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Who Built That

Awe-Inspiring Stories of American Tinkerpreneurs

By Michelle Malkin
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Who Built That: Awe-Inspiring Stories of American Tinkerpreneurs by Michelle Malkin

Who Built That (2015) tells the stories of America’s most fascinating inventors from the last 150 years. These blinks reveal how these tinkerpreneurs, against all the odds, achieved commercial success with their revolutionary inventions.

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  • Businesses concerned about the current innovative capacities of the United States

Michelle Malkin is a columnist working for Fox News. She founded Hot Air and Twitchy.com. Who Built That is her fifth bestselling book.

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Who Built That

Awe-Inspiring Stories of American Tinkerpreneurs

By Michelle Malkin
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Who Built That (2015) tells the stories of America’s most fascinating inventors from the last 150 years. These blinks reveal how these tinkerpreneurs, against all the odds, achieved commercial success with their revolutionary inventions.

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Tinkerpreneurs are the driving force of innovation.

Have you ever heard of tinkerpreneurs? The term may be unfamiliar, but it’s more than likely that their ideas and work are present in several aspects of your life. Inventors that are part-tinkerers, part-entrepreneurs, tinkerpreneurs have chosen to take their inventions out of the laboratory and bring them into the commercial world to create companies, jobs and profit.

According to President Barack Obama, inventors are nothing special. They aren’t smarter than the rest of us, nor do they work harder. Public efforts such as schools, roads and bridges are all that underlie their success.

But nothing could be further from the truth.

In contrast to what Obama thinks, tinkerpreneurs are in fact engaged, clever and determined. They are the ones who create jobs and build companies, not merely the people who work those jobs or for those companies.

Tinkerpreneurs take full advantage of the opportunities provided by the United States to invent and invest. As makers and creators, tinkerpreneurs constitute the top one percent. They enable both progress and growth. And yet, theirs is a profession fraught with challenges.

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