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Thinkers, Doers, and Makers: Yoshi Maisami Wants You at DC’s Ideaspace [Video]


The video below is part of an interview series we did at SXSW 2014. Our SXSW Startup Celebration was sponsored by .COCEARevolution and LivingSocial. We thank them for their support!

Washington D.C. is home to many co-working spaces like 1776, but Yoshi Maisami thinks our nation’s capital could benefit from having a commercial maker space. Thus, he founded ideaspace as a place where tinkerers, thinkers, doers, and makers to come together to build anything from a bird house to a wearable computer.

The main goal for ideaspace is to provide shared resources to members so that they can prototype and build physical products like Nest, Nike Fuel Band, or Google Glass. And Maisami poses an interesting question: where do you go if you want to start a business based around hardware? To him, ideaspace is the answer.

While most people might suggest Maisami bring ideaspace to California or New York, he thinks DC has a deeper maker culture. Additionally, ideaspace has been embedded near all the American policy makers and the Whitehouse.

Maisami considers himself a maker. In fact, he considers all people makers. He gave us the inside scoop at this year’s SXSW and let us know that all those times we were taking appliances apart as kids, we were really just feeding our maker mindset.

Here’s the video:

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