Hardware, Software & the Internet of Things
June 23–25, 2015 • San Francisco, CA
Danielle  Applestone

Danielle Applestone
Chief Executive Officer, Other Machine Co.

Website | @dapplestone

Danielle is a cofounder of Other Machine Co., a San Francisco-based company bringing manufacturing tools to everyone. Danielle’s expertise integrates a strong background in science and technology, education, and entrepreneurship.

Armed with an advanced degree in chemical engineering and a software programming hobby, Danielle cofounded her first company in 2003—a profitable boutique internet software as a service (SaaS) company that she still operates. Following her PhD at the University of Texas, Danielle went on to work on a DARPA-funded education project to develop digital design and CNC (computer numerically controlled) manufacturing tools for the classroom. When the DARPA funding for the project ended, Danielle then bootstrapped financing with her team to continue their work, eventually launching Other Machine Co. and focusing on removing the barriers to desktop CNC manufacturing.

Danielle grew up in the small town of Mena, Arkansas and is the first college graduate of her family. As such, Danielle is particularly passionate about education—especially science and math for women and girls—fostering work-based apprenticeship programs, and encouraging the development of businesses that provide relevant and meaningful mentorship for the future workforce in both urban and rural areas.

Danielle has a BS in chemical engineering from MIT and holds a PhD in materials science and engineering from the University of Texas, Austin. Several of Danielle’s battery materials have been patented and subsequently licensed. She is also the proud mother of an eight-year old son who absolutely can’t wait to have an apprenticeship at Other Machine Co.


9:45am–9:55am Wednesday, 06/24/2015
Location: Herbst Pavilion
Danielle Applestone (Other Machine Co.)
Average rating: ***..
(3.16, 44 ratings)
The problems we face are so complex that we have to use everything at our disposal to solve them: data, hardware, software, intuition, robots, empathy. The superheroes of the future are the MacGyvers who use CAD software and robots as readily as bubble gum and paperclips. Read more.
4:35pm–5:15pm Thursday, 06/25/2015
Building / Manufacturing
Location: Herbst Pavilion
Danielle Applestone (Other Machine Co.)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 2 ratings)
When people ask me how many employees we have, I say 20. Sometimes people are surprised at how small we are, but that's probably because they don't realize that there are 400 people within a 200 mile radius of us that are actively involved in building the Othermill. Read more.