Brooklyn Startup Makerbot Makes VentureBeat’s Top 10 List

Posted: October 26, 2012 in Brooklyn Startups
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There’s a star born every minute. In New York, the saying could very well be a STARTUP is born every minute!  The number of startups in New York (both established and recently launched) is dizzying to say the least.

VentureBeat has posted a roundup of their top 10 New York startups, 10 New York City Startups We’re Crazy About.  There’s no shortage of publications aggregating lists that attempt to make sense of the New York startup jungle, but you have to appreciate VentureBeat’s approach:

“We wanted to look beyond well-established names like Foursquare and Tumblr to find some lesser known startups that VentureBeat’s New York City crew — national editor Devindra Hardawar, cloud lead Sean Ludwig, and contributor Ricardo Bilton —  find especially exciting.

In particular, we wanted to choose startups pursuing radically different things than Silicon Valley and other tech hubs. These picks are uniquely New York in many ways.”

While the startups listed are primarily based in Manhattan, one innovative startup from Brooklyn did make the list, Makerbot. Founded in 2009 by Bre Pettis (@Bre), Adam Mayer, and Zach “Hoeken” Smith, Makerbot builds affordable 3D printers (which its founders hope to see in homes across America and beyond).

The VentureBeat post explains the genuis behind Makerbots vision:

“Fresh off the launch of its latest 3D printer, the Replicator 2, Makerbot’s biggest challenge nowadays is not only making its devices more powerful, but cutting their prices as well. So far, however, the company is focused on the former.

“Before we make 3D printing cheap, we have to make it excellent,” Makerbot CEO Bre Pettis said in September. So far, the company has raised $10 million from Foundry Group, Bezos Expeditions, and others.

An affable visionary, Pettis rose to mainstream stardom last month when he and the Replicator were featured on the cover of Wired. The magazine’s take: The Replicator 2 will change the world.”

Brooklyn startups changing the world — damn straight! Read the entire roundup of VenturBeat’s favorite New York startups at

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