Matt Roush joined WWJ Newsradio 950 in September 2001 to spearhead the launch of the Great Lakes IT Report, a daily e-mail newsletter covering the technology world from a Michigan perspective. The publication was rebranded as the WWJ Technology Report with Matt Roush in January 2013. The publication covers tech broadly, including hardware, software, advanced manufacturing, the life sciences, tech education, automotive technology such as telematics and advanced powertrains, and renewable energy technologies. The publication concentrates on Michigan-based companies and technologies and covers how Michigan is transforming its economy from brute-force manufacturing to knowledge-based industries.
Prior to joining WWJ, Roush spent more than 10 years at Crain’s Detroit Business as a reporter. Hired in 1990 to cover banking and finance, Roush’s beat was switched to retailing in 1994. At that point, Roush discovered that retailers were concerned about losing sales to a then-novel medium called the Internet — and he started writing stories about the Internet that were thinly disguised as stories about retailing. In 1998, he began covering tech and the Internet full-time for Crain’s. He also helped launch a tech news Web site for Crain’s, CrainTech.com, in 2000.
Prior to Crain’s, Roush covered beats as varied as business, health care, local government and real estate for the Kalamazoo Gazette (1987-90), the Traverse City Record-Eagle (1985-87), the Leelanau Enterprise (1980-85) and the Three Rivers Commercial (1978-80).
Roush, a resident of Dearborn, is active in his community and church. He has won numerous journalism awards from the Associated Press, UPI and the Association of Area Business Publications. His hobbies include cooking, camping, hiking, cross-country skiing, astronomy, gardening, and building and flying model rockets. Roush is a native of Three Rivers and a 1978 graduate of Albion College.
John Bornoty is founder of The Big Salad LLC in Grosse Pointe. The Big Salad is a restaurant chain specializing in custom salads, soups, and sandwiches. Bornoty opened the first Big Salad in in 2008 and now has seven locations with plans to continue rapid expansion. The company has been named a 2014 “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch” by Michigan Celebrates Small Business, and was recently recognized in Crain’s Detroit Business’ Salute to Entrepreneurs as the winner in the up to $5 million category. Bornoty’s entrepreneurial background began at 15 when he launched T.N.T. Entertainment, a concert promotion company. He was then recruited to join A&M Companies as the special events director, moving quickly to vice president of sales and marketing, where he was responsible for opening more than a dozen offices nationwide, with sales exceeding $20 million. In 1995, he founded Netgroup, Inc., an Internet solutions provider, and the following year also launched Interactive Media Broadcasting Company, which became the first company to broadcast live via the Internet. The Detroit Free Press named Bornoty one of the top five “Star Techies” in Michigan. He also appeared on the cover of Tokyo’s PlayGraph magazine as an American technology innovator. After he retired from Netgroup, he founded Bornoty Holdings to invest in and manage various companies that need help identifying their goals and strategies. Since 2005, he has assisted companies in the technology, insurance, payroll, and food and beverage industries. Bornoty has served as president and board member of the Detroit Executives Association and as a director of Notre Dame High School. Other boards and committees on which he has served include the Young Entrepreneurs Association and the technology committee of the Detroit Athletic Club. He received his bachelor’s degree in marketing and public relations from Wayne State University. Read the full profile at http://www.ltu.edu/leaders.
So happy spring, people! After a couple of nice warm days we’re kind of back to reality now, but I think we’ve really broken the back of this dreadfully dreary winter. So now it’s time for all things new… including the latest news from the world of high tech, built just for you in this here newsletter. Enjoy!
Officials say early indications suggest the economy is simply emerging from the effects of particularly harsh winter weather.
The University of Michigan’s Wolverine Venture Fund announced it has invested in NeuMoDx Molecular Inc., an Ann Arbor based company developing a new platform for high-speed, low-cost molecular testing for medical diagnostics.
Support for Microsoft Windows XP ends April 8, leaving anyone using the operating system open to hackers, malware, security breaches and with no technical support, unless you pay big money for it.
As the Earth’s human population marches toward 9 billion, the need for hardy new varieties of grain crops has never been greater. It won’t be enough to yield record harvests under perfect conditions. In an era of climate change, pollution and the global spread of pathogens, these new grains must also be able to handle stress. Now, researchers at Michigan Technological University have identified a set of genes that could be key to the development of the next generation of super rice.
The Detroit Creative Corridor Center announced that it’s seeking competitive, design-based businesses to apply for its intensive, six-month Creative Ventures Residency Program.
The second annual Greenlight Business Model Competition announces winners of the March 26 competition. Competitors who impress the panel of judges were able to win up to $50,000 in cash prizes, as well as network with angel and venture capital investors and other entrepreneurs from around the state.
A University of Michigan engineering professor will lead a new $25 million project to help nations with nuclear power safeguard their materials.
The green design, building and remodeling company Meadowlark Builders will conduct tours of a new custom home under construction in Ann Arbor Saturday and Sunday, April 12 and 13.