DETROIT, MI - Dan Gilbert is taking his pitch for Detroit has a tech startup city to Silicon Valley.
The billionaire owner of Quicken Loans and dozens of buildings in
downtown Detroit made the case for the Motor City at TechCrunch Disrupt
in San Francisco this week.
"Detroit right now is Detroit 1914, almost," Gilbert said. "It's an
extremely exciting place There is all kinds of action downtown with
hundreds of technology companies and now venture capital has come in."
"It's hard to imagine if you haven't been here," Gilbert added. "I
always tell people I'd rather not talk about it because whatever I say
doesn't do it justice because the perception is so different from what
you see on the ground there."
Gilbert tailored his pitch to the San Francisco crowd noting Detroit
offers a "gold rush" of talent from the University of Michigan, Michigan
State and Wayne State, affordable office space, and a Midwestern work
ethic that seems cliche, but is true.