At What’s Now: San Francisco, Plethora Co-Founder Nick Pinkston discussed his sweeping vision for his company and for the future of capitalism. Pinkston, whom an audience member described as a hybrid of Karl Marx and Henry Ford, believes it’s time to move beyond capitalism, but not to overthrow the entire system.
Nick also discussed the origins and evolution of the Maker Movement, and his interpretation of how the movement has impacted American culture. His goal for Plethora is highly ambitious—”I want to push a button and all the parts for a car come out,” says Nick—yet seems entirely plausible in this hands of this fast-talking optimist.
Nick fielded questions from the audience on material science, mitigating the unintended consequences of disruption (clips below), workflow and copyright challenges in the new manufacturing model, attracting diverse talent, and balancing his socialist leanings with venture capital backing. Watch the full interview and Q&A segments here.