M@dison Building's Detroit Labs expands to 21 people in first year

Detroit Labs capped its first year of business by hiring its 21st employee and laying the groundwork for more extensive mobile application work in the near future.

Detroit Labs
got its start when Detroit Venture Partners CEO Josh Linkner put together a small group of local tech entrepreneurs to create a mobile app start-up. The company immediately moved into the M@dison Building when it opened last fall and has played a key role in filling out the tech hub in downtown Detroit.

Detroit Labs has gone from four founders to 21 employees and a handful of interns. Most of those new jobs are for tech professionals, such as software developers and designers. It has openings for more software developers and designers and expects to hire another 5-10 people by the end of this year.

"We've had great support from Detroit businesses and Detroit Venture Partners and (Quicken Loans Chairman) Dan Gilbert's family of companies," says Paul Glomski, CEO of Detroit Labs. "A lot of this growth is built on the support of our tech community here."

The core of Detroit Labs' work has come from Michigan-based companies, such as Quicken Loans and Stryker. It recently won awards for its work on developing mobile apps for Chevrolet's Super Bowl advertising campaign.

Glomski expects his company to continue its focus on mobile technology in the near term. It is working on mobile app games, other direct-to-consumer apps and mobile development tools. He and his co-founders envision Detroit Labs becoming a Edison labs factory farm for innovative ideas in mobile technology.

Source: Paul Glomski, CEO of Detroit Labs
Writer: Jon Zemke

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