wife, recalled "you didn't feel quite so cool."
The couple has spent a lot of time together lately.
Soon after Middleton ventured out on his own, Swift was laid off from her director's job at BlackBerry.
"A month of doing absolutely nothing would have been really nice," Swift
But now, as Middleton and Swift
get two startups off the ground, work time is family time.
Before working at BlackBerry, Swift worked for Nortel during its dramatic downsizing.
"After the second time, I really need to do something different," she
In running their own startups, Middleton and Swift
relished the chance to employ some of their former workmates.
Gilbrook worked with Swift at BlackBerry before herself being laid off in November 2013.
seemed a less likely startup founder, but is pragmatic, calculated and adds balance to Middleton's enthusiasm, Gilbrook said.
But confidently, Middleton and Swift
continue their launch as though they're on a pre-destined mission.
Photo: Anthony Middleton and Lara Swift have gone from management roles at BlackBerry to life as startup entrepreneurs.