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Dan Rockwell, CEO and co-founder of Big Kitty Labs

Dan Rockwell, CEO and co-founder of Big Kitty LabsDan Rockwell is CEO and co-founder of Big Kitty Labs, a rapid prototyping digital agency based in Columbus, Ohio. The company was founded in 2009 after a series of events that led him to realize that building things should be easier, and that prototypes provide a ready foundation. 

Building Big Kitty was an act largely for himself and his partner Tushar Kulkarni to invent concepts, play with technologies and do everything that most people weren't doing - building things fast. Big Kitty serves startups in the region looking for rapid innovation. 

Previously, Dan worked as program manager of the Software Prototyping Center at The Ohio State University Technology Commercialization Office. There he helped take numerous university ideas to market, launching several startups. 

Dan is an advocate for the innovation scene in Columbus. He helped form many tech-related events such as Ignite Columbus, Wakeup Startup, and is a speaker for Startup Weekend and Give Back Hack across the state. He's known for his loud laughs, ample mentoring time, futuristic thinking and belief that anyone can change what happens next.

Topics: how rapid prototyping can help manufacturers, how to get a product to market faster, how to make the leap into digital.

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Manufacturing Tomorrow is a podcast series brought to you by the Ohio Manufacturing Institute at The Ohio State University. Featuring the perspectives of manufacturing leaders, we focus on the advanced manufacturing innovations, solutions and partnerships that exist in our region now and that will propel industry in the future.

Our guests include the unsung heroes of advanced manufacturing, from company C-suite executives and engineers to industry-facing academics, supportive government agencies and regional economic development organizations. Interviews cover the latest topics on products, processes – and groundbreaking relationships –the best manufacturers engage in to infuse entrepreneurialism in their daily operations.

Our mission is threefold: to provide a voice to small and large manufacturers, educate the public on the value of manufacturing innovation to the U.S. economy, and showcase how Ohio’s technology resource support providers (e.g., higher education, technical centers, and MEPs) boost advanced manufacturing solutions. We ask guest speakers about what catalysts are needed to collaborate on new products and processes, how to reduce academic-industry barriers, and the types of technical resources that can truly bolster manufacturing productivity. 

A special thanks for production support goes to Eric French at WOSU and Ohio State Media Services.  
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