A University of Arizona alumnus turned an idea for a marketplace of college class notes into a multimillion-dollar business. Now he will headline next week’s IdeaFunding conference for local entrepreneurs.
Since 2010, Xerocraft "hackerspace" has welcomed frustrated engineers, curious tinkerers and do-it-yourselfers of all stripes to share ideas and equipment in a beat-up commercial building on South Sixth Avenue.
Stephen Haynes, left, and Connor Barickman help as Jeremy Briddle troubleshoots a problem he's having making an 8-bit video game character using a laser cutter at Xerocraft. Dale Tersey, secretary of the hackerspace, is on the right.
Alex Barton uses a 3-D printer at Xerocraft to make a mustache comb that he designed to replace the one he lost. In addition to providing space and equipment, the nonprofit offers classes on topics such as welding, machining, lasers and robotics.