Friday, November 9, 2012

Resident Entrepreneur Profile: Greg Thompson

Meet Resident Entrepreneur
Greg Thompson

Greg's background in automation, software development, entertainment and marketing led him to take up shop at Lawrence Makerspace because he can experiment with new ideas and work through the prototype process to develop and refine product ideas before they are taken to market. But he's quick to point out that, "Lawrence Makerspace is the ultimate playground for the creative mind to express itself. I don't start being concerned if my ideas are always commercially viable when I begin fabricating them... (Lawrence Makerspace) is simply a place to go to have fun and feel inspired by the creativity and innovation that surrounds you. When you put yourself in a place like this, good ideas just start to happen. It's a lot like living in your dreams, anything becomes possible there."

Greg has professionally worked on a wide range of projects ranging from themed entertainment for the restaurant, hospitality and retail sectors to video server technology for interactive theme parks and location based entertainment venues.

Since moving to Lawrence in 2003, Greg has focused on software development and new media & technology consulting. "Working in Los Angeles, New York and abroad, there's a lot of pressure, long hours and stress. I work well in that sort of environment but have learned to enjoy the relaxed pace of Lawrence.  I've been able to slow down and work on projects I enjoy here, including raising some Chickens in my backyard... It would be clear looking at a portfolio of recent projects I've worked on most of them have been to simply satisfy my own curiosity... but it's been limiting to not have local access to the resources you find in a large city. Lawrence Makerspace is really going to blow open the realm of what's within reach of the creative mind here in Lawrence.  Someone can walk into Lawrence Makerspace with just an idea in their head and turn it into something they can sit down in front of you and say; 'Look at this interesting thing I just made, what do you think about it?'."

Locally, you may recognize some Greg's artistry at the annual Gingerbread auction for Big Brother's Big Sisters of Douglas County.

Lawrence Makerspace in Greg's own words;
"I'm an so excited about the Lawrence Makerspace. For a small community like Lawrence to have access to this range and quality of tools and knowledge it's quite a privileged for us.  I was an early participant because I didn't want to miss out on this opportunity to meet, collaborate and learn from like minded individuals here in Lawrence and was eager to lend my support to help nurture a strong creative community right here.  The number of 'makers spaces' have been increasing all across America, but they are generally centered in much larger urban settings.  Lawrence is unique because we have the mix of talent here to support this project and Joshua's proven leadership, personal investment and commitment to the project will secure it's success.  Everything is right about this facility, the machines, the space, the leadership, the people and the price."