The most important Start-Up Company in America
While watching YouTube earlier this week at 3am, i came across a video titled “America’s Most important start-up?”. So I did what anyone would’ve done at 3am, I watched the hour long video.
The video was a walk through of a place in San Francisco called TechShop. TechShop is basically a DIY Shop class. Think shop class in High School but on steroids. TechShop gives the average Joe all the tools necessary to design and manufacture almost ANY product you can think of.
What started out in San Francisco is now located in North Carolina, Washington D.C, Pittsburgh, Detroit and soon Brooklyn.
The founder speaking in the video even went on to mention how a few people used TechShop to launch companies that went on to be acquired for $20 million
TechShop gives innovative people the tools to open small businesses and sell products they themselves conceptualized and made, in America. You have an idea for a small widget you thought would be cool to make? Make it.
The business model is based off of a club membership model so every member has access to the same machinery. The collaborative atmosphere, access to 3-D printers and other professional machines is well worth the cost. Of course, you have to take a few classes before you use any of the equipment, and a variety of classes are offered throughout the week.
Is TechShop the most important start-up in America? Companies make technological leaps everyday in all aspects of the world. On the manufacturing front, TechShop without a doubt deserves to be on that conversation.