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IT in the D

Founded in 2001 by a trio of Information Technology professionals in Metro Detroit, the Detroit Networking Organization (detroitnet.org) was the “anti-group”. In 2007, the group started a wildly popular blog series called “Don’t Be That Guy”, figuring publishing the “don’ts” of business networking would make the group that much more stronger. In 2011, detroitnet.org was awarded viewer’s choice “Most Valuable Blogger” from CBS under the ‘Local Affairs’ category. In 2009, during the down economy, detroitnet.org recognized that traditional Job Fairs were not the getting the job done. The group expanded to offer the “Pink Slip Party” concept, where the only attendees could be people looking to hire IT professionals, and IT professionals looking for work. As a result of these Pink Slip Parties, and the monthly casual networking meet ups, roughly 700 people have found jobs. This is a testament of the laid back nature and the removal of the “cattle call” atmosphere typically found at job fairs.