Tag Archives: business

Both Tech Shop locations open for pickup

For the 2021 winter term, Tech Shop offers at-the-door pickup service at both campus locations—Michigan Union and Pierpont Commons. Pickup service is available by appointment only; both stores continue to be temporarily closed to in-person shopping at this time. Service at the Pierpont Commons location launched on January 19 and is available on Tuesday and Friday each week.… Read More »

Inspired to create: U-M alumnae and the world of international tech start ups

By | January 15, 2021

When you think of tech startup companies, what comes to mind? Is it Silicon Valley, black turtlenecks, and billion-dollar IPOs? Or perhaps something about college drop-outs and the proverbial idiosyncrasies of “tech-bro culture”? While stereotypes can be helpful for getting the big picture of things, when you look more closely they’re often misleading caricatures, and this has proven especially true in the case of the tech industry.

Dell to be U-M’s new strategic supplier for computer hardware

By | January 14, 2021

Dell Technologies has been selected as U-M’s new strategic supplier for computer hardware, which includes laptops, PCs, monitors, keyboards and other equipment. The new contract goes into effect Jan. 18 and replaces the current HP contract. Dell was selected by a cross-functional team composed of representatives from the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses as well as Michigan… Read More »

Founded by CoE alum, SambaNova announces AI-accelerated HPC system

By | December 18, 2020

As artificial intelligence applications grow and multiply, researchers have been racing to design a new generation of hardware that meets the unique computational needs of those applications. The market for these “AI chips” is booming, and a key player in this new space is Palo Alto based SambaNova Systems. SambaNova, now a unicorn valued at over $2.5 billion,… Read More »

Home for the holidays? (Of course you are…)

Normally, we’d remind you about conserving energy and securing your desk and office before you leave campus for Winter Break. However, because many if not most of us are already working from home, we’re changing it up a bit this year. (But if you’re still in the office, check out last year’s article for details on what to… Read More »

Algorithm & Blues: Machine-aided personnel decisions aim for fairness, risk side effects

By | December 3, 2020

When it comes to making human resources decisions, can humans be fair? What about relying on algorithms to make decisions instead? The answer to the first question is not always, which leads some business leaders to pursue the second. Yet, it turns out decisions made by machines are perceived as even less fair than those made by humans.… Read More »

Shop online safely

As the holidays approach and the pandemic continues, you are highly likely to be doing more online shopping. Protect yourself from scams and data theft with these tips from ITS Information Assurance. Shop with trustworthy sites and sellers. Stick to businesses you know and trust, and compare descriptions and prices from multiple sellers to help spot scams. Be… Read More »

Google lawsuit could have downstream chilling effect on emerging tech startups

By | October 21, 2020

The U.S. government’s lawsuit alleging violations of antitrust laws by technology giant Google marks a new era of uncertainty for emerging startup companies in Southeast Michigan and beyond, according to Erik Gordon, a clinical assistant professor at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. The immediate impact of the lawsuit, said Gordon in a recent story in Crain’s Detroit Business, will… Read More »

Online news needs a new pay model, UMSI study shows

By | October 20, 2020

The revenue model that has sustained the newspaper industry for centuries no longer works in the digital age, but another age-old concept with some modern adaptations could be the answer to profitability, says Paramveer Dhillon, assistant professor at the School of Information. As newspaper and other similar content has gone digital over recent years, publishers have tried several… Read More »

U-M alum expands new global communications network

By | October 16, 2020

U-M alum Sara Spangelo, co-founder and CEO of Swarm, is establishing the world’s lowest-cost global communications network for customers in remote locations by using breakthrough satellite and ground hardware technology. In September, Swarm launched its first 12 commercial satellites from the Guiana Space Centre at Kourou, French Guiana. This set of 12 satellites joins Swarm’s existing nine experimental satellites. The company… Read More »

U-M startup SkyGig aims to take 5G to the next level

By | September 17, 2020

Two U-M researchers are steadily building their young company, SkyGig, to bring the next generation of high-speed wireless connectivity to the 5G ecosystem, satellite communications (Satcom), and beyond. Since founding the company in 2019, co-founders Armin Jam and Avish Kosari have attracted $1M in new funding and are now expanding their team to accelerate development and commercialization of… Read More »

Tech Shop launches at-the-door pickup

By | September 8, 2020

As the next step in a public health informed return to service, Tech Shop now offers at-the-door pickup for online orders, in addition to a variety of shipping options. Online orders can be placed at techshop.umich.edu. This service will be available by appointment at the Michigan Union location. Service hours are 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday through… Read More »

U-M startup unveils new LEDs for high-efficiency, high-performance displays

By | August 12, 2020

Brighter, crisper screens that draw half the power and lasts twice as long are possible with NS Nanotech’s next-gen LEDs. University of Michigan startup NS Nanotech has announced the creation of a smaller, more energy-efficient light-emitting diode that aims to offer brighter, crisper displays for massive signs, mobile phones and other devices. The company, whose technology is based on research… Read More »

Extreme interest in crowdsourced projects requires more traditional management

By | April 24, 2020

Collaborative crowdsourcing has become a popular way to advance a technology idea or to spin it off for new uses, but U-M research shows when faced with extreme interest, team leaders must often rely on traditional organizational management structure to get the work done. When a collaborative crowdsourced project is thrust into the limelight, the impact—or shock—of so… Read More »

App to provide anonymous support network for U-M students

By | April 10, 2020

A new app called kare is an anonymous wellness support platform recently launched by U-M students for college students. According to business junior Bennett Hilkert, chief executive officer and a co-founder of kare, the apps tagline (“because sometimes we don’t feel our best”) outlines the purpose of the company: to help connect students via an anonymous peer-to-peer support… Read More »

Live public street cams are tracking social distancing

By | April 10, 2020

With advanced computer vision models and live public street cam video, a U-M startup is tracking social distancing behaviors in real time at some of the most visited places in the world. Voxel51’s new tool uses the company’s existing platform and underlying custom AI to continuously track vehicle, cyclist, and pedestrian traffic at seven locations around the world, and… Read More »

Introducing Tech Shop

By | February 26, 2020

The campus institution that began with a computer truck load sale in 1987 will mark a major milestone this spring. When the Computer Showcase returns home to a brand new Michigan Union store space in April, they will adopt a new name: Tech Shop. When the first brick-and-mortar location opened in 1988, Computer Showcase only offered consulting and… Read More »