Do you want to know what it really takes to get a great product concept from an idea to the consumer market? The specifics of the design process can look very different depending on the type of design work being done, the industry or company producing the design, or who the individual is that creates the actual design. Join us while Industrial Design Professional Porter Million touches on everything from initial concept to final manufacturing.
Porter is a senior level industrial designer/product developer with consulting, corporate, and 'startup' experience. He is a 'hands-on’ designer who likes to see products through from the drawing board to the consumer. With almost 10 years of design experience, Porter has worked on products for the following industries: medical devices, toys, fitness, sporting goods, soft goods, pet products, juvenile safety products, transportation-related components and accessories, and consumer electronics. He is currently the lead industrial designer for a local start-up called Canopy. Canopy's latest product is Sensus, the world's first case that transforms the back and sides of your phone into a useable surface. For more info check out:www.getsensus.com
About the Group.
Meet other entrepreneurs and independent product developers. Bring your questions and "group-source" the answers. Hear from specialized experts willing to share their insights. Get energized and stay motivated to pursue your goals. Relax and have interesting conversations. Participants have found clients and collaborators through this Meetup.
Software, electronics, life sciences, med tech, services, products, materials, designs--innovators of a wide variety of value propositions participate. Both for-profit and non-profit entrepreneurs participate. Many are starting their second or third business. A partner in McKinsey & Company (NYC) turned up one evening. We have enjoyed meeting people from China, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Italy, India, Bangladesh and other countries. Many are newcomers to Minneapolis/St. Paul. Multi-generational, our age range has been 20 to 70+. Several investors make periodic visits for those of you looking for capital.
RSVPs on the Meetup website don't include participants from our hosts personal email list and LinkedIn groups. Many regulars just show up. We don't cancel a meeting due to low RSVPs on Meetup. Our largest attendance was about 45 people, but I've enjoyed smaller groups where I get to hear more from each person.
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