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IT in the D, Episode 16: Falling Down Beer Company, Marketplace Homes, Absotech

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IT in the D, Episode 16.  Original air date 10/21/2013.

Our guests include Mark Larson, one of the owners of Falling Down Beer Company, Mark Shaftner, COO of Marketplace Homes, and Derek Strate, owner of Absotech LLC.

A great show, all around.  Fantastic conversations, awesome topics, and a solid flow between all of the guests.

In tonight’s show…

In our first segment, we handle introductions, and do our usual wander through some of the more interesting stories that have caught our eye.  From Google+ using your face in ads to stores tracking your movements through your cell phone’s wifi card, our recent event at Blackfinn and Network Michigan’s event on Thursday night, helicopter drones that use your phone’s GPS to deliver books and food to you bringing us one step closer to Terminator’s Judgment Day and the latest fun with Experian having sold 500,000 full details to an identity theft website and oh so much more.

In our second segment, we get right to the fun stuff.  Mark Larson of Falling Down Beer Company.  Those of you who have been around for a while will remember that we had our February casual networking social event there before they were even really open to the public.  Well, they’ve been cranking on their remodeling work and we’re going back for our November event on the 21st.  Mark also brought along some of the great beer that they’ve got on tap at Falling Down…but unfortunately we still haven’t managed to get those reuben eggrolls in-studio with us.  Guess we’ll just have to stop by and grab some between now and the 21st.

In our third segment, we dive in to all of the cool things that Marketplace Homes is doing, and we’re not just talking about the “hey, we’ll lease your existing home” program that they have going on.  Mark Shaftner, COO of Marketplace Homes is in-studio to tell us about some of the ways that Marketplace Homes is using technology to revolutionize the home shopping and home buying experience, and things they’re doing to make the process smoother, easier, and even cheaper.

In our fourth and final segment, we wrap things up with Derek Strate telling us about Absotech.  Derek’s a long-time member of our networking group, and one of the folks who has moved on from working for others to starting his own company and now hiring others through our events.  Truly a great success story, and Derek’s doing a lot of good things for his clients around the metro Detroit area.

Falling Down Beer Company can be found at https://www.facebook.com/fallingdownbeer

Marketplace Homes can be found at http://marketplacehomes.com/

Absotech can be found at http://absotechllc.com/

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