Founders Blog

  • Make an impact by the end of the year

    December 9, 2022

    One of our goals at Michigan Founders Fund is to help startup leaders become community leaders. We are doing this by building real, long-term relationships with community leaders and impact-focused organizations while helping Members both [...]

  • Fundraising is a ‘game’ these are the rules

    September 21, 2022

    Founder: Sergio Rodriguez-Valenzuela Company: ToDooly Stage: Seed Date Founded: 2019 Industry: Marketplace I didn’t have a safety cushion or the ability to do a family and friends round, so a meaningful capital injection into the company [...]

  • The Value of Team Service Days

    July 25, 2022

    Founder: Andy Fowler Company: Nutshell Stage: Growth Founded: 2010 Industry: SaaS Nutshell’s volunteerism and charitable giving have really only begun in the past two years. As a 12-year-old elder startup, that’s pretty deep into “better [...]

  • Transiency and the road less travelled

    May 3, 2022

    Founder: Phil Bak Company: atNav Stage: Seed Date Founded: 2022 Industry: Fintech, Capital Markets The coolest thing I ever saw as a kid was a dual VCR player. It was the height of technology, and it was awesome. So what [...]

  • The Importance of Founder Fellowship

    March 28, 2022

    Founder: Bhushan Kulkarni Company: InfoReady Stage: Growth Date Founded: 2010 Industry: Software, EdTech During the journey of starting, growing, and sustaining a start-up, we all face many challenges. You can’t find solutions to these challenges [...]

  • Startups: Build Resilient Teams through Honest Expectation Settings

    October 26, 2021

    Founder: David Corcoran Company: Digital Cowboy; Formerly Founder of Censys and TrustBearer Stage: Self-Funded Date Founded: 2013 Headcount: 1 Industry: Venture Development William Shatner is one of my favorite actors. My wife and I had [...]

  • Q&A With Two Michigan ClimateTech Founders

    October 5, 2021

    Darren Riley, Co-Founder & CEO, JustAir Kai Cui, Founder & CEO, CarbonTag Why did you decide to build a venture ClimateTech? What core problem are you hoping to solve? JustAir: Launching JustAir was rooted in [...]

  • Spotlight: Founder’s Retreat 2021 – Reignition

    August 31, 2021

    Back Row Left to Right: Dug Song, Marianna Poisera, Kathleen Craig, Rich Chang, Guy Suter, Kabir Maiga, Bhushan Kulkarni; Front Row Left to Right: Ashley M. Williams, Dr. Susan Shore, Kai Cui, Nydia Cardenas, Jen [...]

  • Why I moved my startup from California to Michigan

    August 26, 2021

    An interview with Prateek Sachdeva, Co-Founder and COO of Invisible AI Tell us more about Invisible.ai and why you decided to found a tech company? After college, my now-cofounder Eric Danziger and I were part [...]

  • Reality Needs Joy: Lessons learned from failure and starting over

    July 21, 2021

    By Guy Suter, Founder & CEO, Ampll Founder: Guy Suter Company: Ampll Stage: Seed Date Founded: 2020 Headcount: 8 Industry: Wellness Last year I wrote about some good advice I got when my last startup [...]

  • Communicating with Investors at the Right Frequency

    June 8, 2021

    For more from Jen Baird, see her blog: Startup CEO Reflections Founder: Jen Baird, Founder & CEO Company: Fifth Eye Stage: Series A Date Founded: 2014 Headcount: 9 Industry: Healthcare The more frequently you communicate, [...]

  • Focusing on the right problems

    May 11, 2021

    Founder: Trevor Hough, Co-Founder CEO Company: Yottled Stage: Pre-Seed Date Founded: 2020 Headcount: 5 Industry: E-Commerce and Content Management It’s incredibly challenging to be part of a start-up. There’s pressure from everywhere: meeting customer deadlines, [...]

  • Building purpose into the bottom line

    April 20, 2021

    Interview with WorkIt Health and Atomic Object on their Certified B Corp status The tech ecosystem is becoming an increasingly important engine for growth and talent throughout the state of Michigan. Many startups are successfully [...]

  • The 4 Biggest Lessons I’ve Learned as a Student Founder

    April 13, 2021

    Founder: Bennett Hilkert, Co-Founder CEO Company: Honesti Stage: Seed Date Founded: 2020 Headcount: 3 Industry: Mental Health & Tech The student founder experience is incredibly unique and challenging. Below I have outlined the 4 biggest [...]

  • How to bet on yourself!

    March 23, 2021

    Founder: Ashley M. Williams, CEO Company: RIZZARR Stage: Seed Date Founded: 2015 Headcount: 7 Industry: Marketing and Media It’s Women’s History Month and although the focus is on women, this article is also geared towards [...]

  • How to build a strong advisory team and who to invite to your startup leadership table

    February 25, 2021

    Founder: Kathleen Craig, CEO Company: HT Mobile Apps (HTMA) Stage: Preparing for Series A Date Founded: 2015 Headcount: 11 Industry: FinTech Being aware and thoughtful about how you build your leadership table is a key [...]

  • Startup genesis: choosing a problem to solve

    January 28, 2021

    For more from Jen Baird, see her blog: Startup CEO Reflections Founder: Jen Baird, Founder & CEO Company: Fifth Eye Date Founded: 2014 Forming a startup means that the founder(s) has an opportunity to choose [...]

  • Tools every startup should be using

    January 28, 2021

    Founder: Danny Ellis, Founder and CEO Company: SkySpecs Date Founded: 2012 Headcount: 75 employees Stage: Series C venture-backed tech company Industry: Energy Five minutes reading this article will save you hundreds of hours building your [...]