Freund reflects on his early days at Applied Materials, where he worked on a machine that inspected silicon wafers.
It was in this early role that Freund gained an appreciation for rigorous software testing protocols in the manufacturing process.
At WeWork, Freund was fascinated by the idea of a full stack business, which is a business building itself.
While Freund officially launched Wilco in 2021, the origin story for the company dates back to 2013 when he was hiring and managing a team of engineers—he saw a need in the market to help developers build critical skills to problems-solve in real-time.
You can think of Wilco as the equivalent of a flight simulator for engineers.