Building an Open Manufacturing Ecosystem
Yi-Tan Weekly Tech Call #

We've examined Fabbing (in July 2005!), DIY and DIY craftshops. We've also watched the launches of distributed design and manufacturing shops like Ponoko, eMachineShop and Adafruit.

Now a group called OpenKollab is asssembling a number of participants in the space with a view to bringing them together under an innovative funding structure, the Ecosystem Pooled Fund, which takes a collaborative approach to funding early stage social ventures.

Really interested? Join their mailing list.

The instigator of this ecosystem under development is Suresh Fernando, a former stockbroker and tech-company adviser who changed careers to explore the power of open collaboration.

With Suresh, let's discuss: 

  • What is OpenKollab's goal? Who is involved?
  • Why is the timing right for this funding structure? What problems does it solve?
  • How will OpenKollab's participants form a working network? What is an ecosystem?


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