Garage Junkies

In­tro­duc­ing the thinkers and tin­ker­ers who could change the way we live

Bloomberg Businessweek (Europe) - - CONTENTS - Color il­lus­tra­tions by Ana Be­naroya Pen­cil il­lus­tra­tions by Ar­mando Veve

Ho­race Clem­mons is in his 70s, lives in the woods in Alabama, and is try­ing to build trac­tors in Cuba. Larry Page, the bil­lion­aire co-founder of Google, is in his 40s and spends his free time try­ing to build cars that fly. They couldn’t be more dif­fer­ent: Deep South, West Coast; over­alls, hood­ies. But they’re both in­ven­tors with a deep cu­rios­ity about the world and a re­lent­less am­bi­tion to im­prove it —some­thing ev­ery­one in the shares, from an ex-con­vict with an idea for an un­der­sea tur­bine gen­er­a­tor to a group of young Egyp­tians try­ing to build a cul­ture of mak­ers post-Tahrir Square. Some of these thinkers and tin­ker­ers work in highly funded cor­po­rate labs; some in academia. And many of them, of course, started out in that time-hon­ored place, the garage.

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