An update on what’s happening in our Detroit office

August 17, 2017

Every day, something promising is announced in Detroit. Facebook and Grand Circus are partnering to develop the next superstars of coding, LinkedIn and Snap are opening offices downtown, Venture for America moved its accelerator to the City, new restaurants are popping up on every corner, and once abandoned buildings are opening their doors for the first time in decades.

What a time to be a Detroiter.

And just as the City is growing, we’re proud to welcome GoKid, Identilock and Tome Software to Barokas Communications’s growing roster of clients.

A mother of two active kids, Stepfanie Lemcke founded GoKid to help families, schools and teams streamline carpooling in a safe and easy-to-use app. With live-tracking, in-app messaging and family profiles, GoKid provides a way for communities to connect over child transportation.

Developed by Omer Kiyani, Identilock is a biometic gun trigger lock that’s activated by the registrant’s fingerprint and unlocked in less than a second. Identilock aims to help end accidental firings that claim hundreds of lives in the U.S. every year. Barokas Communications will be spearheading Identilock’s media strategy, as the company enters its next phase of growth.

Founded by metro Detroit entrepreneurs, Jake Sigal and Massimo Baldini, Tome Software develops connectivity products to keep people mobile and active. Our team will be managing Tome Software’s exhibition at Technology In Motion, the largest Mobility conference in North America, this September.

It’s also my deepest pleasure to share that I’ve joined Techstars Mobility as a marketing communications mentor for the 2017 class. I look forward to highlighting more about what this innovative group is doing in the near future.

In related news, the Michigan Venture Capital Association recently reported unparalleled investment growth throughout the State. Detroit has seen some of the largest gains in software jobs in the country. Despite these strong financial and job growth numbers, the increased demand for access to early stage and seed capital still leaves an incredible amount of opportunity for investors looking to expand beyond the Valley.

Reach out, and we’ll show you what all this Detroit hustle is about.

-Rachel

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