WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: John Gallagher Reviews Day 4 of Detroit Startup Week (Episode 81)

On this morning’s WJR Business Beat, Jeff welcomes back John Gallagher, former Detroit Free Press columnist, noted author and WJR Business Beat reporter, who shares his review of Thursday’s sessions during Detroit Startup Week.

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“If Detroit Startup Week is demonstrating anything, it’s that the startup world is adapting to the new normal created by the coronavirus lockdown.”

– John Gallagher

Tune in to News/Talk 760 AM WJR weekday mornings at 7:11 a.m. for the WJR Business Beat. Listeners outside of the Detroit area can listen live HERE.

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WJR Business Beat Transcript

Good morning, Paul.

Well, as you know, this is Detroit Startup Week, going on all week here in Detroit this year, it’s all virtual, no in person meetings or events at all, all taking place online. The first of its kind in the world, as I understand, and we’ve got our Business Beat reporter, our StartupNation Business Beat reporter, John Gallagher, who’s going to give us a review from yesterday’s conference.

If Detroit Startup Week is demonstrating anything, it’s that the startup world is adapting to the new normal created by the coronavirus lockdown. Thursday morning saw a thoughtful discussion of social entrepreneurship, featuring Dr. Marcus Harris, the lecturer in entrepreneurship at the university of Michigan Dearborn dispelling the myth that social entrepreneurs are somehow different from all other entrepreneurs.

Harris said that social entrepreneurship follows the same process that traditional entrepreneurship does. Quote, “You still have to raise capital,” he said. “You still have to have a product or service that fills a customer or market need.” What’s different, he said, is the motivation. The goal is to pursue a social mission, perhaps creating more jobs for low income people or generating profits to share with the community.

But you’re pursuing that social mission through commercial means. Generating social value begins with having a successful business. Quote, “social entrepreneurs make money,” Harris said. They still generate profits. The only difference is that the main goal is designed to create social impact. He cited the example of Greyston Bakery in Yonkers, New York, whose motto is, quote, “We don’t hire people to bake brownies. We bake brownies to hire people.”

Jeff Sloan, CEO of StartupNation, said the coronavirus crisis has revealed how unnecessary were some of the old ways of doing this, like flying to the west coast for a one-hour business meeting. A lot of these things are being shaken out of business today, he said, but it took a crisis to break down such hardened business habits.

“It was a hard thing to disrupt how we were doing business before,” he said.

These sessions and more at Detroit Startup Week illustrate that the coronavirus crisis presents opportunities for entrepreneurs as well as challenges. As Jeff Sloan said, quote, “Now more than ever, the intuition of an entrepreneur comes into play today like never before.”

For StartupNation, this is John Gallagher.

Thanks John. We’ve got one more great day of Detroit Startup Week ahead.

Don’t miss it today. A couple of highlights to point out. We’ve got women owned businesses in Michigan, that’s StartupNation Radio live featuring RJ King and Monica Wheat. That’ll be at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM today.

And then, how about The Power of a Photograph led by the one and only Linda Solomon, check that out at 11:00 AM today as well.

There’s lots of other great programming and I’m Jeff Sloan, founder and CEO of StartupNation.com, and that’s today’s Business Beat on the Great Voice of the Great Lakes, WJR.

This segment brought to you by Dell Technologies.

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TravelBirds is putting the Social back into Travel Reviews.

Travel review sites are notoriously unreliable. Often the haunt of many spammers, the sites can quickly go from useful to aggravating if you’re simply looking for good, reliable information about what to see and do.

Anonymous commenting accounts are a large part of the problem found on legacy travel review sites. Readers can’t even be sure if the people commenting have actually seen the site they list, or whether they are posting paid review content.  


TravelBirds launched just this year, the brainchild of Max Darby, who currently runs the stie himself. It was designed to bring some of that “personal touch” feeling back to travel booking, by building a place for travel-vertical sharing among friends and family.

The site is designed with a unique Founder/Trailblazer rubric which applies icons to the accounts of users who are the first to report on a given city/specific attraction. In this manner, users develop a sense of “personal responsibility” for each new item they list, and are able to keep track of, and correct, other people’s reviews about attractions already listed.

The upshot is a travel directory where the users create all the valuable content for free, simply by engaging in the regular back-and-forth tug-of-war that is social media, in a forum specifically designed to engineer this dynamic.

As CEO Darby explains,  “With an ever changing world and busy lives the importance of making every moment count matters. TravelBirds is the best way to share with family and friends what to do with those moments.”

Badges and social are the most novel part of the TravelBirds site, and if you visit them at usetravelbirds.com you can browse their deep archives of site-specific photos, maps, and other helpful resources for all your travel planning needs. 

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Unbiased Top Tech Reviews for the Average Joe

Joe Tech Reviews is an uncompromisingly unbiased technological product and service review website. Founded by Walter Apai earlier this year, the site focuses on deep, data-driven dives into all aspects of the emerging tech market.

Their editorial model is based around a core group of editors dedicated to turning complex and abstruse technical comparisons into easy-to-understand review articles written in the common vernacular.

The emerging tech market has completely fragmented, to the point where it’s impossible for any one individual to follow all the emergent trends in even a single vertical. Keeping track of the tech markets used to be a relatively-simple two-prong assignment, with just hardware and software, and only a few large industrial players.

Joe Tech’s editorial team provides something of a return to this halcyon simplicity, at least for their readership. As niche-topic experts, they bring a data-driven clarity to their reviews that cuts through the manufactured marketing hype, and addresses base principles.

The site’s experts stay ahead of the news by locking backward, over the history of technologies, at the same time they look forward. They concocate the vast panoply of information that the Internet provides down into simple, succinct and action-forward analysis you can use to best drive your own business (and personal) technology buying decisions.



So if you’re in the market for something novel and flashy (and let’s face it, who among us isn’t?) then you should quickly run its name through the search function at joetechreviews.com. If they haven’t looked at it yet, you’ll know it must be very novel, and if they have looked at it, they will explain to you everything they’ve learned about it which might be relevant to your purchase decision.

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