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ISBN-13: 978-1430259923 ISBN-10: 1430259922 Edition: 1st
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From the book reviews: "This volume offers a collection of interviews between Osborn, a technology start-up entrepreneur, and professionals whom he describes as being part of the 'maker movement.' ... Osborn has compiled a notable collection of interviews with very impressive interviewees. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through graduate students, two-year technical program students, practitioners, and general audience." (C. J. Kohen, Choice, Vol. 52 (4), December, 2014)

About the Author

Steven Osborn is a serial start-up entrepreneur, software hacker, and hardware enthusiast. In 2009 he co-founded a mobile messaging company called Urban Airship (urbanairship.com) that powers thousands of mobile applications on iPhone and Android for companies like Starbucks, Redbox, and ESPN. More recently he co-founded Smart Mocha (smartmocha.com), a company combining cloud services and digital sensor network technology. In his spare time, he enjoys participating in triathlons, baking bread, traveling, and spending time with his family. Steven lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife, Jenny, and son, Theo. He is also an accomplished Guitar Hero rock star and Army veteran.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1 edition (September 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430259922
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430259923
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,616,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tamberg on January 14, 2014
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The "at Work" series has been great all along. Makers at Work is no exception. Little known background info and first-hand insight into how the master makers work and what drives them. My favourite interview is definitely the one with Jeri Ellsworth. She gives a very personal account of her crazy story and incredible projects. After reading this book I was definitely motivated to start tinkering myself. - Thomas Amberg (@tamberg)
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By L. King on April 3, 2014
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The "maker" movement considers itself to be the next major disruptive convergence of business and technology. It promises the ability to achieve rapid and profitable small scale production coupled with cheaply available electronic components, materials and manufacturing technology. Marry this with an open source ethic that builds communities of developers and users and one sees the dynamic potential to create new forms of entrepreneurship and employment.

Author Steven Osborn manages to convey a palpable excitement over the course of 21 interviews with a wide variety of representatives of this change. Some are pure product developers, others develop and sell components and mentor by connecting makers with resources and open source ideas and others are popularizers who vlog. An issue that keeps coming up is how patents are actually a bar to innovation. Several interviews made the point that Shenzen, formerly a small fishing village opposite Hong Kong and now and hyperactive hub of several million, is able to out compete simply by dumping the lawyers, opting for short product cycles.. One competes through novel combinations, rapid deployment and a native skill set for outsourcing production. As bunnie Huang (Ch 7) points out, the business ecosystem there allows one to go from startup to a $50m company in as little as 2 years. The inclusion of Ward Cunningham, inventor of Wiki seemed initially out of place but his reference to Christopher Alexander's Pattern Languages turns out to be key to understanding what drives this wave of innovation. The growth is organic rather than top down, the pieces fit naturally together. As does the book.
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I originally bought this because I'm a huge fan of Becky Stern, and an electronics enthusiast. I've been working through Adafruit's electronics tutorials as well, and had heard about this through one of their posts, but the other chapters are proving interesting as well. It's a good casual read to see how to get involved in the maker business and how to apply hacking concepts to your work!
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Good book. For those tinker, builder, fix-it types of people who are looking for positive ways out of the rat race.
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