After years working for various security software companies on the coasts I realized that this work could be done just about anywhere—as long as the company had access to talent. While I certainly enjoy everything that tier one cities have to offer, they never felt like a permanent home to me or my wife. She grew up in Brighton, Michigan, and when I came across Duo Security—and saw that they were based in Ann Arbor—I decided to explore them further.
Turns out Duo is about as close as you can get to a hip, San Francisco software startup... just 2,000 miles east. We're backed by Google Ventures and True Ventures. We have an amazing office culture, outstanding team, and founders that care about building the company in Michigan.
I never saw a job posting, but instead decided to email the founders, Jon and Dug, to ask them if they were considering future product or marketing hires. Turns out they were. After interviewing in person and finding it was even more a fit than it appeared on paper, my wife and I moved to Ann Arbor just a month later. It's turned out to be one of the best life decisions I've ever made. Ann Arbor is a perfect mix of big city taste with small town accessibility. I'm no longer jet setting on planes all the time, or spending $18 an hour to park in the city. It's good to be here.
||Senior Product Marketing Manager
Virginia Tech University, College of Engineering, Computer Science, Blacksburg, VA
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