M2 TechCast Features New Automation Alley CEO, Internet Pioneer, MichBio CEO, Small Biz Group Chief

ROYAL OAK — The Monday, Aug. 29 edition of the M2 TechCast features an all-star lineup of business and technology leaders.


First, Automation Alley’s new executive director, Tom Kelly, will discuss his plans to make the technology business marketing group the nation’s top source of expertise on “Industry 4.0” — the fourth industrial revolution fueled by rapid technology changes.

Also on the show will be Keith Brophy, state director of the Michigan Small Business Development Centers, who will kick off a new series with the SBA-backed entrepreneurial support group. Brophy will interview John Slagter, president of The Mackinac Technology Co., a Grand Rapids-based developer of safety technology for transit buses.

Also appearing on the show will be Gary Baker, long-time co-host of the Internet Advisor on WJR News/Talk 760 radio. Baker is a Michigan internet pioneer who established the state’s first private internet service provider back in the early ’90s.

In addition, Stephen Rapundalo, president of MichBio, the state’s biotechnology industry association, will appear to discuss the 2016 MichBio Expo. The annual gathering of the state’s biotech leaders is scheduled for Sept. 27-28 in Kalamazoo.

The M2 TechCast will not air on Monday, Sept. 5 to honor Labor Day. We will be back on the air Monday, Sept. 12.

The M2 TechCast airs live on the internet from 3 to 4 p.m. Eastern time each Monday at http://www.podcastdetroit.com. And you can listen to past episodes by clicking on http://www.podcastdetroit.com/artist/mi-tech-cast/.

The M2 TechCast is hosted by Mike Brennan, founder and publisher of Michigan Technology News, http://www.mitechnews.com, and Matt Roush, director of the university news bureau at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield. Both have covered high-tech in Michigan as journalists for more than 20 years.

The M2 TechCast is part of Podcast Detroit, a network of more than 40 locally produced podcasts on a wide variety of topics, anchored by IT in the D. the nation’s No. 1 tech podcast, which regularly draws more than 500,000 listeners a week. IT in the D airs live Monday nights from 9 to 11 p.m. Eastern time.

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