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With the decreasing cost of prototyping, it’s now more feasible for professional Makers and first-time entrepreneurs to develop a hardware startup. But how exactly do you go about it? This book provides the roadmap and best practices you need for turning a product idea into a full-fledged business.
Featuring real-world case studies with experts from the field—from pre-prototype to shipping, and business idea to incorporated company—this book illustrates successes and failures at every stage of a hardware startup. There are plenty of resources to help you build a software startup, but the same ecosystem doesn’t yet exist for starting a hardware company. The Hardware Startup provides the answers you need to get going.
Delve into the manufacturing process, from pre-prototype to model to a device that’s ready to ship
Use incubators and accelerator programs to help get your business off the ground
Learn fundraising methods, from crowdfunding a product or business to growing a network of angel investors or venture capitalists
Understand relevant legal issues, including manufacturing and liability concerns, incorporation, and creating a corporate structure
Renee DiResta is a Principal at O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures (OATV), where she invests in seed-stage technology startups (both hardware and software), researches emerging technology trends, and supports portfolio companies. She is also a member of the O’Reilly Radar team. Prior to OATV, Renee spent seven years as an equity derivatives trader at Jane Street Capital, a quantitative proprietary trading firm in New York City. For fun, she plays with data sets, helps run The Maker Map open-source project, and is a Maker and crafter. Renee holds a B.S. in both Computer Science and Political Science from the Honors College of SUNY Stony Brook. She blogs about her interests and data projects at http://noupsi.de and can be found on Twitter at @noupside.
Brady Forrest is Chair of O'Reilly's Where 2.0 and Emerging Technology conferences. Additionally, he co-Chairs Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco, Berlin and NYC. Brady writes for O'Reilly Radar tracking changes in technology. He previously worked at Microsoft on Live Search (he came to Microsoft when it acquired MongoMusic). Brady lives in Seattle, where he builds cars for Burning Man and runs Ignite. You can track his web travels at Truffle Honey.
Ryan Vinyard is the Engineering Lead at Highway1, a hardware-focused startup accelerator located in San Francisco under parent company PCH International. He is a mechanical engineer who came to PCH through its consulting arm Lime Lab, where he developed consumer products for Fortune 500 brands. Previously, Ryan worked at startups in the cleantech and electric vehicle space, where he developed novel powertrain, motor control, and thermal systems. Ryan holds a B.S. in Product Design from Stanford University.