GROWING UP AND GOING PRO

WRITTEN BY BOB PARKS and ILLUSTRATED BY CHRISTINA EMPEDOCLES

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Paul Bohm, founder of hackerspaces.org, was reading a news feed on the subway when he heard the MakerBot news. “I was immediately excited for them,” says the 30-year-old entrepreneur. “Not because someone somewhere made money, but because it’s a case study in taking an idea, hiring people in your own local area, and executing on it.”

When word that MakerBot — the Brooklyn-based 3D printer manufacturer — was acquired on June 19, many garage entrepreneurs like Bohm had been following the story real-time. It started out as a project among friends in the NYC Resistor ...

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