Imagine if printing a wallet (or a lamp, or a birthday card, or a sushi wrap) was just as easy as printing a résumé.
That’s the vision of Dan Shapiro, CEO & Cofounder of Glowforge.
Based in Seattle, Glowforge has created the 3D laser printer. It also holds the record as the biggest crowdfunding campaign in history, with $27.9M in preorders in 30 days.
Put simply, Glowforge makes it simple for designers & engineers to take products directly from digital design to reality.
Before starting the company, Dan was the CEO of Google Comparison, which operates comparison shopping products. Before that, he was founder & CEO of Photobucket.
He’s also the author of Hot Seat: The Startup CEO Guidebook. And has been awarded a dozen US patents.
Whew. Busy guy.
Glowforge has 75 people & $70M in venture funding. In this 20-minute conversation, Dan reveals how he’s scaling the organization in a few remarkable ways.