5 May 2020

“After an academic career at top universities in Ireland, the U.K. and Singapore, Joe Fitzsimons spun off Horizon Quantum Computing, a quantum software company, from CQT in 2018. The tipping point was on the horizon, he said, and he wanted to be established by the time one of the big tech companies announced that they had achieved quantum supremacy.

“Everyone in the field has known this was coming,” he said. “We thought: Once this result is announced, there’s going to be this rush of people looking to start companies. … I think the day following the Google announcement, I got contacted by three VCs.”