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1 Investing at a micro scale A personal journey to becoming a micro-VC… My first fabrication project:Campus Carpets Community business:Lason Micro-VC:The Fab Company A lesson in small scale production and the joy of starting a business A lesson in reproducing business models – bringing franchising to outsourcing Marrying machines that make machines with businesses that make businesses Business of Investment:Private Equity A lesson in keeping it small or losing the joy of ownership

2 Invest in activities that enable fabrication Fab enabling Invest in enterprises that are enabled by fabrication Fab enabled Personal and Workgroup Fabrication Enabling sustainable models of ownership… Until a machine can truly make itself… …it should at least help pay for itself.

3 Invest in activities that enable fabrication Fab enabling Invest in enterprises that are enabled by fabrication Fab enabled Personal and Workgroup Fabrication Providing commercial support to early adopters… Seed a robust open-source project with design and production tools Facilitate access to and setup of useful equipment bundles Moderate an active online community to encourage sharing of tools, tips, and inventions Co-invest in the creation of workgroup fabrication facilities with early adopters Partner with early adopters to develop effective learning frameworks

4 Invest in activities that enable fabrication Fab enabling Invest in enterprises that are enabled by fabrication Fab enabled Personal and Workgroup Fabrication Providing capital and expertise to entrepreneurs… Learn from the successes of micro-finance initiatives in developing countries Balance financial return with social return Help entrepreneurs partner with the local community for support Develop investment models that can be effective at a very small scale (micro-VC) Develop business infrastructure that can be shared among similar small enterprises (reproducable business models)

5 Personal and Workgroup Fabrication Enabling sustainable models of ownership… www.fabcompany.com Machines that make machines… …businesses that make businesses. …need…


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