The Verge featured an amazing 'Small Empires' episode on Shapeways last week. Blender makes an appearance at 5:20, when founder and ex-colleague Peter Weijmarshausen talks about his history. If you're curious how I spend my days, then I recommend you watch this vid ;-)
I have a LONG history with Blender - I wrote some of the earliest Blender tutorials, worked for Not a Number and helped run the crowdfunding campaign that open sourced Blender (the first one on the internet!). I founded BlenderNation in 2006 and have been editing it every single day since then ;-) I also run the Blender Artists forum and I'm Head of Community at Sketchfab.