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Barack Obama (Photo by Jay LaPrete/Getty Images)

Obama Calling For Higher Minimum Wage During Michigan Visit

Obama is also using his appearance in Ann Arbor to help boost a Michigan congressman running for the Senate.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/02/2014

Wolverine Venture Fund

UM’s Wolverine Venture Fund Invests In Life Sciences Startup

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.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/01/2014

University of Michigan student Steven Czyz wears a nuclear radiation detector in the Detecction for Nuclear Nonproliferation Group Lab in the UM Cooley Building, Photo: Joseph Xu, Michgian Engineering Communications and Marketing

UM Gets $25M Federal Grant To Work Against Nuclear Material Spread

A University of Michigan engineering professor will lead a new $25 million project to help nations with nuclear power safeguard their materials.

WWJ Newsradio 950–03/31/2014

Behind The Drywall

Get A Glimpse Of A High Tech Home In Next ‘Behind The Drywall’ Tour

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.

WWJ Newsradio 950–03/31/2014

Rubicon Genomics

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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