The Feld Fiberhouse Is Now The Handprint House

Handprint HouseThe winners of the Feld KC FiberHouse competition, that I’ve done in conjunction with the Kauffman Foundation, is a company called Handprint!

Handprint is working on some amazing 3D printing and editing technology. We had plenty of applications for the competition – many of them very interesting – but Handprint really captured our imagination.

As winners of the competition, they’ll get to live in the house rent free for a year. I’ll pay for Google Fiber and the house; they cover their own expenses. There are no strings attached – I don’t get any equity and there are no downstream obligations for them.

Google Fiber was installed last week so when they move in they’ll immediately have access to 1 gigibit Internet.

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m doing this as an experiment around Startup Communities. I’m fascinated about what is going on in Kansas City around Google Fiber and rather than observe, I decided to participate.

Thanks to Ben Barreth for inspiring this project with his Homes for Hackers discussion with me when we met at Thinc Iowa. And thanks for Lesa Mitchell at Kauffman Foundation for all of her support. Both Ben and Lesa have done all the hard work on this project – I’m deeply appreciative of their help. Also, thanks to Scott Case of Startup America for helping judge the competition.

A huge congrats to the Handprint team which consists of Mike DemaraisAlexa Nguyen, Jack Franzen, and Derek Caneja. I look forward to getting to know you better over the next year. Welcome to the Fiberhood!

  • http://www.facebook.com/caleb.christianson Caleb Christianson

    I had the pleasure of meeting the Handprint team at the KC Startup Crawl and again at Big KC. Terrific group of people and I really look forward to watching their development. Congratulations, guys!

  • http://www.socialvolt.com Scott Oppliger

    This is great Brad. Looking forward to watching the progress.

  • http://about.me/jeffreyrobinson Jeff Robinson

    How very very cool Brad!Wishing Handprint massive success!

  • http://twitter.com/JohnRValentine John Valentine

    Such an awesome initiative and great example of paying it forward.

  • http://www.VentureDeal.com Don Jones | VentureDeal

    I’ve had 100 Mb at the POP and it is a joy to behold.

  • http://www.matthewmarcus.com/ Matthew W. Marcus

    Awesome! Congrats to team @gethandprint. Looking forward to having you in the #KCSV. Thx Brad for your shining example of the “give first, get later” way of life. #dogood

  • http://www.TalkingPointz.com Dave Michels

    I’d like to learn what “amazing 3D printing and editing” they are doing and why it captured your imagination. Please consider posting more details.

  • http://twitter.com/pennerj Julie Penner

    Absolutely awesome! One lucky start-up.

  • http://twitter.com/Affygility Dean Calhoun

    Great job Brad. What a fantastic idea!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jerry-E-Durant/1280555459 Jerry E Durant
  • http://petegrif.tumblr.com/ Pete Griffiths

    You get up to some interesting shit.

    • http://www.feld.com bfeld

      Thx Pete. This is a fun one.

  • http://www.shapeways.com/ Duann Scott

    Nice choice, I hope they plug this baby into the Shapeways API to help them make it happen :)