Detroit Woos Laid-Off Yahoo Staff

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Quicken Loans and its family of companies has a message for the 2,000 employees laid off by Yahoo last week: We want you in Detroit.


Besides Quicken Loans, the companies owned by Detroit billionaire Dan Gilbert include Detroit Venture Partners, Rockbridge Growth Equity and, a vendor of wall-size graphics. The group has set up a website,, where Silicon Valley applicants can submit resumes.


Crain's Detroit Business quotes Quicken senior PR manager Aaron Emerson saying there are about 500 open positions in technology and marketing across the family of companies. The Detroit News, meanwhile, says Quicken announced in March plans to hire 800 employees and 600 interns.


With the tight job market in Silicon Valley, no doubt the laid-off Yahooligans will have plenty of options. Why move to Detroit? According to a statement by Quicken CEO Bill Emerson:

We are creating an exciting urban core for young, energetic and creative professionals who want to affect the outcome of an entire region.
Not only does Detroit make for a great place to start or grow a business, but it's also a great option for those who want to be on the ground floor of rebuilding and reinventing a great American city.

The announcement also came on the heels of Twitter's announcement last week that it would open a small office in Detroit's historic, refurbished M@dison Building.


The economic development pros in Michigan have been aggressively seeking talent the state needs, including recently recruiting in Florida after the NASA layoffs and at SXSW in Austin, Texas.

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