HEADQUARTERS: Manchester, New Hampshire FOUNDERS: Ken Solinsky, Grace Solinsky EMPLOYEES: 16
In 2019, the Solinskys launched SpotOn, a wireless dog fence that relies on GPS technology to enable anyone to walk (or drive) the perimeter they want their dog to stay within and create a “fence” without wires. The product won an innovation award at the giant consumer-tech conference CES and was selling strongly by winter. Then came the coronavirus. Ken was concerned, but it turned out to be a boon for business, as more homebound people adopted pooches. The company, owned entirely by the couple, estimates a fivefold increase in sales over last year, to $10 million, and is looking to launch other items. “We’re focused on high-tech products for pet owners,” says Ken, 70, who sold his previous company to L3 Communications in 2013.