Connor Zwick, CEO, Milkshake Labs
“Scott Miller, and by extension Dragon Innovation, has been a pleasure to work with and a tremendous value for the far east manufacturing expertise we required. During the entire process, it was clear that we were working with an expert who’s opinions were extremely valuable and trustworthy.” September 18, 2012
Paul Berberian, CEO, Orbotix, Inc.
“We used Scott and his company Dragon Innovation to help us navigate the landscape to find a manufacturer in China. We knew nothing when we first contacted him and he took us through every step from sourcing a vendor to designing a spec to running the final inspection off the line. Dragon helped us launch a very successful and complex consumer electronics product in under 14 months. His team is incredibly responsive, very smart from an engineering perspective and accommodating to our changing business needs. In the end, our success in China is largely attributable to Scott and his team. If you are a startup and need to build something in China – you’d be crazy not to hire Dragon – the time, frustration and money they will save you is worth their fee tenfold!” August 31, 2012
Adrienne Harrington, CEO, Dexterity, LLC
“Being a start-up and having my first experience manufacturing a product, I was running into a lot of roadblocks and cost overruns…but then, by a stroke of luck, I found Dragon Innovation. Scott and his team at Dragon helped me find solutions to a lot of obstacles that could have stopped my product from ever getting manufactured.
Dragon Innovation simplified the manufacturing process by making sure I completely understood every aspect of bringing my product to a national market. I have truly never had a company be as honest and transparent as Dragon Innovation. They made sure I was familiar with and had detailed reference for every single aspect of production. From cost analysis and reduction, critical path scheduling, to their expertise of perfecting my product design for easier manufacturing, they made a difficult process simple.
To say I am blown away by Dragon Innovation, is an understatement. Whether a company is large or small, in my opinion, the only choice is Dragon Innovation. Scott and his team are nothing short of amazing and I hope to work with them on many more projects in the future.” August 30, 2012
Ben Wirz, VP Engineering, Orbotix, Inc.
“Dragon Innovation played a pivotal role in the successful launch of our product. Scott and his team proved to be both knowledgeable and responsive to our needs. Highly recommended!” September 10, 2012
Dr. David Merrill, President and Co-Founder, Sifteo
“Scott Miller is a true professional, trustworthy and knowledgeable. Scott and the rest of the Dragon Innovation team have helped us tremendously in getting our product manufactured. I recommend him whenever I get asked for advice about getting things made in China.” September 21, 2011
Colin Angle, Chairman, CEO and Founder, iRobot
“Herman was instrumental in setting up and growing our Far East office at iRobot – building and operating an organization responsible for the production and shipment of over 3million robots. During his tenure at iRobot, we rapidly grew from a 13 million revenue company to a 300mil revenue company largely due to the robots he produced. Herman is an impressive individual, a dedicated problem solver, and great person.” May 29, 2009
Gauri Nanda, President, Nanda Home
“Dragon Innovation has been a great consulting resource for Nanda Home Inc. Scott has advised on a multitude of issues related to cost analysis and reduction, and design for manufacturing. He has determined critical areas of risk and opportunity, advised on quality documents, and provided on-site support. He is articulate, thorough, and reliable. I would highly recommend Scott for any company off-shoring their manufacturing operations.” April 21, 2009
David Dickinson, CEO, Zeo Inc.
“Scott has been a trusted consultant to Zeo, Inc. for a few years now, thanks to our cordial relationship with iRobot and its founders. When Scott opened up his own company, we were thrilled to be able to take full advantage of his deep knowledge and make-things-happen attitude. Scott serves as our lead operations strategist. He has also just set up a virtual Hong Kong office for us which will allow our Zeo operations personnel to work more closely with our manufacturing partner in China. Scott is one of the most trustworthy, responsible, personable and respected members of our team. He has earned and deserves our highest recommendation.” August 1, 2009
David Cooper, President, Keyport Inc.
“I cannot speak highly enough of Scott and the tremendous value we have gotten from working with him and his team. From our first phone call to weekly team meetings, Scott provides thoughtful strategic guidance, expert analysis, and detailed action plans. In addition to his deep experience in product development, Scott has developed a broad network of experts in a host of disciplines and industries which he often calls on when the need arises – an unbelievable value-add for any client, large or small. And he does all this with a smile and manner that encourages teamwork and fosters open lines of communication.
Product development, particularly for early stage companies, is a very complex endeavor fraught with challenges, and having the right team is absolutely critical to success. I know that we have selected the perfect partner in Scott and Dragon Innovation to help design, manufacture, and manage our product development. I am confident that this will be the first of many projects together.” December 15, 2011
Julia Kim, VP Technical Operations, Vitality Inc.
“Scott’s experience in navigating the manufacturing process in Asia has been absolutely invaluable. Dragon Innovation has teams in the US and in Asia and having feet on the ground in the East helped ensure quality, clear communication and responsiveness – especially when deadlines change and your business needs to be able to turn out a new product in record time.” November 6, 2011
Jeevan Kalanithi, CEO and Co-Founder, Sifteo Inc.
“Scott and his team at Dragon Innovation are crucial to my company and I consider them essentially part of our team. Scott is knowledgeable, friendly and has off the charts integrity and work ethic. If you want to build a physical product in Asia, hire Scott and Dragon. Don’t waste time looking around, just do it. You will be glad you did.” October 20, 2011
Greg White, President, iRobot
“Scott Miller makes things happen. He is acutely bright, highly knowledgeable on subjects from mechanical engineering to Far East manufacturing to things geopolitical and unusually organized. Scott is motivated by challenge; give him the tools and he can take any hill. I would be honored to have him on my team again.” August 3, 2009
Adam Craft, Vide President of Global Product Development, Hasbro
“I enjoyed working with Herman in a variety of capacities at both Hasbro and iRobot, and hope that our paths cross again in the future. He stays on top of his projects, pays close attention to detail, and will not hesitate to reach out if needed when questions or issues arise. His communication skills are excellent, and he is able to work very effectively with both US offices and Far East vendors. Very dedicated and reliable, he can be trusted and depended upon to drive his programs to completion. I highly recommend Herman for any position he may pursue.” June 2, 2009
Leif Askeland, Vice President of Engineering, Hasbro
“Herman is a highly capable engineer and product development professional. His specialty in developing complex, interactive electronic toys and games makes him one of the most talented developers in his field. Herman’s expertise coupled with his leadership skills makes him an excellent candidate for those managing Far East teams of developers and engineers. Herman gets projects done on time and on budget.” June 1, 2009
Kathy Keeffe, Vice President, Financial Planning, iRobot
“Herman is an extremely efficient and results oriented manager. He has an extraordinary ability to deliver on commitments in the face of unexpected obstacles.” May 31, 2009
Ethan Bagley, Lead Quality Engineer, iRobot
“Scott is one of the most intelligent leaders I have had the pleasure to work with, or under. His ability to grasp issues from multiple angles simultaneously provides clear paths to resolution with minimal hair-pulling. When necessary, he can change gears from engineer to entrepreneur to manager, and back again. His versatility is a great strength. He is well-respected by his peers, as well as those who have (or do) report to him, and is an example of how leadership and management can co-exist in an effective way. I am sure Scott’s work at Dragon Innovation is nothing but the best.” Decmeber 14, 2011
Zivthan Dubrovsky, Program Manager, iRobot
“Duane is a one stop solution to the most technically challenging problems. He clearly sees solution paths and drives forward with tremendous speed and quality of work. He knows product development process in and out, and uses early breadboards very well to test concepts before wasting time on a dead end. The passion Duane puts into his work is inspiring and elevates the energy of fellow team members. He takes pride in his work and that of his team and drives towards doing things right the first time.” Decmeber 15, 2009
David Lewis, Mechanical Engineer, iRobot
“DJ is equal parts engineer and artist. His designs always possess a creative flair both in appearance and function. He once told me that one of his design tenets is to consider how people traditionally solve a problem, and then reverse his thinking and come at a problem from exactly the opposite direction. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t. When it does, the company suddenly has a new piece of IP to help them stand out against the competition. When it doesn’t, he does not attempt to cling to a design simply because it is his own idea and unique. He also take a concept and drill down into the many details required of a design to ensure that the concept is comprehensive, addressing all critical aspects of a problem. DJ does not design clever solutions, but elegant ones.” Decmeber 2, 2009
Barry Stout, Senior System Engineer, iRobot
“Duane is a gifted and passionate Mechanical Engineer. At iRobot, he was always highly sought after for each product team as a top pick. Besides his deep understanding of product development and very creative thinking, he also just a great guy to work to with. In the field of consumer product development with its quick deadlines and high volume pressures, it’s a gift to have Duane by your side with his up lifting personality and ability to offer real solutions. For a Lead Mechanical Engineer, Duane is truly a role model.” November 4, 2009
Jim McCormack, Director Business Process Improvement, iRobot
“Herman is a dynamic leader who led a highly motivated and productive team through tremendous growth and met repeated aggressive goals. Through Herman’s leadership the Far East team grew both in size and in their ability to meet the growing needs of the organization. Herman is a pleasure to work with and always committed to success.” May 29, 2009