Kurt Sippel

Kurt Sippel

Board Member

Applied Tech

Madison, WI USA

IT is like solving a puzzle. If you really get into puzzles and trying to figure something out and that’s your jam, then this is a good industry for you.


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Kurt Sippel


My road in life has been direct.
I was born and raised in Wisconsin.
I earned my bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was heavily focused on statistics.
I wasn’t really sure what to do for a career, so I started a master’s program in urban regional planning.
I was hired as an economist for the school’s sister program in public policy.
That job led me into information technology.
I worked in technology for the university for about eight years and then decided to leave and start my own company.
I started Applied Tech in 1999 and ran the company for about 20 years before bringing investors in.
Now, I no longer run the day-to-day work but am still involved with the company as a board member.
Keep following my journey


High School
University of Wisconsin-Madison


Board Member

I created a company that does IT support for other companies.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
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Working with Others

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Start by developing your own curiosity and aptitude for technology. Then start taking information technology classes. Finally, look for internships in the field. That's a great way to gain experience and figure out where you'd like to contribute.