David Lang was laid off from a failing startup, he didn't know how to do a
single thing that didn't involve sitting in front of a computer. He decided to
do something about it.
Having attended the Maker Faire Bay Area, a massive
celebration of makers held annually near Silicon Valley, CA, Lang had an
epiphany. The inventors, tinkerers, machinists, welders, artists, and
scientists who gather at Maker Faire to display their talents had something he
didn't: skills. And so Lang set out to learn something new. Within two years,
he had co-founded OpenROV, an underwater robotics company.
Zero to Maker: Learn (just enough) to Make (just about)
Anything is Lang’s story—and so much more. Initially started as
a series of posts for MAKE Magazine, Zero to Maker is the chronicle of
one man's journey from unskilled observer to maker, one that teaches several
important lessons about the power of community along the way.
The experience showed Lang many things, but perhaps the
paramount experience was that if he could do it, anyone can. With the
advent of 3D printing and new leaps in consumer-facing technology, it's never
been easier to fabricate your own equipment, modify household items, or as Lang
did, build an underwater ocean rover.
"The maker movement is at a
tipping point," Lang says. "We're at a really interesting spot where
everyone can be included. The tools are more accessible, the software is easier
to use. You don't need to be an engineer from MIT to be a maker. For those
looking for new skills and new careers, there's never been a better time to get
Zero to Maker, you'll learn to:
Move from unskilled observer to engaged maker-entrepreneur
Enter the maker community to connect with experts and pick up new skills
Follow a template for building a maker-based entrepreneurial lifestyle
Reskill yourself for pro maker careers that are being invented right this very
"The maker movement is actually having an impact and the
barriers are dropping,” Lang says. “There are no excuses not to get
TO MAKER is an irresistible guide for anyone who has ever dreamed of the
alchemy of turning ordinary objects into a creation of great personal value.
This is the one book you need to build your confidence, community, and really
GANSKY, author of The Mesh
Lang is an inspiration to anyone who has dreamed of making, but has been hesitant
to start because they feel they don't have the necessary skills. As David will
show you, all it takes is curiosity, passion, and a willingness to learn from
FRAUENFELDER, Editor-in-Chief of MAKE Magazine
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contact Gretchen Giles, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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