WeWork Labs is thrilled to support our creator community by launching a new MakerSpace pilot partnering with Formlabs and Glowforge, two leading companies in 3D fabrication that together will equip our community with the tools our members need to bring their ideas into physical reality, from prototypes to viable products and more.
We are proud to bring you our Fireside Chat to launch this initiative with Dan Shapiro, CEO of Glowforge, interviewed by Elizabeth Scallon, Head of WeWork Labs, Northwest.
This Fireside Chat is in celebration of the annual National Week of Making, which aims to celebrate the innovation, ingenuity and creativity of makers. Come and hear from Dan on why Making and Entrepreneurship are key mindsets in todays world as well as hear his personal startup journey going from idea stage to scale up, and fostering an amazing community of makers along the way.
Dan Shapiro is the CEO and cofounder of Glowforge, the iconic 3D laser printer. Starting with the biggest 30-day crowdfunding campaign on record, designers have now used their Glowforge printers to create millions of products like wallets, lamps, and furniture. Dan is also the author of Hot Seat: The Startup CEO Guidebook, published by O'Reilly.
Before founding Glowforge, Dan launched the bestselling boardgame in Kickstarter history, Robot Turtles, a game that teaches programming fundamentals to preschoolers. Before his detour as a boardgame designer, Dan served as CEO of Google Comparison, Inc, a Google subsidiary. 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).
Dan's been featured on NPR, the Wall Street Journal, and on the front page of the New York Times. His game, Robot Turtles, as been sold everywhere from Target to MoMA. He has been awarded a dozen US patents, and received his B.S. in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College.