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About Mark Hatch
Mark Hatch, CEO and co-founder of TechShop, is a former Green Beret, an innovation revolutionary and a leader in the Maker Movement. He has held executive positions focused on innovation, disruptive technology and entrepreneurship at large and small firms including Avery Dennison, Kinko's and Health Net.
The San Francisco Business Times presented Mark a “Bay Area’s Most Admired CEO Award” and Fast Company has recognized him in their “Who’s Next” column. TechShop also won the EXPY Award, given to the “experience stager of the year.” His book, The Maker Movement Manifesto, came out in September of 2013.
Mark is a recognized leader in the global maker movement and is a sought after speaker and consultant on innovation, advanced manufacturing and leadership. He has spoken to groups from GE, Ford, P&G, ExxonMobile, Kraft, and many other Fortune 500 firms. He has presented at events and universities like TEDx, The Clinton Global Initiative, the Council on Foreign Relations, Singularity U, UC Berkeley, and Harvard.
Mark has appeared on ABC, CBS, NBC, Bloomberg, CNN and Fox among others. He has also been quoted in numerous prominent magazines and newspapers like Bloomberg Business, FastCompany, Inc, Forbes, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The LA Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, and he has published a number of articles including an opinion piece for the Washington Post.
Mark holds an M.B.A. from the Drucker Center at the Claremont Graduate University and a B.A. in Economics from the University of California at Irvine.
Through TechShop, Mark is focused on radically democratizing access to the tools of innovation by providing the lowest cost access to tools the world has ever seen. TechShop is crushing barriers to innovation and building new and exciting pathways for the creative class to do what it does best. Create. With six locations open and 100’s planned over the next decade, TechShop is already reshaping how the world does innovation and manufacturing.
Mark likens TechShop to Kinko’s 3D. Kinko’s was the largest public access computer and quick print platform in the world. TechShop is already the largest public access tools and computer enabled manufacturing platform in the world.
With partners like Autodesk, Ford, GE, BMW, Arizona State University and Lowe’s along with governmental agencies like DARPA (for advanced manufacturing) and the Veterans Administration (for Veteran’s training) TechShop has already begun to significantly impact the economic development opportunities in every community it is built. Six companies, of the 100’s) that have launched out of TechShop have already begun to change the world.
Inc Magazine awarded TechShop with the Inc 500/5000 private company award (#565) and named TechShop as the #37th fastest growing private retail company, and the #34th growing private company in the entire bay area.
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YOU can create the next breakthrough innovation
A revolution is under way. But it's not about tearing down the old guard. It's about building, it's about creating, it's about breathing life into groundbreaking new ideas. It's called the Maker Movement, and it's changing the world.
Mark Hatch has been at the forefront of the Maker Movement since it began. A cofounder of TechShop--the first, largest, and most popular makerspace--Hatch has seen it all. Average people pay a small fee for access to advanced tools--everything from laser cutters and milling machines to 3D printers and AutoCAD software. All they have to bring is their creativity and some positive energy. Prototypes of new products that would have cost $100,000 in the past have been made in his shop for $1,000.
The Maker Movement is where all the next great inventions and innovations are happening--and you can play a part in it.
The Maker Movement Manifesto takes you deep into the movement. Hatch describes the remarkable technologies and tools now accessible to you and shares stories of how ordinary people have devised extraordinary products, giving rise to successful new business ventures. He explains how economic upheavals are paving the way for individuals to create, innovate, make a fortune--and even drive positive societal change--with nothing more than their own creativity and some hard work.
It's all occurring right now, all around the world--and possibly in your own neighborhood.
The creative spirit lives inside every human being. We are all makers. Whether you're a banker, lawyer, teacher, tradesman, or politician, you can play an important role in the Maker society.
So fire up your imagination, read The Maker Movement Manifesto--and start creating!
Praise for The Maker Movement Manifesto
"It’s the same revolutionary innovation model, but now applied to one of the biggest industries in the world—manufacturing."
--Chris Anderson, CEO, 3D Robotics, and former Editor-in-Chief, Wired
"He (Henry Ford) probably would have started in TechShop."
--Bill Ford, Executive Chairman, Ford Motor Company, and great-grandson of Henry Ford
"We are heading into a new age of manufacturing . . . Hatch has a front-row seat and has written the must-follow guide to democratize this new age. This is the book I wish every American would use. It contains the keys to the future of work and joy for everyone."
--Robert Scoble, Startup Liaison Officer, Rackspace
“TechShop is the garage that Thomas Edison wished he had, and thanks to Mark Hatch, it’s open it to the public. This book is a lifeline to a country with a skills gap that threatens to swallow us all. For aspiring inventors and entrepreneurs, The Maker Movement Manifesto is a ‘celebration in the making’—even if the only thing you make is a mess.”
--Mike Rowe, Dirty Jobs
"Mark’s book is pitch-perfect on why the Maker Movement is so important for our collective future."
--Beth Comstock, CMO and SVP, GE