Why aren’t more engineers at Wisconsin corporations launching startups?

By Matt Cordio, Startup Milwaukee

Gears_webJim Dallke of ChicagoInno recently wrote about the growing trend of Motorola’s engineers catching the startup bug and leaving the tech giant to launch their own hardware companies in Chicago. The article says:

Within the last year Motorola vets have left to launch startups like Jiobit, an Internet of Things startup that’s creating “invisible” wearables that fit discreetly into a person’s clothes; LightPad, a connected smart-home startup founded by Moto engineer Mike Lombardi; and Patel’s MP Consulting.

I believe this story is relevant to Milwaukee, and Wisconsin at large. We have several large employers in the region that employ hundreds of talented engineers. I wonder why engineers from companies like Rockwell, GE Healthcare, Plexus, Johnson Controls and the dozens of water technology companies aren’t leaving to starting their own companies?

I’m also interested to hear from (1) engineers at Wisconsin corporations who might have a great startup idea about what is holding you back from taking the leap and (2) engineers who have taken the leap to launch their own companies here in Wisconsin. We will highlight some of your stories here on OnRamp if you would like to share! Email me, matt@startupmke.org to share your story.

– Reposted from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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