The Twenty Minute VC: Peter Weijmarshausen, Founder & CEO @ Shapeways

The future for 3D printing & how it changes manufacturing

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@harrystebbings · Podcast Host @ The Twenty Minute VC
@Weijmarshausen is the CEO and Co-Founder of @Shapeways, the world’s leading 3D printing marketplace and community. Shapeways have raised funds from some of the world's leading investors including the likes of @USV, @A16z and @IndexVentures just to name a few. Prior to Shapeways, Peter was the CTO of Sangine, where he and his team designed and developed satellite broadband modems. Peter was also Director of Engineering at Aramiska, where he was responsible for delivering a business broadband service via satellite. Huge thanks to @albertwenger for the intro to Peter today! In Today’s Episode You Will Learn: 1.) How Peter made his way into startups and came to found Shapeways? 2.) Where are we in the 3D printing cycle today? Has it developed slower or quicker than Peter expected? How was it for Peter inhabiting a space with so much hype? 3.) When does 3D printing make the transition from early adopter market to mass market? What are the determinants that will allow for this to happen? 4.) Having started life in an incubator, why did Peter decide that for the origin of Shapeways? What are the benefits? What type of founder is this model right for? 5.) Shapeways have raised from Index, USV and a16z, so how was the fundraising journey for Peter? What would he like to improve upon for next time? What did he do well? Items Mentioned In Today’s Show: Peter’s Fave Blog: New York Times Peter’s Fave Book: Leadership and Self-Deception