Do you have ideas you’d love to create, but can’t? Let’s face it: most creative people have neither the space nor the tools to bring to life what they imagine. Jim Newton was frustrated by this dilemma for many years, until he decided to take action. And thankfully, you and I can benefit from it. Newton has created Tech Shop, a workshop that provides members with access to tools, equipment, and instruction to build the things they’ve always wanted to make.
“Tech shop is really a “do it yourself” place. Tech Shop allows members to build whatever they have in mind, whether that be art, prototypes, home tinkering projects, new technologies, or costumes,” Newton explained.
In addition to providing tools and space to create, a vibrant community has grown around Tech Shop. Members can learn not only from classes, but also from one another. What do Tech Shop members have in common? The desire to make.
“There are so many categories of users. It’s impossible to describe the group as anything other than ‘makers’. They’re simply excited about making new things, whatever the purpose. I’ve met so many people who have dreamed about such a place. They’ve needed it in their lives for a long time,” Newton stated.
The function of Tech Shop is often likened to that of a gym. Is Newton offended by the comparison? Not at all. In fact, he thinks it’s pretty accurate.
“Whether you’re a professional body builder or simply trying to lose a few pounds, it’s unlikely you’re going to purchase all your own gym equipment to do so – and furthermore, you probably don’t have the space. It just doesn’t make sense. It’s the same thing with our customers. Just like a gym, they want the classes, the like-minded environment, the support.”
I’m thrilled that such a place exists. To learn more about Tech Shop, please check out http://techshop.ws/. The current Tech Shop is in Menlo Park, California, with a new location in San Francisco appearing this summer.
Stephen Key is a successful award-winning inventor who has licensed over 20 products in the past 30 years. Along with business partner Andrew Krauss, Stephen runs inventRight, a company dedicated to educating inventors about selling their ideas and the skills needed to succeed. You can listen to the weekly radio show on inventing. Get In The News, list your invention to have media outlets find you for news stories.