Entries by Ronnie Parsons

Automattic’s Secret Sauce

What defines your work day? For Matt Mullenweg, there are no formal meetings, rarely any email communication, and team members only see each other once or twice a year at most. So how does the creator of WordPress, founder of Automattic, and chairman of The WordPress Foundation keep his finger on the pulse of 450 terabytes of […]

Autodesk’s Collaboration Lab at Pier 9

Autodesk may be known primarily for its software, but the Pier 9 Workshop on the San Francisco waterfront is radicalizing collaboration through an artist in residency program supported by next-gen manufacturing. With every imaginable type of equipment–from 3D printers to CNC machines and laser cutters to more traditional woodworking gear–the goal was to create a […]

Quirky’s Dynamic Approach to Invention

Quirky founder Ben Kaufman is reinventing invention: at noon every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, he and his team bring a new product to market.  A collaborative up-voting process takes place to determine which products will be manufactured and then product designers and industrial engineers go to work, while the quirky community pitches in with branding […]

Nike weaves a more holistic running shoe design

Nike’s new Flyknit is every athlete’s dream:  a shoe that has supreme durability and performance capabilities but feels as comfortable as a sock.  Those traits alone make it remarkable, but the manufacturing process is even more groundbreaking:   through computer-controlled weaving, the entire upper part of the shoe is knitted in a single piece that’s […]