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America's most important startup?

This is a really long video. More than an hour. Why is it so long? Because Techshop could be the most important startup to United States' manufacturing industry. Here we spend an hour with CEO Mark Hatch. 

What is Techshop? It's a place where you can make things. We get an in-depth tour. You can learn more here: http://www.techshop.ws

In this video you'll also meet several startups that call Techshop home. 

This is why Techshop is so important to our economy. It's providing a place for many other startups to get going, meet cofounders, and make the things that need to be made to startup companies.

At about 13 minutes you meet the founder of Emotimo, which makes robotic heads for photographers to control their cameras. Learn more about that here: http://youtu.be/88vTsKdysoo?t=13m53s

Don't miss the discussion of 3D printing at about 36 minutes into the video: America's most important startup? as we visit one of the startups located at Techshop San Francisco, Type A Machines. Learn more about this 3D Printing Startup at http://typeamachines.com

At about 45 minutes into the video we meet SF Made, a non-profit that is helping the growing manufacturing sector in San Francisco America's most important startup?

At 54 minutes into the tour we meet ProtoTank, a startup that makes unique signs. America's most important startup? Learn more about ProtoTank here: http://prototank.com

At 62 minutes into it, the founder of ProtoTank shows me a cool wearable LED system he built. America's most important startup?

This tour gave me great hope for the future of USA's economy. In a world where we see so many negatives of jobs going overseas, here you see how real jobs are coming back here.
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Taking the idea of a Hackspace and turning it into a company? We have a couple of Hackspaces in London, both are non-profits and have lots of kit for electronics and physical creation (3D printers, wood working, etc). Although this probably offers more as it's not a small group and other networking aspects.  
 
jeez he rattled off a laundry list of winners. old smokes!
 
A +Robert Scoble video that's over an hour long? This has to be something special and important! I'm definitely watching this...
 
Thanks Robert! I will look at video in the morning I had some issues for while and getting late.
 
Wow, this video has me hooked. Glad no NCAA Basketball is going on this evening because I'd probably decide to skip the game...
 
Creating for the digital world just got boring. I want to make real things now.
 
When do we get to print out data centers on demand? 
 
+Robert Scoble So happy to see you covering more of these capital-intensive, infrastructure-oriented businesses. Ultimately, meaty businesses like this will drive the economy and job creation, not apps and other current darlings of Silicon Valley. Keep it up!
 
Important. But difficult to reproduce. 
 
Odd they're not in L.A., will have to wait and see, great that they're working with Veterans. 
 
I've been saying this for a while: the maker revolution will restore America's manufacturing prowess. 
 
Thanks for sharing this, Robert. Way cool, particularly because of the jobs it's cranking out.
 
Excellent post. Your enthusiasm and sense of optimism is great to see, and your coverage like this startup is inspiring.  This is clearly one of the ways we can and will see a resurgence in US manufacturing.  

When I got out of high school in the mid 70s, there were tons of good paying jobs in manufacturing.  Now we still consume those products that we used to make, only we don't have the jobs.  I've seen the impact across the country.  I hope we can use our technical and entrepreneurial edge to bring about real change in our economy.
 
+Robert Scoble Couple of immensely important things from the video...

First... the issue with jobs is not only in USA, I think that this has to do with modernization itself, with the failure of the economics of our time. It keeps happening to most countries around the world.
I guess that, as the USA economy suffered the biggest blow in the last crisis, it's "mandatory" that people find new ways to keep going. That is the good part to it.

Second... aside from all the cool and creative stuff shown and commented, there is an underlying message that becomes evident on the conversation with the SFMade lady: sharing and collaboration. It has been  happening for a while in the academic world, then IT took some advantage to that (open source code, forums, etc), but it must go wider to make a real dent in people's lives. This video is proof of it.
 
Could so do with a space like this in the Garden Route
 
Fantastic hour spent - GR8 video Robert.
 
+Robert Scoble Next time you post a YouTube video and give us time references, just type time marks like 0:45. G+ translates the marks into hyperlinks to the corresponding position in the video.
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