Not Your Average CEO: Shop Talk with Autodesk’s Carl Bass

It’s not often that you get to sit face to face with the CEO of a multi-billion dollar company – but Autodesk’s Carl Bass isn’t your average CEO.

In the near future, the CEO of Autodesk is hosting a webinar to discuss his projects and engage in a little “shop talk” with anyone that wants to join. Carl Bass has always been an unconventional CEO, after all, he has his own maker studio and constantly running mills and lathes. But can you think of the last time you had the opportunity to sit down with a CEO of a company like Autodesk and just talk about making things?

One of the most impressive things about Autodesk in recent years has been the drive to empower the maker. Unlike many engineering and software companies out there that just try to get you to buy their products, Autodesk is all about the future of making things.

This became even more evident to me when I went to Autodesk’s annual event, Autodesk University, this last November. After talking with other guests, I came to the conclusion that the overall goal of Autodesk was clear. They weren’t trying to get me to buy their products, they were trying to empower me as a maker and engineer. It’s refreshing to see this idea in a company, and this idea is even more evident in the fact that their CEO is sitting down and talking about machining and engineering with everyday people.


Carl Bass may be the CEO of a multi-billion dollar company, but it’s well known that he has his own maker studio and shop where he is always working on projects using the very tools that his company creates. This webinar being held next week is a one time event and registration is capped at 1,000. So, if you’re interested, you better act fast. Did we mention it was completely free?

Whether you are into machining, design engineering, lathes, or just want to talk shop with the man that leads Autodesk, I’m thinking you might want to sign up for the webinar. I know I’ll be there.

Sign up for the webinar here.

Trevor is a civil engineer (B.S.) by trade and an accomplished writer with a passion for inspiring everyone with new and exciting technologies. He is also a published children’s book author and the producer for the YouTube channel Concerning Reality.

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