In the age of Kickstarter, funding for entrepreneurs has become ever more attainable. At the same time, Kickstarter provides an additional key aspect to potential success: pre-market customer validation. So it would seem that everything you need is in place and you’re ready to move forward into production, right? Maybe, but what do you really know about manufacturing? (more…)
HAXLR8R, the first accelerator program for startups building physical products, announced the addition of Dragon Innovation, a Boston and Hong Kong based product design and manufacturing firm, as a new operational partner.
Startups participating in the program will now be able to leverage Dragon Innovation’s 200+ years of combined experience in DFMA and high volume manufacturing, boosting best sellers such as the Zeo Sleep Manager, Nanda Home’s Clocky, and the Sphero Robotic Ball (Orbotix). As the former team behind iRobot’s Roomba and Scooba robots, Dragon Innovation provides firsthand insight into the inner workings of product development and manufacturing.
Cyril Ebersweiler, founder of HAXLR8R, says “the program was standing on its feet… now it can run!”. (more…)
Life can work in funny ways. What are the odds that I, a 30-something female American working professional, would find myself traveling to mainland China (to visit 11 factories no less) amidst the media blow-up surrounding Apple and Foxconn? (more…)
One of the huge challenges with new product development is gaining confidence that there is actually a market for your product. In the old days, young companies would often go on faith that “if you build it, they will come”… (more…)
For a young company, product selection is critical. In a subsequent post, I’ll describe how we learned this lesson the hard way. Here, I want to highlight how the LittleBonsai team has done it right. First, a quick overview of the team… (more…)