April 18, 2013

Brad Feld, an investor, entrepreneur and author, announced yesterday that 3D modeling startup Handprint has won his KC Fiberhouse competition.

Feld bought a three-bedroom house in February in the Kansas City Hackers and Startup Village, the neighborhood where Google Fiber was first installed. "I'm not going to be living in it. Instead, I'm going to let entrepreneurs live / work in it. Rent free. As part of helping create the Kansas City startup community. And to learn about the dynamics of Google Fiber. And to have some fun." said Feld on his blog.

Together with the Kauffman Foundation, Feld launched the Feld's KC Fiber House Competition in February 13. He invited entrepreneurs with innovative startups that need the speed and power of Google Fiber to apply to live rent-free in his house.

"I'm putting the thesis of my book into action by directly supporting a startup community that sees endless opportunities ahead," Feld said. "The winners will have access to Google Fiber and a neighborhood and city brimming with startup activity. They can take advantage of the many entrepreneurial programs and events offered by the Kauffman Foundation. And, lastly, I commit to take a personal interest in the entrepreneurs selected to live in my KC Fiberhouse and will do what I can to provide feedback and advice."

The winner is a 3D modeling startup called "Handprint". "Handprint is working on some amazing 3D printing and editing technology." Feld said on his blog. "We had plenty of applications for the competition – many of them very interesting – but Handprint really captured our imagination."

The Handprint team, including Mike Demarais, Alexa Nguyen, Jack Franzen and Derek Caneja, posted a response to the news on its website:

"Our team is crazy excited about relocating to the heart of the @KCSV. We can't wait to use this next year to build some really cool, inspired stuff with @googlefiber. Huge, heartfelt thanks again to Brad, his team, & the entire local Kansas City community."

But what exactly is Handprint? Still no detailed information yet, but their homepage states: "Handprint makes 3D printing convenient. Quickly edit & print 3D models from your web browser." So it is kind of consumer software that everybody can use it at home.

Below is the video that Handprint‏ being covered on Kansas City's local NBC news station.



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