35 years ago today …

35 years ago today, Apple released the first Macintosh. I was almost 21 and selling Apple products back then for a retail computer store on the south side of Milwaukee called ‘The Byte Shop.’ I was one of the first people in Milwaukee to attend Apple’s Macintosh training in Chicago (which I attended in early January 1984). Because I went to the early training, I also was one of the first people in Milwaukee to be able to buy a 128K Macintosh for a discounted price of $1,995 (retail was $2,495, if I remember correctly). It’s amazing what we can buy today for even $1,000! I’ve been a big fan of Apple since they started (and also somewhat disappointed by them many times, too). The next month, in February 1984, I drove down to New Orleans for Softcon, “the first international conference and trade fair for the software industry”. It included an Apple booth with the new Macintosh. While there I met Steve Jobs (and got his autograph) and Guy Kawasaki (Apple Marketing). I still have Steve’s autograph (and several other Apple luminaries).

2018 Q2 Milwaukee & Madison Technology Startup Funding

In 2018 Q2, four Milwaukee-area Technology Startups raised a total of $782,999. Congratulations to Swirl Insurance Services, LLC, Scanalytics, Inc., Inventalator, and GenoPalate, Inc.

Also in 2018 Q2, four Madison-area Technology Startups raised a total of $26,861,760! Congratulations to Reciprocal Labs Corp (Propeller Health), SmartUQ LLC, Healthfinch, Inc., and Integrated Vital Medical Dynamics, LLC.

Together, Milwaukee-area and Madison-area Technology Startups raised a total of $27,644,759!

As always, the following caveats apply to the above graph and findings:

  1. All information is from FormDs.Com.
  2. To be included as a Madison-area or Milwaukee-Area Technology Startup Funding event on this report, the business must be located in the Madison-area or Milwaukee-area as defined by FormDs.Com; the business must be in the Technology Industry Group (which includes Computers, Telecommunications, and Other Technology); and the business must not be publicly traded.
  3. I’m not a startup funding professional or an accountant. If there’s something wrong with this report, be nice, tell me directly or LEAVE A COMMENT, and I’ll do my best to correct it.

2018 Q1 Milwaukee and Madison Technology Startup Funding

In 2018 Q1, two Milwaukee-area Technology Startups raised a total of $3,253,734. Congratulations to basic-code and GenoPalate, both of Brookfield, WI.

Also in 2018 Q1, three Madison-area Technology Startups raised a total of $1,425,007. Congratulations to VIP Crowd, GymDandy, and EnsoData.

Together, Milwaukee-area and Madison-area Technology Startups raised a total of $4,678,741!

As always, the following caveats apply to the above graph and findings:

  1. All information is from FormDs.Com.
  2. To be included as a Madison-area or Milwaukee-Area Technology Startup Funding event on this report, the business must be located in the Madison-area or Milwaukee-area as defined by FormDs.Com; the business must be in the Technology Industry Group (which includes Computers, Telecommunications, and Other Technology); and the business must not be publicly traded.
  3. I’m not a startup funding professional or an accountant. If there’s something wrong with this report, be nice, tell me directly or LEAVE A COMMENT, and I’ll do my best to correct it.

2017 Q4 Milwaukee vs Madison Technology Startup Funding

In 2017 Q4, two Milwaukee Technology Startups received $5,497,001 in funding, by far the best quarter since I started tracking in 2016 Q1. In fact, Milwaukee beat out Madison in Technology funding for a quarter for the first time to my knowledge. I don’t say this to emphasize a separation between Milwaukee and Madison, but it is a notable event. In fact, Milwaukee and Madison are really in this together, and raised a combined $7,260,608 in 2017 Q4!

Quarterly investments in technology startups in Milwaukee and Madison over the seven-quarter period including 2016 Q1 through 2017 Q4.

Tracked Funding – Milwaukee, WI:

Tracked Funding – Madison, WI:

NOTE: As always, the following caveats apply to the above graph and findings:

  1. All information is from FormDs.Com.
  2. To be included as a Madison-area or Milwaukee-Area Technology Startup Funding event on this report, the business must be located in the Madison-area or Milwaukee-area as defined by FormDs.Com; the business must be in the Technology Industry Group (which includes Computers, Telecommunications, and Other Technology); and the business must not be publicly traded.
  3. I’m not a startup funding professional or an accountant. If there’s something wrong with this report, be nice, tell me directly or LEAVE A COMMENT, and I’ll do my best to correct it.