DETROIT (WJBK) - In first grade, Benzinga CEO Jason Raznick was told he'd never be able to read. As you'll soon find out, he isn't scared of a challenge.
"When the average kid Is reading the sports pages when they're 13, 14 - I was reading the business pages. You could've asked me who the CEO of any Fortune 100 of any company is, I could've told you. I was like a wakling Encyclopedia. I was calling Steve Jobs when I was in high school," Raznick says.
College brought more opportunities.
"I was doing startups for a long time in college. I had an online textbook store was one of the first ones. It was the third on that existed back in '98," he says.
And now, at 1 Campus Martius, he has one of the best views of downtown.
But before they got there, Benzinga's story begins in the basement of a house in Birmingham.
"It was just me in a basement looking at a wall, and I think I had a TV screen. And I think that was it," he remembers.
But that was all he needed. Today, things are a little different.
"These guys right here each have eight monitors on their screens. They're monitoring all different types of sources," he explains of the employees.
From no windows, to some pretty big windows, Benzinga embodies Detroit. The company is just another example of the tech revolution in Detroit.
In a cool way.
Bezinga an online investing tool with tips and ideas for investors. Their website is www.Benzinga.com.