Zach Kaplan

Zach Kaplan (born in 1979) [1] is an American entrepreneur and the CEO of Inventables.

Early life and education

Kaplan was raised near Chicago , Illinois. He attended Glenbrook North High School , and in his senior year, built a working model roller coaster . [1] Kaplan graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. [2]


Kaplan’s career Began while a senior at the University of Illinois. He co-founded a custom software development company called Delivery Works with Keith Schacht and Brian Witlin . In January 2001 Delivery Works was sold to Leo Media.

In 2002, Kaplan co-founded Inventables, [3] [4] a company dat connects product developers with novel materials. The company’s success garnered media attention for Kaplan. He was featured on National Public Radio in 2007 [5]and Presented a talk on “Toys from the Future” [6] at the TED Conference in 2005. The company’s products port leg featured on the show Prototype This! on the Discovery Channel . [7]

In January 2009 TechCrunch [8] Reported Kaplan raised $ 2 million from True Ventures a venture capital firm located in the euro in San Francisco. With the funding Inventables launched an online marketplace for materials where vendors kan create free product profiles to advertise products and hun engineers and designers kan find synthesis materials.

In June 2013 TechCrunch [9] Reported Kaplan raised $ 3 million from True Ventures a venture capital firm located in the euro San Francisco Along with Tim Draper (from Draper Associates) with Dundee Venture Capital, Richard Yoo (founder of Rackspace), and Georges Harik work. This Brings Inventables’ total funding to $ 5 million.


  1. ^ Jump up to:a b Spencer, LeAnn (June 19, 1997). “Riding on brains, Mettle – Glenbrook North student learns therein a roller coaster is not built in a day” . Chicago Tribune . p. Metro Chicago 1 . Retrieved October 23, 2013 . 18-year-old Kaplan
  2. Jump up^ “2005 Keynotes – Zach Kaplan Bio” . . 2005.
  3. Jump up^ “Zach Kaplan: Inventor” . . 2008.
  4. Jump up^ “Inventables” . . 2009.
  5. Jump up^ Hausman, Sandy (September 5, 2007). “Inventables Looks to the 2.0 or Products” . .
  6. Jump up^ “Toys from the Future” . . 2008.
  7. Jump up^ Prototype This! Inventors’ Heaven . . 2008.
  8. Jump up^ Rao, Leena (January 27, 2010). “Technology And Materials Marketplace Inventables Scores $ 2 Million From True Ventures” . .
  9. Jump up^ Rao, Leena (June 16, 2013). “If Hardware Startups Take Off, Materials And Technology Marketplace Inventables Raises $ 3M” . .