It wasn’t until 8 p.m. on Tuesday last week when Jeanette Pierce arrived home from work and realized that it was nine years to the day that she started D:hive, the nonprofit responsible for the recruiting and retention of a major amount of talent and innovation in the city.

On Jan. 6, 2006, after advertising on Myspace, Pierce and friend Maureen Kearns launched Inside Detroit, the precursor to D:hive, in a bar called Pulse. They handed out free drink tickets and signed up people for tours of the city then considered so dead it was beyond redemption.

Pulse has long-since closed, and the building it was housed in razed. Millennials think Myspace is a reason to break off a relationship, and several people called Pierce crazy. She also was broke enough to wonder if they were right. Still, Pierce held steadfast to a lifelong passion for the city.