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Zero to Maker by David Lang

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Chapter 8. Makers Going Pro

Having a sudden surge in demand for your product is both wonderful and stressful. It’s great to have the new business, but there are usually growing pains associated with the added pressure and attention. For maker businesses—especially those who are on their own or part of small teams—this sudden surge can be jarring.

I observed firsthand how one team of makers, 8bitlit, dealt with this overwhelming surge. The experience provided insight into how these maker groups are handling the jump from product to business. It also gave me a preview of how this whole maker economy might look for entrepreneurs as well as employees.

In March of 2012, the Make: blog ran a feature on Adam Ellsworth and Brian Duxbury’s delightful Coin ...

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