Last Thursday I got to hang out with someone of the most influential entrepreneurs in the city. We were brainstorming our takeover... i'm just kidding. We were brainstorming, on how to follow through on the changes we were making to the city's startup ecosystem. We are all focused on our own siloed projects that have a main goal of making the city better. But we all seemed to have one thing in common... Others, that were not in this room, didn't seem to understand why we wanted to stay in Detroit or had moved back to Detroit. We all agreed that the thought annoyed us. There are so many other cities we could live in, and be a fish in the ocean, or we could come back home and be some of the biggest fish in the lake.
image from @nilesheron.
In every headline, Detroit is seen as the new 'tech startup scene' of a once-great city. Anywhere you look downtown, there's constant construction across the city, from apartments and condominiums to new office space. It's a young entrepreneur's oyster to launch a dream! There's an unmatched powerful feeling in the city that the engines are slowly going to roar like never before.
The momentum started a few years ago with the help of wealth homegrown investors starting the engine. One thing the group all agreed on, we are focused on and staying in Detroit, because we're passionate about it and we want to play our part in rebuilding. Detroiters are famous for their hustle and we aren't ashamed of our city, nor what it's been through. We aren't doing this to prove anything, we're doing it because we are good at it.
One things for sure, we all agreed that Detroit is well positioned for the renaissance we're creating. The support and resources are coming if they're not there already. We just have to make sure we don't drop the mic until the scene is exactly where we want it.
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