Bre Pettis at the Open Hardware Summit

Next week at the Open Hardware Summit, I’ll focus on the overlap of sustainable business practices and a culture of sharing. I’m really looking forward to the discussions that will come out of that. I’ll talk about navigating clones, venture capital, and the approach that MakerBot is exploring in order to create a sustainable business with a mission to bring 3D printers to the masses while maintaining an ethos of sharing.

While at the summit, I am particularly interested in hearing stories of consumer focused hardware businesses that are scaling from a small business to medium or large businesses. If you know stories of hardware companies that support sharing and have gone big, whether they succeeded or failed, find me at the summit or leave the stories in the comments here or send them to