of Grand Rapids' largest and most promising software startups.

Vanessa Gore

UIX: Vanessa Gore's Soletics innovates with warmth in motion

Soletics' CCO Vanessa Gore has a knack for adapting to the new territories her company has explored in the short time since its founding. Serving everyone from athletes to those who suffer from chronic pain, Gore connects their needs to Soletics' problem solving technology.

New police chief David Rahinsky listens during a city commission meeting.

Why Not?: OperationBodyCam GR opens up a community conversation

What does the national trend towards police body cameras mean here in Grand Rapids? It's a measure that finds almost universal favor among civil rights advocates and citizens from a range of backgrounds on Internet comment threads and in community meetings. But dig deeper, and the pros and cons of the technology get murkier. Rapid Growth's managing editor Stephanie Doublestein spent a night in a patrol car on a ride-along with the Grand Rapids Police Department last month, interviewed both Chief Rahinsky and those behind the recent community initiative OperationBodyCamGR, and attended this week's Grand Rapids City Commission meeting to help you understand what the growing call for body cams means here in our city.


RapidChat: Ashima Saigal

Ashima Saigal just returned from the Dreamforce conference in San Francisco where she was recognized for her work helping nonprofits make peace with their data. Ashima has always been ahead of her time: she studied Computer Science at MSU and was an early adopter of both cloud-based computing and yoga. Now that the world is catching up, she’s zooming ahead: weaving a thread of mindfulness throughout life and work, observing more women entering her field, and, finally, moving to a new home in Grand Rapids proper. Read on as we chat all about it.
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