Story excerpt provided by The Plain Dealer.
Written by Robert L. Smith.
When Shaker LaunchHouse debuted the region’s first business accelerator two years ago, the emphasis on software technology made sense. Computer applications were the rage coast to coast. Everyone was hoping to launch the next Groupon or viral smartphone app.
But after graduating 21 companies that attracted marginal local investment, the startup enthusiasts at LaunchHouse are returning to that old-time religion.
By tradition and by skill, they say, Cleveland is a manufacturing town, a city where people respect the heft of hardware. Here it comes.
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Originally published June 27, 2014.