Detroit technology businesses have a message for newly laid off Yahoo employees: The Motor City will welcome you with open arms.
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A group of Detroit tech businesses — including Quicken Loans, Detroit Venture Partners, Rockbridge Growth Equity and Fathead.com — are among the companies interested in hiring hundreds of technology and marketing professionals formerly employed by Yahoo. Or anyone else looking for a career change, for that matter.
How interested? The group has created the website ValleytoDetroit to promote its campaign. Companies will immediately begin interviews and have committed to fly in final candidates to introduce them to what the local boosters claim is a wide-range of established and startup companies that have sprung up in the city’s emerging tech corridor.
Editor’s note: The site offers an option to purchase $2 “tokens” which it claims ensures your resume will be viewed by a hiring manager within 15 days or the fee will be returned. We don’t like that angle, but we’ll see how it works. If anyone has tried the site out, let us know how it turned out one way or another in the comments below.
“Detroit is quickly emerging as one of the nation’s best kept secrets when it comes to technology, Internet and mobile-related jobs,” says Josh Linkner, CEO and Managing Partner of Detroit Venture Partners, a technology 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 career.”
Updated April 19 to add editor’s note.