The Big Idea: A culture of creation

Columbus is becoming a great place to bring bright ideas to life

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From the April 12, 2012 edition

From the wheel to the light bulb to the iPod, people have been having good ideas since the dawn of time. But it’s hard to remember a time where creativity was crackling like it is now.

“If you have a good idea, you can prototype it easily,” said Christian Deuber, founder of marketing consultant firm the Launch Farm, citing easily accessible software and grassroots fundraising services like Kickstarter. “It’s kind of changed the whole game.”

That’s especially true in Columbus, where TechColumbus’ Chris Winslow suspects we’re at a new high water mark for entrepreneurial activity — and support for such activity.

“Columbus has an enormous amount of resources and ideas — an ideation culture,” said Alex Bandar, founder of the shared creative workspace Columbus Idea Foundry.

Let’s look at just a few of the many companies helping this city’s brilliant ideas come to life.

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