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launch website to lure
laid-off Yahoo workers
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pread the word. A group of Detroit businesses in which Dan
Gilbert has ownership are encouraging the more than 2,000
recently laid-off Yahoo employees to consider bringing their
talents to the Motor City.
Quicken Loans, Detroit Venture Partners, Rockbridge Growth
Equity and Fathead.com are among the Downtown Detroit-based
companies interested in hiring hundreds of technology and marketing
professionals formerly employed by Yahoo.
The group has created a website, www.ValleytoDetroit.com , for
these technology and Internet marketing pros to upload their resumes.
The companies will immediately begin interviews and have committed
to fly final candidates to Detroit to introduce them to the wide-range
of established and start-up companies that have sprung up in the
city's emerging technology corridor over the past two years, creating
the vibrant arts and entrepreneurial renaissance in Detroit that has
gained the city national acclaim.
"Detroit is quickly emerging as one of the nation's best-kept secrets
when it comes to technology, Internet and mobile-related jobs," said
Josh Linkner, CEO and Managing Partner of Detroit Venture Partners,
a Detroit-based high-tech venture capital fund. "We know that there
is a great deal of talent inside of Yahoo — especially in marketing
and web development, and we're encouraging those who have been
impacted by job cuts to consider Detroit as the next stop in their
"In the DVP portfolio alone, we have 12 startups that we think
would be attractive to those looking to regain the excitement of
working in a creative, collaborative and entrepreneurial environment,"
The businesses involved in the initiative will match candidates with
hundreds of open positions and immediately begin phone interviews.
Face-to-face meetings will then be scheduled in Palo Alto during a
recruiting event in May, and a smaller group of candidates will be
flown to Detroit for interviews and a tour of Downtown businesses
and start-ups that are hiring. El
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April 19 • 2012