Maker’s Row to launch service for new entrepreneurs
Founder and CEO Matt Burnett plans to launch Embark this winter.
January 14, 2020
Maker’s Row has been helping new and small entrepreneurs achieve their business visions in the world of manufacturing for several years by building a marketplace demystifying the world of factories, procurement, and materials. Now, founder and CEO Matthew Burnett wants to move beyond that. We sat down with Burnett at his office in Downtown Brooklyn recently to hear about the new venture.
Maker’s Row dashboard
Downtown Brooklyn Partnership: Can you tell us who you are?
Matthew Burnett: I’m the founder of Maker’s Row, a marketplace with 300,000 brands and 20,000 factories. We’re starting a new company, Embark, which is sort of like MasterClass meets Upwork.
DBP: What does Maker’s Row do, and what will Embark do?
MB: We break down the manufacturing process, showing users what factories look like, what materials look like, and how these things go together. We have experts who create informative content and then we connect the makers and small and medium sized businesses with factories. Embark is early-stage and has a similar idea, but instead of connecting small- and medium-sized businesses to factories, it’s to service providers, such as lawyers, accountants, and executive mentors.
Small business owners usually don’t have people that are able to help guide them through the business pathway. Embark is the apparatus for that.
DBP: Who is your target client?
MB: Newcomers to entrepreneurship and small businesses. Small business owners usually don’t have people that are able to help guide them through the business pathway, or just find it’s so inconvenient to have to make time to be able to connect with people, this is the apparatus for that.
DBP: How do you find people who are knowledgeable?
MB: This is my 15th year being an entrepreneur. I started my first company in college. It’s just been all of those relationships that have accrued, and snowballed from there to a group that I vetted personally and that helped me out from a very embryonic stage company to where we are today.
Matthew Burnett at work
DBP: How long have you been in Downtown Brooklyn?
MB: We’ve been here for four years.
DBP: What made you come here?
MB: We were in NYU Tandon’s Digital Future Lab. They gave us office space for nearly nothing. When we were able to move out, we wanted to still be close to that area, and Downtown Brooklyn seemed like it was sprouting. I live in Downtown Brooklyn and more than half of the staff live very close by and walk to the office. Also, there’s like every single train. It’s so convenient. It’s much better than being in Manhattan. Also, we’re really close to Trader Joe’s.
More than half of the staff live very close by and walk to the office.
DBP: So what’s next? When are you launching Embark and what are you hoping for?
MB: We’ll be launching it late in Q1. Prior to that we’re building up the community of the experts and they’re starting to create content. We’re looking to bring on lawyers, and particularly startup lawyers that are very familiar with the fashion and food space. And we’re looking for other entrepreneurs that are experts as well.
You can find out more about Maker’s Row here, and be on the lookout for Embark later this winter.
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