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FabLab London: case study of a creative entrepreneur

Published on April 3, 2016   37 min
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Interviewer: I'm Neil Bradman. Today, I'm in the City of London speaking to Ande Gregson about FabLab, how he set it up and how it's developing. Andy thanks for speaking to us today. Mr. Gregson: Thanks. Interviewer: Tell me, what did you set out to do, when did you set up? Mr. Gregson: About three years ago, we set out to create a MakerSpace in the central London as a way of providing knowledge to community and networks and tools to give people the opportunity to make businesses. So the FabLab network which we chose primarily came out of MIT in about 2001. It was the right choice at the time, to use the vehicle to develop the FabLab London, which is in the heart of the city amongst all the fancies and investors where we feel was the perfect spot to build, develop a community of hardware entrepreneurs. Interviewer: Why did you want to do this? Mr. Gregson: Well, I've had a background of design in the media for the past 20 years. I run a number of small startups. I always had interest in software and design. But the industry is changing a lot. There's very much more focus on hardware and this is coming through the price point of 3D printers or the tooling has come down in price, has become more acceptable and easy to access. So software has been almost saturated, software right software now. More so, better than the actual programmers. But hardware is a trend that's starting to grow. There's a much greater demand on individual to use the technologies to develop their own businesses, their own products and fix some of the issues they face in home or at business. So we saw the hardware space was one that's
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FabLab London: case study of a creative entrepreneur

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