Creativity, Humility, and 3D-Printed Potatoes

A tall, bald man wearing thick white frames stands beside me at my kitchen counter.

He’s shaping a potato using a knife, with the sort of focus and craftsmanship I imagine Michelangelo called upon as he chiseled David.

Moments later, I am stalking around my kitchen table pointing what looks like a phaser from Star Trek at the potatoes. And soon enough, I’m holding a 3D-printed model in my hand.

This is just one of the many nearly-unbelievable stories from the early days of Peak — which went live on Kickstarter this morning — that I’ve lived with my co-founder, Dan Makoski.

We’re an unlikely team. He’s 42. I’m 23. He has 3 kids. I don’t even own a pet (just kidding — those are categorically different).

But you know what? We have different perspectives. And we’ve been able to develop the trust to speak honestly and to build a consultative dialog.

That trust and openness is how we found ourselves prototyping with tubers.

Creativity dramatically benefits from diversity of opinion, but it’s not enough. In fact, it hardly matters at all without the right relationship.

There needs to be trust, openness, and detachment from opinions to truly light the fire. And if you find that, you may have found your co-founder.

The shining spark of truth cometh forth only after the clash of differing opinions.