Over my career, I’ve watched movements that start with enthusiasts turn into the next wave of big business. The Maker Movement stands in the same relationship to the next big thing as the Homebrew Computer Club did to the PC industry. TechShop is the cradle of the next generation of American manufacturing. Mark Hatch does an amazing job of highlighting the path from Maker to entrepreneur, and the connections between self-directed learning and invention.
— Tim O’Reilly
If you can save 98 percent of your startup costs, you can launch 20 more startups. Anybody in the middle class can now launch a hardware company.
The rules for success in the 21st century are emerging, and they are radically different from the rules in the 19th and 20th centuries. You can make art, you can create, and you can sell those creations… Here is the thing: You must learn to learn. We must learn to learn. We must develop our skills at creating, developing, and nurturing things and services that others value. The age of being a cog in a big machine and marching one’s way to a defined benefit plan retirement is over. In its place is a global talent pool with access to the same tools, knowledge, and equipment as everyone else, and with competition coming from every angle inside and outside of the industry.
Creative people can now produce the answers and ideas they have in their heads and rapidly assemble them. They have access to all the tools they need to prototype much more effectively. It is so much better than a PowerPoint presentation that they used to have to give for some development money. They’re now able to get moving much more quickly.
This is a revolution. If you can imagine it, you can make it. And that’s new to the world.
Mark Hatch is CEO and co-founder of TechShop and a recognized leader in the global maker movement. Under his leadership, TechShop revenue grew 20-fold in five years and multiple new locations have opened across the U.S. Mark has held executive positions at firms including Kinko’s, Avery Dennison, and Health Net. In 2013 his book, The Maker Movement Manifesto, was released by McGraw-Hill Education. He has been recognized by the San Francisco Business Times as one of the Bay Area’s Most Admired CEOs and by Popular Mechanics as one of 25 movers and makers who are reinventing the American Dream. Mark has spoken at events such as SXSW, Techonomy, TEDx, and The Clinton Global Initiative. A former Green Beret, Mark holds an MBA from the Drucker Center at the Claremont Graduate University.
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