Category Archive: Expert Interviews

By Ryan Landau

Here’s what you need to know about Detroit Homecoming

Mary Kramer is the co-founder of Detroit Homecoming, a three-day, invite-only event where Detroit expats return to the city, get inspired, and imagine new ways to rebuild and reinvest in the city that made them. We were lucky enough to catch up with Mary to learn more about the story behind the event. This year Detroit Homecoming […]

By Ryan Landau

HBR says this is how you turn purpose into performance

Helping purpose-driven people find purpose-driven startups is at the heart of all we do. (Hence: “regarding purpose,” or, re:purpose). So when we saw that the cover story for the July/August 2018 issue of the Harvard Business Review was about turning purpose into performance, we were delighted. The article defines purpose at work like this: “A […]

By Ryan Landau

Case Study: How a busy recruiter at WeWork used re:purpose to grow their Detroit team

When WeWork launched in 2010, they wanted to build more than beautifully designed shared office spaces for startups and small businesses. Rather, they were on a mission to build a community where entrepreneurs and creators could thrive together; to create a world where people work to make a life, not just a living. To call […]

By Ryan Landau

Advice from a VP of Engineering Part 3: Building a Dev Team

“Startups have to get their product into the market as fast as possible to compete.” This comes from Jamie Hamilton, the Vice President of Engineering for one of the nation’s top mortgage lending firms, and a man who’s spent the last two decades building a reputation for leading meaningful change in fast-paced, entrepreneurial environments. In […]

By Ryan Landau

Advice from a VP of Engineering Part 2: Becoming a Leader

If you’ve got career ambitions of becoming a leader in your organization, this blog post is for you. Last week we introduced you to Jamie Hamilton, the Vice President of Engineering for one of the nation’s top mortgage lending firms. He told us a humbling story about listening to feedback and the role it continues […]

By Ryan Landau

Advice from an Engineering VP Part 1: The Value of Feedback

Feedback. It’s one little word, but it can make or break a great product, a growing business, or a thriving career. The latter was the case for Jamie Hamilton, the Vice President of Engineering at United Shore. When we initially sat down to interview Hamilton, we were eager to learn about leadership development. Afterall, Jamie’s […]

By Ryan Landau

Uncovering Company Culture: 6 Types of Questions to Ask in Your Next Interview

We hope you’ve heard this advice before, and taken it to heart: during a job interview, remember that you’re interviewing the company just as much as they’re interviewing you. One important aspect to uncover during the interview process is company culture.  A company’s culture is made up of the values, beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors shared […]

By Ryan Landau

How One Software Engineer Found Her Dream Job

What are the best jobs for software engineers? And how do you really know what it’s like to work at a company before you actually work there? This question is top of mind when you’re looking for a new job. It certainly was for Breanna Vertkin during her job search earlier this year. btw, this […]

By Ryan Landau

4 Tips to Become a Successful Entrepreneur (From a Venture Capitalist)

Nowadays, it seems like everyone has advice or tips to become a successful entrepreneur. There’s a lot of noise, but not much signal. Who’s advice can you really trust? Well, investors know a lot about starting a business. Think about how many pitches they’ve heard over the years. How many ideas they’ve watched successful entrepreneurs […]

By Ryan Landau

Detroit: The City Where Startups Come True

To join or build a successful startup company (i.e., startups with plenty of dollars to grow and some of the best talent in the industry), you’ve got to be on the coast. It’s one of the biggest myths we encounter at re:purpose. Good thing we like busting myths. In reality, the Midwest is the fifth […]