President and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK Presents at National Summit on Autonomous Vehicles

Ann Arbor SPARK recently had the opportunity to participate in the Autotech Council’s summit on autonomous vehicles. The Autotech Council is a Silicon Valley-based organization focused on increasing the amount of innovation in the automotive industry. At the summit, Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK, shared the Ann Arbor region’s success in growing the autonomous and connected vehicle ecosystem. His highlights included the... [Read More...]

Conversations on Economic Opportunity with Sean Heiney

Barracuda Networks announced earlier this year that they would be expanding their operations into the heart of downtown Ann Arbor, where the old Borders store was located. Paul Krutko sat down with Barracuda’s director of new products initiatives, Sean Heiney, as part of SPARK’s podcast series. Q&A Paul:  You are the director of new product initiatives at Barracuda. You’ve been in charge of the Ann Arbor site and you’ve been here since... [Read More...]

MichAGAIN – Opening New Pipelines to Talent

Written by Britany Affolter-Caine Talent is a critical key to economic prosperity. In an effort to provide Ann Arbor companies with greater access to talent, Ann Arbor SPARK is in Silicon Valley with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation as part of the MichAGAIN series – recruiting trips to regions that have top talent from software developers and marketing professionals to C-level executives and life scientists with Michigan roots and... [Read More...]

Its a small world after all

Paul Krutko speaking at the VC breakfast. Our team is up bright and early this Tuesday morning to spread the word of cool technologies, high returns, and the growing venture capital scene in Michigan to a group of around 30 Silicon Valley VC’s and high net worth individuals. The group was very interested in hearing more about our upcoming CEO Podcast between Paul Krutko, President and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK,  and Jan Garfinkle, Founder and Managing... [Read More...]

Bay Area CEO’s Experience Pure Michigan

It was a chilly but eventful Monday in the Valley for our MichAGAIN team. After visiting many coffee shops, some owned by Michiganders (shout out to Good Karma Cafe), speaking with students in the Society of Computer Engineering at San Jose State University, and learning about the Hacker Dojo in Mountain View (stay tuned for tomorrow’s update) it was time for our CEO to CEO dinner. No, there is no free parking in San Jose either! It was highly attended... [Read More...]

Paul Krutko Appointed New CEO and President, Ann Arbor SPARK

Paul Krutko, Ann Arbor SPARK's new CEO, President Paul Krutko has been selected as the new president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK. Krutko will join the organization on April 18 and will oversee continued efforts to expand economic opportunities in the Ann Arbor region through collaboration with local, state, federal and university resources. Krutko brings over 31 years of economic and business development expertise to Ann Arbor SPARK. Recently,... [Read More...]

Final California Blog

I want to go back to “Google land” where the toilet seats are heated and you are never more than 150 feet from food. My California journey is done and I am now back on eastern standard time. The last day of the trip was a perfect ending to a marvelous journey. Read more.  Read More →

Silicon Valley 101

Jennifer Owens’ California blogging continues. She met with a Stanford School of Business Professor and the San Francisco Center for Economic Development. Read her latest GLITR post.  Read More →

More Blogging from California

Read more about the companies that Ann Arbor SPARK is meeting with in the Bay Area in Jennifer Owens’ 3rd GLITR blog installment.  Read More →

Michigan – A great place to live

Anne and I have lived in many states.  We are not native to Michigan but spent five years up north in the 80’s.  We were awed by the clear fresh water and the variety of trees and wildlife.  We agreed we wanted to come back, which we did.  One of the other things that impressed us was the diversity of entertainment options, lifestyles, industry and people.  Although we had the opportunity to move to silicon valley we opted to stay in the... [Read More...]

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