After selling his military startup, Ken Solinsky used his tech expertise to build a smarter canine enclosure using GPS. For pet owners, it’s a new leash on life.
Ken Solinsky wasn’t looking for a new business. He was living just outside Manchester, New Hampshire, after selling a military firm, Insight Technology, that he’d founded with his wife, Grace, to L-3 Communications (now L3Harris) in 2010. But in 2014 when an irrigation contractor he’d hired to work on a sprinkler system mentioned how often he’d accidentally cut the wires in invisible dog fences, Solinsky, a long-time dog owner, was intrigued. He wondered if he could design a completely wireless version that would get rid of homeowners’ frustrations and offer more flexibility.
“I was floating ideas in my head, and checking for the sanity of them,” says Solinsky, now 70.
It took three years after he had the initial idea to develop