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Almost time to share what is written on these pages.
02/24/2020

Almost time to share what is written on these pages.

02/24/2020
Make the Competition Quit

Be so good your competition has an existential crisis. Good enough is commoditized. Only amazing is sustainable.

02/20/2020
Hardware Cup 2020 was a WIN

Innovation changes entrepreneurs lives and changes the world. Make the future.

Congratulations to
Samantha Scott, Ph.D. (JuneBrain)
Jade Garrett and Fred Briggs (Applied Impact Robotics)

I love seeing our friends and mentees crush these competitions.

#innovation #manufacturing #startups

Energy, Robotics, Fitness, Defense, Consumer IoTBeing involved with innovative projects from a wide spectrum of industri...
02/20/2020

Energy, Robotics, Fitness, Defense, Consumer IoT
Being involved with innovative projects from a wide spectrum of industries is one of the best parts of working with entrepreneurs.

02/14/2020
Secret Unlock - Actually Care

The secret unlock to success in actually caring.

You can gain experience, get funding, and hire talent. If you dont care, you will lose.

The secret unlock to success is to actually care.

02/12/2020

Bootstrapping is just business.
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Stop making common sense into abstract strategic frameworks.
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Stop reading bizarre mirror world blog posts spinning new dogma about innovation.
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Stop making it complicated. Start making sense. Start building a plan, your team, your customer audience ... create a strategy that couples your vision of tomorrow with the actions you can take TODAY.

What are we building?
02/07/2020

What are we building?

Action over ideas.
01/24/2020

Action over ideas.

Stop wasting your valuable time building and mental energy dreaming only to wonder how you can sell some idea.
01/10/2020
Entrepreneur Speaker: Callye Keen

Stop wasting your valuable time building and mental energy dreaming only to wonder how you can sell some idea.

Thu, Jan 16, 2020, 7:00 PM: In this session of our entrepreneur guest lecture series, Callye from Red Blue Collective will be talking about customer discovery. Find and connect with people to discover

Ready? #endhype
12/31/2019

Ready? #endhype

Amazing. We are blessed to collaborate with creative, passionate people. If you do not know about Christopher Bathgate, ...
11/18/2019

Amazing.

We are blessed to collaborate with creative, passionate people. If you do not know about Christopher Bathgate, please invest a little time in learning about his work.

Chris highlights the creativity and precision of CNC machining by using the manufacturing process as an artistic medium.

10/04/2019
Loudoun County Economic Development

Thank you Swanka S. Cooper Burnette and Brian Hogan (Tinsman) and Loudoun County Economic Development for supporting manufacturing in the county.

K-Form works with some of the biggest high-tech and defense clients in the region. Here’s a look around their manufacturing space in Sterling, in celebration of Manufacturing Week:

Happy Monday.
09/30/2019

Happy Monday.

Help the people around you win. @callyekeen⠀Four of our client/community teams won the first stage of the DoE Solar Priz...
09/29/2019

Help the people around you win. @callyekeen⠀
Four of our client/community teams won the first stage of the DoE Solar Prize Challenge. ⠀

To put this in perspective, 100+ teams submitted a pitch nationwide including 8 teams we know. 20 teams won. Out of those 20 teams ... we work with 4 of them. That’s insane. ⠀
#100to0⠀
I am pumped to keep working with the teams so we dominate the next stage. ⠀

I posted about the challenge a dozen plus times (even ran a Facebook ad). We threw an event (kind of ruined by a tornado). I spoke at an industry conference about signing up and offered consulting for free. ⠀

The teams received a lot of congratulations yesterday. Thank to everyone. I know our community will pull together and support the teams however possible. ⠀

You want to know something crazy (but predictable)?⠀

I still saw many comments and posts about missing out on the competition. I wish I did ... I should have ... my idea is awesome but ... I don’t have the time ...⠀

Excuses are poison. The world is begging for people to take real action. ⠀

I am taking teams for Round 3 now. If you want 50k and to meet leaders from the energy industry. Hit me up and I will show you how to apply.

Challenge programs are amazing opportunities.
09/04/2019

Challenge programs are amazing opportunities.

JUST ANNOUNCED!!! Fred Briggs and Jade Garrett with Applied Impact Robotics are the GRAND PRIZE WINNERS of the HeroX Chrysalix Venture Capital Tank Inspection Challenge! https://www.herox.com/astinspection/community

08/27/2019

Calling it NOW: 2020-2021 Disney, Apple, and Amazon will fight over the corpse of Netflix/Hulu.

Thanks @xometry for the opportunity to co-host the sheet metal design webinar with @xometrygreg #sheetmetalfab 🔥. I am a...
08/22/2019

Thanks @xometry for the opportunity to co-host the sheet metal design webinar with @xometrygreg #sheetmetalfab 🔥
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I am a huge advocate for the manufacturing industry and support local startups in any way I can. Xometry has an unique position of bridging my two passions! 🤓
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If you need #prototyping including a crazy range of #3dprinting ... they are a good choice. Let’s see what future collaborations we can dream up.

Xometry
08/20/2019

Xometry

There is still time to register and join Xometry Greg and special guest Callye Keen from K-Form for a 60-minute deep dive into all things #sheetmetal in our next webinar on Thursday, August 22 at 12 PM EDT. Register now https://hubs.ly/H0klQ2m0

Humility tempers hubris. No matter how incredible we were or are ... improving is what will get us to the next level. Fu...
08/13/2019

Humility tempers hubris. No matter how incredible we were or are ... improving is what will get us to the next level. Fulfillment is in making progress to our potential. Kaizen. #continualimprovement⠀
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I learned from mentors that comparing myself to others is useful in making a change. Accomplishing XYZ seems impossible until I meet the REGULAR people that have done it. Their accomplishments makes the goal seem possible.⠀
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They were willing to put in the time and energy to get better over time.⠀
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With products, we have iteration and new versions. With brand and communication, improvement is a bit more nebulous. I shifted the content of my posts to engage people in a new way. I knew that I would lose followers and get less likes. ⠀
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I also KNOW that over time more people will engage which translates to helping more people. I have to have the hubris to believe and the humility to learn/improve.⠀

#goalsinsight #iamarete

Style goes beyond aesthetics. Style is a consistent, predictable expectation of cause and effect... of action and emotio...
08/08/2019

Style goes beyond aesthetics. Style is a consistent, predictable expectation of cause and effect... of action and emotion. True style is difficult to define but easily recognizable. It is communication.⠀
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When I see a sculpture from @c_bathgate ... sure ... I see the aesthetics. I ALSO get an immediate feeling of the style. His style is highly precise with quality execution. ⠀
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How do you intentionally develop style? Personal style? The style of a business?⠀
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I think (like all communication) developing and conveying style requires constant effort and consistent application. It requires intent.⠀
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How do you define style? #entrepreneur #entrepreneurinspiration

We can make anything. Boring doesn't get shared or remembered. Boring doesn't captivate or become an aspiration. Why be ...
08/07/2019

We can make anything. Boring doesn't get shared or remembered. Boring doesn't captivate or become an aspiration. Why be boring?
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Practicality is not boring. I heavily advocate solving real problems for real people. Sometimes the technology or product is a little boring ... but the results are not boring.
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When we design consumer products, unique products that people love outperform utilitarian items. The advice seems obvious but so few people spent the extra time, money, capacity to think about exciting customers.
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Building and growing a brand is a little more possible when you have something that stands out from the crowd. How do you differentiate?
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Value?
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Design? ... Both?

Success is subjective so why follow the script? Regular behavior does not breed unique results. ⠀⠀When I give you the st...
08/02/2019

Success is subjective so why follow the script? Regular behavior does not breed unique results. ⠀

When I give you the strategies and tactics for launching and growing your business, realize that nothing happens if you approach it without thought and passion. ⠀

Facebook ads don’t work without differentiation and experimentation. ⠀

The design process yields substandard garbage without effort and iteration. ⠀

Validation cannot prove anything unless you hack getting in front of the right people and refine a powerful message. ⠀

Failure gives us the experience jobs would never allow. It’s Friday. Go fail at something great. 😊

#entrepreneurinspiration @ Glenstone Museum

If your team is garbage ...If your community/network/circle of friends is unhelpful ...Advice, strategies, and tactics w...
07/24/2019

If your team is garbage ...
If your community/network/circle of friends is unhelpful ...
Advice, strategies, and tactics will be tremendously difficult to execute. In my "Ideas to Reality" talk, I stress "With Whom" then "For Whom" and then the how.
Build a killer network of support. Help each other dominate.
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How do you build a network?
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Connect with humans. As in ... stop being some weird business shill at networking events. Be a good human. Figure out what skill you have to offer. Find people. Learn from them. Teach them. Talk about amazing ideas.
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Find the people that support, facilitate, PUSH you forward.
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I have direct product development, engineering, manufacturing, and marketing tips (stop missing the live content) but the above piece of advice is fundamental. Quit complaining.

#100to0 #iamarete #endhype

Find someone you respect. If you ask for advice and commit to action, listen to your mentor. Do not go around asking eve...
07/22/2019

Find someone you respect. If you ask for advice and commit to action, listen to your mentor. Do not go around asking everyone, watching YouTube, and doing nothing. Find someone worth listening to (like someone more successful or with more experience) and get as much value as possible 👑
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Stop wasting your time. #endhype

Money isn’t the MissionMoney makes the Mission possible#endhype
07/19/2019

Money isn’t the Mission
Money makes the Mission possible

#endhype

Nothing is the ultimate competition. You don’t want to take on the discomfort of change. Your potential customers don’t ...
07/18/2019

Nothing is the ultimate competition. You don’t want to take on the discomfort of change. Your potential customers don’t want to take on the discomfort 😵
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When you present innovation, your new product, whatever ... it needs to be so good that it breaks inertia. Entrepreneurs looks at other companies as competition. We compare price and features. Sure customers rationalize decisions based on those elements 🤓
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Massively successful companies, brands, thought leaders know how to present an offer so aggressively valuable the switching cost (discomfort) are irrelevant.

07/02/2019
The 1751 Machine that Made Everything

Manufacturing innovation created the modern living standard.

If you had to pick one machine that triggered the biggest explosion of wealth in our history, which would you pick? Let me know in the comments if you agree ...

06/27/2019
Chris Bathgate, The Sculptor

Bathgate captivates my mind as a manufacturer and my spirit as an artist. His work is a perfect example of blending creative and technical skills.

Amazing as always Chris!

I love unveiling days! They are so few and far between when you make such highly technical And time intensive pieces of art. But here it is, my newest work. As some of you guessed already, it is the third installment in my vessel series.
This piece’s official name is the "SMV3" but I have been calling it the "Snatch Vessel" among the handful of people who were in the know about this unique piece of engineered art.
The full write up and details about how it came to be. As well as info on how a small number of you might get to lay your hands on one are on the blog. Link below
https://chrisbathgate.blogspot.com/2019/06/snatch-vessel-mv3.html

The Startups Ignite Demo Day had some great startups. It is fantastic to see business get customers and revenue in such ...
06/22/2019

The Startups Ignite Demo Day had some great startups. It is fantastic to see business get customers and revenue in such a short period of time. 💵

I met a few new people but saw so many friends. Dawn crushed MC duties. I couldn’t have done better! Big Maik One City Ent recorded everything. I want that footage! Content is 👑...

Little man Max thought everyone was super brave for getting on stage but he wanted to go home. He did great for his first startup event. 😅

Go give Dawn and THE MOST some support and feedback. 🚀Creating something new requires the effort to break inertia. Like ...
06/19/2019

Go give Dawn and THE MOST some support and feedback. 🚀

Creating something new requires the effort to break inertia. Like a rocket, we might move slowly at first. Overcoming challenges in design, capital, manufacturing, logistics, sales ... whatever ... make the process so much more rewarding when a customer says “I love this”. 🔥

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It’s not a straightener. It’s not a flat iron. It’s not a steamer. It’s something completely new and just for curls and kinks.
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THE MOST Mint smooths and infuses hair with curl cremes and conditioners faster, neater, and easier than raking, praying, combing, or scrunching.
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We’re making solutions tailored just for us. Your questions, comments, and input help inform our design process, so let us know what you think!

06/16/2019
06/16/2019
06/15/2019
Adam Savage @testedcom thank you for coming to #nomcon and supporting makers. You are an inspiration.  @ Chattanooga, Te...
06/14/2019

Adam Savage @testedcom thank you for coming to #nomcon and supporting makers. You are an inspiration. @ Chattanooga, Tennessee

This is an amazing opportunity!
06/14/2019

This is an amazing opportunity!

*APPLICATIONS OPEN* - 'Make It In China' Startup Contest 2019: www.brinc.io/contest

THero & Brinc are co-organizing a global startup contest for startups looking to enter the China manufacturing ecosystem.

Win up to USD $100,000 in prizes including a FREE trip to China!

#MakeItInChina #Startup #Startups #Entrepreneur #Entrepreneurship #Founder #Founders #Contest #PitchContest #StartupUSA #StartupFrance #StartupFR #StartupAustralia #StartupAUS #StartupSydney #StartupSG #StartupEU #StartupCanada #StartupCA #StartupIL #StartupAmerica #StartupJP #SGEurope #StartupGrind #Hardware #Manufacturing #China #Prototype #Innovation #Production

06/14/2019

Working with Dawn has been fantastic. This is just the start for amazing things to come!

#repost @themostcurls
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Our curl community has reached 3k! 🙌🏾✨. We’ve received such an amazing response from all of you and we are SO appreciative for your comments, likes, shares, and love. Big hugs from our team to all of you! If you believe that it doesn't have to be hard -- that curls, kinks, waves, and coils deserve tailored tools -- then like comment, like, share with your fellow natural hair friends and family!
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Here’s how you can support:
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1) Follow us here on IG and on Facebook @themostcurls
2) Sign up for our newsletter at themostcurls.com
3) Share our content over social media with friends who care about natural hair issues
4) Once you start receiving e-mail newsletters, forward them to your circle
5) Mention us in conversation in the salon, with your friends, or whenever natural hair issues come up
6) Reach out if you would like to help out more directly. We need press mentions, videography, and ad production help ahead of our crowdfunding raise
7) Last but certainly not least, there is fundraising. Engineering new products is an expensive game -- it takes a lot of man hours and many iterations to get this just right. Contribute to our crowdfunding campaign launching soon!

Many organizations and events in the maker community have collapsed. Maker Faire is the most recent to shutter. I believ...
06/11/2019

Many organizations and events in the maker community have collapsed. Maker Faire is the most recent to shutter.

I believe in the power of grassroots innovation, the value of play, and life long learning. This weekend at Nation of Makers Conference (NOMCon) 2019 I am exploring sustainability in a presentation filled with tough love. I am more frustrated than I have words to describe when I see makerspaces close or innovation events flounder.

We are blessed with the intelligence and resources to do anything... Why not change the world?

New equipment day. We purchased this Haas Automation, Inc. VF3SSYT to support the new Okuma America horizontal. My visio...
05/31/2019

New equipment day. We purchased this Haas Automation, Inc. VF3SSYT to support the new Okuma America horizontal.

My vision for what we can do, what we can be, his may be a little crazy to some people. Fine, but my goal isn’t the vision. My goal is progress. Each piece of equipment, customer, contract, part ... stack like little bricks to make the future. 🧱

#advancedmanufacturing #winningmindset #makethefuture #engineering #haasautomation #proudbutneversatisfied #cncmachining #instamachinist #machinist #innovation #entrepreneurship #entrepreneur #entrepreneurgoals #100to0 @ Sterling, Virginia

Work life balance is a nonsense excuse people tell themselves to avoid the work required. Find fun and meaning in what y...
05/25/2019

Work life balance is a nonsense excuse people tell themselves to avoid the work required. Find fun and meaning in what you do.

Set boundaries. Be present.

If you want to change the world, quitting complaining about the nature of reality.

LOCI
02/15/2019

LOCI

We're extraordinary creators in many ways, and we believe everyone can invent. That's why LOCI and Red Blue Collective are opening the Mindhive application again at: https://loci.io/mindhive. Calling all creatives, geniuses, entrepreneurs and innovators to come have fun and guidance at the #Mindhive. Space is limited.

We are obsessed with changing how entrepreneurs transform ideas into reality. Apply to Mindhive today. http://loci.io/mi...
02/12/2019

We are obsessed with changing how entrepreneurs transform ideas into reality. Apply to Mindhive today. http://loci.io/mindhive

We love collaborating with Red Blue Collective to connect inventors with cutting edge technology and hands-on guidance to manufacturing. LOCI is here to help ALL aspiring inventors. We're accepting applications now: http://loci.io/mindhive

#LOCI #brilliance #teamwork #inventors #entrepreneurs

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Thank you to Loudoun County Economic Development and Swanka S. Cooper Burnette for sitting down with Callye Keen to talk about Kform and the future of manufacturing in the region.
DMG MORI why do you taunt me ... Did you know manufacturing jobs of today are using machines like this? Advanced manufacturing means more career opportunities for engineers and technologists to make the future. If you have a startup idea in robotics, sensors, AR/VR, etc, come talk to Red Blue Collective. The manufacturing industry is overflowing with valuable applications. #happyfriday
Building with love and craftsmanship is good strategy.
Make something.
Thank you for the invite to a fun event at a fantastic location. #loudounpossible