For Comply365’s Kerry Frank, it was a call from Gov. Scott Walker. Understory’s Alex Kubicek saw a chance to help develop Madison’s growing startup ecosystem. And Bright Cellars’ Richard Yau and his co-founder decided to stick around after finishing the gener8tor program.
But the three startup leaders, featured yesterday at the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs Conference in Madison, say they’re all committed to growing their companies in the state.
“We’re really excited and looking forward to how we can grow,” Kubicek said.
Kubicek, a UW-Madison grad, moved Understory back to Madison weeks ago after developing it with his team in Boston.
The company’s hardware tracks weather events to provide better data for companies, and it’s returned after closing a $7.5 million fundraising round that included Monsanto’s venture capital arm. The lead investor, Wisconsin fund 4490 Ventures, had asked Kubicek whether they’d be willing to come back to Madison.
The move sparked some skepticism from Kubicek’s network in Boston, which warned he might not find enough talent here. But Kubicek said that hasn’t been the case, noting he just hired four more Wisconsinites last week. Read the WisBusiness story here.