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America is in an era of extreme and inhumane anti-abortion laws.

Exactly 3 years ago today I was hospitalized for a miscarriage.

Despite Roe v Wade, women and doctors aren’t safe. Prosecutors HAVE jailed women for miscarriages. In Alabama, doctors who perform the abortion procedure can face felony charges and up to 99 years in prison — the same and sometimes more prison time than convicted rapists face in the state.

I’m going to get a little technical and vulnerable — because if you haven’t gone through this, it’s hard to understand (and easy to underestimate) how much women have…

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Last month I flew to Aspen, Colorado for a panel at the Aspen Ideas Festival. I really enjoyed the panel. The theme of the discussion was “Do we think we can bring back American manufacturing to point and state it was 50 yrs ago?”

The point is, like all industries, the manufacturing industry has evolved, and is evolving.

After co-founding / working on Maker’s Row for 5 years, and meeting with hundreds of entrepreneurs and manufacturers based in the U.S., I know there are real benefits to keeping manufacturing stateside. A few benefits I’ve seen are:

  1. Access to manufacturing expertise…

Being a maker in the United States is so much more than just DIY and crafting. Individuals are starting legitimate businesses and supporting families off the things they make. However, in the last few years, I’ve seen that the challenges come when they are trying to scale and go from being maker to a manufacturer (or using a contract manufacturer). Manufacturing has been an insider industry: historically, you’ve had to “know somebody” in order to get something made.

Since many design entrepreneurs don’t have experience in the manufacturing industry, they don’t know where to start. Technology is the great equalizer…

I can’t go back to having a regular job. Sure, entrepreneurship has its up and downs, but it’s addicting and never boring. Most importantly, it’s about fulfilling your own potential, creating solutions to problems, and making the world a better place.

In the last 5-10 years, with the advent of companies like Kickstarter, Angellist, Etsy, Maker’s Row and Shopify, it’s much easier to start a company. Access to previously brokered information, funding or customers has become much more attainable.

Quitting your job can be risky, scary, and some people will even try to talk you out of it. Before quitting…

Tanya Menendez

Co-founder @makersrow and Co-founder @asksnowball

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