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Danielle  Applestone

Danielle Applestone
Chief Executive Officer, Other Machine Co.

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Danielle is a cofounder of Other Machine Co., a San Francisco-based company focused on joyful creation experiences. 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 at Austin, 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, AR 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.


Location: Fire House
Danielle Applestone (Other Machine Co.)
Compassion, access to raw materials, and software are the last remaining technological barriers between us and an empowered society. Magical objects can be designed and built, but not everyone has the means and the permission to create them. What happens when these barriers are overcome and the only thing standing between you and the needs of your community is your desire to satisfy them? Read more.
Location: Conference Center - Golden Gate Room
John Dimatos (Kickstarter), Aurora Aurora (Kickstarter), Danielle Applestone (Other Machine Co.), Al Linke (Open Gadgets LLC), Adam Rodnitzky (Occipital Inc.)
Average rating: ****.
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With more than 1,000 technology projects funded, Kickstarter has become a hub of creativity for technologists & product designers from around the world. This session focuses on how the product development changes when creators embrace transparency, collaborative funding & community involvement, enabling people to become engaged throughout the creative process rather than consumers or spectators. Read more.