Innovating In A World Of Patent Lawsuits

This article first appeared on TechCrunch.com. This fall, Apple once again won the dubious honor of dominating the conversation on patent infringement. First, it lost a ruling in Germany’s top civil court over the slide-to-unlock feature, backing an earlier ruling in favor of Motorola Mobility. As expected, Apple is appealing the ruling. Then, … Read More

Announcing “Bringing a Hardware Product to Market” (new book)

In early 2014, I wrote a blog post about the hardware product development process. I was working with new hardware startup teams, many from MIT. It became clear that they all faced a two-fold challenge. First, this was their first time around, and they had no frame of reference for … Read More

How KinderLab Robotics built the first 1000 KIBO’s

This is the first article in a multi-part series about sourcing components for a 2000 unit build.  These posts are meant for new hardware teams going through the process for the first time. Part 1: Sourcing COTS parts Part 2: Sourcing custom parts Part 3: Final Assembly Case Study: How Kinderlab … Read More

Building 2000 Units Of a New Product: Final Assembly

This is the third article in a multi-part series about sourcing components for a 2000 unit build.  These posts are meant for new hardware teams going through the process for the first time. Part 1: Sourcing COTS parts Part 2: Sourcing custom parts Part 3: Final Assembly Case Study: How Kinderlab … Read More

Building 2000 Units Of a New Product: Sourcing Custom Parts

This is the second article in a multi-part series about sourcing components for a 2000 unit build.  These posts are meant for new hardware teams going through the process for the first time. Part 1: Sourcing COTS parts Part 2: Sourcing custom parts Part 3: Final Assembly Case Study: How Kinderlab … Read More

Building 2000 Units Of a New Product: Sourcing COTS Parts

This is the first article in a multi-part series about sourcing components for a 2000 unit build.  These posts are meant for new hardware teams going through the process for the first time. Part 1: Sourcing COTS parts Part 2: Sourcing custom parts Part 3: Final Assembly Case Study: How Kinderlab … Read More

Beyond Duct Tape: How to pick a product design partner

This post is designed for new hardware teams who have validated their technology via a duct tape prototype.  Your founding team has great R&D skills.  With a little fishing wire and bubble gum, and a generous amount of duct tape, you have proved the efficacy of your solution.  You are … Read More

Common project management tools

This post is for product people who are new to project management. In my last post I touched on project management tools.  What are some available frameworks and tools that can help us manage projects? Here are a sampling of common frameworks and associated tools.  Your mileage may vary. As … Read More

Agile Primer for Cowboys and Hardware Folks

In today’s connected devices world, where every hardware product also runs or interacts with a significant amount of software, every product development person needs to know how to develop software. This can be a bit of a culture shock for hardware people, who are used to a different type of development process (stage-gate, … Read More

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