With Mechanical Engineering degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and over five years of experience in designing and fabricating robotics under his belt, great things are expected from Christopher Haid – and as expected, he delivered. In fact, he has been recognized by Forbes Magazines for his achievements in Manufacturing when they named him as one of their 30 Under 30 for 2015.
Haid is one of the four co-founders of the New Valence Robotics Corporation, more commonly known as NVBots. He is also the company’s Chief Operating Officer. Haid and the other co-founders opened up NVBots with the vision of bringing the world’s ideas to life. They are currently doing this with the use of 3D Printing, a piece of technology that was once only available to companies and organizations with a large budget for innovative technologies. Haid and his partners believe that teaching students about 3D printing at a young age allows them to be more creative and inspires them to bring the products of their creativity to life.
The 3D printer produced by NVBots is not limited for use in schools. In fact, they have made the process of taking ideas and turning them into physical reality so easy and convenient, almost anyone can print a 3D rendering of their ideas. The best part of the technology they have developed is the cloud-based interface which allows users to print from any device.
As the company’s COO, Haid has his hands in a lot of the areas of the business, including serving as an interface between the manufacturing group and the customers and leading the sales and rentals team. Haid is also involved in many aspects of the manufacturing process including product development.
Before NVBots, Haid worked at the Nuclear Reactor Lab at MIT as both operator and supervisor.
Alex Frommeyer graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Louisville – Speed School of Engineering with two degrees. He has since co-founded two companies. His first company is called Uproar Labs, a startup accelerator based in Louisville, KY, where he serves as the company’s Chief Executive Officer, but the company Frommeyer is most known for is Beam Technologies.
Beam Technologies is a company based in Columbus, OH which manufactures smart toothbrushes that connect to smartphones to let users know how often and how well they brush their teeth. The product also allows parents to monitor whether their children have brushed their teeth or not. The smart toothbrush is not the only one of its kind in the market as a large dental hygiene company has a similar product; however, Beam offers their smart toothbrushes at a fraction of the price with and with more available features. Frommeyer also serves as the CEO of Beam.
Betsy Fore studied Industrial Design in college and dreamed of creating products that are innovative and fun. During a class trip to Big Monster Toys in Chicago, Fore declared that she would one day work there. After graduating and taking a solo trip through Europe, she applied and got accepted. This is where her journey towards founding her own company began.
Fore was a Toy and Game Inventor for Big Monster Toys for three years before she moved on to work for the UK-based company Mind Candy, where she successfully developed and design physical games and toys for the company’s popular digital brand Moshi Monsters. She left Mind Candy in November 2013 to pursue a different kind of dream. She founded her own company in the UK called Wondermento. The company develops mobile apps which are attached to hardware which are also developed by her team. Their first product, WonderWoof is a mobile app which allows pet owners to track their pet’s activities through a chip embedded in a specially made pet collar. Another product Wondermento has come up with since its inception is Wonderwool, an app that connects users with other crafters and creators. It also teaches first-time knitters how to do needlework from scratch and allows users to show off their work. Other products under development are WonderWear, a fashion app, and WonderWorld, a project which has something to do with what Fore does best – toys.
Fore’s success as an inventor and entrepreneur has earned her a lot of praise and recognition. Not only has she been selected as one of the people on the 2015 Forbes’ list of 30 Under 30 in Manufacturing, her company has also been offered a grant to open up an office in the US. Fore says she plans to keep her UK office and divide her time between the two locations.
Manufacturing can be a complex and complicated business because of the wide range of steps involved. Fortunately, Dylan Reid wants to simplify the manufacturing process especially for designers, thus, allowing them to transform their dreams into reality with a few simple steps.
Reid founded Matter.io, a company that aims to redefine the concept of the modern factory. Matter.io specializes in the creation of small batches of customized metal parts, as ordered by the customers, with the use of advanced rapid molding and 3D printing technologies. Customers have the opportunity to create customized products from pre-designed 3D models, molds, and photographs.
Reid has designed the manufacturing process for designers. His simple 4-step manufacturing process allows product designers to speed and spin up the design, manufacture, and logistics processes. He is on a mission to improve manufacturing to the millions of product designers from around the world, even for ordinary people with apparently unrealistic product ideas.
With his persistence, Reid has nurtured Matter.io from its TechStars accelerator origins to its current status as a promising start-up. Not bad for a Cornell University graduate who failed his safety training twice.
Kegan Schouwenburg has a passion for bringing nascent technologies to the consumers. Her extensive work experiences in mass manufacturing and industrial design contributed to her passion, which continues to serve her well in her 3D technology business today. Her experiences include working as the director of engineering and operations at Shapeways, a New York-based 3D printing company, where she led the creation of one of the largest 3D printing factories in the world.
In May 2013, Schouwenburg co-founded SOLS and became its chief executive officer. SOLS, a New York-based company, uses 3D printing technology coupled with a set of algorithms in customizing insoles. Basically, the customized insoles are designed to provide greater comfort for their wearers since these are designed according to the unique characteristics of their feet, such as foot and arch shape.
SOLS’ software is considered as one of the first applications of 3D printing technology in the consumer market. Its vertically integrated custom mass manufacturing process is also a pioneer in the industry, thanks to its innovative combination of statistical shape modelling, advanced manufacturing, and computer intelligence. It has made 3D printing technology more accessible and affordable particularly for iPhone owners.
Under Schouwenburg’s leadership, SOLS has raised over $8.5 million in funding and has started offering its products to customers. With its innovative ideas and advanced 3D printing technology, the world will see more of SOLS on their feet.
For her achievements so far, Schouwenburg was recognized by Forbes magazine in its 30 Under 30 List for 2015 and by Inc. Magazine in its 30 Under 30 List. She has also been featured on the 30 Most Important Women Under 30 in Tech by Business Insider and in 20 Hottest Start-ups Founded by Women.
Schouwenburg has a B.S. in Industrial Design and Manufacturing degree from the Pratt Institute. She holds a patent for Systems and Methods for Generating Orthotic Device Models From User-Based Data Capture with Nathan Ghabour.
Sam Rosen is a serial entrepreneur whose vision of next generation, full service storage services resulted in MakeSpace. He launched his company in New York City with the intention of eliminating the usual hassles associated with using conventional self-storage units.
MakeSpace users can store 4 boxes of their items, which are catalogued via photos and descriptions, for $25 a month. Users can then have their items shipped or delivered to their doorsteps with the click of a button instead of the usual “visit, load, and haul” process for traditional self-storage units.
Rosen has raised more than $10 million in funding so far. His initial success in the storage industry has encouraged him to expand to the rest of the United States.
MakeSpace is not Rosen’s first venture. He has also been the entrepreneur in residence of Upfront Ventures, co-founder of Scaffold and SpeakerGram, and sales and business development consultant for ScoreBig Inc and Urban Interns, among others.
Noah Ready-Campbell was an associate product manager and Calvin Young was an engineer at Google for just 6 months when they mutually decided to quit and start their own company. Their first ideas did not click but they pressed on and Twice was born – thus, proving that twice the brains is always better than one.
The duo used the challenges they encountered in selling used goods in online sites like eBay as their inspiration for establishing Twice. These challenges included the nitty-gritty details of manually taking pictures, posting the items, and keeping track of the sales, which the Twice platform seeks to eliminate for its users.
Basically, Twice is about recycling clothes, a purpose born of the duo’s realization about society’s wasteful practices. Users can purchase second-hand clothes on the site or use the site to make money while cleaning out closets. Twice pays for the shipping and the users get cash-back on the items.
Young designed a proprietary software program, known as Vulcan, which takes photos of the items, determine appropriate prices, and uploads the photos together with their descriptions to the website. The software, which the partners consider as their secret weapon, also aids in human resource and inventory management including shift assignments in the company’s San Francisco warehouse.
The duo has raised over $18 million in Series B round from Jeff Jordan of Andreessen Horowitz, Lerer Ventures, and IA, among others. Ready-Campbell says that the company’s success in sealing the deals for investments can be partly attributed to the company’s engineering capabilities and partly to its mission of providing people with an eco-friendly way of disposing their clothes while making money.
And that’s where Twice’s emerging power comes in – the opportunity to make money while exercising social responsibility and cleaning out closets appeals to its market. Ready-Campbell and Young certainly have made it easier for people.
At age 28, Alexander Haro has already accomplished a lot – including being one of Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30 in Consumer Technology for 2015. This recognition was given to him because of his contribution to the development of the location-based family networking application called Life360. Along with Chris Hulls, Haro co-founded the company back in 2008 and was initially funded by a grant they won from Google’s Android Developer Challenge. Since then, the company has received $20 million in funding from venture capitalists and companies such as Google and Facebook. The idea behind Life360 was to connect families in the digital age. Using the application, family members can share their locations, participate in group chat and create circles to distinguish different sets of members of the user’s network.
Haro served as CTO of the company until June 2014 where he took on the President’s role. Before Life360, Haro got his degree in Computer Science at Pomona College.
Many of today’s most innovative entrepreneurs start young – some of them become founders of their own companies even before they reach the age of 20. One of the “young bloods” that the tech and consumer tech startup world is looking out for is Dylan Field.
Field was in the middle of his third year at Brown University where he was working on getting degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics when he dropped out and joined the Thiel Fellowship. Prior to getting the fellowship, Field has already accumulated more work experience than most college graduates. He interned at Flipboard, Microsoft Research, Indinero, and LinkedIn, performing product and engineering roles for these companies. A math wiz since he was very young, Field’s first internship happened when he was only in high school. He worked at O’Reilly Media, a company that publishes tech books and organizes events for tech buffs. During his internship he was able to meet the who’s who of Silicon Valley at these events.
Today, Dylan Field is no longer an intern. At only 21 years old, he has already become the founder of his very own tech startup. The product of Field’s fellowship is a company called Figma. It is basically a web-based photo editor which helps those without much artistic prowess to be able to edit photographs using technology that simplifies photo editing but is feature-rich to give users more variety than most photo editors which are targeted to novices. Field refuses to talk about the details of the project during interviews, but the buzz surrounding the company has gotten the entire tech community talking about him.
Field is still working on Figma; however, investors are already pouring in to get in on the action. Since the project’s announcement, Field has already raised around $3.8 million from investors.
Evan Burns knows that thought is powerful. He is, after all, the founder and chief executive officer of Olympia Media Group, an innovative content and marketing company that operates The Odyssey; he established it in 2009. Community thought leaders use The Odyssey, a proprietary technology, to develop, refine and share their content across several platforms including print, web and mobile across the United States.
While the crowd-sourced content is published through these digital and traditional platforms, community leaders are assured that it is localized for the local audience. This means a greater reach and influence for their content and, hence, a great impact on society. The Odyssey now works with over 1,000 clients from regional to local businesses, including Fortune 500 brands.
Burns has steered the Olympic Media Group and The Odyssey to become the largest college media company in the U.S. His company now has 20 to 50 content creators in each community in approximately 400 universities. His clients now include big names in the industry including Red Bull Media House and Procter & Gamble.
Burns has a degree in Bachelor of Arts in Economics (2006-2010) from the Indiana University Bloomington.