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Ann Arbor Spark

November 16, 2017

CEO Podcast: Len Gauger, Connect Space

November 09, 2017

CEO Podcast: Carrie Leahy, LDFA

October 18, 2017

CEO Podcast: Aaron Rajda, Ford Labs

October 03, 2017

CEO Podcast: Bekah Wallace, Cultivate Ypsi

Cultivate Coffee and Tap House is playing a role in the resurgence of Ypsilanti’s Depot Town. Owner Bekah Wallace created Cultivate to be an inclusive destination where “everyone belongs.” In her podcast with Ann Arbor SPARK’s president and CEO Paul Krutko, Wallace talks about Cultivate’s unique non-profit business model and why it’s important to her […]
September 21, 2017

CEO Podcast: Rich Perlberg, EDCLC

Rich Perlberg is chair of the Economic Development Council of Livingston County (EDCLC), a key economic development partner of Ann Arbor SPARK. Perlberg was instrumental in creating the partnership, and also championed the creation of the Greater Ann Arbor Region, a multi-county partnership designed to encourage economic growth more broadly across southeast Michigan. In his […]
September 14, 2017

CEO Podcast: Jeff Mason, GroundSpeed

Jeff Mason is CEO and founder of Groundspeed Analytics, Inc. Groundspeed uses machine learning to help commercial P&C brokers and insurance carriers unlock insights from static document files like loss runs, policy forms, and exposure schedules. In his podcast with Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK, Jeff discusses successfully completing a series […]
August 17, 2017

CEO Podcast: Kimberly Gamez, Mi Padrino

Kim Gamez, the CEO and founder of Mi Padrino, saw a need in her own Hispanic community for a simple alternative to traditional methods of organizing, planning, and funding events. Mi Padrino allows family members to accomplish those tasks and donate to Quinceañeras, weddings, and baby showers. In her conversation with Paul Krutko, president and […]
August 10, 2017

CEO Podcast: Steve Hopkins, Curo Inc.

Steve Hopkins is president of Curo Technologies, a Melbourne, Australia-based healthtech company. Curo’s in-home sensors monitor elderly adults and relays that data to families, caregivers, and insurance companies. In his conversation with Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK, Hopkins talks about the importance of simplifying how caregivers access critical day-to-day information, such […]
July 20, 2017

CEO Podcast: Scott Andres, Brookings

“Scott Andes is a fellow with the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Initiative on Innovation and Placemaking for the Brookings Institution. His work focuses on innovation strategies for cities, advanced manufacturing, and science and technology policy. In his podcast conversation with Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK, Scott discusses what it […]
June 22, 2017

CEO Podcast: Ken Fischer, UMS

Ken Fischer is president of the University Musical Society (UMS) of the University of Michigan and has been a tireless advocate for the Ann Arbor arts community. During his 30-year tenure, he has made a tremendous impact on the performing arts scene and quality of life in the region. The list of accolades he has […]
June 06, 2017

CEO Podcast: Sean Ainsworth, RetroSense Therapeutics

You may have heard about the recent acquisition of Ann Arbor’s gene therapy solutions company, RetroSenseTherapeutics. Sean Ainsworth, founder and CEO of RetroSense, sits down with Ann Arbor SPARK’s CEO, Paul Krutko, to discuss the technology behind the company – Optogenetics – the company’s acquisition by Allergen, Sean’s background and what led him to start […]
May 22, 2017

CEO Podcast: John Maddox, American Center for Mobility

The American Center for Mobility (ACM) is a product testing and development facility for future mobility to accelerate the development of voluntary standards, and to deliver educational and training opportunities for the workforce. We sat down with John Maddox, CEO of ACM, to discuss this monumental project, his background, how SPARK has played a role […]
The KLA Site Selection Process with Ann Arbor SPARK

2018 marked a significant number of economic development projects for the Ann Arbor region, including the noteworthy announcement that KLA — a Silicon Valley-headquartered provider of process control solutions for semiconductor and related industries — selected Ann Arbor as the home for a new R&D facility. The new development is expected to generate a total capital investment of $70 million and create 500 high tech jobs over the next five years.