ENTREPRENEURSHIP: How Makers Start Businesses

Business of Making

Thursday, September 24, 12:30 pm to 1:15 pm in Theater


Popular media loves to sell stories about an amazing hardware idea, its widely successful KickStarter campaign, and the line of VCs waiting to fund you. But what if your idea is amazing but maybe not a $250M market opportunity? Join a highly interactive discussion with entrepreneurs like you who have great startups (ideas) to better understand what the real journey and options are for your hardware idea, whether little, big, or just right.


Dan Shapiro

CEO and co-founder, Glowforge
Dan Shapiro is the CEO and cofounder of Glowforge, a startup that's creating the first 3D laser printer. Glowforge's wireless desktop system makes it simple for designers and engineers to take take products directly from digital design to reality. Previously, Dan accidentally launched the bestselling boardgame in Kickstarter history when he crowdfunded Robot Turtles, a game that teaches programming fundamentals to preschoolers. Before his detour as a boardgame designer, Dan spent two years as CEO of Google Comparison, Inc, a Google subsidiary that operates comparison shopping products. Shapiro landed at Google when they bought his previous company, comparison shopping website Sparkbuy. Before Sparkbuy, Shapiro was founder and CEO of Photobucket Inc. (formerly Ontela).


Eric Klein (moderator)

Partner, Lemnos Labs
Eric's passion is imagining and building delightful products. His experience includes founding startups, managing large teams in highly successful corporations, and angel investing. Eric is a Partner at Lemnos Labs, the San Francisco hardware accelerator. Eric previously enjoyed product roles at Nokia, Sun, Real Networks, Palm, and Apple. He founded or played an early role in a number of successful startups including Bungie, developers of the Halo game franchise, and Dash Navigation, creators of the world's first connected GPS device. He is also an active angel investor, focused on consumer, media, and entertainment startups. He has three kids and winters at the HP Pavilion cheering on his San Jose Sharks.


John Dimatos

Design and Tech Outreach Lead, Kickstarter
John Dimatos is outreach lead for the Design and Technology categories at Kickstarter, working closely with projects like Pebble and organizations like Maker Faire. Previously he was Head of Applications at MakerBot Industries where he oversaw the launch of the original Replicator, the Soho retail store and the 3D photobooth. John has developed a disaster simulation game for UNICEF, sold oriental rugs, and graduated from NYU’s ITP program in 2009.


Lisa Fetterman

CEO, Nomiku
Lisa Q. Fetterman is the founder and CEO of Nomiku, the first home sous vide immersion circulator. She was recently named Forbes 30 Under 30. Lisa’s culinary sensibilities were honed at the best restaurants in the world like Babbo, Jean Georges, and Saison. She has a sophisticated writing and editing background with a BA in Journalism from the prestigious NYU Arthur L. Carter of Journalism. She’s worked for Hearst Corporation in their digital media department and has helped publish multiple New York Times Bestsellers with SMITH Magazine.