Mark Frauenfeder, Editor-in-chief, Make, wrote the “The spinning wheel made England into a powerhouse.” The spinning wheel in question, however, was not a home-style spinning wheel that resided in a rustic cottage in the country. The textile machines of the eighteenth century transformed a nation. Great Britain’s dominance in the textile industry was safeguarded because […]
“Friendship is like money, easier made than kept.” Samuel Butler The Patent Race ended in a courtroom. In 1775, Richard Arkwright, ever the astute entrepreneur, patented an assortment of machinery for manufacturing cotton. Before long, much to his dismay no doubt, he was beset by a series of court cases that challenged his patents. […]
“The spinning wheel made England into a powerhouse.” Mark Frauenfelder, Editor-in-chief, MAKE We like to choose sides. It makes everything less complex because we allow ourselves to identify emotionally with something we value deeply. We cheer for a home team to show loyalty to our community. We give to a special cause because we believe […]
“Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.” Arthur Schopenhauer There is a distinct cachet attached to the word “genius” for therein lies the suggestion that whomever possesses this gift transcends the realm of mere mortals. While many attempt to quantify and qualify the “genius” […]
“Consumption is the sole end and purpose of all production; and the interest of the producer ought to be attended to, only so far as it may be necessary for promoting that of the consumer.” Adam Smith The Industrial Revolution is a story about transforming the workplace. Without this perspective, it is difficult to […]
“My father told me, never have partners.” Howard Hughes The Richard Arkwright narrative integrates many themes, from innovation and development to human rights and international trade. But it is first and foremost a story about people who lived within a time of unprecedented growth and expansion. What were their thoughts, their responses, their hopes and […]
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