22 episodes

A Podcast About the People & Stories of Ann Arbor, Michigan

I Am Ann Arbor Rishi Narayan

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 29 Ratings

A Podcast About the People & Stories of Ann Arbor, Michigan

    Susan Pollay: The Queen of Downtown

    Susan Pollay: The Queen of Downtown

    When you think of Downtown Ann Arbor, there is usually one name that springs to mind: Susan Pollay. The former longtime director of the Downtown Development Authority talks to Rishi about her decades of service in community centered organizations in Ann Arbor, along with some great stories about the Downtown!

    • 31 min
    Prashant Salla: Ann Arbor's Startup Mechanic from Mumbai

    Prashant Salla: Ann Arbor's Startup Mechanic from Mumbai

    Prashant Salla is an Ann Arbor transplant from India whose personal story is as endearing as his startup story. His A2 based company, FixMyCar, is providing convenience for consumers looking for repairs as well as new opportunities for mechanics.

    • 20 min
    Ed Feng: Creating the Winning Algorithm in Sports

    Ed Feng: Creating the Winning Algorithm in Sports

    This week Ed Feng talks to us about how he created The Power Rank, a premier sports analytics site that discusses "data, analytics and betting in an enjoyable way". Ed founded The Power Rank after moving to Ann Arbor from the Bay Area, and talks about his transition from Academia to Entrepreneurship. You know Rishi has a soft spot for former Engineers who follow the path less traveled!

    • 31 min
    Episode 0 (again) - Welcome to I Am Ann Arbor w/ Zac Logsdon

    Episode 0 (again) - Welcome to I Am Ann Arbor w/ Zac Logsdon

    Rishi is back! Season 2 of podcast (slightly delayed due to a global pandemic) features a new name, a new logo, a revised focus, and all new guests! Rishi brings his old friend Zac Logsdon, host of sister pod "I Am Norman" to explain more about the new focus and the new company, Podcasts United.

    • 17 min
    Ari Weinzweig: Zingerman's Sandwich Stories - #1 & #23 (Plus Bonus Roadhouse Story!)

    Ari Weinzweig: Zingerman's Sandwich Stories - #1 & #23 (Plus Bonus Roadhouse Story!)

    In Ann Arbor, Ari Weinzweig needs no introduction. The founder of Zingerman's Deli is a legend in the worlds of entreprenuership and food, and the story of Zingerman's is a source of pride for Ann Arbor Townies and UM Alumni around the globe. In late January of 2020, Rishi sat down with Ari at Zingerman's Roadhouse to get the story behind some of the Deli's most iconic sandwiches (and also an amazing story about Big Bad Voodoo Daddy!)

    • 32 min
    Anthony Taylor: The Legend of Axe Ventura

    Anthony Taylor: The Legend of Axe Ventura

    College is tough. But going to the University of Michigan after serving your country for almost a decade? That takes a dedication not often found. And starting your first business from scratch while you are in your second career as an undergrad? That's downright amazing, and exactly what Anthony Taylor did. Anthony and his partner Shannon Kozyra come on the pod to tell us the their personal journey, and the legend of Axe Ventura.

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

Mattrm223 ,

Great Stories, Super Fun

This is a really fast and fun podcast that jumps into the stories of some classic Ann Arbor institutions. It explains the area, culture and history of the A2 and the University of Michigan. It takes you back to you roots if you went to Michigan. Love it.

The new green ,

Great stories of entrepreneurship and accomplishment

Great podcast. I love stories of entrepreneurship and accomplishment. It’s often the small moments that in hindsight are the BIG ones in both life and business. It’s cool to see/hear examples of that in this podcast. I grew up in Ann Arbor but have lived in other parts of the country. While this podcast is hyper local it’s content is universally appealing. I’ll be introducing my friends from all over to it. Particularly loved the B2B story and Phil Brabbs story. Also, the Dominick’s/Dominoes story was out of the blue and awesome. I had no idea.

Keep them coming! #subscribed

mvansu ,

Outstanding podcast

Rishi is uniquely qualified to share these stories. His entrepreneurial spirit, coupled with his love of Ann Arbor, bring out informative and interesting tales. There are lessons to be learned in every podcast and they are conveyed in a a wonderfully captivating way.

I look forward to hearing more...

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