In I Am Young Detroit’s first ever IAYD.tv Webisode we sit down and talk with 28-year-old Ken Bloink, Co-Founder of the new Detroit-based Tech Startup PostEgram.
Ken Bloink, Co-Founder of PostEgram
High School: Livonia Churchill
College: University of Michigan – Dearborn
How he’s making his mark on the city of Detroit:
“My business partner, Judy Davids, and I just launched a new Detroit-based business called PostEgram. You can think of PostEgram as Analog Facebook. We print Facebook news and photos into full-color newsletters for the tech-shy–like grandparents who don’t have computers or Internet access. Our offices are located in Tech Town and we’re committed to being in Detroit and to serving families on and offline”.[caption id="attachment_1455" align="alignnone" width="372" caption="Photo by Alex Conley"][/caption]
On how he accomplished his goals:
“I went through the Bizdom U program. Bizdom U is a comprehensive four-month, non-profit, entrepreneur boot camp that trains future entrepreneurs about everything they need to know to start and grow a successful, innovative, Detroit-based business. The program was launched by Dan Gilbert, Founder and Chairman of Quicken Loans Inc. Through Bizdom we were able to develop a business plan and get the funding that we needed to start PostEgram.”
On why he chooses to run his business in Detroit:
“At PostEgram we are not only committed to being a Detroit-based business, but a percentage of the revenues from our company are given back to Bizdom U so they can invest in other new Detroit-based businesses. We are part of a vision. We are determined to help usher in a new, prosperous era of entrepreneurship in the City of Detroit.”
On his favorite things about Detroit:
“I enjoy being able to discover something new in the city every day. Tech Town, where our offices are, is surrounded by Wayne State University, the College for Creative Studies and the New Center Area. The Detroit Institute of Arts and the Fisher Theatre are within walking distance. Eastern Market is a short drive. There is so much to do and discover here.”[caption id="attachment_1456" align="alignnone" width="402" caption="Photo by Alex Conley"][/caption]
On what he wishes you knew about Detroit:
“I wish people appreciated how many great entrepreneurs this city has produced. We all have heard of Henry Ford but you can drive through the Boston-Edison District and see mansions where Sebastian Kresege (K-Mart), Berry Gordy Jr. (Motown Records), Charles Fisher (Fisher Body), Walter Briggs (Owner of Detroit Tigers), Frank Dodge (Burroughs Adding Machines), Fred Sanders (Sanders Ice Cream), John Wagner (Wonder Bread) and many more lived. It’s inspiring”.
On future plans:
“My plan is to be part of a Detroit come back. It will be great to see many new Tech Town businesses in five years and to be able to say PostEgram played a small role in making that happen”.
Ken’s words of wisdom: “Don’t be afraid to fail. You’ll probably learn the most from your mistakes, so go ahead and make a lot of them — you’ll be more likely to find success while you’re at it”.