It isn't unusual for big company employees to spot ways to improve on products or internal operations. That can lead to startup ideas, as we have found with a couple of the firms profiled in our latest installment of Startups to Watch. One is a firm founded by a former Apple employee attempting to improve manufacturing automation. Another company on our list was founded by a former Facebook employee who saw an opportunity to refine how well the humble calendar works.
These two are part of a broader group that also includes a firm trying to bring blockchain to the masses, one working on health care technology and one aiming to aggregate different transit options in one app. And there is another aiming to make it easier for people to buy concert tickets.