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Rubicon Genomics Adds New Distributors For DNA Library Prep Kits

Rubicon Genomics Inc. announced that it has partnered with additional distributors to expand availability of its DNA library preparation products, including its ThruPLEX-FD Prep Kits and PicoPLEX DNA-seq Kits for use with Illumina next-generation sequencing systems.

WWJ Newsradio 950–03/31/2014


Ann Arbor Residents Among The Most Content In The U.S.

A new poll says Ann Arbor was sixth in the U.S. with nearly 64 percent of residents saying they were thriving.

WWJ Newsradio 950–03/31/2014

Room of the White House on Jan. 14, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

President Obama To Visit Ann Arbor To Push Minimum Wage Hike

It will be Obama’s third trip to Ann Arbor since being elected president.

WWJ Newsradio 950–03/28/2014


BraveSoft: Database administration, business intelligence made easy

Databases are everywhere, running everything.

And BraveSoft of Ann Arbor is there to help you run and support your enterprise databases.

“If you drive down the highway, every business you see has a database,” said BraveSoft president Tom Wood. “In many cases, the database is the key to the existence of the business.”

And those databases are run by people known as database administrators, or DBAs. BraveSoft’s core business is providing remote database administration services – complementing a company’s staff of DBAs, or in most cases, taking over for them completely.

Wood said BraveSoft’s DBA services work around the clock, and the company invests in the latest monitoring software, expert technical staff, and cloud solutions.

The company’s staff of 42 employees is 100 percent U.S.-based. Wood said BraveSoft opted to expand to downtown Ann Arbor rather than elsewhere because of the area’s great IT talent pool.

BraveSoft also provides business intelligence consulting – the management and analysis of that Big Data that a lot of companies are generating these days. Wood said that too often, too many companies are still managing financial and performance information on Excel spreadsheets. That makes it hard to see the bigger picture of the entire enterprise. Wood said BraveSoft helps “break down the silos of information” and help management see the whole picture with a proven BI methodology.

“We analyze marketing data, financial data, manufacturing data, even social media sentiment analysis,” Wood said.

The company’s fastest growing services are business intelligence systems that make sense of the huge volumes of financial and operations data most enterprises generate, along with database support managed services.

BraveSoft also moved from Ann Arbor’s outskirts to a downtown location at 301 E. Liberty St. for what Wood called “a cool location” that offered plenty to do within walking distance. That’s important to the young university talent the company is hiring.

“We deliver predictable services at a predictable cost for our remote DBA managed services,” Wood said. “For our BI service, we have successfully deployed our services for a wide range of industries with affordable and effective solutions, allowing our clients to accomplish their specific business performance goals. We have a higher concentration on compliance and security than our competitors.”

BraveSoft also has several job openings. The company is looking for business intelligence data architects, data scientists, skilled database administrators and programmers with experience in big data analytics and predictive analytics.

BraveSoft serves clients in a variety of industries, from financial services to health care to manufacturing. Client revenue ranges from $5 million a year to several billion dollars a year.

For more information on how BraveSoft’s services can work for you, visit

WWJ Newsradio 950–03/27/2014

52nd Ann Arbor Film Festival Runs Through Sunday

The festival features more than 200 films, videos and live performances with better than 30 world, North American and U.S. premieres.

WWJ Newsradio 950–03/27/2014


Ann Arbor’s XanEdu, New York’s SharedBook To Merge

Ann Arbor-based XanEdu Inc. and New York City-based SharedBook Inc. say they have signed an agreement to merge the two privately held academic resource companies. The deal is expected to be concluded within the next 30 days. Terms were not disclosed.

WWJ Newsradio 950–03/26/2014

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AT&T Touts Network Spend In Ann Arbor, Flint, GR, Lansing, Adds 4G In TC

Two days after touting a $625 million investment over the past three years in its networks in metro Detroit, AT&T released investment figures for other Michigan metropolitan areas. AT&T also announced the availability of its 4G LTE high-speed data service in the Traverse City area.

WWJ Newsradio 950–03/26/2014

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Body Found In SW Pennsylvania River Might Have Connections To Michigan

Authorities trying to identify the body of a man found in a Pennsylvania river say he might have connections to the Ann Arbor area in Michigan.

WWJ Newsradio 950–03/25/2014


Online Alcohol Delivery Service Comes To Ann Arbor

An online service offering delivery of beer, wine, liquor and even cups for drinks is taking orders in Ann Arbor, home to the University of Michigan.

WWJ Newsradio 950–03/21/2014


XanEdu To Invest $1M, Add 50 Jobs In Ann Arbor

The Ann Arbor-based learning materials supplier XanEdu Inc. will add 50 jobs in Ann Arbor and invest more than $1 million in a consolidation of its locations in Michigan and Kentucky.

WWJ Newsradio 950–03/20/2014