Atomic Object not only made the plunge into Detroit, opening a satellite office downtown last summer, but now the software firm is looking for a startup to join it.
"We believe very strongly in Michigan," says Bruce Watson, managing partner of Atomic Object
. "We are a Michigan company investing in Michigan."
The Grand Rapids-based company specializes in custom software for both web and mobile applications. It opened its Detroit office in Harmonie Park in June on the third floor of 1407 Randolph. The company now employ 41 people after hiring 11 over the last year, including a contingent of five in Detroit. It expects to grow its Detroit staff to 20 within the next two years.
"It's a no-brainer choice to come here and invest," Watson says.
Atomic Object occupies 2,600 square feet at 1407 Randolph. It is looking to share that space with an early stage tech start-up. The free office space
doesn't come with much in the way of strings attached. The chosen startup won't have to give up a piece of its ownership for the space. Atomic Object is looking to help a start-up grow that it can collaborate with.
"We believe that investing in Detroit is more than providing good wages and paying taxes," Watson says. "We believe giving back to the community is also part of it."
For information on the free office space send an email here
or call 313-444-6010. Applications are due by Jan. 10 and the winner will be chosen within a week of the deadline.
Source: Bruce Watson, managing partner of Atomic Object
Writer: Jon Zemke
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