“The key is not to be too far ahead of your time.” – Sarah Boisvert

Serial entrepreneur and trailblazer Sarah Boisvert co-founded a digital fabrication company (Potomac) in 1986 before digital fabrication was even “a thing,” and she has been at the forefront of the industry ever since.

Our conversation continues from the last episode as we talk about:

  • The story behind growing Potomac
  • The challenge of being too ahead of your time
  • Competing on price vs. competing on product differentiation
  • How organizations like Fab Lab are helping to close the skill gap in STEM
  • And much more

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Guest Bio:

Sarah Boisvert is a serial entrepreneur whose first startup, Potomac Photonics, Inc., built and sold lasers, including the laser for LASIK eye surgery, and laser-based machine tools. After leading the sale of Potomac in 1999, Sarah consulted for organizations such as JDS Uniphase, Domino Printing Sciences, Coherent, and the MIT Fab Lab Network. Most recently, Sarah has founded Fab Lab Hub to support nearly 1,000 Fab Labs around the world. Fab Workforce is Sarah’s latest project, a training program in traditional and distributed manufacturing through hands-on, project-based learning in nontraditional settings.



Host & Producer:

Katya Margolin

Writer, Editor, Multimedia Storyteller



Music Credits:

“Play,” Cloudy October