I recently spoke to Mark Frauenfelder, who is the founder of Boing Boing and the founding editor-in-chief of MAKE magazine. He is also the founding editor-in-chief of Wired Online, and co-founder of Wink Books. Frauenfelder wrote a monthly column for Playboy called ‘Living Online,’ and was the co-editor of The Happy Mutant Handbook (Putnam-Berkley). His latest book is called Maker Dad: Lunch Box Guitars, Antigravity Jars, and 22 Other Incredibly Cool Father-Daughter DIY Projects. He was also the author and illustrator of Mad Professor (2002, Chronicle Books), World’s Worst (2005, Chronicle Books) and The Computer: An Illustrated History (2005, Carlton Books). In addition, he is the author of Rule the Web: How to Do Anything and Everything on the Internet—Better, Faster, Easier (2007, St. Martin’s Griffin), and Made by Hand (2010, Portfolio). He was interviewed on the Colbert Report in March 2007 and in June 2010.
In the following interview, he talks about the popularity of the “maker movement”, how to start making things, how ideas can become businesses, creating the next business idea and more.