Four years after the first transistors were commercially available, a young man named Earl Bakken invented the first battery operated transistorized pacemaker in a Minnesota garage. Earl’s innovative technology eventually led to the growth of Minnesota behemoth Medtronic, Inc. Similar stories have been told about the origins of companies such as Apple, Hewlett Packard, and Google — all businesses that essentially started in the garage, albeit outside Minnesota.
Minnesota has a strong history in the computer systems industry as a result of companies such as IBM, Control Data, Unisys, and Cray. Sadly, our ‘High Tech’ leadership has eroded.
Where are the new tech businesses being started today?