Kickass entrepreneur: MakerPlace
Have you ever wanted to build your own kitchen table? Or maybe sew your own dress? Possibly weld your own motorcycle? Well, now that dream is a reality thanks to Brian Salmon and his company, MakerPlace.
Salmon grew up with a passion to create and build anything and everything, but realized early on that there wasn’t a place in San Diego to do that. His vision was to have a space where entrepreneurs and hobbyists could turn their creations into reality -- a place that allows projects to be conceived, planned, prototyped and finished under one roof, and experts are on hand when needed.
In 2013, he opened a 14,000-square-foot facility and over the years has accumulated tools and machinery including large format laser cutters, multiple 3D printers, computer directed mills and routers, pneumatic brakes and shears, welding, drills, saws, sewing machines, kilns and sanders as well as a paint room with a spray booth. Right now over 50 small business call MakerPlace home and the number of members continues to grow.
Q: If you could be any super hero who would it be and why?
A: Superman, I think it would be awesome to be able to fly!
Q: The coolest thing you have seen made by someone at MakerPlace?
A: So many things, though one stands out. It was a fake eyeball on the 3D printer to hold a camera to allow a blind child to be able to see again. The camera plugged into the optic nerve and the brain processed the imagery. Super amazing.
Q: Your favorite machine to use in your workshop and why?
A: The lasers. Once you can grasp how it works, the realm of possibilities is endless.
Q: A CEO or company that you really admire and why?
A: Richard Branson of Virgin. He has created many aspects of that company and is a huge adrenalin junky as I am. Always on an adventure!
Q: Best part about doing business in San Diego?
A: The people, weather and the possibilities.
Q: Hobbies you have outside of MakerPlace?
A: Riding motocross and racing off road whenever I can.
Q: Three things you would take to a deserted island?
A: A machete, fire starter and a boat so when I got bored and lonely I could leave the island.
Amber Mesker is an entertainment and lifestyle reporter for DiscoverSD. She loves providing readers updates on Hollywood gossip, San Diego fashion and cool weekend events. You can follow Amber and laugh at her fun, crazy life at @ambermesker