Welcome Guest Speaker Marc Barros Hardware Entrepreneur Extraordinaire

  • April 22, 2014 · 6:00 PM
  • Nytec Innovation Center

Marc Barros is a co-founder of Moment, amazing lenses for your mobile phone. Before Moment, Marc was a co-founder and former CEO of Contour, a hands-free camera company that makes action video easy to capture and share. Shortly after graduating from the University of Washington, Marc co-founded Contour in 2004 and led the organization from a garage to a multi-million dollar company with hundreds of thousands of customers around the world. @marcbarros

Seattle Hardware Startups Meetup Group holds a monthly meeting at the Nytec Innovation Center which is a new State-Of-The-Art Design and Engineering Facility located in Kirkland. Nytec (www.nytec.com) is an industry leader in engineering services and resources to make on-demand engineering happen.

The event will begin at 6:00pm and our guest speaker will take the stage at 7pm. However, starting at 6:30 attendees will be invited to take turns on stage to introduce themselves and share any information they feel is relevant to advancing the agenda of our meeting.

We are currently considering multiple guest speakers and expect to make a decision and will update this page once a selection has been made. Please contact our organizer if you would like to suggest a guest speaker.

Complimentary pizza & beverages including beer and wine will be served starting at 6:00pm so please arrive early so that you can have a drink and network among others who are passionate about Hardware Startups.

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  • Jon F.

    Great talk Marc! Wonderful to hear the challenges and successes of a startup in this day and age. As Hardware/Software folks we tend to forget the importance of Marketing.

    2 · April 24, 2014

  • Alexandra D.

    Thanks for coming & looking forward to next month!

    April 24, 2014

  • Josh

    great event, thank you Gregg!

    April 24, 2014

  • Tyler B.

    Did anybody happen to record Marc's presentation last night? If so, could you post it someplace.

    1 · April 23, 2014

  • Greg H.

    Very energetic and informative

    April 23, 2014

  • Bob D.

    Great presenter. Marc is honest, entertaining and straightforward.

    1 · April 22, 2014

  • Karl J Weaver 魏.

    Marc was honest, sincere yet humorous, and he did deliver a great and thoughful discussion from an experienced small business owner's point of view on the do's and don'ts for starting and sustaining a start-up business. I think Washington needs more entrepreneurs of this caliber, he's not an engineer yet was able to develop great high-tech products for the market with a passion and vision.

    April 22, 2014

  • Bing C.

    Very inspiring!!

    April 22, 2014

  • RobertinSeattle

    Well, this is an interesting development for more discussion among many in our group.

    http://www.cnet.com/news/nike-fires-fuelband-engineers-will-stop-making-wearable-hardware/

    1 · April 21, 2014

  • RobertinSeattle

    I've met so many people looking into wearable projects that I thought I'd post this recent article to get a discussion going. Is this field starting to get overcrowded already?

    http://news.yahoo.com/one-third-wearable-device-wearers-133740140.html

    1 · April 3, 2014

    • Steve T.

      No not overcrowded imho. It is only getting started. SO about the video; I think the principal in the film was a bit awkward with the soldering iron. Also,
      to the trained eye a couple of things didn't look right to me. Remember there is a fine line between technology and illusion on film. I am saying that the video may have presented a "forward" look into what the product "will be" capable of. I could wave my fingers with tin foil on them with my brother filming over my shoulder and my sister using the remote control off camera, so this video doesn't prove anything.

      April 8, 2014

    • Hakon V.

      I wouldn't consider "wearables" something that can be overcrowded - "wearable" implies a lot about form and very little about the business or applied technology.

      While people may be ditching their step trackers, etc. this has nothing to do with the number of devices that are out there, but rather the ongoing value delivered to the end user. We do see a lot of noise in the form of people building all kinds of random devices that don't offer substantial value to their potential users, but the same goes for mobile apps, web services, etc.

      1 · April 8, 2014

  • RobertinSeattle

    And one more piece of wearable technology. This one's original and was successfully funded through a crowdfunding campaign.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZ6PVBvQf-g

    April 7, 2014

    • RobertinSeattle

      I was impressed by the crowdfunding campaign these young guys ran. Seems like they did everything right from protecting their IP in their launch to creating a great video that explains the technology really well in simple terms. While their English may not have been perfect, they were smart enough to hire someone to do the voiceover who got the message across clearly and not allowing egos to get in the way of their primary goal: Funding the project successfully.

      This article ties well with the earlier one I posted about the dilemma of how much to disclose about your IP while still going far enough to successfully raise funding. My hat goes off to these young entrepreneurs for planning everything perfectly! Well done!

      April 7, 2014

    • Steve T.

      To the trained eye a couple of things didn't look right to me. Remember there is a fine line between technology and illusion on film. I am saying that the video may have presented a "forward" look into what the product "will be" capable of. I could wave my fingers with tin foil on them with my brother filming over my shoulder and my sister using the remote control off camera, but that doesn't prove anything.

      April 8, 2014

  • william d.

    Robert - Interesting article. Thanks. I think it makes a great point about design. Design really matters especially when buyers have so many options. There are a lot of software and hardware folks who are very good at their main craft, but don't give enough focus to this critical product issue which is so important to consumers. My suggestion: Hunt out the best ID and UX people to join you on your team.

    1 · April 4, 2014

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