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Setting Up Hardware Incubator / "Betaworks" in Taiwan

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Hi all,

One of my mentors/friends is starting something interesting in Taiwan and looking for talent. He’s MIT, built and sold something here in the States, and has been in the China startup scene for 10+ years since in various capacities from consultant to founder; he very much so has the right network and technical knowledge to make the below a reality. Please let me know if you or somebody you know would be interested!

In his words, what he is doing is:

I'm going to be building physical (hardware) products in Taiwan, along the lines of a Lemnos Labs / Bolt / Haxlr8tr / PCH (hardware incubators), but with a holding company / studio (Betaworks / Science) model. Taiwan is the perfect place to put this in terms of talent and resources, but my passion comes from the opportunity to move Taiwan from its current low-margin, high-volume mindset to be a builder of globally competitive brands. I find it incredible that the country that wins more design awards than any other has not been able to integrate its industrial design capability with its hardware/software engineering and manufacturing capabilities.

Anyway, I've gotten a tremendous amount of support in the design, maker, startup, and academic communities in Taiwan. But, in the studio model, I'll need leadership who's willing to take business model risk to create a great product, and intuitively understands that (s)he will need to iterate to product-market fit (plummeting costs in prototyping have made this possible). The mindset in Taiwan/China is still very much about reverse engineering / incremental innovation, and about removing as much business model risk from the equation (through cloning, etc.). So, I'm going to try to attract people from Silicon Valley to come out here, and I think it'd be initially easiest if they are of Chinese descent, so they'll care about the long-term goals. I'm looking for the right mindset, not necessarily for completely relevant experience.
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