Today, our “Co” includes all kinds of makers — ranging from chefs, interior designers, jewelry makers, graphic designers, photographers, printmakers, seamstresses, coders/engineers, product inventors, and many more —and the community continues to grow month after month. They are constantly creating new DIY content, teaching online classes
, or selling their goods
through our site. We try to feature and promote them as much as we can.
I had the vision for all of this as I was starting the company alone in my apartment in late 2011. Some startups are founded in a garage, mine started in a dining room.
I wasn’t alone for long. In the past four years, Brit + Co has grown from a company of one to a multimillion-dollar business. The maker movement has exploded as well, so much so even the White House took notice. In 2014, the Obama administration hosted the first-ever Maker Faire, inviting 100 people (including me and Bill Nye!
) to participate. And this summer, they expanded the celebration to a whole week and opened the Faire to the public, which involved nearly 20,000 attendees over three days.
It was an incredible weekend filled with fascinating speakers and incredible demos. The icing on the cake was my fireside chat with U.S. CTO Smith and FABLabs
founder, Makeda Stephenson. The topic was near and dear to me: How do we get more women and girls involved in this DIY revolution?