Danielle Applestone

CEO and Co-Founder, Other Machine Co.

Danielle is a cofounder of Other Machine Co., a San Francisco-based manufacturer of desktop CNC machines. Danielle’s expertise integrates a strong background in science and technology, education, and entrepreneurship. Armed with an advanced degree in chemical engineering and a software programming hobby, Danielle cofounded her first company in 2003 – an internet software as a service (SaaS) company that remains profitable today.

Following her PhD in materials science and engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, Danielle went on to run a DARPA-funded education project to develop digital design and CNC manufacturing tools for the classroom to reinvent “shop class” for the 21st century and catalyze the rebirth of US manufacturing. When the DARPA funding ended, her team took the technology that had been developed and launched Other Machine Co.

Danielle grew up rural Arkansas and was the first college graduate of her family. As such, Danielle is particularly passionate about education – especially science and math for women and girls – fostering work-based apprenticeship programs, and encouraging the development of businesses that provide relevant and meaningful mentorship for the future workforce in both urban and rural areas.

Danielle has a BS in chemical engineering from MIT and holds a PhD in materials science and engineering from the University of Texas, Austin. Her materials science research focused on nanocomposite anode materials for lithium-ion batteries to improve volumetric energy density and safety with an eye on manufacturability for automotive applications. Several of Danielle’s battery materials have been patented and subsequently licensed to major corporations with current commercialization programs underway.

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