Discover the best resources to boost your hardware startup.

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Something important has changed in the recruiting process: the best people are almost never on the market, and you are going to have to develop recruiting processes to find...
First Things First

"Once you’ve validated your market, for hardware startups, you’ll need to make the decision about building a physical prototype. In essence, this was our next “first thing.” When speaking...
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"Thomas Edison famously said that genius is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration, and his observation holds true for product development. Developing “genius-level” products certainly requires inspiration, but the bulk of...
the hardware lifecycle

"To give you a better understand of all the different steps that every hardware product has to go through before shipping, here’s a checklist that follows the overarching lifecycle....
manufacturing pcbvideo

A how-to guide to taking your electronics project from prototype through to high volume PCB manufacture. Covers component selection and purchasing, SMD, DFM, PCB panelisation, gerber generation, drill files,...
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"It’s tempting to tell yourself that the mechanical aspects of your product will be a simple task. You’ll get a friend who knows SolidWorks to put something together, 3D...
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Why crowdfund? Money, of course.We don’t need to analyze that one too much. But there are other excellent reasons to crowdfund, including the following: Exposure, Testing Customer Acquisiton, Team Discipline...
Design for Manufacturing - Quality

"First, what is quality? There are a few different meanings when it comes to product design and manufacturing. One of the most common revolves around meeting the customer’s expectations. This...
Manufacturing in China

"I think the most unexpected thing about urban China is just how entrepreneurial it is. Everyone is finding their own way of building a better life. The city of...
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Startup and early stage companies outsource many services to conserve the rate at which they burn cash while on the path to reaching break even or becoming cash positive....
Lean hardware developmentvideo

We hear the terms “lean product development” and “hardware revolution” thrown around as descriptors for the future of hardware, but what do those ambitious labels really mean? Fictiv asked four hardware...
cardboard prototype

"Entrepreneurs tend to hesitate when it comes to sharing their product while its in development, or default to assuming that they need more polish for fear of causing a...
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"Among all the excitement for the Internet of Things and the resurgence of hardware as an investable category, venture capitalists, many of whom new to the space, have been...
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"This free ebook gets you started. With a collection of chapters from the O’Reilly IoT Library’s published and forthcoming books, you’ll learn how to understand the manufacturing industry, build...
building hardware prototypesvideo

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...
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"Building a robot company is difficult, very difficult. It requires unwavering belief in yourself, in your idea, in your team and ultimately in your product. But it is also...
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"A campaigner can create a great campaign, with a great product, have an engaged audience at launch, and do pretty well–add the advanced tools and you’ve got a real...
investing in hardware

"Matt Turck, Managing Director at FirstMark Capital, has long been an advocate of the potential of IoT, and sees the rapid growth phase we’re currently in as only the beginning...
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"The worst thing you can do as a young hardware startup is outsource your product development...When it comes to first-time hardware entrepreneurs building their first product, design consultancies should...
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"If it’s feasible for your product, ship initial small batches by air to evaluate and refine quickly. Vendors may be better at shipping than you are; ask them to...
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