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

CTO versus VP Engineering

An abridged version of this post was published on IvyExec.com. I just saw a really good article from Forbes on what constitutes a great, fundable, seed-stage startup team.  Here is a quote from Ryan Broshar, the co-founder and managing partner of St. Paul-based venture capital firm Confluence Capital Partners. Broshar … Read More

Leadership 101 for First Time Founders

Imagine you are a brilliant undergraduate student. With a few other students, you came up with a medical device that will completely transform how patients with certain chronic conditions can monitor themselves at home.  You decide to start a company.  After a few months of hard work, you landed a … Read More

EBook: Bringing a New Hardware Product to Market

Throughout the spring semester, I have been working with student startup teams at MIT, helping them apply Bill Aulet’s Disciplined Entrepreneurship framework to figure out who their customer is, how their target market works, how they will acquire customers, and what their financial outlook may look like in the next … Read More

Prototyping and manufacturing hardware products

As a mentor and coach to MIT startup teams working on integrated hardware and software products, I find that everybody keeps running into the same recurring challenge: prototyping and manufacturing hardware products at different stages of the R&D cycle. From idea to mass produced item, a hardware product goes through … Read More

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