Interview Of The Week

Interview Of The Week: Natan Linder, Manufacturing Expert

Who: Natan Linder is co-founder and CEO of manufacturing technology company Tulip, a World Economic Forum Tech Pioneer, and co-founder and chairman of Formlabs, a pioneer and industry leader in professional desktop 3D printing. Tulip, a spinoff out of MIT, headquartered in Somerville, MA, with offices in Germany and Hungary, helps companies of all sizes, across industries including pharmaceuticals, consumer packaged goods, industrial equipment, contract manufacturing, medical devices and others, equip their frontline workforce with tech to improve productivity. He is the co-author, with Trond Arne Undheim, of a book entitled “Augmented Lean: A Human-Centric Framework For Managing Frontline Operations.”

Topic: Software defined manufacturing

Quote: “Move away from the perception of automation as the means to replace the human worker and instead see software as a tool that can be used to augment the frontline workforce. People who do the work care about what they do, and if you give them the tools and empower them, they can improve your operations.”

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About the author

Jennifer L. Schenker

Jennifer L. Schenker, an award-winning journalist, has been covering the global tech industry from Europe since 1985, working full-time, at various points in her career for the Wall Street Journal Europe, Time Magazine, International Herald Tribune, Red Herring and BusinessWeek. She is currently the editor-in-chief of The Innovator, an English-language global publication about the digital transformation of business. Jennifer was voted one of the 50 most inspiring women in technology in Europe in 2015 and 2016 and was named by Forbes Magazine in 2018 as one of the 30 women leaders disrupting tech in France. She has been a World Economic Forum Tech Pioneers judge for 20 years. She lives in Paris and has dual U.S. and French citizenship.