Micro-Factories & Leading Edge Technologies in Manufacturing


John “Jay” Rogers, CEO and Co-Founder of Local Motors, discusses the role of micro-factories in disrupting manufacturing and the larger innovation and design process, as well as his perspectives on specific technologies, such as 3D printing and robotics.

Filmed at Singularity University’s Exponential Finance Conference, June 2014.

Jay Rogers
About The Speaker

John “Jay” Rogers is President, CEO and Co-Founder of Local Motors, a next-generation US-based car company that is changing the way cars are designed, built and owned. A car guy through-and-through, Rogers grew up a student of the industry. His grandfather owned the legendary Indian Motorcycle Company and was the first Cummins Engine Distributor in the United States. It was Rogers’ family and personal passions that inspired the most ambitious plan behind Local Motors: to create an open source community that works together to design and develop exciting, efficient vehicles and builds them locally in a sustainable manner with customer participation. Founded just 5 years ago, Local Motors is already home to more than 60,000 car design concepts, 25,000 community members, over 70 full time employees across 3 locations in the United States, 4 production vehicle models, and hundreds of smaller vehicle innovations sold in its shop. Rogers is a graduate of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School (Baker Scholar).