Lockheed Layoffs an Opportunity for the Dallas/Fort Worth Startup Scene?

Doom and gloom abounds this morning in Fort Worth with the news that Lockheed Martin Aeronautics is set to lay off up to 1,000 employees nationwide as part of a strategic restructuring move it says is necessary to keep the company competitive.

Lockheed said it’s offering voluntary redundancy packages to mid-level employees in seven of its locations, including its facility in Fort Worth, where the company’s iconic F-35 and F-22 jet fighters are built.

While we’re always disappointed to see such negative news in our local community, LaunchDFW would like to remind those affected by the layoffs to remember that every cloud has a silver lining, and as one door closes another one always open. That’s the case with today’s news, for Lockheed’s loss can only be the Dallas’ startup community’s gain.

If there’s one thing we’re sure about, it’s that Lockheed Fort Worth employs some of the most talented and brightest individuals in the community, and these people will be an asset to whoever decides to employ them next.

As such, we see today’s layoffs as something of an opportunity for those affected. Dallas/Fort Worth is blessed to have one of the most exciting tech startup communities in the nation, what with its strong gaming industry – companies like GameStop, GearBox Software, Oculus and ReelFX come to mind – as well as its growing robotics and Internet of Things sectors.

While those who’ve lost or are about to lose their jobs will likely want to take some time to consider their options, we’d like to remind them that there’s probably never been a better time to get involved in the local tech entrepreneurial community and finally begin pursuing whatever ideas have been floating around in their heads.

Now’s the perfect time to start connecting with the local community and get involved with entrepreneurships and startups. There are dozens of events coming up this year where you’ll be able to meet up with some of the greatest mentors from across Dallas/Fort Worth and Texas. We’re hoping you’ll come and take look at what we’re doing and where we’re going. Who knows, you may just end up being a part of it.

Blog post by: Mike Wheatley

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