Jim Navarro is a founder and Director of the board of Bridgewire Makerspace in Reno/Sparks NV. His group is a community workshop that is member driven and is a non profit. They have been around for 18 months and are growing daily.
He joins us to explain the fundamental of the process they used in setting up their workshop and the hurdles along the way. Plus how they run it during day to day ongoing operations.
Professionally Jim is the Director of Security for one of the Forbes 400 and an NFA consultant and Armorer for a title 2 manufacturer in Reno. Which Jim calls his “fun hobby job”.
Today we discuss how to start a makerspace/hackerspace/community workshop. The hurdles the problems and the positive results. Then after how to run them and handle problems including why anyone should do this in the first place.
We also discuss the entrepreneual spirit within the Makerspace community and how combined with systems like Kickstarter it is chaining the playing field for small businesses in America today. Why be in hock to a venture capitalists (I call them vulture capitalists) when you can be privately funded by people that support your mission? Why spend a fortune on prototyping when you can join a community, spend a few hundred dollars on some classes and dues and produce it yourself? Heck why spend a fortune in bank loans for initial production equipment when you can ramp up using community based equipment?
Resources for today’s show…
- Members Support Brigade
- Join Our Forum
- TSP Gear Shop
- Sawtooth Tactical – (sponsor of the day)
- Ready Made Resources – (sponsor of the day)
- Jim’s Maker Space Facebook Page
- Jim’s Maker Space Website
- News Story on Jim’s Maker Space
- The Pinoccio – Too technical for me but many of you will love it
- The New Walking to Freedom Forum
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