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Geek fun: Turning your genius ideas into reality

Geek Fun

We’ve all had those middle of the night, Eureka moments in which we thought of the “next big idea”.   Your brain swirls with possibilities and inspiration and you see yourself as a future Steve Jobs – Superstar Creator.  Then reality hits like the thud of a lead brick.  Your idea is too complicated or too costly or you don’t know anything about design and manufacturing.  So you get up, shake off the dream and go about your life.

In today’s world of information and connectedness, maybe your idea is not so far-fetched after all.   Wired magazine has a fascinating article about innovative, open source manufacturing that allows individuals and small businesses to compete with the big companies.  In the article entitled, “In the next industrial revolution, atoms are the new bits”, Chris Anderson highlights several cases of folks who have used networks and open source development to create and manufacture innovative products.  In one case, Local Motors produced a new car – yes, a new car.  It is a $50K street-legal off-road racer.  They had a design contest to create the style, so they don’t owe any licensing fees.  They used available parts and kits and resources to build the cars.  They work on a $7 million budget to produce these niche vehicles.  That is a small drop in the bucket compared to the product development and operating budgets of GM and Ford.

With the power of the Internet, inventors have access to partners, design ideas, manufacturers and raw materials and components like they never have before.  Innovation is going to start coming more and more from these small shops and less from the big companies that are bogged down in bureaucracy and overhead.

At Geeks Gone Pro, we focus on developing professional skills to succeed in the corporate world.  Skills you learn in a big company will help you if you ever decide to go solo and find a dream.  There are a lot of principles of business and interpersonal relationships that apply to small companies and entrepreneurs just as they do to bigger companies.  But it sure is nice to know that there are alternatives out there for creative, dynamic self-starters.  Now, if I could just remember what I dreamed about last night…

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