Discover the best resources to boost your hardware startup.

FINDING CUSTOMERS TO TALK TO

You know who your ideal customer is, but do you know where to find them? Have you thought about where the best place to talk to them would be? Does it...
STAYING AHEAD BY UNDERSTANDING YOUR COMPETITORS

Coming across competitors can be a scary and disheartening experience. It's not all bad news though, as having competitors signifies that there is a market for you If you do...
Designing Snap Fit Components

Designing components with snap fits can save you time and money in production by reducing material costs and part quantities as well as improving ease of assembly. While in the...
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Once you’ve designed your PCB you should have a fairly good idea of what is going into your product, especially at low volume through buying components from distributors like...
Building Prototypes Dan Gelbart part 1 of 18 Introductionvideo

Dan Gelbart (former President and CTO at Creo, acquired by Kodak) has put together a short YouTube course on “how to build stuff” for students and researchers whose primary...
BUILDING THE RIGHT FEATURES

So you know who your ideal customer is by now. You know where they hangout, where they work, how much money they make and what they had for lunch. The real...
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Cost is an integral part of great product development. Knowing cost game and following it from the beginning can help to capture real design improvements while also capturing cost...
The State Of Hardware Crowdfunding In Q1

If the past few quarters were not proof enough that the hardware community is increasingly using crowdfunding for early validation and consumers are willing to take risks on new...
Who Are You Building For; Yourself or Your Customers?

Creating your first, second, even third HW product is an exciting process. But it's really easy to get lost in the thrill of it and lose sight of who you...
Kickstarter - Product:Market Fit

One of the more interesting changes for hardware startups over the past few years has been the advent of crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter andIndiegogo. The ability for a young...
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New product development is difficult and can be chaotic. If changes are made last minute or ad hoc, delays, cost overruns, awkward features, and other problems can seriously affect...
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The Sales Acceleration Formula provides a scalable, predictable approach to growing revenue and building a winning sales team. Everyone wants to build the next $100 million business and author...
hardware startup

Ten years ago startup dreams were made of bits and bytes. Today they are just as likely to made of metal and wood. We’re definitely seeing a maker revolution...
crowdfunding checklist

It takes anything between 6 and 1 months to set up a made-to-succeed campaign, and it’s much more about planning, calculating, and community building than a kick-ass video and...
How to Choose Between Additive and Subtractive Manufacturing Methods

In the most basic sense, manufacturing methods can be separated into two camps: those which are additive and those which are subtractive. Additive methods include fused deposition modeling and...
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Beyond its ability to have a long battery life, a swanky touchscreen interface, or a well-designed package, the success of your hardware product relies on the idea from which...
DFM Course 7 Part 2 - Compression Molding

Compression Molding is a very common process, unlike Rotomolding. Examples of compression molded parts are o-rings, gaskets, seals, or hose fittings. The main advantage for Compression Molding is that you can use...
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It’s no secret that hardware startups are more difficult to fund than their software counterparts. While software ventures require less capital and, thus, require less risk, venture capitalists are...
4 advices for smart manufactuing

Instead of building expensive and complex technologies like cameras, accelerometers, and LED displays—in addition to the product you’re trying to create—you just concentrate on your unique innovation, connect it...
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In manufacturing, typically, yield rate is the percentage of parts that are acceptable. Of 1000 parts made, if 100 of them are not acceptable, then the yield rate is...
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