Two Silicon Valley leaders have recently made the move to Milwaukee and are bringing startup jobs with them. David Reeves and Glenn Reid joined the podcast to discuss topics like what made them move (and move jobs) to Milwaukee, what the city can do to create a better tech culture, the risk tolerance and mentality differences between Silicon Valley and Milwaukee, how the city can better play to it's strengths to recruit talent and more!
David Reeves is the President of OpenGov, a technology company that is the leader in providing state and local governments with modern cloud based software and serves more than 1,000 governments in the US. David grew up in Milwaukee, went to UWM then had a number of roles in the tech industry between Chicago, Boston and Silicon Valley including Senior VP of Sales at both PTC and Zora where revenue grew from $16M to $100M during his tenure. He then joined OpenGov where he has been the President since 2018 and recently moved back to Milwaukee and opened an OpenGov office here and has already hired 17 employees and anticipates having over 100 in the Milwaukee office within three years.
Glenn Reid is the Founder and CEO of Marathon Machines, a company disrupting the laundry space with essentially and all in one washer/dryer with modern technology that was named “The Tesla of appliances” – by Wired Magazine. Glenn has an amazing background in Silicon Valley. He created iMovie 1.0 and spent hundreds of hours working directly with Steve Jobs. He was employee 25 at Adobe Systems and solid his startup Five Across was acquired by Cisco in 2007.