Ursinus grad builds billion dollar business, disrupts manufacturing industry

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Ursinus graduate Dr. Joe DeSimone used his experience as a chemistry teacher to start a wildly successful manufacturing company, Carbon.(Image courtesy of Wikimedia).

Dr. Joe DeSimone paved his own way to becoming an entrepreneur. His latest project, Carbon aims to improve the way things are made, writes Alejandro Cremades for Forbes. 

To achieve his goal of reinventing the $300 billion manufacturing industry, Joe brought together a formidable group of investors and Board of Directors. 

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Joe DeSimone grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia. As a high school student, he found he had a love and talent for chemistry. As a student and a teacher. Desimone attended Ursinus College and continued his higher education at Virginia Tech, where he earned his Ph.D. An advisor at Virginia Tech told him to check out the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as it’s one of the best chemistry departments in the country. 

UNC at Chapel Hill offered him $500,000 to start a research program if he were to teach organic and polymer chemistry. DeSimone accepted the offer and stayed on as a professor for 25 years. 

DeSimone found that his experience as a teacher was an invaluable resource in his transition to entrepreneurship.  

From his perspective, if you want to be a great teacher, you have to take responsibility for explaining complicated topics in accessible ways. It’s a valuable skill whether you’re doing it in a classroom setting, talking to VCs or investors, or your own employees. The importance of bringing people along with you,” writes Cremades. 

Joe DeSimone started Carbon in 2013 after pursuing several interesting startups. It is now one of the world’s foremost digital manufacturing companies. The mission of Carbon is to help other companies make products to improve human health and well-being. 

Carbon has cracked the code on 3D printing at scale. The manufacturing industry is a $12 trillion market and manufacturing polymers is a $330 billion market. There is enormous potential here for Carbon to lead the digital revolution in manufacturing,” writes Cremades. 

DeSimone believes his company can transform the manufacturing process and eventually change the world. 

To read the full article go to forbes.com

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