A2D (Assist 2 Develop) is a freelance marketplace that brings engineering & manufacturing professionals together with companies & entrepreneurs that require their services. Once connected A2D allows both parties to collaborate in real time using our digital workspace. This gives our customers the ability to conduct design reviews, send messages internal to the system, share screens, & conduct webcam sessions. A2D allows customers to connect, collaborate, and innovate.
What inspired me to create A2D (Assist 2 Develop) was seeing how the economic collapse in 2008 pushed more and more talented engineers to pick up freelance work out of necessity. Multi national company lay offs, offshoring product development / manufacturing, and in some cases maintaining corporate profits lead to the loss of jobs and this need for something different. Local economies were devastated and to understand why we can turn to the Bureau of economic analysis which has said that manufacturing has a larger multiplier effect than any other major economic activity. $1 spent in manufacturing generates $1.45 in additional economic activity. So I created A2D to help reinvigorate local economies by bringing freelance engineering & manufacturing professionals together with small businesses & entrepreneurs to create and manufacture the innovative products we all love.