Well, I thought I would get an MBA from Duke starting this fall. In the mean time, I will be working on a smaller-scale project: an online design marketplace for laser etching of laptops and ipods. It is a tiny market, fits right in with the above interests, and is within reach of my technical abilities and resources. I hope to get that going before school starts, keep it going while in school, and develop further my original focus of leveraging social computing for physical product design and development.
I’ll also be posting here, which is really aimed at friends/family, my thinking being: instead of emailing folks who SAY they are interested, but are really just evil/soulless and secretly couldn’t care less, I’ll post everything here, and I’ll leave it up to you to check here if you’re interested or not. I plan to post 2 to 3 times a week and will be polling about stuff from time to time. Feel free to comment away and let me know what you think about all this.
To find out more about this whole laser etching thing: The guys from Make magazine who popularized it a few months ago; Some photos of etchings they’ve done. They’ve opened up the business model and technical specs and several other shops will likely be opening up in the near future in some other cities. There are only a few other folks who do this kind of etching, that I know of right now.
So in my first attempt at getting people involved: (Thanks to Rob, Sarah, and Natalie for the following suggestions that made the cut so far. If you have any to suggest, let me know.)