SEATTLE - From four miles below the Earth’s surface to the outer layers of the atmosphere, there are very few places where the products of Silicon Designs are not already in use.
John Cole, founder and owner of Silicon Designs, also a U.S. Army veteran, got his start by making then classified components under a Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) grant for the U.S. government in his basement in 1983.
The SBIR grant, which comes in three stages, allows a qualifying business with a technology-based idea the means to commercially develop it. The grant is also sometimes known as “seed funding,” as awarded monies have historically provided innovators like John Cole a direct means to see their technology concepts grow into trusted industry solutions.
Back then in 1983, John’s R&D and manufacturing operations were conducted in a basement spare bedroom of the Cole family home. Today, Silicon Designs is a state-of-the-art 59,000 square foot sales,... Read More