Ann Arbor, Detroit must work together to further investment, Rise of the Rest panel says
Successful investors from outside Michigan got a taste Wednesday of the disjointed attitude toward business development in Southeast Michigan.
Steve Case, CEO of Washington, D.C.-based investment firm Revolution and co-founder and former chairman of AOL, led a panel at the Michigan Theater on Ann Arbor and Detroit’s increasingly important role in entrepreneurship and its missing cohesion. Case, who organized the panel as part of his Rise of the Rest tour that visits startup hubs in the Midwest, was joined on stage by Dan Gilbert, Quicken Loans Inc. chairman; J.D. Vance, venture capitalist and author of Hillbilly Elegy; and Mary Grove, director of global entrepreneur outreach at Google. Emily Heintz, associate director of the Michigan Venture Capital Association, moderated the panel.