Tech – Daily Detroit What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Sun, 17 Jun 2018 17:52:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 FlashFoodBox Launches in Detroit, Marijuana Ordinance Proposed in Detroit, Como’s Bought & More News Thu, 07 Jun 2018 21:29:02 +0000

You Daily Detroit News Byte Podcast (subscribe free here!) recorded on June 7, 2018.

– Members of Detroit City Council will debate a new proposal to regulate medical marijuana businesses in the city.

– The Republican-controlled state House and Senate have adopted a citizen petition to pull the prevailing wage law off the books.

– City councils in two of Oakland County’s largest cities, Troy and Novi, say voters should be allowed to decide the fate of a regional transit tax in November.

– It’s one of the Detroit area’s hottest and most closely watched pieces of real estate. And now, the former Como’s Restaurant at Woodward and Nine Mile in Ferndale has a new owner.

– Nearly $98 million in Federal money, pending congressional approval, will be coming to help fix Mound Road.

– Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk will be in Detroit this weekend. He’s headlining the re-opening ceremony on Saturday for Wayfinding, a combination public art installation and skate park next to Campus Martius.

– Motor City Pride festival is this weekend.

– There’s a new delivery service called FlashFoodBox that’s opening up in Detroit as its first U.S. city. The company is looking to change the game, and get fresh food delivered to people, right to their door.

Jer caught up with their founder Josh Domingues at WeWork Thursday morning.

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Facebook, Grand Circus To Kick Off Second Round Of Training In Detroit and Grand Rapids Wed, 16 May 2018 17:30:41 +0000

Facebook is supporting a second round of bootcamps in Detroit and Grand Rapids.

The participants, through Grand Circus, will receive full scholarships valued at nearly $10,000. Participants will receive training in C# and dot NET in Grand Rapids, and Java in Detroit.

This second bootcamp is a part of Facebook’s plan to train 3,000 Michiganders in coding and social media business marketing over the next two years.

25 students were in the first bootcamp last fall. Graduates have since been placed at 15 companies throughout Michigan, according to Grand Circus.

Students are also taught skills beyond the code, including soft skill sessions, career 1-on-1s and mock interviews.

Applications are open through June 15th, and qualified students will be assessed on a first-come, first-served basis. The program starts in the middle of July and runs through September.

To qualify for program and scholarship, you need to be a Michigan resident, at least 18 years old, make $50 grand or less and unemployed or underemployed. If you sign up, you’re going to have be available the entire camp, which means during the day every day during classes.

To get in, they want you to have a college degree already or some completed coursework and three years of professional experience and some programming experience.


Here’s the full list, per their press release:

Key Dates:

  • May 8, 2018: Rolling applications opened
  • June 15, 2018: Rolling applications close
  • July 16, 2018: Facebook Bootcamp Begins
  • September 21, 2018: Facebook Bootcamp Concludes

Eligible Students Must:

  • Be a Michigan resident
  • Be at least 18 year’s old
  • Be available for the full length of the bootcamp
  • Have an individual annual income of $50k or less
  • Consider themselves unemployed or underemployed

Ideal students will have:

  • A college degree or some completed college coursework
  • At least three years of professional experience, preferably with some exposure to diverse team-based environments
  • Experience in a back-end programming language (self-taught, formal education or professional experience)
  • Examples to demonstrate resourcefulness and a tenacity to overcome obstacles
  • An openness to receiving and giving feedback
  • A growth mindset, a great attitude and eagerness to learn at lightning speed

For additional information on Grand Circus visit:

For additional information on the Facebook Bootcamp, or to apply, visit:

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PODCAST: Detroit Road Repaving, Abdul El-Sayed’s Mi-Fi Internet Plan & More Wed, 09 May 2018 22:06:23 +0000

This is your Daily Detroit News Byte for Byte for Wednesday, May 9, 2018. Here are your stories:

– Three Michigan cities are among the top 10 most violent in America

– Homelessness is down for a third year in three core cities

Ridesharing service Lyft and Detroit’s bus system partner up – Detroit kicks off $88 million in road repaving

– Wayne State invests in a new partnership to find solutions for Detroit

– And we talk Mi-Fi – Gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed’s plan for net neutrality and a state-owned internet provider with IT in the D’s Nuri Gocay.

Don’t miss another episode. We have new shows each day of the week. Be sure to subscribe to the Daily Detroit News Byte Podcast in Apple Podcasts or wherever shows are found.

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Abdul El-Sayed Pitches Proposal For Net Neutrality, Michigan Public Broadband Called “Mi-Fi” Tue, 08 May 2018 02:59:20 +0000

The race for governor is heating up.

Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, who is currently polling third on the Democratic ticket is wading into the waters of net neutrality.

Net neutrality is a concept that aims to maintain a level playing field on the Internet between all users and publicly-owned internet.

His idea, in pre-event materials obtained by Daily Detroit, is that “MI-Fi is our solution; publicly owned broadband infrastructure can ensure that every household in rural and urban Michigan has the access they need, and protect net neutrality in our state.”

It’s billed as a policy for public broadband and to ensure net neutrality in Michigan. 

This wouldn’t be a huge leap for El-Sayed. The candidate has positioned himself on the progressive side of the Democratic ticket and is also is pushing for free college tuition for Michigan families who make $150,000 or less.

El-Sayed is polling third behind front runner and entrepreneur Shri Thenadar and establishment favorite, former legislator Gretchen Whitmer.

Since this writing the proposal has been released on his website. Here’s a link. It’s in-depth, so it’ll take some time to process.

We’re pulling together a panel to discuss it on our Daily Detroit News Byte podcast on Tuesday.

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News Byte Podcast: $130 Million For Detroit’s Neighborhoods, Bringing Back Detroit’s Cornices & More Tue, 08 May 2018 02:22:56 +0000

This is your Daily Detroit News Byte for Monday, May 7, 2018. Here are your stories for today:

Detroit’s neighborhoods could see $130 million in investment…

The DMC and Wayne State physicians sign a 6-month extension…

The Detroit Pistons change horses and fire their coach…

High-end apartment rents are rising across metro Detroit…

Net neutrality and public broadband in Michigan comes back into the discussion with a new proposal…

A Detroit bakery has shut its doors after 95 years…

And you might have noticed that some of downtown Detroit’s buildings are looking a bit fancier lately. That’s because they’re getting their decorative cornices back, after missing them for decades. We talked to Sachse Construction‘s Kevin Blind about what it takes to make that happen.

Of course, find the Daily Detroit News Byte on Apple Podcasts, Overcast, Amazon Alexa or wherever you listen to your favorite shows.


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PODCAST – Detroit: Become Human, The Largest Robotics Competition In The World Comes To Detroit, Daffodils & More Mon, 23 Apr 2018 20:24:30 +0000

Here’s your Daily Detroit News Byte For Monday, April 23, 2018 recorded in beautiful Grand Circus Park.

  • A video game set in Detroit, “Detroit: Become Human” is about to launch. A playable demo comes out Tuesday.
  • The largest robotics competition in the world is coming to Detroit this week
  • Detroit’s harnessing some flower power
  • A Cass Corridor jazz club relaunches four decades after it was shut down
  • And we attended a very contentious meeting between Detroit’s big 4 leaders. We break down where the break down is happening.

Here’s that daffodil map we talked about in the show:

Sven and Jer are your hosts. Thanks to Milo Digital, Digital Marketing Secrets Revealed, and Podcast Detroit for their support.

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PODCAST: Interview With Muralist Hubert Massey, JoAnne Purtan, The Best Burger Joint & More Fri, 06 Apr 2018 01:17:52 +0000

Here’s your Daily Detroit News Byte For Thursday, April 5th, 2018.

  • Michigan’s lone unicorn tech company is opening a Detroit office
  • Macomb County has a new plan to band-aid pockmarked roads
  • The Hazel Park Racetrack Has Closed
  • The hit musical Hamilton is coming to Detroit
  • There’s new developments for the Fail Jail
  • JoAnne Purtan returns to the airwaves
  • A vegan restaurant will open in Royal Oak
  • A new supergroup commemorates Detroit’s own MC5
  • A Dearborn burger joint is named one of the best in Nation
  • There’s a new, giant fresco going into Cobo Center. We had a conversation with Muralist Hubert Massey about this new project and more.

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Michigan’s Unicorn Tech Company, Duo Security, Expands Into Downtown Detroit Thu, 05 Apr 2018 01:43:23 +0000

One of Michigan’s hottest tech companies is expanding into downtown Detroit.

Ann Arbor-based Duo Security announced Wednesday that 30 people in the company’s engineering, information services and product teams would be moving to shared office space in Bamboo Detroit in the Madison Building on Washington Boulevard.

More employees will be coming by the end of the year, as 9,000 square feet of exclusive space at Bamboo on the building’s sixth floor gets built out.

Although based in Ann Arbor, Duo has been very involved in Detroit’s startup community through events and sponsorships.

This is a big tenant win for Bamboo, an independent coworking space that opened in 2013.

It’s one of the more diverse coworking spaces in the city, with nearly half of the 200 businesses being minority-owned. More than half the tenant businesses are women-owned.

Back to Duo Security. They currently have 350 employees in the state, and 600 globally with offices in Austin, Texas; San Mateo, California and London.

The company is one of Michigan’s few so-called “unicorn” tech companies, meaning they’re valued at more than $1 billion dollars.

In 2017, Duo raised $70 million in additional financing at an over $1 billion valuation, the largest venture-capital funding round in Michigan history, according to the Michigan Venture Capital Association.

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Detroit Mayor Says He Won’t Ticket Airbnb Hosts, Will Review Ordinance Fri, 09 Feb 2018 15:30:07 +0000 It looks like the city administration got caught flat-footed yesterday when it became public that an ordinance change in 2017 is resulting in notices being sent to Detroit Airbnb hosts.

If you’re not familiar, Airbnb is an online service that allows people to easily list and rent out a room or a property on a short-term basis.

In a statement sent this morning, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan says that the ordinance as written appears to ban all homeowners from having even their own friends and relatives stay at their homes if that friend or relative is paying rent.

Here’s the Mayor’s statement in full:

Detroit homeowners have been able to rent out a room in their homes for more than 100 years and we don’t believe the new ordinance was intended to take away that right. The ordinance as written appears to ban all homeowners from having even their own friends and relatives stay at their homes if that friend or relative is paying them rent. The public was never told that was intended.  I have asked the law department to review this question and give BSEED guidance.  

Media reports that enforcement efforts have begun under this ordinance are false. Over the last two years there have been a few enforcement actions that have involved Airbnb properties, but those tickets have arisen from other complaints or violations related to those properties.

Until the law department review is complete, BSEED will not be ticketing homeowners for renting out rooms in their own residence, whether through airbnb or otherwise.  BSEED and the administration will be working with City Council to resolve these issues. 

In response, Airbnb’s Ben Breit said the following:

We applaud the city for doing the right thing and protecting every day people who are sharing their homes to pay the bills. Airbnb has partnered with hundreds of cities to develop commonsense home sharing regulations, and we look forward to collaborating with Detroit leaders moving forward.

Two Cents: It’s good that this looks like it will be resolved. It’s bad that this made it into law — with notices being sent — before anyone picked up on it.. even the Mayor himself.

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UberEATS Food Delivery Service Launches In Metro Detroit Thu, 30 Nov 2017 10:02:15 +0000 Detroit’s a geographically spread out region. So running to your favorite restaurant to pick something up might be a bit of a chore — or time you just don’t have between shifts or when you know you’re going to have to stay late.

Now, food might just be a tap of an app away if you’re in the city of Detroit some of the more inner ring suburbs.

Today ride sharing company Uber announced that they’re launching their food delivery service UberEATS in Detroit. This is the 100th city that they have launched the service across the globe.

We grabbed a screenshot of the map that shows the service area goes as north as about Birmingham, west to Inkster Road, south to Allen Park, includes all of the Grosse Pointes, and parts of Warren.

Screenshot of the UberEATS launch service area.

There will be an event this morning at Dilla’s Donuts in downtown Detroit.

Some of the launch partner restaurants, from checking out the site ahead of time, include but are not limited to:

  • Dilla’s Delights
  • Olga’s (Multiple Locations)
  • Andiamo (Multiple Locations)
  • Hot Taco
  • Kerby’s Koney Island (Multiple Locations)
  • Joebar (Hazel Park)
  • Pop’s For Italian (Ferndale)
  • Rosie O’Grady’s (Ferndale)
  • Park’s BBQ
  • New Center Eatery
  • Detroit Shrimp and Fish
  • Good Cakes And Bakes
  • Lily’s Seafood (Royal Oak)

They’re looking to expand the number of restaurant partners they have, as well as build up the number of drivers who get paid per delivery.

On average, UberEATS charges in other cities $5 an order to the customer as well as takes as much as 30% of the ticket price from the restaurant.

It’s all through the UberEATS app. Here’s what to do to try it.

  1. Download the free standalone UberEATS app for iOS or Android or head to
  2. Login with your Uber account
  3. Find a restaurant you know and love, and pick what you want from their menu
  4. Pay with your card on file
  5. Watch as the order is picked up and delivered to you

They’re offering a code to try it with free delivery on your first two orders with the promo code DETROITEATS in the app now through December 14.

Our Two Cents: Delivery services at scale are really tough to make work in Metro Detroit. There have been a lot of local startups that have failed to gain traction, whether it’s food delivery or dry cleaning or anything like that.

What often happens, from talking to and covering when apps from other cities come here, is that they find that Metro Detroit doesn’t have too many truly dense population areas that allow for a lot of deliveries in a small area. So the numbers end up having a hard time working like they would say in Chicago or Toronto.

There are local startups that serve very focused areas, and although there is GrubHub in town, it often just doesn’t have a depth of choices.

Uber has almost infinite money to throw at problems like this, so they might be able to make it work here.

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