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Tech Talks with Dan Ward

Alum and mobile tech company co-founder returns to CMU to share his story with students

Contact: Erick Fredendall

​Detroit Labs president and co-founder Dan Ward returned to his alma mater to speak to classes at Central Michigan University’s College of Business Administration and College of Science and Engineering.

Following his graduation in 2007, Ward applied for and was hired as desktop support at Quicken Loans, one of CMU’s premier partners. He quickly was brought onto the executive support team, where he worked for Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert before leaving to start his own company. 

Ward modeled his lecture from personal experiences and how, as a history major, he leveraged his time at CMU working at the Office of Information Technology Help Desk to launch a successful career in the tech industry.

His message to CMU students is to be inquisitive, build relationships and aggressively pursue opportunities — even if they aren’t a part of the job description.

“I’m a firm believer in creating your own positions, rather than looking for job postings,” Ward said. “Look for gaps, and go out of your way to fill those holes.”

Detroit Labs is a mobile app development company servicing large corporate clients including General Motors, DTE Energy, Volkswagen and Domino’s Pizza.

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