Randy Altschuler majored in German literature at Princeton, made failed bids for Congress in 2010 and 2012 and started two companies that he sold for a combined total of nearly $300 million. In 2013 he co-founded Xometry, a software platform that connects big customers like MIT Lincoln Laboratory, NASA and the U.S. Army with small, high-skilled manufacturers. Customers upload requests for parts and get an instant price quote, and Xometry finds a manufacturer to produce the job.
In this interview, which has been edited and condensed, Altschuler, 46, explains why he thinks Xometry has a better chance of boosting manufacturing jobs than the president.
Read the full interview on forbes.com.