Ryan Landau

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Ryan Landau is the founder of Purpose Jobs, the Midwest’s largest startup and tech community. Purpose Jobs connects talent with purpose-driven startups based on skills, experience and culture contribution. The platform is centered around community, education, culture and purpose. Ryan is passionate about helping people connect, do good things and come together in this growing Midwest startup community.
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Top Grand Rapids Startups to Watch in 2022

West Michigan is smack dab between Ann Arbor/Detroit’s tech and startup hub emergence and Chicago’s new habit of minting unicorns about once a month. And Grand Rapids, Michigan, is having its own tech renaissance in 2021. Next year is expected to be even better. We’ll show you what we’re looking forward to hearing more about...
Ann Arbor startups
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Top Ann Arbor Tech Companies and Startups to Watch in 2022

Ann Arbor continues to be one of the top growing tech ecosystems around the country with some of the best startups to watch. A combination of university talent pipelines, top-rated quality of life, growing startup ecosystem, and growing VC funding has Tree Town topping lists as one of the best places to start a tech...
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How the Midwest Startup and Tech Scene Boomed in 2021

As the old saying goes, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither was Silicon Valley, nor the Silicon Prairie. What’s happening in the Midwest has been years in the making, but there’s no doubt that 2021 was a huge year for Midwest startups. From major funding rounds to explosive IPOs, new funds to new...
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Top Detroit Startups and Tech Companies to Watch in 2022

Michigan is now the state with the highest growth in VC investment. Now many Detroit startups are on the fast track to growth. Whether it’s new funding, expansions or IPOs, it’s been an eventful year in Detroit startups. Next year is looking even better. Here are the top Detroit startups and tech companies to watch in...
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The Best Coworking Spaces in Detroit for Your Hybrid Work Model

Many companies are emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic with a hybrid work model, meaning some employees will return to the office at least part-time, but others will collaborate remotely. Navigating what this working plan actually looks like can be tricky. When — and where — can your team get together? Coworking spaces support hybrid work...
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12 Midwest Startups Offering Mental Health Benefits

Are you looking for a healthy work environment with a job that offers mental health benefits? As the mental health crisis continues to worsen and companies continue to work remotely, startups are rethinking their benefits. Free snacks and Ping Pong just aren’t cutting it in a remote world. Startups are offering better benefits than ever when...
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Post-COVID-19 Recruiting Trends: What’s Changing About How We Hire

A lot is changing about how we work as we emerge from the coronavirus pandemic, but what about how companies hire? COVID-19 has shifted priorities for many workers who had to juggle them this last year or who had a taste of a different lifestyle. This means how companies recruit has to change to keep...
midwest sustainability startups
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7 Midwest Sustainability Startups to Know About in 2021

We’re so happy that more startups than ever are founded on a mission of sustainability. If you’re looking for a great job at a Midwest sustainability startup, you have so many choices. We rounded up some great companies doing good work in the environmental space in the Midwest. Here are a few of the awesome...
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Sustainable Furniture Brand Floyd Raises $15 Million in Series B Funding

Based in Detroit, Floyd is a sustainable furniture startup founded by Alex O'Dell and Kyle Hoff. On Wednesday, April 21, 2021, the company announced it raised a $15 million Series B funding round. The round was led by Walden Ventures with participation from Beringea, La-Z-Boy, 14w and JPMorgan Chase. This brings Floyd's total funding to $25...
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The Midwest’s Top Female Founders to Watch in 2021

“We always say unapologetically: we're here to win, we're here to win big, and our opportunity is big." That was Lori Coulter, CEO and co-founder of Summersalt, speaking at the State of the Midwest Startup Community 2020. There’s no denying that women have made many strides in closing the gender gap in tech, but those trends...
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Top Ann Arbor Startups and Tech Companies to Watch in 2021

Ann Arbor is perfectly positioned to be one of the best cities for tech jobs. Not just in the Midwest, but in the country. It’s home to a world-class university, developing cutting edge research as well as top tech talent. It’s an affordable place to live, unlike coastal cities like San Francisco and New York. And...
detroit startups
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Top Detroit Startups and Tech Companies to Watch in 2021

It's a myth that only the top startups and the best startup jobs are in Silicon Valley or New York City. As a Midwest company built for Midwest startups, we know that’s just not true. In 2020, Glassdoor came out with a list of the top 25 U.S. Cities for jobs. And guess what—most of the cities...
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These 8 Startups are Among the Top in the Midwest (and the U.S.)

Why were there only two Midwest startups on LinkedIn’s list of the top 50 startups on the rise? Cameo, based in Chicago (as well as remotely), and Seamless.AI, based in Columbus, are really awesome startups, and we were so happy to see them on the list. We just think LinkedIn missed a couple more major Midwest players. There’s this myth...